Akola Tourism

Akola Tourism

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Destination Rating
5.3 / 7
210 Ratings & 110 Reviews

Akola Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 1643 m
Akola lies in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra and is situated approximately 600 km away from the state capital, Mumbai. Spread across an area of 54 square km, it is known as the ‘cotton city’ of India. Akola produces the most amount of cotton in the country. Apart from cotton, Akola is also known for its oil, pulses and textile mills.

Akola, together with Berar, was part of the magnificent kingdom of Vidarbha. The region, until the 14th century, saw the rule of many dynasties, viz. the Mauryans, the Chalukyas, the Satvahana, the Rashtrakuta and the Yadava dynasty. In the late 14th century, the region came under Muslim Rule with the coming of Alauddin Khilji. It remained under the rule of the Bahmani Sultanate until the late 15th century.

It was in the 1670s that the region came under the Maratha rule, under the guidance of Chatrapathi Shivaji. The Maratha regime was at its prime during that time. The region saw many wars during the British Rule, and Akola along with Berar was finally ceded to the Nizam of Hyderabad after the Marathas lost to the British.

After India’s independence the states and provinces were shuffled and Akola became a part of the newly formed state of Maharashtra. The city has various forts which stand testimony to its vibrant history which include the Narnala Fort, the Akot Fort and the Akola Fort.

Apart from being an industrial hub, Akola also holds religious significance. A large number of devotees make a pilgrimage to Raj Rajeshwar Temple here, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some other significant temples of the city include the Birla Mandir, Jain Temple, Shreenath Dutta Mandir and Swami Samarth Temple.

Akola also holds a cultural significance. It has played host to the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan twice which is a significant conference on Marathi Literature.

With the Melghat Hills lying to its north and the Purna River flowing through it, the city at an elevation of 925 ft above sea level has a tropical climate. The temperature hovers at about 28-32° Celsius throughout the year, with high levels of humidity.

The city is well connected by all means of transport - road, rail as well as air. Akola has a domestic airport as well as multiple railway stations which connect it to different cities of India.   

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Akola Traveller Reviews

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Prajwal Joshi

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  • Prajwal Joshi
  • Lives in Akola
  • 7 Reviews
  •  439 readers

"A nice city"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nice city with good cultural background but too much pollution. Also this city is underdeveloped. So only one time visit is sufficient. I promise you that you will definitely not get bored in akola or during your akola visit. Rajrajeshwar mandir is also one of the main feature of Akola.
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Rahul Mahale

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  • Rahul Mahale
  • Lives in Noida
  • 2 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
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"OK OK City"

  • Posted Jul 18, 2013
Akola city is middle level town. Seems like not much places to visit and no places for couples.
Also costs of the things was not very expensive (like autos)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Can get variety of local food corners, can get full stomach in cheap rates

Activities & things to do: Not much to do in city

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Better you go by train by either side
Bhusawal or Nagpur
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Naresh Goel

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  • Naresh Goel
  • 2 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
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"akola trip"

  • Posted Apr 6, 2013
Akola is very nice place and peoples of akola is also very kind.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sightseeing is nit much in akola but pani puri is famous in akola and maggi lover enjoy Foi.

Activities & things to do: Gurudwara near akola station nd fresh air in mrng gives lots of energy .

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From mumbai cst to akola so many train running between these two imp. Station daily.
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Hemant Khadke

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  • Hemant Khadke
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
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  • Posted Jan 24, 2013
Akola is a OK place to stay for one night. There are not many good veg. hotels near railway st.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Shegaon a holy place near by Akola

Activities & things to do: Nothing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nothing
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Siddarath  Parmar

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  • Siddarath Parmar
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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  •  6 helpful votes
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"Quick Specs"

  • Posted Aug 4, 2011
Small untidy town with little to do for leisure. Business center for adjoining districts/villages and caters to local demands only.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No fancy restaurants, but small eating joints.

Activities & things to do: Shop for clothes from New Cloth Market.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Mumbai, Pune or Nagpur by train.
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