Kolhapur Tourism

Kolhapur Tourism

Kolhapur Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 569 m
  • Pincode: 416001
  • District: Kolhapur
  • Language: Hindi,Marathi
  • STD code: 0231
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 40°C, Winter 12 to 30°C
Kolhapur is a city located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It lies to the south of Pune, about 228 km away. Traditionally, the place is famous for its footwear and jewellery. Kolhapuri sandals are a trademark and have originated from this city of India.

Kolhapur is said to have derived its name from a mythological account. Kolhasur was a demon and he was killed by Goddess Mahalakshmi in order to bring relief to people of the region. However, the demon’s dying wish was that the city should be named after him and his wish was granted.

The city also finds a mention in Srimad Bhagwadgita, where it is referred to as an important religious centre. Legend has it that Amoghavarsha, who was a Rasthrakuta king and ruled the city in the 9th century, offered his finger’s sacrifice to Goddess Lakshmi to bring relief to the people from a local calamity. Historically speaking, it was Shilahara dynasty’s capital during the 10th century.

Kolhapur lies at an altitude of 569 metres above sea level. This altitude gives it a cooler climate as compared to other cities in Maharashtra. However, the temperature remains the same throughout the year with no major fluctuations. The average day temperature here is between 25-30° Celsius while the average night temperature ranges from 18-20° Celsius.

The city is home to a number of temples, forts and historical places of significance. Some of the major places of tourist interest in Kolhapur are the Mahalakshmi Temple, Katyani Temple, Vishalgad Fort, the Wax Museum and the New Palace among others.

Kolhapur is also known for its Kolhapuri cuisine, which is characterised by the use of many spices. The red meat preparations of the cuisine are especially well known. Tourists visiting Kolhapur should try local delicacies like misal pav, batata vada and of course its mutton curries. Although majority population of Kolhapur comprises of the Marathas, there are other communities present as well in sizeable proportion. Some of these are the Gujaratis, the Brahmins, the Marwadis and Muslims, which has influenced its cuisine to a large extent. 

Getting around Kolhapur should not be a concern for travellers. Taxis and rickshaws can be used to explore the city. For shopping, tourists ought to buy the famous Kolhapuri chappals, antique jewellery and of course, sarees that are distinct to this region. 

The economy of Kolhapur largely depends on the farming sector while textiles and mining industries come in next. Kolhapur is reputed to be one of the Indian cities with the highest per capita income. It even made it to a list of ‘most number of Mercedes cars’ in a Maharashtrian city, and was placed just below Mumbai. Kolhapur also has a thriving film industry, with a majority of Marathi films being made here each year.  

Kolhapur is well connected to other cities in Maharashtra and neighbouring states by road, rail and air. The city has an airport which has regular flights from cities like Mumbai and Pune. But the best way to reach Kolhapur is by boarding a train or bus from Mumbai or Pune, which takes close to 10 hours and three hours respectively. 

The best time to visit Kolhapur is anytime during the year except during summers and therefore, tourists should avoid visiting the city in April and May. 

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Sudhir nair

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  • Sudhir nair
  • 4 Reviews
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"Good place to go & food at the place is awesome"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A good place for a small holiday enough places to see in 3 days pleasant climate. Good Kolhapuri food specially the tambda and pandra rasas were awesome and good chicken and mutton dishes at Dehati restaurant opal and Annapurna restaurant. Nice sightseeing points and museum and Rankala Chowpaty the Rajgir forest and a dam about 60 Kms from the city and Panhala fort.
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Krishna Sharma

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  • Krishna Sharma
  • Lives in Noida
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"Great experience!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2015
Really a nice and awesome place. Everyone should go there for at least one time. Everyone should go there and enjoy the beauty of nature. Overall it was a nice place & had a great visit.
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Channabasveshwarayya Kalmath

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  • Channabasveshwarayya Kalmath
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"Kolhapur Mahalakshmi temple a must go place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 23, 2015
This is an big temple spread over vast area of goddess Lakshmi. Many devotees come here from all over the world. It is surrounded by a good market. It has a large parking area. The idol of goddess Lakshmi is very beautiful. Its believed the Darshan of goddess Lakshmi brings lot of wealth and happiness to them and their families.
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Ankush Sunkale

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  • Ankush Sunkale
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Religious visit & had a nice experience"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2015
Our basic purpose of visiting Kolhapur was to visit Mahalaxmi Temple. We visited on Saturday night and before this we visited Panhala fort. On Panhala fort you can take car almost to every point, there are some hotels on fort where you can stay overnight. This was our third visit to we stayed only for one night.
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  • Jitesh
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Best city , Mahalaxmi Temple"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2015
The temple is one of the Shakti Peetha. So it has a very important role in History & Hinduism. If you are visited Kolhapur, then visiting this temple is a must. Location: The temple is in the heart of the city. It is known to all locals & autos are easily available.

Exterior: The temple has 4 main entrances on each side i.e East, West, North, South gates. Shoe rack is available for safekeeping on East gate. Pooja Thali, Sweets for offering to the Goddess is available on North & West gates.

Interior:There are 2 internal entry gates. Entry near north gate is for entry to the main Temple & worshippers can get near to the Goddess Mahalaxmi. Whereas entry near south gate is for worshipping from a distance. If you want to visit the whole temple & also enjoy the beauty then go from the entry near north gate. The temple is carved of stones. It has many beautiful structures.

Festivals: There is no direct sunlight inside the main temple. Kiranotsav is an important festival here during which Sunrays reach the Goddesses Mahalaxmi. Full moon nights are also important here. Overall: The temples is a must for all Hindu devotees. It is believed that if you visit the temple, You get salvation from your desires or you can fulfill them
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Gaurav Alande

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  • Gaurav Alande
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Overall a nice Kolhapur tour"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2015
Kolhapur is a charming city with lovely scenery all around. Very accessible from Pune/ Mumbai/Goa there are several sightseeing spots in and around the city such as Panhala, Rankala lake.

Kolhapur! Yes, Kolhapur! Not only is it a religious city, but is the home to great legends like Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. May it be panhala fort, or Rankala Lake, this is no less than Mumbai's. During our south tour ( Jabalpur-Bhusawal-Shirdi-Kolhapur-Panjim-Gokarna-Manglore-Hassan-Benglore-Pondicherry-Chennai-Dharmavaram-Nagpur-Jabalpur) after Darshan at Shirdi, we reached Kolhapur.
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Dushyant Kumar

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  • Dushyant Kumar
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"Awesome place for having good times"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2015
A very nice place with beautiful sceneries, mountains, heritage place of the great Shivaji. The people are also very nice, kind and very helping in nature. If one wants to get relaxed from his busy schedules and wants to leave their noisy cities, just have a break and visit Pannahala. A very good, quiet and calm place with very good views, temples and parks. Its a must visit for all those who wants a break from their busy lives.
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Vitthal Patil

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  • Vitthal Patil
  • Lives in Pune
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"Memorable and enjoyable visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 19, 2015
We were visited to the 'Shree Mahalaxmi temple'. The temple is I ever seen in my life. I was gone with my family. And stayed with them for two days. The city is quite clean. There were more rush to visit the temple. The temple campus is very very clean. Once you go there can't think to go back to your home. The staff at the temple are polite. Some big shops are there. As well as malls also. We enjoy shopping in the city. Nice garden is near the temple. The famous game wrestling was played there at Shatrapati shahu Maharaj garden. The food is very good. We enjoyed street food as well. The market is quite costly. We purchased footwear from there which are very famous from this city. We travelled with bus and enjoyed lot. Really it is memorable trip for all of us.
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Nitin Pethkar

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  • Nitin Pethkar
  • Lives in Nagpur
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"Traditional city with culture steeped in spiritualism"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 7, 2015
Kolhapur is a traditional city with culture steeped in spiritualism, education and modernism. It includes its rich cultural, historical and mythical past in it which is shown in with its monuments as well as its culture. This city is also known for its famous Mahalaxmi Temple. Peoples from all around the south and west come here for worship of god Mahalaxmi here. It is known for its various types of forts and holy places which are situated in or around the city.

It is a haven for good food, known for its non vegetarian food especially for mutton dishes some of them are given below:
1. Kolhapuri Lavangi (chili peppers or Mirchi), Kolhapuri jaggery (cane juice concentrate), and Kolhapuri masala (spice mixture).
2. Tambada rassa: red curry using powdered red chillies
3. Pandhara rassa: white curry, a soup like dish made from mutton stock, spices such as cinnamon, coriander, ginger and garlic, and coconut milk. It is used as a starter and also has medicinal uses for cough and throat ailments.
4. Sukaa mutton: dried meat.
5. Matnache Lonche: mutton pickle.
6. Mutton Rakti: rakti is made up of goat blood and serves with flat bread.

Some of the vegetarian food for vegetarian food lovers are also their which is famous here are:
1. Kolhapuri taat (thali): Roast mutton (ghaati) with bhakri or chapati (round unleavened flat breads), Masale Bhaat (Masala Rice), Tambada & Pandhara Rassa, Lemon and Sliced onion mixed with Dahi (Curd).
2. Kolhapuri Rajabhawu Bhel: Bhel
3. Kolhapuri misal: a snack. (Origin is here)

In addition, Kolhapur is famous for its spicy hot food and almost all preparations are cooked with Sankeshwari or Lavangi chillies. For first-timers, it is advisable to go easy on the chillies. Local delicacies include misal (a mixture of cooked pulses) and mutton rassa (gravy). Also taste the rich, creamy milk from Kolhapur and the delicious jaggery and semi-solid hot kakavi which is processed sugar cane juice. Tourist Attraction within city

You can enjoy this city with its main attraction. The main attraction for this city is Mahalaxmi Temple. The other attractions within the city are, The New Palace (Chhatrapati Sahu Museum), The Town Hall Museum, The Old Palace, Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir, Rankala Lake. One stop Shopping destination

Kolhapur is well known for its textiles and cottons, in particular Kolhapuri saris. But it is of course most famous for its jewellery and leather sandals or Kolhapuri chappals. You could easily get five pairs of sandals for less than Rs. 500. The jewellery from Kolhapur is known to dazzle the beholder and is beautifully crafted with delicate embossing and workmanship.

Mahadwar and Shivaji Roads are good places to shop. You can find a good variety of Kolhapuri chappals and other leather goods on Bhausinji Road. There are a few good buys around the bus station in the Rajarampuri area. Shetkaari Bazaar is the cheapest place to shop and is popular amongst the villagers from surrounding areas. Tourist Attraction around city

Some of the famous spots are: Panhala, Vishalgad (is a fort), Saamaangad (is a fort), Bhudargad (place to visit), Paargad (is a fort), Narasimha Wadi (holy place), Jyotiba (holy place), Bahubali of Kumbhojgiri (holy place), Khidrapur (temple), Giroli Tourist Park, Dajipur Bison Sanctuary, Ramteerth (holy place), Amba (holiday picnic spot), Amboli (holiday picnic spot).

Hotels & Restaurants, there are a number of hotels ranging from budget to the upper end. The main area where the hotels are located is 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the centre of town. The restaurants are situated around the bus stand area, and in the evening dozens of stalls set up there too with mouth-watering snacks.

The modern MTDC resort is the best accommodation available. AS we all Devotees can stay at the nearby dharamshala (boarding house) for a nominal fee. How to get there. Kolhapur is well connected to the rest of the state and country. By air, you can reach Kolhapur from Mumbai by a one-hour plane journey. Ujalaiwadi Airport is 10 kms from the main city of Kolhapur.

By train, it is a 10 to 11 hour journey from Mumbai or Bangalore. There are several day and night trains that leave Dadar or Chhtrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai for Kolhapur. 12148 NZM KOP EXP from nizamuddin to kop weekly train. Otherwise miraj is the nearest station to reach by different trains.

By road, Kolhapur can be reached easily from Mumbai, Pune and other places. There are regular State and private buses that ply between Kolhapur and Mumbai/Pune. Kolhapur is 395 kms from Mumbai and 225 kms from Pune.
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  • Lives in Thane
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"Historic city with religious touch"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 4, 2015
Main attraction is the Mahalaxmi Temple. Kolhapur has an historical background. Good Place for short vacation. When you are in Kolhapur one should visit this places, Panhala, Jyotiba, Mahalaksmi temple, Gaganbada, Gagangiri maharaj math, Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum there may be few more. I had a best tour experience while visiting Kolhapur.
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