Kolhapur Tourism
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Kolhapur Tourism

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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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Vijayakumar ramakrishnan

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  • Vijayakumar ramakrishnan
  • 2 Reviews
  •  15 readers

"Kolhapur" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
This is a Shaktipeetam where people visit to take darshan of Mata Mahalakshmi. This is one of the 18 important Shaktipeetams. Besides this we visited :
1. Kailashgadchi Swari which is a combination of shiva Temple behind which there is a peer.
2. New Palace - palace of the Maharaja.
3. Panhala Fort.
4. Jyotiba - Shiva Temple
5. Rankala Lake.
6. Chinmay Ganpati - A huge 22 ft Ganpati built above a temple.
7 .. Bahubali Jahaj Mandir - Jain mandir in the form of a boat.
8. Siddivinayak Mandir Jaysingpur - a unique structure.
9. Narsobachi wadi - dedicated to a saint
10. Kaneri math - in it there is a lifelike village museum which takes about 2 hours and other places of entertainment for kids and a Shiva temple.
Overall, it took us 2 days to see these places. We hired a taxi with one of the tour operators by name Prachi Tours whose services were also good. A very pleasant stay, indeed.
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Ranganathan gopalaseshan

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  • Ranganathan gopalaseshan
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Gateway to Karnataka and Goa"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kolhapur is a gateway to Karnataka and Goa. One can make visits to Belgaum, Gokak Falls, Goa and Karwar from here. Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur is a very huge and a must visit temple. The culture here is Maratha-Kannada mix. The thali at Rajpurush restaurant opposite the Railway station is a real delight. Bus as well as train journey is comfortable. Weather remains good throughout the year.
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Chitra Konkar bhate

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  • Chitra Konkar bhate
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 13 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  5277 readers

"Religious place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 17, 2016
Every year I go to Kolhapur to offer prayers to Mahalakshmi. Every year I stay at different hotels according to the availability. Hotel rajpurush opposite Kolhapur station is good. Last year we visited Narsobachi Wadi. After darshan one must have Rabdi and Kavatha chi Barfi. It's a one hour journey from Kolhapur. Then we visited Kaneri math. It's worth visiting. Overall I like the simplicity of the place.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 195 Reviews
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"A trip to Kolhapur"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 14, 2016
I had been to Kolhapur by train in the month of March 2016. Kolhapur is located on the Panchganga river and is an important stop-over in the tourism circuit of western Maharashtra. The must-visit attractions around Kolhapur include the Mahalaxmi temple, Dajipur sanctuary, Irwin Museum and the Panhala Fort. The Mahalaxmi temple is dedicated to goddess Mahalaxmi, locally known as goddess Ambabai. This was built by the Chalukyas in 7th century AD. The Dajipur sanctuary is located on the border of Kolhapur with Sindhudurg district and a variety of animals such as Gava Buffalo, deers and bears can be spotted here. The Irwin Agricultural museum is located at the heart of Kolhapur town. Andhra coins, pottery and bronze artefacts can be spotted here. The Panhala fort is located at a height of 3127 feet above sea level and is situated at a distance of 20 kilometers northwest of Maharashtra town.
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Jadhav rashmi

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  • Jadhav rashmi
  • 3 Reviews
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"Excellent tourist destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 16, 2016
We travel to visit Mahalaxmi Temple. Being late night, not much crow was there. It took almost 15-20 mins to take Darshan.

Also visited Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, nice collections of costumes, weapons, games, jewellery, embroidery and paraphernalia. Must visit this place.

Rankala Lake : Nice Lake, Boating and Bhel Chowpatti.

Jyotiba Temple: Almost 30 km from Kolhapur. Hindu God Temple. Jyotiba is formed from the souls of three Primary Gods - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Good Hemadpanthi Architecture.

There are many more places to visit in Kolhapur. It's a nice tourist destination.
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Burrp Search

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  • Burrp Search
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 17 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2651 readers

"Calm and cool place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 15, 2016
Kolhapur is a calm and cool place. People are chilled out here. Kolhapur is famous for various things. First and foremost - Kolhapur Mahalaxmi temple, the Kolhapuri chappal, the Kolhapuri masala and then if you are a non veg lover, the mutton dishes are a must try. Do visit hotel Opal (next to Sayaji hotel) and have the mutton thali there. Rest of the shopping can be done near the Kolhapur temple. It's a proper market place. There is also a museum here which is around 10 mins walking from the Kolhapur railway station. All in all, it is a good place. One day should be more than enough.
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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 Jan 25, 2016
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
  • 1 Review
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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
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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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