Kolhapur Tourism

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

History of Kolhapur

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.

Things To Do in Kolhapur

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 the 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, all of which have influenced its cuisine to a large extent.

Accommodation in Kolhapur

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 that 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.

Kolhapur is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Pune and Mumbai.

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Kolhapur Traveller Reviews

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Savita Baliga

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  • Savita Baliga
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 17 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3842 readers

"Shoppers paradise foodies delight"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kolhapur known for its Mahalakshmi temple also is a shoppers paradise. From the much famed chappals to Kolhapuri Jwellery Or the spicy dishes -veg and non veg, Kolhapur never disappoints visitors.
For the devout the temple visit is blissful. Don't forget to have the lunch Prasadam for which tokens are given while exiting the temple. Those performing a seva will be served lunch besides the Prasad counter itself. Abhishek is performed thrice daily and has to be booked a day in advance. Devotees can select the choice of timing for the Abhishek
The bylanes leading to Kolhapur temple have everything from jwellery stores to sweet &snack shops selling missal Pav and bhadang.
There are restaurants and eat outs not to forget the street side vendors and kiosks all across the city offering varied cuisine.
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Nirup santra

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  • Nirup santra
  • 13 Reviews
  •  115 readers

"It was amazing to stay at Kolhapur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was nice feeling to stay, nice & neat room & nice environment and regarding food it was good quality. Need to add more items in breakfast and improved quality also. Wi-Fi facilities, service are good. Over all I like to recommend to stay here
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Chitra Konkar bhate

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  • Chitra Konkar bhate
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
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"Pilgrimage"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2017
I went along with my husband to Kolhapur. We stayed at hotel hill top panhala. It's a very good clean hotel. Rooms are big enough, reception, food everything is very good. We saw variety of hibiscus flowers there which was soothing to the eyes. Tabak udyan, sajna kothi, teen darwaza all are at walking distance from the hotel. Next day we went to ambabai temple. Then we went to narsoba chi vadi. It's a Datta Mandir. One should not miss basundi and kavatha chi Barfi here. Our last stop was beautiful aancient khidrapur Shiv temple. One must visit this place.
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Amol awate

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  • Amol awate
  • 2 Reviews
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"Great Trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2016
There are lot of good places to see in the city of Kolhapur.

These places you can enjoy with your friends and family.

Travelling from October to February month is suitable per the climate.

Nice places. There are few religious temples to visit in the city which are located near to beautiful nature, river. These people are very much crazy about food therefore you will get a lot of good variety of food in the city. If you are a Non-Veg lover there is treat for you in lot of variety. Specialty of the Kolhapur is "PANDHRA RASSA" means (White Soup/Gravy) & "TAMBDA RASSA" (Red Soup/Gravy). Panhala fort is one of the ancient epic fort of the maratha emperor Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj which is maintained little bit well so as to explore it neatly.
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Suresh bhosale

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  • Suresh bhosale
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1052 readers

"Kolhapur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2016
It was being excellent experience to visit Kolhapur after long time. Got awesome food. Visited Panhala, mahalaxmi temple, siddhgiri museum. City centre has increased traffic on short lanes. But good to see historical places here. Visited new palace and museum, Rankala lake. Museum in palace is excellent. Good snacks at good evening walk at Rankala. Overall quite good place to visit.
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Vijayakumar ramakrishnan

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  • Vijayakumar ramakrishnan
  • 2 Reviews
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"Kolhapur"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2016
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
  • 10 Reviews
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"Gateway to Karnataka and Goa"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 13, 2016
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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  • 16 Reviews
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"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
  • 232 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
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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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