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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Pratik Gadgil

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  • Pratik Gadgil
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  697 readers

"Overall, a poor destination to visit"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I should suggest one to go there only if one wants to visit Mahalaxmi temple. Otherwise, for the young generation, it is a very gusty place. No good facilities, not even 1 10th good of Mumbai. Very polluted city. No good hotels, only dhabas ( for pure veg ). Overall, a poor destination to visit.
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Hemant Ambre

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  • Hemant Ambre
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"Nice place to live with family for few weeks"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice place to live with family for few weeks. Good hotels and spicy foods. Lots of places to visit. But a bit expensive if you travel in private vehicles. Mahalaxmi temple is one of the best holy place out there. Panhala ghat is also a good place to learn something about history of shahu maharaj and his folks.
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Pratik Sawant

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  •  15 helpful votes
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"Visit this place for a lovely experience on the Panhala fort"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2015
I had recently been to Kolhapur and a friend of mine suggested that I visit this fort located about 30 kms from the city. The Panhala fort holds importance as the Famous Maratha warrior Bajiprabhu Deshpande sacrificed his life on this fort so that H.H.Shivaji Maharaj could safely reach the other fort. Currently, a tourist place you can find lots of food stalls on the fort. Do not miss having the Pani-puri and Bhel here as they are one of the specialties.
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Kishore Betrabet

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  • Kishore Betrabet
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"Wild life, adventure and devotional all in one trip"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2014
Kolhapur, Panhala and Dajipur Forest Reserve. It was a wonderful weekend trip, which started with our visit to Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple. It is really divine and one of the very old temples with all its rustic charm. The devotion with which people throng this place is really amazing. The Kirontsav which happens twice in a year is worth a mention when the sun's rays fall on the feet of the Goddess.
From Kolhapur we proceeded to Panhala where we put up in a bungalow with my office colleagues. The food ordered from a local household consisting of the famous Kolhapuri "Tambda","Pandhra" rasa with mutton which was succulent. The chapattis were soft and tasty. The hospitality of the locals is worth a mention. The Kolhapur’s are large hearted people.

We had an early morning walk around the Panhala fortress the fresh air and breath-taking view from atop the fortress will linger in our hearts for a long long time. In the short time we had, we could not take up the wonderful trek from Panhala to Vishalgad. The heroics of Baji Prabhu who battled the enemy and waited for the signal of Maharaj Chattrapati Shivaji reaching the fort before giving up his life cannot be put here in limited words. The true patriotism and valour shown by the people then is hard to find in the present day world. Shall definitely take time to go for the trek. Can't believe that the army of Shivaji Maharaj did it in the dark night, crossing the Pavan Khind in treacherous conditions. Even with the modern day facilities we find it tough to undertake such treks.

After the walk and siteseeing on the fort we proceeded down back to Kolhapur enrooted to Dajipur Forest Reserve. We had the famous Phadtare Misal which was mouth-watering and nutritious with the sprouted pulses and bread. After the hearty breakfast we proceeded to Dajipur Forest Reserve.

On the way we halted at a very beautiful and scenic spot on the backwaters of the Radhanagri Dam. My colleague from Kolhapur had organized wonderful picnic bench with tables, umbrella, barbecue which was cooked from the stags and wood collected from the shrubs around. The meal cooked was just wonderful and melted in our mouths what with the use of natural wood. We swam to our hearts content and were famished even after having had a hearty breakfast. We devoured all the barbecue fish, chicken, sheek kababs, panner tikkis, and veg patties. The rumali rotis, biryani, mutton curry all were devoured in no time. However the quantity of food got by my friend was quite a lot and sufficed till dinner.

After the heavy meal and small power nap we proceeded to Dajipur Resort where our friend had booked tents for us. The tents are well-equipped and accommodate four people. We had a camp fire in the evening with rounds of "Antakshari" and music. The dinner again went well with Amarkhand as a dessert and accompaniment with rumali rotis.

The next day we left in very early at 5.30AM in two jeeps by the locals deep in the forest for about 17 km till the watering point. On the way we got to see the Bison. The best time for sighting animals is in summer. Thought we reached the watering point quite early we were not lucky to see any more animals. However we saw different species of birds. On our way back we visited the Gagangiri Ashram. Where they are constructing a temple and have plenty of cows/calves. It seems Gagangiri Maharaj a saint had attained siddhi on meditating at a place nearby. They make and sell hair oils, shampoos, medicines for stomach ailments all from the herbs grown by them or from the fauna around.

We left back home after a meal cooked by the caretakers at the place. We had a very refreshing and enjoyable stay and a wonderful weekend. Our group of 12 colleagues all enjoyed immensely each other’s company. We sincerely wish we should have more such outings.
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Nilesh Jadhav

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  • Nilesh Jadhav
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"A historic and a religious city"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Nov 22, 2014
Kolhapur is a historic city. The main attraction is the Mahalaxmi Temple, one of main Shakti Peethas. We visited the temple and other city attractions. Jyotiba temple was very memorable. Temple visit was very well managed and smooth keeping in mind we had senior citizen and a young kid. Vegetarian food options were quite good. We will definitely plan another trip and follow the same options.
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Shivdas Manikkan

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  • Shivdas Manikkan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 9 Reviews
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"A nice trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 15, 2014
The trip to Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur was a pleasant and satisfying experience. Drove to Pune spend the night with our relatives then proceeded to Kolhapur, in the morning around 8.00, was in Kolhapur by noon and after a short rest visited the temple in the evening.
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Vaibhav Patil

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  • Vaibhav Patil
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  • 7 Reviews
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"Peaceful destination"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 4, 2014
The place known for good things Kolhapur were heard by us. So we decided to visit some Pilgrimage places. So during summer holidays we decided to go Kolhapur for Mahalakshmi Darshan. So we planned trip and reached Kolhapur in our own scorpion within 6-7 hrs Poona. i left our home previous day night to reach place in the morning with my whole family. It was quite maintained placed with neatness.This place was full of silence.
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Sachin Thorat

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"AN amazing place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 15, 2014
Kolhapur is a big district and famous for a Panhala Fort and Lord JOTIBA Temble which is near to warananagar. Pahnala Fort has natural views that made us Overjoy. We were also visited to Rankala Lake which is place near by main highway. 'Kolhapuri Chappal' (Footwear) & 'Kolhapuri Bhel' (Food) are the most popular, you must buy it whenever come to Kolhapur !
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Anuj Kulkarni

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"The beautiful Kolhapur"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2014
kolhapur had an historical background. There are various places which are beautiful places for watching. Mahalaxmi temple is one of the beautiful temple in the Kolhapur. Its sandals are very famous and has good quality. Misal is famous dish in Kolhapur.
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"Good climate and helpful people"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2014
Kolhapur is a great place in Maharashtra. There is the famous temple of Mahalaxmi Devi. Total area near Kolhapur is full of energy. The climate is good and people are very helpful. Goa is very near from this place which is famous for beaches.
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