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Shahu Palace

Shahu Palace  Video Review
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Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum

Umesh Bhonkar
1st Jan 18

Shahu Maharaj Palace

Shahu Maharaj Palace  Video Review
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Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum

Lokesh Kenguva
1st Jan 18

Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Palace

Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Palace  Video Review
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Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum

Ajit More
1st Jan 18

Ancient temple of mahalaxmi

Ancient temple of mahalaxmi  Video Review
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Mahalaxmi Temple

Sanjay Desai
21st Oct 17

Good temple but no management for crowd

Good temple but no management for crowd  Video Review
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Mahalaxmi Temple

Ronit Gaikwad
25th Dec 17

Mahalaxmi Temple

Mahalaxmi Temple  Video Review
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Mahalaxmi Temple

Umesh Bhonkar
1st Jan 18

Mahalaxmi Temple

Mahalaxmi Temple  Video Review
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Mahalaxmi Temple

Ajit More
1st Jan 18

Mahalaxmi Temple

Mahalaxmi Temple  Video Review
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Mahalaxmi Temple

Lokesh Kenguva
1st Jan 18

Mahalaxmi Temple

Mahalaxmi Temple  Video Review
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Mahalaxmi Temple

Chanakya Chanakya
1st Jan 18

Rankala Lake at Kolhapur

Rankala Lake at Kolhapur  Video Review
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Rankala Lake

Ronit Gaikwad
26th Dec 17

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1Kolhapuri Chicken
Kolhapuri Chicken

It is one of the must-try dishes when in Kolhapur. Keep a bowl of sugar handy before you dig in. HolidayIQ Traveller Shashank Vaidya says, “Spicy Misal, Tambada- Pandhra Rassa are famous food in Kolhapur. Kolhapuri Chicken & Mutton are also special dishes to eat. Since sugarcane industry is located here, you should have sugarcane juice here.”

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2Mumbai To Kolhapur Via Pune Expressway
Mumbai To Kolhapur Via Pune Expressway

One of the first expressways in India with worldclass services like exhausts and CCTVs in tunnels, this road offers you gorgeous veiws and instant gratification from top speeds. HolidayIQ Traveller Shivdas Manikkan shares about the drive, “The drive from Mumbai to Kolhapur is very pleasant with the four-lane highway. However, the construction activities are underway at some stretches. Ample signages, petrol pumps and eating joints enroute.”

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3The Rankala Lake In Kolhapur Is Considered To Be The Oldest Lake In The State
The Rankala Lake In Kolhapur Is Considered To Be The Oldest Lake In The State

Rankala Lake is a picturesque lake in the Kolhapur District of the state of Maharashtra in western India. Prior to the 8th century this historical place was just a stone quarry. In the earthquake which took place sometime in the 9th century some natural structural change took place in the quarry. Water started accumulating in this quarry due to opening of an underground source. This accumulated water is today’s famous Rankala Lake.

HolidayIQ traveller Surabhi Palyal from Mumbai shares, “Rankala Lake offers a lovely view of the sunset, coloured with an amazing view of the lake and the serene beauty of the sky. Boating facilities are also available along with a lot of food stalls for visitors. A must visit during evening if you are in Kolhapur.”

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4Chicken Kolhapuri
Chicken Kolhapuri

It is one of those must-try dishes when in Kolhapur. Keep a bowl of sugar handy before you dig in. HolidayIQ Traveller Shashank Vaidya says, “Spicy Misal, Tambada- Panthara Rassa are famous food in Kolhapur. Kolhapuri Chicken & Mutton are also special dishes to eat. Since sugarcane industry is located here, you should have sugarcane juice here.”

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5Kolhapuri Chicken, Kolhapur
Kolhapuri Chicken, Kolhapur

It is one of the must try dishes when in Kolhapur. Keep a bowl of sugar handy before you dig in. HolidayIQ Traveller Shashank Vaidya says, “Spicy Misal, Tambada- Panthara Rassa are famous food in Kolhapur. Kolhapuri Chicken & Mutton are also special dishes to eat. Since sugarcane industry is located here, you should have sugarcane juice here.”

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Seetha rama murthy

Seetha rama murthy5.0/5

5 reviews

Kolhapur visit

Long awaited desire to visit SriMahalakshmi of Kolhapur fulfilled with this visit. Very nice place. We stayed in a hotel hardly 1. 5 km From the temple. Temple is so beautiful and there are no strict procedures to visit the temple and deity. We have attended Aarati at 8. 00p. M and felt blessed by Maa. No pulling the temple and Darshsn was comfortable. Security persons also very nice and kind hearted and allowed the pilgrims till the last minute of commencement of Aarati. That day roads surrounding temple were decorated with extraordinary Rangavallikas( Muggulu) with colours on the occasion of festival relating to Sivaji. I recommend that one should pay a visit to this temple at least once during life time. Really memorable trip. Thanks to Make my trip. Com for allowing me to record my observations for the benefit of other tourists .

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Nandkumar mhatre

Nandkumar mhatre4.3/5

8 reviews

FEAST for NON VEG LOVERS

Kolkapur is a city of where you can enjoy :. 1. Religious - Mahalakshmi & JyotibaTemples. 2. Cultural - Exhibitions of paintings, Museums, Chitra Nagri, etc . 3. Heritage monuments - Palaces, Fort 4. Sight seeing - Waterfall and wild life Sanctury. And Important for non-veg lovers. 5. Authentic food especially Mutton with White and Red Gravy (Rassa - locally famous Pandhara and Lalo Rassa) . One can atleast visit once to Kolhapur to enjoy this . Best time to visit in winter with warm cloths but even in summer and monsoon one can enjoy.

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Kolhapur Overview

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.

Photos of Kolhapur

New Palace, Kolhapur

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Jagdish Raval

New Palace, Kolhapur
Rankala Lake, Kolhapur

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Bharvi Shukla

Rankala Lake, Kolhapur
Rankala Lake, Kolhapur

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Bharvi Shukla

Rankala Lake, Kolhapur
Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur

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Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur

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