There are number of forts in this old city. Descended from its historic events, the city has many
historical monuments and sites. During the periods of Satavahana kings and the Shilaharas, the
magnificent temples of Kolhapur were constructed.
Kolhapur has number of tourist sites. The architecture of New Palace offers the visitors a
combination of Jain and Hindu influences from Gujarat and Rajasthan, and local Rajwada style.
Chhatrapati Sahu Museum in the palace is also worth to visit. Rankala Lake, Old Palace, Town Hall
Museum and Mahalaxmi are other sites, which are worth to visit. One can also organize excursions to
Panhala, Vishalgad, Bhudargad, Paargad, Narasimha Wadi, Giroli Tourist Park, Dajipur Bison
Sanctuary and Amboli, which are not so far from Kolhapur.
As far as shopping in Kolhapur is concerned, the city can be called as shoppers' delight. The
city is famous for its Kolhapuri saaj, Kolhapuri chappals and Kolhapuri sarees. Har and malas,
mohanmal, bormal, chaplahar, kolhapuri saaj, pohehar and putlihar are the jewelleries, which
can attract that tourists' eye. As Kolhapur is situated in higher altitude, normally it prevails
cool weather. The city is well connected by road, air and train. While the mouth watering
hot Kolhapuri cuisines are always to be tasted once.
Chhatrapati Sahu Museum
Dedicated to the Hindu deity Amba Devi, Mahalakshmi Temple stands as the symbol of Hindu
faith and devotion of this town. This temple was built during the 7th century under the reign
of Chalukyas and is composed of beautiful carvings and sculptures on both the inner as well as
outer walls. The temple compound is a mix of various styles of architecture and displays the
images of Hindu deities like Vishnu, Shiv and Ganesha. It is believed that a visit to this
temple can take you close to spiritual enlightenment. This temple speaks loudly of the
historical importance of Kolhapur and should not be missed on the trip to this town.
Jyotiba Temple lies at an altitude of 3200 feet and is situated at around 16 km from the town
of Kolhapur. Lord Jyotiba, who is the prime deity of this magnificent temple, is believed to be
an Avatar of Lord Shiva. Every year on the two occasions of full moon, a huge fair is organized
in the temple complex which attracts a significant number of local and outside visitors.
For reaching this temple, you can avail private auto services which are easily available
from Kolhapur at reasonable rates. This temple was built in the 1700s and holds a crucial
mythological value among the devotees.
Rankala Lake was built during the 1800s under the guidance of Chattrapati ruler Shivaji
and is often regarded as one of the most ancient lakes in the state of Maharashtra. This
lake receives maximum visitors during the sunset as it provides a consummate view of the
falling sun from its corners. Rankala Lake has derived its name from an ancient temple named
Rankabhairaw which is situated in the centre of this lake. Popularly known as the heart of
Kolhapur city, this lake also offers recreational activities like horse rides and boating.
Chhatrapati Sahu Museum
Popularly known as the Palace of Maharaja, Chhatrapati Sahu Museum was built in 1883 and is
one of the most architecturally equipped places in Maharashtra. Museum is situated on the
ground floor of Royal Family’s new residence and is decorated with a beautiful collection of
sculptures, jewels, stone carvings and war artefacts. The architecture of this museum can be
defined as a collective influence of Hinduism and Jainism combined with the local style of
Royal families. This museum holds an extremely important spot in the history of Marathas and
houses few of the rarest belongings of Chhatrapati Shivaji including weapons and clothes.
Panhala Fort is popularly known as ‘Panhalgad’ and is situated at a distance of 21 km from
Kolhapur. Built under the guidance of emperor Bhoja in 1050 A.D, this fort draws you back
to history through its artistically designed walls and scriptures. Thousands of tourists
visit this place for its peaceful environment and historical importance. Situated at a height
of 3128 feet, Panhala Fort is considered as a perfect weekend destination in Kolhapur. Major
attractions of this fort include Teen Darvaza, Sajji Kothi, Amber khana and various