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General Information about Kolhapur

Kolhapur is a city on the banks of the Panchaganga River, in the west Indian state of Maharashtra. It’s known for its temples, like the ancient Mahalakshmi Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site. The Bhavani Mandap is an imposing old palace with a small museum displaying stuffed wild animals. Close by, Rankala Lake is surrounded by gardens. The hilltop Jyotiba Temple complex is on the city's outskirts.

Kolhapur is situated on the banks of the river Panchaganga in the south-west region of Maharashtra. Kolhapur derives its name from a mythological story of Kolhasur - a demon who was slayed by Goddess Mahalakshmi. The famous Mahalakshmi temple is situated here in the honor of Goddess Mahalakshmi.

Kolhapur became a popular place because of it's chappals, jewellery and cuisine. Kolhapuri chappals, Kolhapuri jewellery and Kolhapuri cuisine is famous all over India. It is a tourist friendly destination, having no problem in commuting to accommodation and food. The people of Kolhapur are people friendly and inviting.

Connectivity :
Being a popular travel destination, it can be easily accessed by road and rail. It has its own railway station named "Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj" which is well connected with all the major towns. It lies on NH4, thus being well connected by roads.

By Rail :
Kolhapur Railway station is named after Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj and is well connected to major cities across India. It lies on the Pune - Miraj - Kolhapur section of the Central Railway. There are daily trains for Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tirupati, etc and weekly trains for Delhi, Ahmedabad among others.

By Air :
The closest airport is in Pune. From there, you could hire a cab or take a bus to Kolhapur.

By Road :
Kolhapur lies on the National Highway 4 which connects Mumbai and Bangalore. From Mumbai, Kolhapur is roughly an 8-hour drive whereas from Pune it is around 3 hours. There are state run buses from Pune and Mumbai which leaves for Kolhapur one every half an hour and one hour respectively. There are private buses to Kolhapur as well.

This place is known for it's spicy food of curries and fries. Dominated by Maharashtrian style of cooking, the cuisine here is popular everywhere as 'Kolhapuri Cuisine'.

Especially famous for its non-vegetarian food - Tambada rassa(red curry) and Pandara rassa(white curry) are the epitome of Indian curries.

Misal - a spicy gravy of potatoes, peas and other sprouts, finds its origin here. The authentic Misal, famous all over Maharashtra can only be found here.

An Ideal Itinerary
A 3-day trip is the least you can plan to spend in Kolhapur, anything less and you'll miss out something important. Ideally, choose 3 places to see in a day so that you can cover all of them in peace and at ease.
Day 1- You can start your trip by a visit to the famous Mahalakshmi Temple in the morning and if you start early you have just enough time to visit the Bhavani temple nearby. From here, you can drive to Panhala which takes roughly about 6 hours and explore the Panhala fort. Have a Kolhapuri lunch on the way to Panhala. After coming back to Kolhapur, spend the evening at the Rankala Lake and enjoy the delicious street food at the Chowpatty.
Day 2- Visit the Jyotiba temple and take a stroll down history at the New Palace Museum. There is a place called Gurhal where pure jaggery is made from scratch. A family owns the place since years and allows people to watch the process and even offers to taste fresh sugarcane juice and jaggery and also buy some.
Day 3- Visit the Binkhambi Ganesh Temple in the morning and then proceed to the Temlabai Temple on the Temlabai hills. The evening can be spent shopping at the local bazaars for Kolhapuri Chappals, jewellery, spices and unique cloth materials.

Few Places of Interest :

Mahalakshmi temple
The Mahalakshmi temple was built in the 7th century by Chalukya rulers and is one of the six abodes of 'Shakti' (Goddess of Power) from where one can attain fulfillment and salvation of desires.

Mahalakshmi is also known as Goddess Ambabai and is a revered Goddess among Hindus. The temple enjoys a status of one of the most important pilgrim sites in India. The temple is situated about 5km from the Railway station and Central Bus depot of the city. Near the temple, there is a temple in honor of Goddess Bhavani.

Jyotiba Temple
Jyotiba Temple is a holy site which lies near Wadi Ratnagiri, in the district of Kolhapur, Maharashtra. The temple is located 18 km to the northwest of the district of Kolhapur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Jyotiba who is believed to be the embodiment of four deities namely Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Mahesha and Guru Jamadagni. The temple has been constructed 3124 ft above the sea level. The scenic beauty around the temple gives a sense of peace and comfort to the tourists.

Jyotiba Temple was constructed by Ranoji Shinde in the year 1730. The dimensions of the temple are approximately 55ft x 37ft x 77 ft. The interior of Jyotiba temple is striking and has been beautifully depicted. The temple is always covered in Gulal since it is offered to the deity.

Rankala Lake
The Rankala Lake is a very famous tourist attraction for people from all over the world. Marked by the natural beauty and peaceful environment it provides, it sure does become one of the must-visits on everyone's list. The lake was constructed by Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, the then king of Kolhapur. Rajgath and Marathghat are the two ghats that the lake has. The lake covers an area of as large as 107 hectares. The lake is generally visited during the evening time.

Panhala Fort :
The Panhala Fort lies 20 km away from the main city of Kolhapur, situated at its north-west. This fort holds its position amongst the most massive location in the country and is the largest one in the Deccan region. It was built in a strategic position where a major trade route ran within Maharashtra from Bijapur to the coasts of Arabian Sea. This place is not only a must-visit for the people who love exploring historic locations but also for those who love to trek.

Looking over the green slopes of Sahyadri, it has around 7 kilometers of fortifications along with full proof protection guaranteed by three double-walled gates which are humongous in size.

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