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Maharashtra >> Kolhapur


South West Corner of Maharastra
35 c Summer/ 20 c Winter
Latitude : 16.697741    Longitude : 74.226463

Language : Marathi,Hindi
Kolhapur is a city situated in the south west corner of Maharashtra, India. The population of Kolhapur is around 419,000. The main languages is Marathi. It is situated on the banks of river Panchganga and provides the location for the Mahalakshmi Temple. The city also lends its name to many common terms like Kolhapuri Chappal , Kolhapuri lavangi mirchi, Kolhapuri gur and Kolhapuri cuisine.

Dajipur Sanctuary
Dajipur Sanctuary - Bison Sanctuary
Dajipur Bison Sanctuary is situated on the border shared by the Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra. The wildlife sanctuary derives its name from the splendid animal, Bison, which is found in abundance here. Situated at an altitude of approximately 1200 m above the sea level, the Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of a landscape that is primarily craggy and mountainous. The area in which the sanctuary is situated stands dotted with dense, lush green forests.
Ganapatipule Beach
Ganapatipule Beach
Ganapatipule Beach is one of the most popular excursions from the Kolhapur city, which lies approximately 150 km away. It is situated around 50 km from the Ratnagiri city and falls under the district of the same name. One of the few beaches in Maharashtra that have still remained untouched by the travails of time, Ganapatipule seems to take away your heart with its tranquility. The beach is situated on the Konkan coast of India.
Mahalaxmi Temple
Mahalaxmi Temple - Goddess Mahalaxmi
Shri Mahalaxmi Temple of Kolhapur is dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that the Lord resides in this area, along with the Goddess. The temple holds the distinction of being one of the Shakti Peethas in India and is held in great regard by the people of Maharashtra. One can find the mention of the Mahalakshmi Temple of Kohlapur in the various puranas (holy books) of Hindu religion. It is believed to have been built somewhere around 700 AD, by the rulers of the Chalukya Empire.
Panhala Fort
Panhala Fort - significant Forts of Deccan Region
Panhala Fort is situated at a distance of approximately 19 km from the Kolhapur city of Maharashtra. Counted amongst the largest as well as most significant forts of the Deccan region of India, it stands perched at an altitude of around 850 m above the sea level. The fort is massive in size, with the circumference being approximately 7.25 km. Providing the perfect protection to the Panhala Fort, for half its length, is natural scarp that has been reinforced by a parapet wall. The rest half of the length has been protected with the help of a strong stone wall.
Rankala Lake
Rankala Lake - Man-Made Lake
Rankala Lake is a picturesque lake in the Kolhapur District of the state of Maharashtra in western India. It is believed to be linked directly to a well in Panhala Fort which Shivaji Maharaj is believed to have crossed. Now a days it is a famous spot for residents of Kolhapur to spend the weekends. In recent past, Kolhapur Municipal corporation has built "Padpath Udyan" for a lakeside walk. This lake was constructed by Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur. It is surrounded by chowpati, other gardens and pathway.
Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli Beach is one of the most famous attractions of the Tarkarli city, which is sited at a distance of approximately 6 km to the south of Malvan. The location of the city, at the confluence of the Karli River with the Arabian Sea, makes it home to one of the most picturesque beaches in India. Being situated at a distance of only 160 km from the amazing city of Kolhapur, Tarkarli is also counted amongst the favorite excursions of its locals as well as visitors.
Town Hall Museum
Town Hall Museum - Collection of Pottery,old coins
The construction of the Town Hall Museum was started in the Kohlapur city in the year 1872 and it came to an end almost four years later. Majority of the items displayed inside the museum were unearthed during the Brahmagiri excavations. The main collection of Town Hall Museum comprises of pottery, bronze artifacts, old coins of the region, filigree work in sandalwood and ivory, works of master artists of the region, antiques, etc.
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