Kolhapur is a small town situated in the Southwestern state of Maharashtra. Kolhapur has developed itself into a popular tourist destination in the recent years.
Kolhapur tourist places
Kolhapur is also an important spiritual center as it houses a significant number of temples from Medieval India also as a perfect mix of natural beauty and history.
The Mahalakshmi Temple is one of the six abodes of Shakti (strength). It is believed that one can attain fulfillment of all desires or attain salvation here. The temple is about 5 km from the city centre.
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The Maharaja’s Palace is an impressive palace in Kolhapur constructed in 1881 and it presently encloses the famous Shahaji Chhatrapati museum.
The place was constructed in Indo-Saracenic colonial architectural style.
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.
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.
The Panchganga River is one of the important rivers in Maharashtra flows through the border of Kolhapur. The Panchganga means five and formed by four streams Kasari, Kumbhi, Tulsi and Bhogawati.
Local tradition believes in an underground stream Saraswati together with other four streams make the Panchganga River.
The place is near Kolhapur city on Pune Bangalore Highway. Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math has a history of more than 1000 years, and is a holy place of worship of Lord Mahadeva.
The surrounding around the museum is very calm and quiet, a hilly place with a good collection of Flora and Fauna.
A century old dam built by Kolhapur ruler Shahu Maharaj and is constructed across Bhogawati River.
This dam is used primarily for hydro-electricity power generation and for irrigation purposes. The dam is located at scenic surroundings in the backdrop of thick forest covers.
It is also called ‘Pushkareshwar Teerth.’ Ancient king Bhanudas is mentioned to have bathed and washed away his sins in this tank.
As per their appeal, Laxmi, with nine crores female friends, defeated the demons. The Gods bathed in the tank, which was named ‘Koti-teerth’ as per demons demand.