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 city is famous for Kolhapur SAAJ (necklace with traditional pattern), jaggery, Kolhapur chappal (traditional leather sandal), and wrestling. Kolhapur is also famous for its non-veg food recipes (Marathi: Kolhapuri pandhara rassa, tambadaa rassa) and unique spices.
Being the highest point in Kolhapur district, Amba Ghat is one of the best places to visit near Kolhapur within 100 km if you want to spend a day in nature’s lap. Immerse yourself in the views of the valley from the curvy ghats as mist engulfs your surroundings. If you are an adventure enthusiast, there is a lot in store for you at Waghzara as the place houses several tigers and other wild animals in their natural habitat during the jungle safari.
Approximate Distance - 75 KMs
The distance is 2hr 7Min (the exact time may vary depending on location & traffic scenario during the journey.)
The birthplace of Shivajirao Sawant, Ajara is located on the banks of Chitra and Hiranyakeshi rivers, offering a serene getaway in the lap of nature. The small, bustling town offers a unique experience with tourist attractions like Mahalaxmi Temple, Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum and Rankala Lake amongst many others, and most of the places can be explored in a day, making it one of the popular one day picnic spots near Kolhapur.
Approximate Distance - 86 KMs
The distance is 1hr 56Min (the exact time may vary depending on location traffic scenario during the journey.)
If you want to test your trekking skills, conquer the Konkans by trekking to the Shrivardhan peak and the Manaranjan peak located in Rajmachi. Reach atop the Rajmachi fort by trekking uphill as you are greeted by lush greenery on all sides. Rajmachi makes for an exciting picnic spot near Kolhapur as you can undertake night treks and witness the fireflies adorning your sky.
Approximate Distance - 80 KMs
The distance is 1hr 36Min (the exact time may vary depending on location traffic scenario during the journey.)
Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Tarkali is a small hamlet in the western part of Maharashtra. This village is renowned for its pristine clear water of the sea and the white sands, which marks the beach. A newfound weekend getaway from Mumbai and Goa, this place offers a host of adventurous water sports. To the south of this hamlet flows the Tarkarli river lined by dense forest. Take a boat ride in the river to enjoy the serenity of the backwaters where it flows into the Arabian Sea. For a walk through the history, you must visit the Sindhudurg Fort located on the shore of the sea.
Approximate Distance - 160 KMs
The distance is 4hr (the exact time may vary depending on location traffic scenario during the journey.)