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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.

Places to visit in Kolhapur

  • Shree Mahalaxmi Ambabai Temple: Mahalakshmi Temple (also known as Ambabai Mandir), is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi, located in the heart of the ancient city of Kolhapur.

  • Shalini Palace: Shalini Palace is an opulent palace which was constructed for Princess Shalini Raje of Kolhapur at a whopping cost of INR 800000 in 1931-1934.

  • Radhanagari Dam: Radhanagari Dam is the oldest dam in India built on the river Bhogawati in Radhanagari near Kolhapur.

  • Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum: Also known as Kaneri Math.The museum is housed within the Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math along with a Shiva Temple.

  • Panhala Fort: The Panhala Fort lies 20 km away from the main city of Kolhapur, situated at its northwest. This fort holds its position amongst the most massive location in the country and is the largest one in the Deccan region.

  • Shri Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Museum: New Palace located on the Bahvani Mandap-Kasaba Bavda Road was constructed in 1877-84 and has been the residence of Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj.

Tour Packages From Kolhapur

  • Kolhapur to Amba Ghat
  • 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.)

  • Kolhapur to Ajara
  • 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.)

  • Kolhapur to Rajmachi
  • 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.)

  • Kolhapur to Tarkarli
  • 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.)

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