Places to visit in Kolhapur

Best Tourism Places to visit in Kolhapur

The most famous tourist places in Kolhapur, we will discuss all the places to visit in Kolhapur city. I will provide all near tourism places information in my article.


1. The most visited place in Kolhapur city is Mahalaxmi temple.

 Mahalaxmi temple.
Mahalaxmi temple.

The Kolhapur Mahalaxmi temple was built by the Chalukya rulers in the 7th century and is one of the six abodes of 'Shakti' (Goddess of Shakti) from where one can fulfill wishes and attain salvation.
The Kolhapur Mahalaxmi temple was built by the Chalukya rulers in the 7th century and is one of the six abodes of 'Shakti' (Goddess of Shakti) from where one can fulfill wishes and attain salvation.
Mahalaxmi is also known as Goddess Ambabai and is a revered goddess among Hindus. The temple has the status of one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India. The Mahalaxmi temple is located about 5 km from the railway station and the city's central bus depot. Near the temple, there is a temple in honor of Goddess Bhavani.


2. place to visit in Kolhapur, New Palace, Kolhapur 

 New Palace, Kolhapur
 New Palace, Kolhapur 


The new palace on the Bahwani Mandap-Kasba Bawda Road was built in 1877-84 and has been the residence of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The ground floor of the palace is converted into a museum, containing artifacts from the times when the king ruled and owned his own property.
The beautiful palace is built in black polished stone and is a marvelous architectural feat to be completed in that period. You can see the royal lifestyle through the paintings and artifacts displayed in the museum.


3. place to visit in Kolhapur, Panhala Fort, Kolhapur



Panhala Fort, Kolhapur
Panhala Fort, Kolhapur

Panhala Fort is located 20 km away from the main city of Kolhapur in its west-west. This fort holds its place among the largest in the country and is the largest in the Deccan region. It was built in a strategic position where a major trade route ran from Bijapur to the shores of the Arabian Sea within Maharashtra. This place is a must visit not only for people searching for historical places, but also for those who like to trek.
Looking at the green slopes of Sahyadri, it has a fortification of about 7 kilometers, as well as full proof protection guaranteed by three double-walled gates that are humble in shape. The entire section of the Panhala Fort is decorated with parapets, ramparts and strongholds and is styled with motifs of the various dynasties that ruled the fort - Maratha, Bahamas, Mughal and so on. The old Panhala Fort was established by Raja Bhoj in the late 12th century. Its construction 1178–1209 AD. The period was later revised by the Marathas. The Indo-Islamic style fort is famous for the residence of the great Maratha ruler Shivaji and the queen regent of Kolhapur - Tarabai.


4. place to visit in Kolhapur, Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kolhapur
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kolhapur
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kolhapur


The jungle of Dajipur is part of Radhanagari Sanctuary. In the past it was a forest reserved for hunters. After the merger of the Kolhapur Institute in the state of Maharashtra, the Dajipur Village Sanctuary of Dajipur Forest was established in 1959. The forest area surrounding Radhanagari and Kalamawadi Dam was given the status of Radhanagari Sanctuary in 1979. The dense jungle strips here are known as dams. The mountains here are large rocks of the jamba rock. A rich biodiversity is found in dense forests on roadsides and in rocks.

5. place to visit in Kolhapur, Kopeshwar Temple Kolhapur
Kopeshwar Temple Kolhapur
Kopeshwar Temple Kolhapur


Located in Khidrapur in Kolhapur district at the junction of Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Kopeshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built on the banks of the Krishna River, this temple boasts of a beautiful architecture with various intricate carvings on the inner and outer walls. Apart from this, it also has idols of Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma and others.

6. place to visit in Kolhapur, Gaganbawada, Kolhapur
Gaganbawada, Kolhapur
Gaganbawada, Kolhapur

Situated at a distance of 55 km from Kolhapur, Gaganbawada is a town on the Western Ghats or Sahyadris. The hill town is undeveloped and is mostly famous for Gagangarh Fort, Karul Ghat and Bhuibawada Ghat located in the area. The city also has several temples, the Lakshmipur Dam and the Pandava Caves; And has been filmed in several Bollywood films.

7. place to visit in Kolhapur, Radhangari Dam, Kolhapur
Radhangari Dam, Kolhapur
Radhangari Dam, Kolhapur

The Radhanagari Dam is the oldest dam in India built on the Bhogavati River in Radhangari near Kolhapur. To use irrigation and hydroelectricity, dam water is used in many nearby villages. In addition, the natural setting of the dam makes it a popular tourist destination of the city.

8. place to visit in Kolhapur, Chinmaya Ganadhish
Chinmaya Ganadhish
Chinmaya Ganadhish 

Located 14 kilometers from Kolhapur in Maharashtra on the Pune-Bangalore highway, Chinmay Ganadish is the tallest statue of the Hindu god Ganesha in the entire world. The statue stands at a height of 61 feet, placed at the base of 24 feet. It was inaugurated in 2001.


9. place to visit in Kolhapur, Paijarwadi – Kasav Mandir,kolhapur
Paijarwadi – Kasav Mandir,kolhapur
Paijarwadi – Kasav Mandir,kolhapur



Chili Maharaj was a famous saint in the vicinity of Kolhapur.He practiced pure thoughts, devoted devotion and passion for the multicoloredness of his devotees. After his late demise, his devotees decided to build a turtle-shaped temple around his tomb, as in his sermons he asked his followersImitating the turtle - which pulls itself up when faced with any danger. For humans, imitation meant keeping oneself from worldly feelings. Keeping this in mind, the devotees decided to build a temple in the form of a turtle,
In the year 1997. A famous architect in this area, Ar. Pramod Berry
He was approached and based on his vision the temple work began. This unique turtle-shaped coalless temple is 25 meters x 35 meters (approximately 80 feet x 120 feet). The experience inside the temple is breathtaking with an ovoidal volume of 12 meters in height (40 feet) that represents the sky and stars. There are planets like punctuation in the boundary wall.


The Guru's Samadhi is situated in a small sunken place inside the proper hall, which gives the devotee the answer to the deity for one-to-one relations as per Hindu tradition. The tomb of Guru Garbaba is just behind the temple and it is also worthy
one trip. The external "pradakshina" (circular) has mini domed rooms for storage purposes. Pinkstone is the main construction material.
In the year 2005, the project won the "Outstanding Structure Award" from the India Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. Therefore, it is only 40 minutes drive from Kolhapur and 20 minutes drive from Panhala.



10. place to visit in Kolhapur, Vishalgadh, Kolhapur
Vishalgadh, Kolhapur
Vishalgadh, Kolhapur

Vishalgarh is another town in Kolhapur district in Maharashtra that has historical significance. The city is popular for its recent housing and centuries-old ancient fort known as Vishalgarh Fort which is a popular seat of tourism in the area.


11. place to visit in Kolhapur, Amboli, kolhapur
Amboli, kolhapur
Amboli, kolhapur


Amboli is located about 135 km from Kolhapur en route to coastal Goa. A quiet and unhindered hill station situated away in the beautiful Sahyadri range, it is at an elevation of about 690 meters above sea level with dense forests, deep trenches and tall rocks. . It has its source in the hills surrounding the Hiranyakeshi River and at the mouth of the river's source is an ancient Shiva cave temple. High rainfall and swirling moods in the monsoon, numerous waterfalls, beautiful valley views and forest passages attract weekenders looking for a quick break from their busy times of the week. Maharashtra Tourism has a resort designed for visitors who want to take advantage of the jungle location and cool climate to retreat from city life.

12. place to visit in Kolhapur, Shalini Palace kolhapur
 Shalini Palace kolhapur
 Shalini Palace kolhapur


Shalini Palace was built in 1931-34 and named after Princess Srimanta Shalini Raje of Kolhapur. It was then built at a cost of Rs 8.00 rankala lake. The palace stands prominently on the west bank of Lake Rankala and offers picturesque lake views. The palace is built of black stone and Italian marble. Giant black stone arches form the verandah and verandah. The wooden doors on the back of the Maharaja of Kolhapur are intricately decorated and furnished with Belgian glass. Stained glass arches and towering tower clock have restored their former beauty. The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens. In 1987, the palace was converted into a 3-star hotel property, making it the first and only palace hotel in the state of Maharashtra. It has been used as a backdrop for many Indian films.

13. place to visit in Kolhapur, Town Hall Museum kolhapur
Town Hall Museum kolhapur
Town Hall Museum kolhapur

Built in 1872–76 by Charles Mont, this stately neo-Gothic structure is a museum displaying artifacts from the Satavahana period discovered in excavations at nearby Bramhapuri Hill. Ancient artifacts include statues of the Greek god Poseidon, elephant-ridden and Hellenistic figures (replica only), pieces of pottery and a medallion with beads. The museum has a raised gallery with weapons on display.
The Town Hall Museum has been recently renovated. There are seven corridors or dedicated galleries for various archaeological remains - metal artefacts, sculpture, ivory filagree and sandalwood work, weapons, paintings, old coins and personal portrait photography. Information and photographs of historical monuments, places, customs and traditions of Kolhapur city are also on display in this museum.


14. place to visit in Kolhapur, Rankala lake kolhapur
Rankala lake kolhapur
Rankala lake kolhapur


Hard to believe but this rankala lake closed as a stone quarry. In the 9th century AD, an earthquake caused a structural change and groundwater converted the mine into a natural rankala lake. The lake derives its name from the Rankabhairava temple, which is believed to be submerged in the center of the lake.
The rankala lake has a circumference of 4.5 miles. Nearby is the temple which has a huge statue of Nandi, the bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Legend has it that the distance of a grain of wheat towards Nandi lake and about a grain of rice daily. It is believed that when it reaches Nandi lake, the whole world will be destroyed.
The rankala lake is surrounded by the majestic Shalini Palace on its west, and the beautiful Padma Raje gardens on its east. The southeastern shore of the rankala lake is developed into a pathway, park and sit-out. Local fast food stalls, horse riding for children and boating on the lake as part of a tourist attraction.


15. place to visit in Kolhapur, Jyotiba Temple Kolhapur
Jyotiba Temple kolhapur
Jyotiba Temple kolhapur


The beautiful temple of Kolhapur, popularly known as Jyotiba Temple is located near Ratnagiri village in Maharashtra. The temple is constantly decorated with 'Rang' which changes color to the color used to play Holi. This is because as a token of honesty, pilgrimage is offered by pilgrims to God Jyotiba. The magnificent temple is built for Lord Jyotiba as its name suggests, which was believed to be the incarnation of three different deities. It is believed that after visiting the Mahalaxmi temple one should visit this temple. Standing 3124 feet above sea level, the view from the temple is beautiful and breathtaking. The calm atmosphere coupled with the divinity of the structure gives a feeling of peace and tranquility to all pilgrims and visitors.
The Jyotiba Temple was built in the year 1730 by Ranoji Shinde. The striking temple is approximately 55 feet in length, 37 feet in width and 77 feet in height. The interior is elegant and straightforward, while the exterior includes a long flight of stairs that pilgrims need to climb to reach the main temple. The climb is about 100 stairs and is equipped with some shops. Shops are different from those selling coconut and flowers, which sell CDs and pictures of Lord Jyotiba.
The most prominent festival of this grand temple is celebrated in the Hindu months Chaitra and Vaishakh. They occur on the full moon night during this month, which is named Chaitra Purnima. It is an annual festival when all the devotees play and play with Gulal. The entire hill of the Jyotiba temple is then covered with gulal, making it a beautiful sight and a great festival to experience.


16. place to visit in Kolhapur, Bahubali kolhapur
Bahubali kolhapur
Bahubali kolhapur


Kumbhaj is the name of an ancient city located 8 km from the city of Hathkangale in Kolhapur district, Maharashtra. 28 - A feet-tall monolithic statue of Bahubali is two kilometers from the city of Kumbhraj.
According to mythology, an ascetic saint Sri Bahubali Maharaj lived here some 250 years ago. He was a famous scholar and a mystic. It is said that due to their spiritual presence no wild animals attacked the pilgrims visiting the temple site. The place is named Kumbhaj Bahubali in memory of this great saint. After the death of Saint Bahubali, many great spiritual Jain sages have visited this temple site which is more blessed for the devout followers of Jainism. It is a famous Jain pilgrimage site and is believed to be a Kshatriya-miracle place.
The huge statue of Lord Bahubali in a standing posture is on a hill and can be seen several kilometers away from the hill. It was established in 1963. There are many well-built Digambara Jain temples on the hill: (A) Lord Bahubali (B) Lord Shantinath (C) Lord Chandraprabhu (D) Lord Adinath Digambar. There is also a column of Dignity.


17. place to visit in Kolhapur, Gangagiri Maharaj Math Temple kolhapur
Gangagiri Maharaj Math Temple kolhapur
Gangagiri Maharaj Math Temple kolhapur


Angagiri Maharaj Math Temple is situated on a hill amidst the Deejapur forest. Mathematics also provides yoga and meditation practice for devotees. In addition, the temple is situated amidst scenic natural places and makes for a wonderful experience.

18. place to visit in Kolhapur, Siddhagiri Museum kolhapur
Siddhagiri Museum kolhapur
Siddhagiri Museum kolhapur


This delightful museum is located at Siddhagiri Math in Kansari, Distt. Kolhapur, 4 km from Pune-Bangalore National Highway (AH 17). The history of the monastery is 1200 years old and is dedicated to Lord Mahadev. The monastery is in the Sylvan surroundings which is rich in flora and some fauna.
The museum is a unique project that demonstrates the self-sufficiency of village life as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi. Various aspects of village life have been rebuilt here. This project is the current Mathadhipati H. H. Kadisiddheshwar has come to the fore through Swamiji's vision and efforts.
Great care and intensive research has been done in creating this unusual museum. The museum is currently spread over 7 acres of land, with views of 80 villages and about 300 life-size statues and shapes of domestic animals displayed in open natural surroundings. They depict various interdependent 12 caste-based occupations and 18 related occupations which then existed in a largely agrarian society.


19. place to visit in Kolhapur, Chandrakant Mandare art gallery kolhapur
Chandrakant Mandare art gallery kolhapur
Chandrakant Mandare art gallery kolhapur


Chandrakant Mandare was a famous Marathi film actor and a painting artist. Born and raised in Kolhapur, Chandrakant Mandhare joined Baburao Painter's "Maharashtra Company", where he worked as a painter for Marathi films produced and directed by the famous Baburao Painter. All in all he had made around 350–400 paintings using various mediums such as watercolor, oil, acrylic and powder-shedding. He loved painting nature, portraits, landscapes. He did a lot of outdoor spot painting on his travels to India, Nepal, the United States and France, especially in between breaks in his film's schedule. In the year 1977, he was given an award, which was given for the best artwork and artist of the year.
The art gallery displays some paintings from Mandar's films, his paintings and sketches. The art gallery is part of the Mandar family's residential complex at Nisarga Bungalow, 7th Lane Rajarampuri, Kolhapur City. The art gallery has been generously donated by him to the Department of Archeology, Government of Maharashtra. When in town, this boutique art gallery is worth visiting.


20. place to visit in Kolhapur, Narsobawadi kolhapur
Narsobawadi kolhapur
Narsobawadi kolhapur


Narsobawadi is a famous pilgrimage place in Kolhapur district. Narsobawadi is the capital of Dutt devotees. This religious place is located 45 km from Kolhapur at the holy confluence of the Krishna and Panchganga rivers.
Swayambhu Paduka of Dattaguru is worshiped daily. The real third incarnation of Sri Dattaguru, Shri Narsingh Saraswati, lived in this region filled with oodambar trees for 12 years and enriched the region.

In the Gurucharitra, the significance of this religion is described by the name of Amarpur. Shri Narsinh Saraswati reached this place while traveling after completing Chaturmas in Audambar. Many audamber trees were forested. Swami stayed there due to the requests of Datta devotees. The stay of Narsinh Saraswati lasted for about 12 years at this place and hence the place got the name Narsobawadi . Swami established Dutt Paduka (sacred shoes).
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