One of the important places to visit in Kolhapur is the Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Ganesha idol was discovered from a well which led to the establishment of this temple.

Renowned for its architecture, a blend of Hindu, Jain and Rajwada style, the Maharaja’s Palace or the New Palace, is also the site of the Chhatrapati Sahu Museum and is a must place to visit in Kolhapur.

Kopeshwar Temple, famous for its architecture, with the halls supported by ancient carved pillars of images of Hindu gods and goddesses, attracts not only pilgrims but also hardcore archaeologists.

Bhudargad is known for the Bhudargad Fort built by Raja Bhoj. Gadhinglaj, Dudhsagar Lake, Bhairav Temple, Kagal and a Sai Baba Temple are few other places of interest around Kolhapur.

Another factor that keeps pulling tourists to this city is the Kolhapuri cuisine. Known for its red meat preparations, Kolhapuri cuisine is famous for the use of a variety of spices in its preparations.

Kolhapur is also famous for the unique shopping experience it offers. Kolhapur slippers are very famous and the markets are teeming with shoe shops.

Among the popular places to visit in Kolhapur, Panhalgad hill station, Irwin Agricultural Museum, Mahalaxmi temple also known as Dakshin Kashi, Katyani temple, Vishalgad Fort, the Wax Museum, the New Palace and Bahubali Jain temple feature are some of the top favourites. The Mahalaxmi Temple is famous for the Mahalaxmi idol embedded with precious stones and diamonds.

Shalini Palace was built in the 1930s as a summer palace on the banks of the Rankala Lake. The Palace is built of intricately carved black stone and Italian marble. Rich decorative wooden doorways fitted with etched Belgium glass bearing the crest of the Maharaja of Kolhapur add to the regal grandeur. Now this is converted to a heritage hotel.

Kolhapur is well connected by road and rail

Kolhapur, situated in the state of Maharashtra, by the banks of the river Panchganga, is considered to be one of the ancient cities in India. Legends say that it was after the demon Kolhasur that Kolhapur was named. Kolhasur was killed by the Goddess Mahalakshmi but the place was named after him as he requested as a last wish.

With a rich cultural history dating back to the 17th Century, Kolhapur was often referred to as Dakshin Kashi for its spiritual history. Kolhapur, once a princely state of the Bombay presidency, was ruled by the Bhonsle Dynasty.

Kolhapur has been popular destination as it experiences a very consistent weather throughout the year. It is very popular as a weekend destination among the urban crowd of the nearby cities of Mumbai and Pune due to its proximity.

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