12 attractions you should visit in Kolhapur - With photos & details

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Top 12 attractions to explore in Kolhapur

Kolhapur city is situated on the banks of the Panchganga river and is surrounded by  Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a city known for its historical forts, temples and royal places of erstwhile royals. It is famous for the Indian handcrafted leather slippers the kolhapuri chappals and its unique local jewelry a special type of necklace called Kolhapuri Saaj.

108 Kumbhojgiri Parshvnath Jain TirthBahubali Kumbhoj, Maharashtra 416110, India
Jain Temples
Sculptures

In ancient times, this hill was known as Bahubali ki pahadi and now it is known as Kumbhojgiri. It is a well known Jain Temple located near Hatkanangala. One of the temples is made with an engineering technique that deflects sound.

Ambabai TempleMaharastra State Highway 116 Dewale Maharashtra 416001 Republic of, Maharashtra 414003, India
Hindu Temples

Ambabai is mentioned in many Puranas. The idol of the Devi is made of precious stone, weighing about 40 Kgs. It contains mater mixed with Hirak bits. This throws light on its ancientness. This temple is located in the heart of Kolhapur.

Bhavani MandapBhavani Mandap, C Ward, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416002
Hindu Temples
Notable Architectures

It is a historical building and heritage site in the central walled portion of the city of Kolhapur. Bhavani Mandap is a famous building and the abode of the goddess Tulja Bhavani who is known as a guest in the city of Kolhapur, which is considered to be the city of her elder sister Mahalaxmi, whose temple the city is popular for. Bhavani Mandap is built according to the architectural style of the British Empire. An era of the Maratha dynasty, with relics of the royal era is found displayed here

Gagan Gad, GaganbawadaSH 115, Maharashtra 416101, India
Viewpoints
Hindu Temples
Mosques
Mountain Peaks
Forts
Sculptures

Gagangad is a fort situated in Gaganbawada tehsil of Kolhapur district. It was built in 1190. The surroundings of Gagangad offers you the most scenic views of mighty mountain ranges of Western Ghats. Each season the view will be different and magnificent. The misty mountains and lush green hills of Gaganbawada are treated to the eyes.

Kaneri Math, Kolhapur, Maharashtrakaneri, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416234, India
Hindu Temples
Museums

Also known as the Sidagiri Gramjivan museum is a sculpture museum situated at Srikhsethra  Siddagiri Math. This museum showcases different aspects of Gramjivan. This initiative was the dream of  Mahatma Gandhi and was created through the vision and efforts of the Siddhagiri Gurukul Foundation.

New Palace (Kolhapur)New Palace, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416003, India
Palaces
Museums

New Palace Kolhapur Maharashtra New Palace is situated at Kolhapur in Maharashtra. This palace exhibits commendable architecture and its ground floor is used to showcase Maharaja’s splendid collection of weapons, costumes, embroidery, jewellery, games and other paraphernalia, such as elephant saddles made of silver. The present Maharaja resides in the first floor of this awe-inspiring palace. The palace houses a museum inside it which displays a fantastic collection .

Panhala FortPanhala Fort, Panhala, Maharashtra 416201, India
Viewpoints
Mountain Peaks
Forts
Sculptures

Panhala Fort, one of the recognised forts of Maharashtra is also known as Panhalgad. The fort speaks of the ancient Indian heritage and also of the grand reign of Shivaji Maharaj here. The fort is strategically placed where it can help to keep a vigilance over the pass in Sahyadri mountain ranges.

Pohale Buddhist Caves - Buddhist Archaeological SitePohale Ghat, Wadi, Maharashtra 416229, India
Viewpoints
Buddhist Temples
Monuments
Notable Architectures
Old Ruins

An ancient Buddhist cave located near the Jyothibha temple in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. It is a rock-carved structure constituting many small cells and a tiny water reservoir.

Rankala LakeRankala Lake, Hari Om Nagar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416012
Lake/ River/ Ponds

The Rankala Lake is a very famous tourist attraction for people from all over the world. Marked by the natural beauty and peaceful environment it provides, it sure does become one of the must-visits on everyone's list.

Shalini PalaceKolhapur, Maharashtra 416012, India
Palaces

Shalini Palace is the only palace hotel present in all over Maharashtra and has been reputed to give world-class services to its boarders. In front of the Palace, there is a picturesque lake called Lake Rankala which is so huge that it has a circumference of approximately 4 kilometers or 2.5 miles. The Lake is encircled by soaring palm trees, plush foliage and divine parks.

Shree Jotiba DevasthanJyotiba Dongar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416001, India
Hindu Temples

This is a holy site of Hinduism near Wadi Ratnagiri. The deity of the temple is known by the same name, and is held by the locals to be an Incarnation of three gods Brahma,VIshnu, Mahesha.

Shree Mahalaxmi MandirMahadwar Rd, B Ward, C Ward, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416012, India
Hindu Temples

First built in the 7th century by the Chalukya empire. Unlike most Hindu shrines which face north or east, the deity here faces west. There is a small open window on the western wall, through which the light of the setting sun falls on the face of the shrine for three days around the 21st of each March and September.

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