Situated on the banks of the Panchganga River, Kolhapur is a famous religious and historical destination. Every year, numerous visitors flock to the city to visit the famous Mahalaxmi Temple and several archaeological sites, monuments and forts. It is known as the capital of the Marathi film industry as India’s first feature film- Raja Harishchandra got conceptualised here. And yes, you guessed it right, most Kolhapuri chappals have got its name from this city.
Best time to visit Kolhapur:
November to February is the ideal time to visit Kolhapur.
Most spoken languages in Kolhapur:
How to reach Kolhapur:
Kolhapur is also home to many more temples that include Tembabai Temple, Bhavani Mandap, Kopeshwar Temple, Katyayani Temple, Bahubali, Gagangiri Maharaj Math and Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir.
Being one of the most famous dishes in Kolhapur, several misal joints have been practising this legacy of misal for centuries now. You must make it a point to taste misal in any of these joints. Some of the known misal joints in the city are Bawada Misal – the oldest one, Aahar Misal – makes the spiciest one, Chorage misal – they offer a less spicy one on demand, Khasbaug Misal – they make their own spices and Phadtare Misal – here the misal is made with groundnut oil.
One of the best restaurants serving authentic Maharashtrian dishes is Dehati. Their speciality, Maharashtrian thali is a must try along with other dishes such as aakha masoor, mutton Kolhapuri and pandhara rassa.
If you are craving for some pastries, cakes, rolls and burgers, then drop in at ‘The Oven’. You will get authentic Mexican, Italian, Thai and Chinese cuisines but all vegetarian.
It is a beautiful place to spend your evening savouring some palatable food. Try their wholesome Maharashtrian Thali and don’t forget about their buttermilk and bhakari that will completely satiate your taste buds.
Indulge yourself in some delicious local snacks such as akha masoor, aloo chat, solkadi at this small eatery. Don’t go with the size of the place, their service is quite prompt, and the owner is very friendly with the customers. So, enjoy a delightful conversation along with sumptuous food.
Hotel Panchshil The hotel is located close to the airport, bus stand and railway station, making it ideal for both business travellers and tourists. Being fully equipped with all necessary facilities, the rooms are sound-proof providing a silent and relaxed environment to its guests.
Hotel Atharv It is a one-stop destination in the city that defines luxury. Starting from lavish interiors to the latest amenities, Hotel Atharv has it all. The hotel is capable of hosting corporate events or any gathering of any size and boasts well-organised parking for a large number of guest.
The Pavillion Hotel Surrounded by lush green lawns, this hotel is right at the heart of the city. Bus stand, railway station, tourist spots as well as shopping areas are easily accessible from this beautiful hotel, built in the Portuguese style of architecture.
Hotel Sai Prasad This hotel is ideal for a one day trip or if you have any meetings to attend as it is at a proximity to the airport. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool and a beautiful garden to relax.
Sayaji Kolhapur This fivestar property is considered to be the finest one in the city. It gives you a royal feel with its high-quality services, food as well as ambience. The best aspect of this hotel is its location which makes all the famous tourist spots easily accessible.
If you are looking out for a place away from the city's hustle bustle, visit Rankala Lake. Known as Kolhapur’s Marine Drive (due to its similar kind of feel), the lake got its name from Rankabhairav Temple, believed to be under the lake. The lake is spread across a massive area of 107 hectares and is one of the top tourist destinations in Kolhapur. It boasts a pathway on the southeast bank of the lake wherein you can sit, enjoy horse riding or boating and taste some delectable local snacks. You can also visit Shalini Palace, which is situated on the west of the lake along with Padma Raje Gardens, on its east.
Shivaji Maharaj, along with his army, walked over a distance of 47km for about 20 long hours while fighting with their enemies. You can also walk the same route and relive the glorious history by going on a trek from Panhala to Pawankhind. It’s a three-day tour that takes you through some fascinating stories from the Maratha legacy. The trek includes Panhala Fort, the village of Pandharpani and Pawankhind. Experience the country life during your trek and do stay overnight at a local house in Pandharpani.
Gudi Padwa is widely celebrated across the state of Maharashtra, but Kolhapur adds a unique charm to the event. This festival attracts a number of tourists from across the country. The entire town is decorated with colourful garlands, Gudis (auspicious decorations) and embellished saffron flags at every nook and corner.
One of the biggest and the most popular annual festivals in Kolhapur, the Rankala Mahotsav, brings forth the vibrant and liveliness of the city of Kolhapuri. This five-day festival attracts several tourists from across the country amidst the extravagant showcase of Kolhapuri traditions and culture.