Situated on the banks of the Panchganga River, Kolhapur is a historic city which is famous for its temples. A former princely state, Kolhapur is just a few hours away from Goa. The city of Kolhapur is best experienced in the month of August when a snake-worshipping festival is conducted. This is also the birthplace of the world-famous Kolhapuri cuisine (which includes spicy chicken and mutton dishes). Kolhapur specializes in the manufacture of slippers, handicrafts, clothes, oil engines, and several other things. Tourism is also a major contributor to the economy of Kolhapur. The city is also home to the Marathi film industry. Getting to/departing from Kolhapur is quite easy as it has a well-developed system of roadways (NH4 and NH 204), railways (Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus), and airways (Kolhapur airport, still undergoing expansion). Kolhapur, being a city that attracts tourists in large numbers, offers plenty of choices when it comes to accommodation. If you’re travelling on a budget, 2 star hotels in Kolhapur are your best bet. Generally, these are two-to-four storeyed buildings and are situated near the city’s popular tourist spots, transit hubs, and major junctions. A lot cannot be expected though, as these hotels tend to offer just the basic amenities. Most two star hotels in Kolhapur do not have in-house dining facilities but are situated close to number of inexpensive restaurants. Facilities like room service, round-the-clock security, and laundry service could vary between properties. The tourist spots in Kolhapur that you must definitely add to your itinerary include Mahalakshmi Temple, Rankala Lake & Reservoir, New Palace, Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum, Jyotiba Temple, Khasbag Wrestling Stadium, Shalini Palace, Bhavana Mandap Kaman, and Kolhapur Zoo. Restaurants in Kolhapur where you can have hearty meals include Dehaati, Patlachawada, Little Italy, Hotel Parakh, Pahunchar, Niyaaz, and Gandhar Hotel. If you need to go shopping, head to DYP Mall.
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