Now a historic city, Kolhapur was formerly a princely state ruled by the Bhosale clan of the Maratha dynasty. The city received its name from the demon ‘Kolhasur’ according to an old legend. Although inland city situated in the state of Maharashtra, Kolhapur experiences a mix of coastal and inland weather conditions. Summers in Kolhapur aren’t too hot but can get a bit humid with average temperatures ranging between 33°C and 35°C. Monsoons in Kolhapur are characterized by heavy rainfall between the months of June and September and are best avoided when a trip is being planned. Winter, that runs from November to February, is the best time to visit Kolhapur. The city stays well connected to rest of India through railways (Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus railway station), roadways (NH 4 & NH 204), and airways (Kolhapur Airport). In case you’re travelling with your family, you’ll be happy to know that finding family hotels in Kolhapur is quite easy. These hotels are designed to cater to the needs and requirements of the entire family. A recreation centre is usually part of such hotels, where children can play indoor/outdoor games and group activities. In-house restaurants with kid-friendly menus and offering complimentary meals (to children below a certain age) are also part of such hotels. These hotels in Kolhapur for family stays also provide sketching material (such as paper, pens, and crayons) to keep the children occupied. Special amenities like a cot/cradle for infants/toddlers are also provided at the best family hotels in Nashik. Additionally, facilities such as swimming pools, creches, and arrangement of family-friendly events may also be provided. Kolhapur has plenty of places to visit and things to do. Some of the fascinating tourist spots in the city include Mahalakshmi Temple (an embellished 12th century temple), Rankala Lake (a picturesque lake which is a treat for photography enthusiasts), Jyotiba Temple (a Hindu holy site), New Palace (constructed using polished black stone), Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum (an open air museum detailing village life), and Shalini Palace (a 19th century establishment with a great collection of artifacts). Also, dine at restaurants such as Patlachawada, Dehaati, Little Italy, Chittu’s Rasoi, Pahunchar, and Niyaaz when you’re in Kolhapur.
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