Everything that's special or popular in Kolhapur takes the city's name. That's how outsiders and residents know that it's the original best and hence Kolhapuri. Kolhapuri Chappal, Kolhapuri Saree, Kolhapuri Saaj (jewellery), Kolhapuri Lavangi (chilli), Kolhapuri Masala, Kolhapuri Misal and Kolhapuri Bhel are the items to look for, buy and take back from here.
Situated in the south-west corner of Maharashtra, on the banks of river Panchganga, Kolhapur is famous for its Mahalakshmi temple also (apart from everything that's Kolhapuri).
The Mahalakshmi Temple, built and beautified through generations of different rulers has witnessed a lot of history. Be there to know the interesting stories, be a part of the aarti rituals in the evening and listen to the kirtankars (singers) singing in praise of the temple's goddess. The Temlabai Mandir, New Palace, and Rankala Lake are the other places to visit in the city.
There are a lot of nearby visiting places around Kolhapur. The Panhala Fort on the hills holds Chhatrapati Shivaji's memories of war and capture. Jyotiba temple, in the hills is the reincarnation of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The area around the temple brightens up with pomp and joy at the local fair around the temple, every full moon night in the Hindu months of Chaitra and Vaisakh.
There's a 28-feet tall marble statue of Bahubali, 27 km to the south of Kolhapur that's worshiped by both Hindu and Jain devotees. Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum, Gagangiri Maharaj Math, Khidrapur, Dajipur Bison Sanctuary, Ramling and Radhanagari Dam are the other tourist destinations near Kolhapur.
Amboli and Gaganbawda are beautiful rainy hill stations. Amboli has a waterfall too. Take a day off to visit these hill stations in the monsoon season and enjoy nature and the weather of the place at its best.
The nearest airport is in Mumbai. You can reach here by road and railways too. People of Kolhapur speak Marathi and Hindi mostly. The English language is barely used here. The city provides the best of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items. If you are the former don't miss out on varieties of Misal, Bhel and Akkha Masur. If you are the latter (non-vegetarian), you should definitely taste Pandhara Rassa (a soup made from mutton stock, made tasty with Kolhapuri masalas).
People mainly visit Kolhapur for trade and business rituals but the list of places to explore in this city are no less. So if you are travelling to Kolhapur for business or leisure, book a Treebo Hotel and have a splendid stay with us.