Kolhapur, on the banks of the river Panchaganga, is known for housing some magnificent temples. Kolhapur rests in the lap of the stunning Sahyadri mountain ranges. The city is home to numerous temples, heritage monuments, forts, lakes as well as gardens. Travellers flock here to experience rich cultures of the city and get soaked into its spiritual vibes. Kolhapur has been named after a demon who was killed by Goddess Mahalakshmi.     

Top Places to Visit:

Mahalakshmi Temple
Mahalakshmi Temple of the city is dedicated to Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi. Pilgrims also call her Amba Bai out of fondness. The most fascinating thing about the temple is that the idol of goddess has been placed in such a way that sun rays add a beautiful golden glow to her face. Mahalakshmi Temple is one of the top 18 Maha Shakti Peethas and finds its mentions in various Hindu scriptures.  

Jyotiba Temple
The Jyotiba Temple stands at a height of 3000 feet in the city. It is also popular with the name of Kedarnath. The temple is known for hosing one of the twelve existing Jyotirlingas. The temple also has a holy incarnation of the three Hindu Gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Jyotiba Temple is visited by thousands of travellers every year and remains a must visit for those who believe in the powers of spirituality.  

Maharaja’s palace
Maharaja’s palace of Kolhapur was built in 1888. It was designed by a British architect, Mant. Here you can see a fusion of Rajasthani, Gujarati and Jain style architecture which makes many jaws drop. The palace exhibits collections of Chhatrapaties of Kolhapur such as costumes, weapons, games, etc. Many other artefacts in the palace take you back into history by repainting views of ancient royal culture and lifestyle.  The museum of the palace has a collection of stuffed animals like tigers, tiger heads, wild dog, sloth bear, lion, etc.

How to Reach
By Air: The closest airport to Kolhapur is in Pune from where cabs are available to reach the city.
By Rail: Kolhapur Railway station has links with major cities across India.
By Road: Kolhapur is well connected with Mumbai and Bangalore via National Highway 4.


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