Kolhapur Travel Guide

 

Places of interest

* Temples

* Mahalakshmi Temple (Kolhapur)
* Jyotiba temple [Jyotiba]
* Nrusinhawadi
* Tembalai alias Tryamboli
* Katyani [Katyani]

* Lakes

* Rankala lake
* Kalamba lake    

* Fort area

* Vishalgad
* Panahla
* Rangana
* Samangad

* Historical places

* Bhavani Mandap
* Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, Kolhapur
* Shalini Palace ,Kolhapur
* Chandrakant Mandare museum
* New Palace, Kolhapur
* Town Hall museum

 

 

 

 

 

get there and around


Local transportation includes auto rickshaws and buses run by KMT (Kolhapur Municipal Transport).



Train

Kolhapur Railway Station is named "Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus" or "C Shahu Maharaj Terminus" (Station code: KOP). It was moved from the South Central to Central Railways in 2003.[6] It has daily trains to Mumbai, Pune, Tirupati, Bangalore, Bhopal, Nagpur and Hyderabad. The weekly Nizammuddin Express is the only direct train to Bhopal and Delhi. The station also runs an inter-city shuttle service between Kolhapur and Miraj (Sangli). However, the station lacks direct connectivity with Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Lucknow, Madurai, Mysore and Trivandrum, despite of being an important station.

Interestingly, this station does not appear on the website of Indian Railways; it is misnamed as "C Shahumharaj T". Because the station is named after Shahu Maharaj, it is entered so on the Railway website.



Road

The National Highway (NH 4) connecting Pune and Bangluru passes through Kolhapur, it has excellent connectivity with a number of major cities in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Bus is a more preferred mode of transport due to its wider network and speed. Buses run by private companies are generally considered more comfortable and reliable, with most offering sleeper and air conditioned coaches. Kolhapur has multiple state transport bus stands like central bus stand (CBS),Rankala & Sambhajinagar bus stand spread around the city. These provide services connecting to most of cities in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and some places in Andhra Pradesh. The private companies generally serve the more popular routes, to and from big cities, like Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Panjim, Nashik, Belgaum, Dharwad, Hubli, Solapur, Hyderabad, Ratnagiri, Shirdi and Tirupati.

MSRTC runs a high frequency intercity bus service from Kolhapur to the Sangli-Miraj twin cities, which are 50 km from Kolhapur. There are buses to Sangli almost every 10 minutes from Kolhapur.


Air

The city has an airport near Ujlaiwadi, 13 km from the city center connecting Kolhapur to Mumbai. King Fisher Airlines offers daily flights from Mumbai & Belgaum which take about an hour to reach Kolhapur. More number of flights are proposed for developmental purposes.







Kolhapur is a city situated in the south-west corner of Maharashtra, India. The population of Kolhapur city was 493,167, as per the 2001 census.[1] Kolhapaur also serves as the headquarters of the Kolhapur District. As is the case in most of the Maharashtra cities, the main language spoken here is Marathi. Kolhapur is situated on the banks of river Panchganga and is the location of the Temple of Mahalakshmi, an Indian Goddess. The city also lends its name to many common products such as Kolhapuri chappal , Kolhapuri lavangi mirchi, Kolhapuri gur and Kolhapuri cuisine. The most famous part of the kolhapuri cuisine is the Red meat preparations called Tambada Rassa and Pandhara Rassa as also Suke Mutton


History

Kolhapur is a very ancient city, famous for its food, headwear, footwear, jewellery, wrestling and religious connections[citation needed]. According to legend it was settled by Kolhasur, a demon who was later killed by Mahalakshmi to relieve the local populace. However, honouring the demon's dying wish, the city was named after him. Kolhapur finds mentions in Devi Gita, the final and most important chapter of the Srimad Devi Bhagawatam, as one the important places of Shakti worship, "Devi spoke:..."O King of Mountains! Still I am now telling something out of My affection to My Bhaktas. Hear. There is a great place of pilgrimage named Kolhapura in the southern country. Here the Devi Laksmi always dwells...." [4].

During 940-1212 CE, it was the capital of the Shilahara dynasty of Kolhapur. An inscription at Teradal mentions that king Gonka was healed from snakebite by a Jain monk and Gonk had built a temple of Lord Neminath. Many Jain temples in that region build in the next couple of century are called Gonka-Jinalya after him. During the reign of Bhoja I, a dynamic Acharya Maghanandi helped establish an institute at Rupanarayana-Basadi. Several of the kings and nobles of the dynasty were disciples of Maghanandi. Maghanandi is often called Siddhanta-chakravarti ie the great master of the scriptures, Gandaraditya I was his disciple. He is sometimes called "Kolapuriya" to distinguish him from many other Acharyas with the name Maghanandi.