Sangli Travel Guide



places to visit

Tourist sites around Sangli City

* Historic Ganesha Temple
* Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
* Chandoli National Park
* Kandhar Water Falls
* Gokak waterfalls
* Dandoba Hills Forest Preserve
* Bahubali Hill Temples
* Historical Prachitgad Fort
* Audumbar
* Narsobawadi
* Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
* Mahabaleshwar Hill Station
* Bijapur Historical Site
* Tasgaon Ganesh Temple
* Sangameshwar Shiva Temple, Haripur
* Bagetil Ganapati Temple, Haripur

get there and around

Distances from Major Cities

* Mumbai (Bombay) 390 km.
* Pune 220 km.
* Bengaluru 630 km.
* Goa 250 km.
* Hyderabad 480 km.
* Kolhapur 50 km.
* Solapur 211 km.
* Ichalkaranji 27 km.
* Panvel 342 km.
* Umadi 151 km.
* Belgaav 130 km.

Railway Stations

* MIRAJ Junction (Central Railway, India)
* SANGLI (Central Railway, India)
* Vishrambaug (Central Railway, India)
* Madhavnagar (Central Railway, India)
* Nandre (Central Railway, India)
* Bhilavadi (Central Railway, India)
* Kirloskarwadi (Central Railway, India)
* Takari (Central Railway, India)
* Bhavani Nagar (Central Railway, India)
* Vijay Nagar (South Western Railway, India)



History of Sangli

The region, known as Kundal (now a small village near Sangli city) in medieval India, was the capital of the Chalukya Empire in 12th century AD.

Sangli, was one of the 11-gun salute princely states of British India, under the Kolhapur-Dekkan Residency in the Bombay Presidency, and later the Deccan States Agency. It was one of the southern Maratha Jagirs. Its territory was widely scattered among other native states and British districts.

Sangli was part of Maratha Empire, however, there are no direct references mentioning Sangli before 1801. During the time of Shivaji, Sangli, Miraj and surrounding areas were captured from the Mughal Empire. Until 1801, Sangli was included in Miraj Jahagir. The First Chintamanrao Appasaheb Patwardhan established a different principality with Sangli as the capital city.

The Principality of Sangli covered an area of 1112 square miles (2942 square kilometers), and had a population of 226,128 in 1901, while the population of the town itself was 16,829 in that year. In 1911, the state enjoyed a revenue estimated at £10,000.

The last ruler of Sangi was Capt. HH Shrimant Raja Saheb Sir Chintamanrao II Dhundirajrao Appasaheb Patwardhan. Sangli joined the Dominion of India on March 8, 1948 and is currently a part of the state of Maharashtra. Film Actress Bhagyashree's father is still referred to as the King of Sangli.

The city derives its name from "Saha Galli" ("Six Lanes" in Marathi). Sangli city is known as Natyapandhari, the birthplace of Marathi drama. The city has a rich cultural influence of Marathi music & drama. The Marathi spoken in Sangli is considered one of the purest forms of the language. It has a historic Ganpati temple built in the 18th century by ruling Patwardhan dynasty of Sangli. The temple attracts thousands of devotees year around.