Kolhapur is famous for being
a centre of Art, education, industry and sports, particularly
wrestling. Here the wresling is called as "Kusti" and wreslers are
known as "Malla". This wrestling match is played
in the square clay ground which is known as "Akhada.
Located 400kms south of Mumbai, Kolhapur is an anient town. In about
the 3rd century BC, Kolhapur was an important Buddhist center. There
are entries in the old religious texts showing that once upon a time
this city was a center of religion, religious power and trade. It has
been also referred to as Dakshin Kashi. The puranas, have listed 108
sites where Shakti (the goddess of power) is manifested.
Kolhapur is a small district of Maharashtra state with an area of 7692
sq.kms. Since it is 400 kms from Mumbai, Kolhapur offer worth a tour
at the week ends as it offers the glimpses of both the historical
epochs as well religion.
Kolhapur is connected to important cities like Mumbai and Pune and is
situated on the river banks of Panchganga river. One can reach the
destination from either side of the two important cities.
Kolhapur has been an ideal platform for art and drama especially fine
arts justified by their contributions in marathi cinema, music and
painting in the art galleries. Excavations carried in 1945 reveal the
tale of the city with healthy relations and influence of foreign
cultures like Roman empire. The mythological importance counts on the
fact that some of the oldest temples are present in the city.
Kolhapur as a tourist destination has many things to offer; places
like ancient monuments, the Marathi cinema, famous Kolhapuri leather
chappal, Kusti (wrestling sport) and a flourishing industry. Kolhapur
is bestowed with the pleasant climate and that makes it worth going
for a picnic except in rainy season. Safe drinking water is not a
problem: thanks to the Maharaj who built the Radhanagari dam somewhat
towards the end of 19th century .
Kolhapur contributes a lot in supplying the milk products to the
region as well the rest of India, no wonder why the sport like
kusti is legendry to the region. It's a prosperous centre with
majority employed in sugarcane cultivation and processing and
industries like cotton, textiles, tobacco. The region is also a major
bauxite producing centre. The Warma region in Kolhapur has the
distinction of being the first wired village in India.
Kolhapur, also known as Dakshin Kashi (Varanasi of South) has in it
one of the oldest and best known temples - The Mahalaxmi temple.
Symbolic to the city, the Mahalaxmi temple houses Goddess Ambabi as
The temple was erected by the Chalukya king Karnadeve in 634 A.D.
There is also prsesence of Budhist remains and Stupa with the
inscriptions of Asoka period. The temple is a conspicous and dominant
figure in the old city. Five worship services are offered each day
with the first starting at 5 a.m. The western entrance is the main
Old Palace houses the piantings and stuffed animal which are regularly
visited by tourists and students.
The Old Palace, now a known museum, houses products like painting and
stuffed animals. The Kolhapur also showcases artefacts of bronze and
pottery and exacavated products from Brahmapuri hill.
One remarkable thing about the Brahmapuri hill is that it contains a
small bronze idol of the Greek God Poseidon holding a trident like the
one held by Shiva.
a hill station is frequently visited hill station. It is 18 km north
west of Kollahpur. The hill has the history as being the stronghold of
Raja Bhoj II somewhere round 1192. The cover was first captured by the
Mughals followed by Mararthas and at the last by the British. Pawala
caves and Budhist caves are quite close to the hills.
A number of hotels provide the services for accommodation and cuisine.
Hotel Pearl, Hotel Woodland and Hotel Panchsil are some prime luxury
hotels. Hotel Pearl (**) is located at New Shahpuri, Kolhapur; Hotel
Woodland (**) at 204 B-E Ward Tarabi Park and Hotel Panchsil at 517
A/2 Shivaji Park.
Kolahpur is connected with other cities through railway lines, highway
and an airport base. The railway station is in the vicinity of bust
standand towards the centre of town. The lines connnects Kolhapur with
Mumbai and Pune.Daily Konya Express and Mahalaxmi Express are
important ones. It takes some 11 hours from Mumbai to Kolhapur and
some 8 hours From Pune. Ujail airport is the nearest and about 10 kms
Best Time to Visit
September to May
How to Reach Kolhapur :
Air : It is a one-hour journey from Bombay to Kolhapur by air. The
Ujalaiwadi airport is 10-km away from Kolhapur Main City.
Rail : Kolhapur has a railway station and it's an 11-hour journey from
Mumbai or Bangalore to Kolhapur.
Road :Maharashtra State Transport Corporation (MSTC) has regular
service in this route with semi luxury and regular buses.