An Ancient city of Maharashtra, Kolhapur was earlier the assetsof great Maratha reign which was lined by Bhosle Royal Community.
Kolhapur isknown for its footwear Spices and ornaments. As Kolhapur is situated nearMumbai and Pune it is a perfect location for the Mumbaikar’s and Punekar’s toplan their perfect tour.From many years, Mahalakshmi Temple is the most visitedplace by the tourist. It is Dedicated to the Goddess Ambabai aka Mahalaxmi onethe Sacred Hindu Goddess. During the Empireof Chalukyas, in 7th century, it was built. The walls of the templeare beautifully sculptured and engraved. One will be mesmerized with its beauty.This is the must visit place.
Another place you can visit inthis Historic city is Rankala Lake,being one the most ancient lake of the Maharashtra State it attracts manytourists with its pleasant and beautiful view and environment. It wasconstructed under the reign of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj which makes it a mustto be on your list.Shree Chatrapati Sahu Museum is also known as Palace museum.Chatrapati Sahu Maharaj used to live here now the ground floor is convertedinto the museum which shows ancient artefacts, precious gems, weapons andbeautiful portraits. This museum will give you experience of the royal livingwhich was once lived by the King.Jyotiba temple is one of the beautiful temple which is situatedaround 21km near Ratnagri village. It is dedicated to the Jyotiba an avatar ofthe God Siva.
As the token of sincerity the gulal is offered to Jyotiba. It isbelieved or said that one must visit this temple after completing the Darshanof Mahalaxmi Temple.Situated in the Deccan region Panhala Fort is situated around 20kmfrom the main city lies in the Sahyadri Mountain Range. The entrance is protectedby the three wonderful double walled gates. A big Ambarkhana is built insidethe fort which is used to store large amount of grains.As Kolhapur is known for its nonveg-dishes, your tour will be incomplete without the famous Kolhapurimutton/Chicken with Tambda-Pandhra Rassa.
The mutton or chicken is served with the Tambda Rassa i.e. Red curry &Pandhra Rassa i.e. White curry along with Bhaakri (it is a Jowar made Indian bread).One more famous dish to try in Kolhapuris a Kolhapuri Akkha Masoor.
It is apopular street food around there. It is a traditional dish served along with aroti.Some other dishes to try in Kolhapurare Kolhapuri Misal, Sugarcane juice,Kolhapuri Vada pav & ofcourse the Bhel.