Built by the Shilahara dynasty of Kolhapur in the 12th Century, the fort passed into the hands of the Yadavas of Devgiri, the Bahamani, the Adilshahi and subsequently the Marathas. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj spent many days in this fort which was under the dominance of the Marathas until the 17th and mid-18th centuries.
The fort has witnessed many upheavals and battles and is located around 20 kilometers from Kolhapur. An interesting view from Panhala is of the pass that connects the rest of Maharashtra with its coastal areas. The fort can be visited during any season but what makes it more compelling, mysterious and exciting is the fog and the dense greenery that sprouts up during the monsoon.
The Rankala Lake is a very famous tourist attraction for people from all over the world. Marked by the natural beauty and peaceful environment it provides, it sure does become one of the must-visits on everyone's list. The lake was constructed by Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, the then king of Kolhapur. Rajgath and Marathghat are the two ghats that the lake has. The lake covers an area of as large as 107 hectares. The lake is generally visited during the evening time.
Irwin Agricultural Museum
Also known as Swaraj Bhavan, Irwin Agricultural Museum is located in the centre of Kolhapur city in Maharashtra. The museum displays agriculture-related equipments, ancient coins and pottery products. The highlight of the repository is the statue of Poseidon.
The beautiful temple of Kolhapur, known as the Jyotiba Temple lies near the village of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. The temple is constantly laden with 'rang which translates to colour, implying the colour used to play Holi. This is because the gulal is offered to Lord Jyotiba as a token of sincerity by the pilgrims. The glorious temple is built for Lord Jyotiba as its name suggests, who was believed to be an embodiment of three different deities. It is believed that this temple should be visited after visiting the Mahalaxmi Temple.
Teen Darwaza is the main entrance gate of the Panhala Fort in Kolhapur. It is a double gateway with an arched courtyard in between the two gates. The outer gate has protruding ceiling and an elaborate chamber on top. The inner gate has ornate carvings including that of Lord Ganesh. The walls have intricate inscriptions carved on them.
Shivaji University, established in 1962, is named after the Great Maratha Warrior and founder of the Maratha empire Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It was inaugurated on 18th November, 1962 by Dr. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India. One of the major objectives behind foundation of this University was to cater to the regional needs of South Maharashtra.
The Temlabai temple is situated on the Temlabai Hill both of which derive their name from the Goddess Temlabai who according to mythology is the sister of Goddess Mahalakshmi.
The Mahalakshmi temple was built in the 7th century by Chalukya rulers and is one of the six abodes of 'Shakti' (Goddess of Power) from where one can attain fulfillment and salvation of desires.
The temple enjoys a status of one of the most important pilgrim sites in India. The temple is situated about 5km from the Railway station and Central Bus depot of the city. Near the temple, there is a temple in honor of Goddess Bhavani.
The breathtaking Amboli Waterfalls is located in the hill station of Amboli in south Maharashtra in India. Situated in the Sahyadri Hills of the western part of India, Amboli is situated at the height of 690 metres above the sea level and is counted as one of the eco spots of the world since it is home to unusual species of flora and fauna. The Amboli Waterfall is one of the most famous tourist attractions that can be found in Amboli and is visited by numerous tourists all through the year.
Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum
The New Palace located on the Bahvani Mandap-Kasaba Bavda Road was constructed in 1877-84 and has been the residence of Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The ground floor of the palace is converted into a museum that houses artifacts belonging to those times when the king ruled and his own possessions.
Vishalgad is another town in the Kolhapur district in Maharashtra which has a historic significance. The town is lately popular for housing and age-old ancient fort known as Vishalgad Fort which is a popular seat of tourism in the area.
Bhavani Mandap used to be the court and palace of Chhatrapati Maharaja in the yesteryears which has now been converted into a public monument and is an important site of heritage in the Kolhapur city. The palace houses sculpture of Shahu Maharaj, stuffed animals, wooden throne etc and is an famous sightseeing attraction in the city.
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary
The former hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Kolhapur, Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1985. Also known as Bison Sanctuary, the place is popular for Indian Bison or Gaurs. Besides, one can also spot leopards, tigers, sloth bears etc. Set amidst verdant forests, the sanctuary makes for a perfect getaway from the city.
Gushing down on the banks of River Hiranyakeshi in Ajara Taluka in Kolhapur, Rautwadi Waterfall is a natural waterfall popular for its unmatched serenity and beautiful locales. The spot is mostly used for day picnics and to unmind from the hustle-bustle of the city. The area also has several temples which are thronged by pilgrims at all times.
Khasbag Maidan, also known as Khasbag Wrestling Stadium is the largest wrestling stadium in India located in Kolhapur. The stadium has a seating capacity for over 30000 visitors. The enormous wrestling ring is called •Houd; which is situated right in the centre of the stadium. There are special seating facilities for members of the royal family.
Sajja Kothi is a one storeyed building housed within the Panhala Fort in Kolhapur. Boasting of Mughal style architecture, the monument is situated amidst lush greenery and was an important strategic point of the famous king Shivaji. Overlooking the beautiful Waranna Valley, Sajja Kothi is an important historical heritage and a popular tourist spot in the city.
Also known as Kaneri Math. Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum is situated in Kaneri, Kolhapur. The museum is housed within the Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math along with a Shiva Temple. The museum depicts rural village life with the help of wax and cement statues. Sprawling over 7 acres, the repository is surrounded by lush greenery and countryside locales.
Located in Khidrapur in Kolhapur district at the junction of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Kopeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built on the banks of River Krishna, the shrine boasts of a beautiful architecture with various intricate carvings on the interior and exterior walls. Besides, it also has idols of Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma among others.
Amba Ghat is a mountain pass on Ratnagiri-Kolhapur road (NH 204) in Maharashtra, India, at a height of 2000 ft above sea-level, This ghat lies in the Sahyadri mountain ranges (Western Ghats) and has picturesque mountain-scapes and a pleasant climate. It is situated near Shahuwadi, Kolhapur district, and has nearby interesting places are Pawankhind and Vishalgad fort . It is a convenient weekend destination for Kolhapur tourists.