Kolhapur is largest and oldest city of Western India. Brahmapuri, the oldest nucleus of the city, situated on the bank of river Panchaganga over two thousand years ago. Kolhapur is as old as that of its origin is attributed to the creator Brahma Himself in the Mythology.
Popular for being one of the 108 auspicious Shakti Peethas of Hinduism, the Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple draws hundreds of devotees on a daily basis from all over the state and beyond. The temple is particularly of note for its connection to Hindu mythology and the several lores surrounding it.
Rankala Lake is easily the most-recognisable tourist attraction in Kolhapur and counted among the most picturesque places to visit in Kolhapur. This large lake is located right in the centre of city & is a popular hangout spot with well-maintained walkways & seating areas lining the Rankala Chaupati.
Back in the days of the Maratha rule in the region, Panhala Fort was one of the most important and strategically crucial forts in South West India. An amazing repository of history and one of Kolhapur’s most popular attractions, the fort is today a ready reminder of the glory days of the Maratha kingdom.
The Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum is a one of a kind museum that captures the village life of Maharashtra before the Mughal empire. This unique museum accurately depicts almost all aspects of local village life through life-size replicas. This large seven-acre complex is located at the Kaneri Math and built around the famous Moola-Kaadsiddheswar Shiva temple.
Jyotiba temple situated on jyotiba mountain, Wadi Ratnagiri, Kolhapur. It is a holy site of Hinduism god Shree Jotiba. A grand temple is situated on the top of mountain. And it is dedicated to Jyotiba also known as Kedareshwar. According to the legends Shree Jotiba was the incarnation of Bramha,Vishnu, and Mahesh, and the shine of 12 sun. The avatar Jotiba was taken to distroy the evil Ratnasur.
The New Palace is also known as Shahu Palace constructed between 1877–1884. It is located in Bawada, Kolhapur. It built using black polished stone and it has been an attraction for tourists. The palace is blessed with extensive premises with a garden, fountain and wrestling ground. The whole building is eight-angled and has a tower in the middle with a clock on it which was fixed in 1877.