Kolhapur- A city of Maratha Royals
Maharastra lies in the western part of India and is associated with the coastal beauty of the Arabian Sea. In this second-most populous state of India lies a city by the name Kolhapur.
Kolhapur city is situated on the banks of the Panchganaga River and is surrounded by Sahyadri ranges. It is known for its historical forts, temples and royal palaces of olden royal families.
Kolhapur is about 387 km from Mumbai, the financial capital of the country.
When you visit Kolhapur, these are some of the things you must do:
Visit Shri Chatrapati Shahu Museum
This marvellous structure was built in 1884. It is an excellent example of Indian Architecture and houses fine possessions of Charapatis of Kolhapur. It is one of the most recommended places to visit as it gives you a glimpse of magnificent Maratha rulers.
Have fun at Kalamba Lake
One of the most enchanting places to visit, Kalamba Lake is spread over 63 acres. It is one of the major sources of water. A perfect place to have a one-day excursion from Kolhapur. The lake is known for migratory birds who flock here during winters.
Seek Blessings from Shri Mahalaxmi Temple-
This temple tops the list of attractions in the city. It is also called Amabai Temple and is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi. The deity in this temple is established in the west direction, unlike other Hindu temples where the deities either face north or east direction.
It is also famous for Kirnotsav or the festival of Sun Rays where the sun rays fall directly on the idol in January, February and November.
Witness the Bhavani Mandap
Located on the west of the Mahalakshmi Temple, Bhavani Mandap is a historical building and one of the important places to visit in Kolhapur. It houses the massive statue of Kolhapur’s beloved prince Shahu Maharaj. Apart from stuffed animals hunted by him, the wooden throne is believed to have been used by Shivaji Maharaj. The Mandap is considered to be an important attraction of Kolhapur.
A visit to this city is incomplete without shopping. Being an olden heritage city there are lots of things that you can shop here. Kolhapur has a lot of unique items and you must try and buy a few of them. Kolhapuri Chappals, Kolhapuri Saaj and the authentic Kolhapuri Sarees are the specialty and you should definitely buy them for your loved ones.
Kolhapuri's are very particular about their food. Kolhapuri mutton, Tambada Rassa, Fish thali, Vadapav, Jalebi, Devnagri Dosa and Kolhapuri Misal are some of the authentic dishes you must try. When you are in, Kolhapur try these mouth-watering dishes.
You must visit Kolhapur with a bunch of your family or friends. Even a solo trip would be memorable. Whether it’s about history, spiritual places, delicious food or shopping, the amazing city offers you everything.
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This story is written by Ritika Arora: Content Writer, MyTravaly