Kolhapur is a city situated on the banks of Panchganga River, a beautiful destination in the state of Maharastra known for its religious and historical sites.
It is also known as Dakshin Kashi from ancient time. Kolhapur is situated at a height of 1790 feet above sea level and is an important centre of Martha Empire history.
It is one of the joyous cities of India situated in Southern Maharastra, Sahayadri. People of this city are called Kolhapuri and the prominent language spoken here is Marathi also known as Kolhapuri Marathi.
Kolhapur is charming and it is no less when it comes to the surprises it gives to their visitors.. It has lots of things to offer for everyone and is said that trip to Kolhapur is incomplete without shopping and taking back some local specialities as memory.
While being in the city you will get to see lots of rich heritage and culture. City has traditional and unique craftsmanship that has been preserved and passed on to the present generation.
What to buy in Kolhapur?
Traditional handwoven leather footwears which are originally made in this city can be worn by children and adults alike. Purchasing Kolhapuri Chappal is a must to buy while being here as it might give you a feel of a Kolhapuri localite.
Kolhapuri Saaj and other Jewellery
Hupari, A sleepy little town of Kolhapur district is famous for its local artisans who are skilled in designing and making of jewellery items along with some silver items too.
Kolhapur Saaj is a special type of necklace known to dazzle the beholder and is very famous among Maharashtrian women.
Also, Thusi a choker type of jewellery with tiny gold beads is famous among other jewellery items.
Kolhapuri Jaggery (Gudd)
As you travel towards the villages of Kolhapur you will see a lot of sugarcane feilds and jaggery factories. As Maharastra is well known to be the largest producer and consumer of jaggery in India.
Jaggery is used on daily basis in the house of Kolhapur while preparing vegetables and curry. It is also used during religious festivals like Makarsnkranti for preparing Tilguad and various other sweets.
It is a special type of masala prepared by Kolhapurakar's and is a mixture of chillies, onions and garlic mixture. This fiery stuff is commonly used in local recipes of Kolhapur like misal, meat curries and vegetable curries. The Kolhapuri masala is not only popular with people in Maharashtra but throughout India, as people enjoy their meal cooked with Kolhapuri masala as it adds a punch to a simply made meal.
Kolhapur is known for cotton textiles and especially Kolhapuri Saree. Traditional Maharashtrian saree from Kolhapur has made itself a big hit in Indian Bridal Market. Saree is worn during various occasions such as marriage, festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Gudi Padwa and many more.
Pheta i.e. Turban is a speciality in Kolhapur. Wearing a turban is high respect it is customary to honour guests who come from other place is welcomed by offering him to wear a traditional turban. It is the specific Saffron colour is the most choice for Kolhapuri Turban.
To conclude, whenever you are travelling to Kolhapur keep your pockets full because you won't be able to stop yourself from purchasing the authentic kolhapuri items.
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Also read: Kolhapur - A city of Maratha Royals
This story is written by Ritika Arora: Content Writer, MyTravaly
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