Kolhapur is a city located in the south of Maharashtra. Kolhapur is a very ancient city & renowned for its uniqueness and talents. Also, you may know that the name of the Kolhapur is at the top of per capita income. Kolhapur is always recognized for its tourist destinations, like Rankala lake, New palace, Shri. Mahalaxmi temple, Shalini Palace, Bhavani Mandap, Jotiba temple & yes, the Panhala fort nearby the city. Moreover, food, Kolhapuri chappal, wrestling, footwear, jaggery, and many other things are well known to the people. There is a big market of the jaggery and its production since the large numbers of jaggery makers come from the Kolhapur. The stock of jaggery exports daily to all over India and various countries too.
In this day's people have become quite fashionable and everyone knew about the style, fashion, quality, hospitality, malls, entertainment, like all these things and Kolhapur is not behind that all. So, let's get to know about current trends as well as the history of the Kolhapur.
Kolhapur TourismThe most interesting spot is Rankala Lake. Rankala Lake is one of the great places of Kolhapur, where a beautiful garden around the lake which entertain you and swing your heart in the whirlpool. We have a wax museum; Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum (Kaneri Math) at Kaneri, at Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math, near Kolhapur depicting the old village life of India with 80 scenes showcase using around 300 statues.
Other interesting places as Kolhapur palace, Hotel Rajpurush, hotel Pavillon Kolhapur, hotel Maharaja Deluxe Kolhapur, hotel Atithi Kolhapur, and various Kolhapur hotels are the most well-known points to visit when you arrived at Kolhapur. So I highly recommended you to visit Kolhapur...
माझं कोल्हापूर (Maz Kolhapur)
Historical heritageThere were different stories behind the name of Kolhapur. Since ancient times, the name of Kolhapur is derived from the devil Kolhasoor. It was his wish to give his name to the place where he was going to kill. So, it has then been called to Kolhapur just because to fulfill his wish.
The Kolhapur means the city of Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj, who was the king for 28 years. Ch. Shahu Maharaj, who had belonged from the village of Kagal, nearby from Kolhapur, born on 26th June 1874. Ch. Shahu Maharaj always took efforts for providing a good education for the children and society, their role and fame were outstanding. Even he fought against the British who were ruling the nation, he always keeps trying hard for the progress of Kolhapur. And it is the reason the name of Ch. Shahu Maharaj at the top of the history of Kolhapur.
The Radhanagari dam was built underneath Shahu Maharaj on 18 February 1907, and so till today in the city there is sufficient water supply is available. Moreover, it is also used for generating hydroelectricity power.
Another field that the Kolhapur is being proud of itself that is Film production. The hidden figures like Bhalaji Pendharkar, Baburao Painter and V. Shantaram started their career from Kolhapur. So that is because all of them, the Kolhapur city has considered the first film industry of the whole Indian cinema.
The industrial sector of KolhapurToday, in the city there has a broad industrial area is ready to serve, it includes Five-star MIDC, Gokulshirgaon MIDC, Shiroli MIDC, and Udyamnagar. Even today, the foundry industry also has manifested a separate identity in the Maharashtra state. Several multinational companies are here and many wanted to establish; the industrial sector has a huge share for the progress of Kolhapur.
By considering the possibility of industries scope & the expansion of manufacturing purposes, the foreigners & investors would like to come and settle their firms in Kolhapur.
Places to visit in KolhapurIn Kolhapur, because of amazing & beautiful sites; the city is considered as the most favorite spot for the tourist destination ever. It is worth to visit all the sites and variety of sections in Kolhapur and their engaging areas.
There are Rankala lake, Shalini Palace, New palace, Shri. Mahalaxmi temple, Jotiba temple, Panhala fort, and many interesting spots are here to visit.
Shri. Mahalaxmi templeThe Kolhapur is always blessed by Goddess Shri. Mahalaxmi, and the ancient culture. The large numbers of guests and tourists who have come to Kolhapur due to Shri. Mahalaxmi temple every day. Shri. Mahalaxmi temple was constructed in the 7th century when the Chalukya run the governance in the city.
Rankala lake: The Rankala lake was constructed during the reign of Ch. Shahu Maharaj; it is well-known as the best tourist destination ever. Rankala Lake has a depth of 14 meters (38 ft.) and the total area of the lake is about 260 acres (100 hectares). The lake area has an elevation of 580m above sea level & spread up to 4.5 miles.
There are various small temples behind the lake. The surrounding area is transformed with the lovely garden and also served by the variety of food stalls where you can get kolhapuri snack items like bhel, panipuri and much more. Furthermore, I am sure that; the horse riding and boating will make your day more memorable.
The New PalaceThe 'New Palace' was constructed in between 1877-1884. It is always been a pleasant destination for visitors. Inside the palace, you can see the collection of royal clothes of the kings from the ancient time, the swords, coins, and other literature, but you can also able to see the old noble glass poster paintings. These glass posters illustrate the memories and life events of Ch. Shivaji Maharaj.
There is a zoo nearby palace, whereas in another section there is a collection of the animal’s fossils, like a wild dog, black panthers, lion, deer, and so on…
WrestlingThe Kolhapur is also well-known for wrestling (Kushti). Wrestling is a very popular game in Kolhapur since here’s a long history of wrestling. There were many wrestlers who trained from the Kolhapur soil.
Special Khasbaug ground was also developed by Ch. Shahu Maharaj. Today, the wrestlers practice the game in that field. The wrestling culture is still alive in Kolhapur and other parts of Maharashtra, and I am pretty sure that this tradition of wrestling from Ch. Shahu Maharaj has made a mighty status of Kolhapur in the world of a wrestling game.
Kolhapuri foodKolhapur is popular for its spicy food. The hotel business has grown day by day in the city. Basically, Kolhapur is recognized for varieties of non-veg food; you will get numerous kinds of types in the dish of non-veg meals, you will get spicy mutton (meat) and special curry called (Tambda & Pandhra Rassa). Like the Kolhapuri mutton and for veg people, the Kolhapuri Misal is world famous.
ShoppingShopping is the best part especially for women who are going to buy jewelry ornaments.
Kolhapur is famous for its unique products like Kolhapuri Chappal, Kolhapuri sarees, & the special necklace called Kolhapuri Saaj and many extraordinary things which you will get only in Kolhapur.
The Rajarampuri road is the best for shopping and you will get several things at the most affordable prices. Also, in the area like Mahadwar road and Gandhinagar where you will find the clothes you want and you will get lots of varieties.
Kolhapur is filled with lovely people, fun lifestyle, royal culture, traditional fashions, and pleasant atmosphere. Once you come in Kolhapur, you will definitely fall in love with Kolhapur.
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