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Kolhapur


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Kolhapur, known as 'Dakshin Kashi' is one of the most prosperous and joyous city of India in Southern Maharashtra in western Ghats.Kolhapur is Famous for Shri Mahalakshmi Temple, is located 400kms south of Mumbai.Kolhapur lies to the south of Pune, about 228 km away. Traditionally, the place is famous for its footwear and jewellery. The Kolhapuri sandals are a trademark and have originated from this city of India.


Kolhapur is said to derive its name from a mythological account. Kolhasur was a demon and he was killed by Goddess Mahalakshmi in order to bring relief to people. However, the demon's dying wish was that the city should be named after him and thus, his wish was granted.

The city also finds a mention in Srimad Bhagwadgita, where it is referred to as an important religious centre. Folklore also has it that Amoghavarsha, who was a Rasthrakuta king who ruled the city in the 9th century, offered his finger's sacrifice to Goddess Lakshmi to bring relief to the people from a local calamity. Historically speaking, it was Shilahara dynasty's capital during the 10th century.

Kolhapur is home to a number of temple, forts and historical places of significance. Some of the major places of tourist interest in Kolhapur are the Mahalakshmi Temple, Katyani Temple, Vishalgad Fort, the Wax Museum and the New Palace among others.

Kolhapur is also known for its Kolhapuri cuisine, which is characterised by the use of many spices. The red meat preparations of the cuisine are especially well known. Although majority population of Kolhapur comprises of the Marathas, there are other communities present as well in sizeable proportion. Some of these are the Gujaratis, the Brahmins, the Marwadis and Muslims.

 

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Kolhapur, known as 'Dakshin Kashi' is one of the most prosperous and joyous city of India in Southern Maharashtra in western Ghats.Kolhapur is Famous for Shri Mahalakshmi Temple, is located 400kms south of Mumbai.Kolhapur lies to the south of Pune, about 228 km away. Traditionally, the place is famous for its footwear and jewellery. The Kolhapuri sandals are a trademark and have originated from this city of India.

Hotels near Kolhapur

Hotel Hilltop

Hotel Hilltop located at Panhala, Panhala Hills is located South of Maharashtra State just 20 kms. from the famous Temple of Mahalakshmi Kolhapur.


Best Price: Rs.2300 per day

Hotel Valley View Grand

Hotel Valley View Grand in Panhala (Kolhapur Dist, Maharashtra, India) offers a good Holiday Destination with all modern amenities. Valley View is situated in a quiet and refreshing location .


Best Price: Rs.1600 per day

The Shalini Palace

The Shalini Palace is located at Kolhapur(Maharashtra,India) on the west bank of the picturesque Rankala lake and is the only heritage hotel in Maharashtra and only hotel with 5-star amenities in Kolhapur.


Best Price: Rs.1800 per day


  
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