Top Places To Visit In Kolhapur
1. Rankala Lake Kolhapur
Rankala Lake is a cheerful place for people to visit in the evening time. It is filled with people taking walk, children playing and vendors busy with their sales. It has boating also. There are eateries nearby.
Rankala Lake Timings – 24 Hours
Rankala Lake Enrty Fee – Fee Entry
Best time to Visit Rankala Lake – Evenings
Rankala Lake Specials – Boating
How to Reach Rankala Lake:
Kolhapur railway station to the lake – 5 km.
Kolhapur Airport to Lake – 17 km.
Kolhapur Bus Station to the lake – 5 km.
2. Rautwadi Waterfall Kolhapur
Rautwadi waterfall is about 60 km from Kolhapur. It’s a great place for a one day trip but only during the rainy season. The place is surrounded by lush green covers, the place offers a picturesque view for the eyes.
The water drops for about 100 feet and in the monsoons is a pleasant experience to witness. For those who are fond of photography, the fall offers the opportunity to bring out your talent.
One can enjoy a hot cup of tea, roasted corns or other edibles at the small restaurants nearby, most of these operate only during the tourist season. Also, enjoy the thrill of standing close to the high waterfall and getting drenched. It’s an experience that lasts a lifetime.
Rautwadi Waterfall Timing – 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Rautwadi Waterfall Entry Fee – Free Entry
Rautwadi Waterfall Address – MH SH 179, Olavan, Maharashtra 416211.
How To Reach Rautwadi Waterfall:
Kolhapur Bus Stand to the Waterfall – 59km.
3. Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum Kolhapur
About Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum
Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum is situated on the ground floor of the Maharaja’s Palace in Kolhapur. The museum is famous among travelers for its beautiful collection of artifacts, sculptures, and paintings.
Moreover, the museum also showcases the royal weapons and the different still art materials representing court life. The museum is surrounded by beautiful parks, a lake and a zoo that attract tourists in large number.
Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum is a museum in Kolhapur town in Maharashtra. The costumes, weapons, games, jewellery, embroidery and paraphernalia such as silver elephant saddles and the interesting collections from the possessions of Maharaja Shahaji Bhonsle Chhatrapati like guns, trophies and clothes are housed in the museum. It has a culturally rich heritage that displays immense art of performance that are from every activity like wrestling, Danpatta, Lathi, Mallakhamb, etc.
Royal Palace completed during 1884 displays the combination of Hindu and British architecture. Palace has been occupied partially by the royal family and is surrounded by a well-maintained garden. Sahu Museum a part of Palace has rare paintings, weaponry and arterials. It also has stuffed animals & birds which attracts children. Darbar hall also displays the richness of darbar decency of the kingdom.
Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum Timing:
The Museum is open for public viewing on all days except Mondays from
Morning Timings: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Evening Timings: 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM.
Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum Entry Fee:
Adult: Rs 18/-
Children: Rs 6/-
NCC: Rs 6/–(in uniform)
Army/Police: Rs 12/-(in uniform)
Physically Challenged: Free
School Excursion: Rs 6/- and Rs 12/-(based on ages).
Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum Address:
New Palace, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416003.
How To Reach Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum
Kolhapur Railway station to the museum – 3kms.
Kolhapur Bus station to museum – 3kms.
Kolhapur airport to the museum – 12kms.
4. Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum Kolhapur
About Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum
Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum (Kaneri Math) at Kaneri, Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, is a sculpture museum. The full name is Siddhagiri Gramjivan (Village life) Museum. It is situated at Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math, a campus built around the Moola-Kaadsiddheswar Shiva temple.
The museum has an old Shiva temple on the grounds. This is a big place with a museum of ancient India and Rural lifestyle of India. It has 2 sections underground and an open one.
The underground part is of ancient India, sages who studied observing nature and presented it in a scientific way, and the tales of all the Gods as written in scriptures.
The open part depicts the lifestyle of rural India from all its corners. It also shows the various festivals of India (mostly of middle and south India).
Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum Timings – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum Entry Fee:
For Adult Rs120/-
For a child between 5 to 12 years is Rs.60/-
Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum Address:
Siddhagiri Gramjivan Sangrahalaya -Kaneri Math,Maharashtra 416234.
How To Reach Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum:
Shirdi to Musuem – 406km
Mumbai to Musuem – 382km
Pune to Musuem – 238km
5. Panhala Fort Kolhapur Maharashtra
About Panhala Fort Kolhapur
The Panhala Fort is 20 km away from the main city of Kolhapur, situated at its north-west. This fort holds its position among the most massive location in the country and its the largest of Deccan region.
It was built in a strategic position where a major trade route ran within Maharashtra from Bijapur to the coasts of Arabian Sea. This place is not only a must-visit for the people who love exploring historic locations but also for those who love to trek.
Structures Inside Panhala Fort
Andhar Bhavadi: Whenever the army surrounds the fort, the first thing is to poison the main water source of the fort. To board this Adil Shah commissioned the building of Andhar Bavadi. This is a 3-story structure with winding staircases that have an old well which was the main water source for the Fort. There are breaks in the wall so that soldiers can permanently be stationed. There are no. of hidden escape routes here which lead outside the fort.
Ambarkhana: This is situated in the center of the fort, were 3 repositories built in the Bijapuri style architecture. They enabled Shivaji to withstand a 5-month attack by Siddi Johar. This building consists of 3 Kothis- Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati.
Kalavanticha Mahal: This Mahal is also called as “Nayakini Sajja”, which means “Courtesans’ Terrace room”. It had become a complete wreck with only traces of ornamental work on the ceiling. This was used during the occupation of the fort by the Bahmani Sultanate as a Rang Mahal.
Sajja Kothi: This is a one-stored structure built by Ibrahim Adil Shah. It’s also a Bijapuri styled architecture. This is where Shivaji imprisoned his son, Sambhaji when he threatened to defect to Aurangzeb.
Teen Darwaza: The Teen Darwaza was the 3 double gateways of the fort – the others being the Char Darwaja and Wagh Darwaja. The char darwaja was destroyed during the British attack. The teen darwaza gate is the main entrance to the fort located on North of the Andhar Bhavai on the west side of the fort.
Rajdindi Bastion: This is the hidden exit of the fort to be used in the time of emergency. Shivaji uses this escape exit to Vishlgad during the battle of Pavan Khind. Rajdindi is still unbroken.
Panhala Fort Trekking
There are many trek routes around the Maharashtra-Deccan region, the most famous being Panhala to Pawankhind trek route. This is the place from which the battle derives its name.
The trek is of around 50 km and requires a medium level of experience and tolerance. The trek takes you on a beautiful trail rich with a mixed tale of Maratha, Konkani and Deccan history and culture, along with the scenic beauty of the Sahyadri.
Panhala Fort Timings – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Panhala Fort Entry Fee – Free Entry
Best Time To Visit Panhala Fort – Panhala fort is always pleasured around the year.
Panhala Fort Address: Panhala Fort, Panhala, Maharashtra 416201.
How To Reach Panhala Fort:
Kolhapur Railway station to Fort – 27 km.
Kolhapur Airport to Fort – 30 km.
Kolhapur Bus station to Fort – 22 km.