Also known as Kaneri Math. Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum is situated in Kaneri, Kolhapur. The museum is housed within the Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math along with a Shiva Temple. The museum depicts rural village life with the help of wax and cement statues. Sprawling over 7 acres, the repository is surrounded by lush greenery and countryside locales.
The beautiful temple of Kolhapur, known as the Jyotiba Temple lies near the village of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. The temple is constantly laden with 'rang which translates to colour, implying the colour used to play Holi. This is because the gulal is offered to Lord Jyotiba as a token of sincerity by the pilgrims. The glorious temple is built for Lord Jyotiba as its name suggests, who was believed to be an embodiment of three different deities.
Located at a distance of 48 kms from Kolhapur in Narsobawadi, Narsinhwadi Datta Mandir is a revered Hindu Temple dedicated to Narsinh Saraswati - an incarnation of Lord Shri Dattatreya. Built on the banks of river Krishna, the temple is a popular pilgrimage spot of the Hindus.
The Panhala Fort lies 20 km away from the main city of Kolhapur, situated at its north-west. This fort holds its position amongst the most massive location in the country and is the largest one in the 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.
Teen Darwaza is the main entrance gate of the Panhala Fort in Kolhapur. It is a double gateway with an arched courtyard in between the two gates. The outer gate has protruding ceiling and an elaborate chamber on top. The inner gate has ornate carvings including that of Lord Ganesh. The walls have intricate inscriptions carved on them.
Sajja Kothi is a one storeyed building housed within the Panhala Fort in Kolhapur. Boasting of Mughal style architecture, the monument is situated amidst lush greenery and was an important strategic point of the famous king Shivaji. Overlooking the beautiful Waranna Valley, Sajja Kothi is an important historical heritage and a popular tourist spot in the city.
The former hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Kolhapur, Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1985. Also known as Bison Sanctuary, the place is popular for Indian Bison or Gaurs. Besides, one can also spot leopards, tigers, sloth bears etc. Set amidst verdant forests, the sanctuary makes for a perfect getaway from the city.
Located at a distance of 55 kms from Kolhapur, Gaganbawada is a town on the Western Ghats or the Sahyadris. The hilly town is undeveloped and is mostly famous for Gagangad Fort, Karul Ghat and Bhuibavda Ghat situated in the area. The town also has several temples, Lakshmapur Dam and Pandav caves; and is shot in many Bollywood movies.
Radhanagari Dam is the oldest dam in India built on the river Bhogawati in Radhanagari near Kolhapur. Besides being used for irrigation and harnessing hydro-power, the water from the dam is used in several adjoining villages. In addition to this, the scenic setting of the dam makes it a popular tourist spot of the town.
Located in Khidrapur in Kolhapur district at the junction of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Kopeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built on the banks of River Krishna, the shrine boasts of a beautiful architecture with various intricate carvings on the interior and exterior walls. Besides, it also has idols of Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma among others.
Located at the junction of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Gandhinglaj is a city on the banks of river Hiranyakeshi in Kolhapur. Also, known as •headquarters of South Kolhapurê, the city is the third largest in the district.
Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique protected area in Kolhapur district which is a man-made forest. Sprawling over an area of around 11 square kms, the wildlife is also artificially introduced in the arena. The sanctuary boasts of a rich flora and fauna and is a popular tourism centre in Maharashtra.
Located in the Radhanagari subdivision in Kolhapur, Bhudargarh is a tehsil in the state of Maharashtra.
Vishalgad is another town in the Kolhapur district in Maharashtra which has a historic significance. The town is lately popular for housing and age-old ancient fort known as Vishalgad Fort which is a popular seat of tourism in the area.
Gushing down on the banks of River Hiranyakeshi in Ajara Taluka in Kolhapur, Ramtirth Waterfall is a natural waterfall popular for its unmatched serenity and beautiful locales. The spot is mostly used for day picnics and to unmind from the hustle-bustle of the city. The area also has several temples which are thronged by pilgrims at all times.
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