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Kolhapur is situated on the banks of the river Panchaganga in the south-west region of Maharashtra. Kolhapur derives its name from a mythological story of Kolhasur - a demon who was slayed by Goddess Mahalakshmi. The famous Mahalakshmi temple is situated here in the honor of Goddess Mahalakshmi.
Kolhapur became a popular place because of it's chappals, jewellery and cuisine. Kolhapuri chappals, Kolhapuri jewellery and Kolhapuri cuisine is famous all over India. It is a tourist friendly destination, having no problem in commuting to accommodation and food. The people of Kolhapur are people friendly and inviting.