Here are the top 30 tourist attractions to see in Kolhapur:

1. Shri Chatrapati Shahu Museum (New Palace)

Must visit 3.4 /5

3 kms
from city center
1 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

The New Palace located on the Bahvani Mandap-Kasaba Bavda Road was constructed in 1877-84 and has been the residence of Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The ground floor of the palace is converted into a museum that houses artifacts belonging to those times when the king ruled and his own possessions.

2. Rankala Lake

Must visit 4.1 /5

4 kms
from city center
2 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

One of the most famous tourist spots of Kolhapur, Rankala Lake is a beautiful lake, named after the ancient temple of Rankbhairav, who was believed to be an incarnation of lord Shiva. The temple is now located in the centre of the lake. A quarry was transformed into a natural lake after the earthquakes which hit the area in the 8th/9th century AD, which the locals now know as a serene and peaceful lake, adjacent to a beautiful garden, known as the Padpath Udyan. This place is a special favorite of the children. The well-maintained garden and the beautiful Shalini Palace, which is located alongside the lake side, attract almost every visitor of Kolhapur. Boating and Horseback riding are the famous activities of this area.

3. Jyotiba Temple

Must visit 4.1 /5 View 9+ photos

16 kms
from city center
3 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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. It is believed that this temple should be visited after visiting the Mahalaxmi Temple. Standing 3124 feet above sea level, the view from the temple is beautiful and breathtaking. The serene environment along with the divinity of the structure gives a feeling of peace and calm to all the pilgrims and visitors.

4. Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur

Must visit 3.4 /5 View 6+ photos

2 kms
from city center
4 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

The Mahalakshmi temple was built in the 7th century by Chalukya rulers and is one of the six abodes of 'Shakti' (Goddess of Power) from where one can attain fulfillment and salvation of desires.

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5. Shopping in Kolhapur

3.0 /5

3 kms
from city center
5 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Kolhapur is famous for its Kolhapuri Chappals - footwear made from leather and wood. Kolhapuri jewellery - Saaj a type of antique jewellery. Jaggery - made from scratch, pure jaggery is made in mills in Kolhapur.

6. Panhala Fort

Must visit 4.1 /5 View 5+ photos

19 kms
from city center
6 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Panhala is a city and a Hill station Municipal Council which is 18 km northwest of Kolhapur, in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Panhala is the smallest city in Maharashtra and being a Municipal Council the city is developing rapidly. The city sprawls in the Panhala fort commands a panoramic view of the valley below. The main historical attraction here is the Panhala fort.

7. Binkhambi Ganesh Temple

3.1 /5

2 kms
from city center
7 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

After the Mahalakshmi Temple, this is the most important temple in Kolhapur, built in honor of Lord Ganesha. The temple attracts a lot of devotees as well as architecture enthusiasts because the marvel of the temple is that it is made without a single pillar.

8. Temlabai Mandir

3.1 /5

2 kms
from city center
8 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

The Temlabai temple is situated on the Temlabai Hill both of which derive their name from the Goddess Temlabai who according to mythology is the sister of Goddess Mahalakshmi.

9. Siddhagiri Museum

9 kms
from city center
9 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

10. Narsinhwadi Datta Mandir

1 kms
from city center
10 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

11. Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary

41 kms
from city center
11 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

12. Kopeshwar Temple

48 kms
from city center
12 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

13. DYP City Mall

1 kms
from city center
13 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

DYP City Mall is situated on the Kolhapur Pune Road near Sayaji Hotel in Kolhapur. The mall is replete with outlets of apparels, cosmetics, jewellery, toys, footwear, accessories, bags etc. Besides, it has a massive parking space and boasts of a huge food court with several food chains and eateries.

14. Sajja Kothi

20 kms
from city center
14 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

15. Bhavani Mandap

2 kms
from city center
15 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Bhavani Mandap used to be the court and palace of Chhatrapati Maharaja in the yesteryears which has now been converted into a public monument and is an important site of heritage in the Kolhapur city. The palace houses sculpture of Shahu Maharaj, stuffed animals, wooden throne etc and is an famous sightseeing attraction in the city.

16. Gangagiri Maharaj Math Temple

48 kms
from city center
16 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Gangagiri Maharaj Math Temple is located amidst the Dijapur Forest on a hilltop. The math also offers yoga and meditation exercises for the devotees. Besides, the temple is located amidst beautiful scenic locales and makes for a mesmerising experience.

17. Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir

2 kms
from city center
17 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Situated at the Sawarkar Marg near Mahalaxmi Temple in Kolhapur, Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple is unique in the sense that not a single pillar supports its roof. It is built right in the middle of a market with a lot of shopping and food options.

18. Radhanagari Dam

40 kms
from city center
18 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

19. Teen Darwaza

20 kms
from city center
19 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

20. Ramtirth Waterfall

61 kms
from city center
20 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

21. Botanical Gardens in Kolhapur

1 kms
from city center
21 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Also known as Tabak Udyan, Botanical Gardens are situated inside Panhala Fort complex in Kolhapur. The gardens are popular for having an extensive variety of flora and fauna and are set in a foresty zone with marked trails for walking or cycling. You can also visit to spot rare birds visiting the place or to spend some time in solitude among beautiful natural setting.

22. Khasbag Maidan

2 kms
from city center
22 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Khasbag Maidan, also known as Khasbag Wrestling Stadium is the largest wrestling stadium in India located in Kolhapur. The stadium has a seating capacity for over 30000 visitors. The enormous wrestling ring is called •Houd; which is situated right in the centre of the stadium. There are special seating facilities for members of the royal family.

23. Gadhinglaj

53 kms
from city center
23 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

24. Sagareshwar Deer Sanctuary

53 kms
from city center
24 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

25. Bhudargarh

49 kms
from city center
25 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Located in the Radhanagari subdivision in Kolhapur, Bhudargarh is a tehsil in the state of Maharashtra.

26. Gaganbawda

47 kms
from city center
26 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

27. Vishalgad

58 kms
from city center
27 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

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.

28. Shalini Palace

4 kms
from city center
28 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Built on the banks of Lake Rankala, Shalini Palace is an opulent palace which was constructed for Princess Shalini Raje of Kolhapur at a whopping cost of INR 800000 in 1931-1934. The palace is lined with beautiful palm trees and gardens. It was later converted into a luxury heritage hotel but is currently shut down due to heavy losses.

29. Irwin Agricultural Museum

3 kms
from city center
29 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Also known as Swaraj Bhavan, Irwin Agricultural Museum is located in the centre of Kolhapur city in Maharashtra. The museum displays agriculture-related equipments, ancient coins and pottery products. The highlight of the repository is the statue of Poseidon.

30. Chinmaya Ganadhish

2 kms
from city center
30 out of 30
places to visit in Kolhapur

Located at a distance of 14 kms from Kolhapur in Maharashtra on the Pune- Bangalore Highway, Chinmaya Ganadhish is the tallest statue of Hindu God Ganesh in the entire world. The statue stands tall at a height of 61 feet placed on a base of 24 feet. It was inaugurated in 2001.

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