Kolhapur Travel Guide

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Chh. Shivaji Maharaj

Chh. Shivaji Maharaj


Kolhapur is an attractive city in Maharashtra and a good base for seeing some of the hill stations around such as Panhala.

The most famous sight in town is the New Palace in Kolhapur. It houses the Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum- a weird array of the former Maharaja's possessions, who recently died in 1983. British architect Charles Mant designed the New Palace in 1881 in the Indo-Sarcenic style.

Kolhapur can also be the starting point for a visit to the Dajipur Bison Sanctuary. It is situated on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts near the backwaters of the Radhanagari dam.

Kolhapur is also famous as a city encouraging arts and culture.It produced many eminent artists, painters, cinematographers and not to forget some well known wrestlers.All this started during the period of British occupation when Kolhapur was a well known princely state.The earstwhile Maharaja (prince)was a keen supporter of all the developments mentioned above .He (Shahu Maharaja)was also a keen social reformer.

Description of Kolhapur is incomplete without mentioning the ancient Mahalaxmi Temple in the middle of the city.This beautiful temple signifies Kolhapur as Daksheen (southern) Kashi.