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Kolhapur formerly called Karvir, is probably one of the oldest religious and trade centres in western India. Kolhapur is located on the banks of the Panchganga River. The Ambabai - Mahalaxmi Temple of Kolhapur is one of the most famous temple, it was built during Chalukya reign. Kolhapur is a blend of ancient tradition and modern influences. Kolhapur had different dynasties ruling it in the past, but it was under the rule of the Marathas that it became a cultural hub. Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj is an architect and founder of modern Kolhapur. His reign lent a progressive spirit to the city and the king extended his patronage to arts like theater, film making, music, painting, sculpture, wrestling and crafts like tanning and jewellery making. Kolhapur has become a prominent centre for the Marathi film industry. Kolhapur city is famous for many things like Kolhapuri Lavangi Mirchi, Jaggery (Gul), Tambada and Pandhara Rassa (Non Veg Curry), Misal and Kolhapuri Saaj, Pheta, Chappal. Also Kolhapur is famous for Kusti Akhadas (wristeling training places). Kolhapur is convenient halt for travel to Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri Districts in Konkan.
Tourist Attractions
Mahalaxmi Mandir, Panchganga Ghat, Rankala Lake, Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum - New Palace,
Old Palace, Town Hall Museum
Getting There
Nearest Railway Station : Kolhapur        Nearest Airport : Kolhapur / Pune 230 km
Nearby Cities :
Satara 121 km, Karad 72 km, Sangli 50 km, Ratnagiri 150 km
Nearby Tourist Places
Jyotiba 22 km, Panhala Fort 22 km, Narsobachi Wadi 50 km, Gaganbawada 60 km, Radhanagari - Dajipur 80 km, Amboli 120 km, Ganpatipule 155 km, Kunkeshwar 135 km, Malvan - Tarkarli 160 km

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