Kolhapur Tourism


Arts, aristocracy and graciousness. A legacy of valour combined with a culture steeped in spiritualism, education and modernism. Kolhapur with its myriad images emerges as a city with a multi-faceted persona and a rich cultural, historical and mythical past. Ancient texts such as the Padmapurana and the Skandapurana speak in glowing terms of Karveer or Dakshin Kashi which is, in fact modern-day Kolhapur on the banks of river Panchaganga nestling among the Sahyadri ranges.

A journey through the past reveals that Kolhapur has lived through the regimes of various rulers from the mythical past to the modern age. The Hindu era lasted till 1347, followed by the Muslim rule which was from 1347-1700. The magnificent temples of Kolhapur were built during the glorious periods of the Satavahana kings and the Shilaharas. The Marathas controlled this area from 1700 to 1849. In 1849, the British took over and Chhatrapati Sahu Maharaj was installed as the ruler of Kolhapur.

Chhatrapati Sahu Maharaj's reign lent a progressive spirit to the city and he extended his patronage to theatre, films, music, painting, sculpture, wrestling and crafts. As result, the city has a rich cultural ethos. In 1945, archaeological excavations close to a hill named Brahmagiri on the banks of the river Panchaganga revealed the existence of an ancient town dating back to the Roman times. Today, Kolhapur combines its artistic past with a dynamic present and is a modern, industrial city.

Things to do in Kolhapur

10 Unique things you should do in Kolhapur!

A evening walk at Rankala Lake

One of the famous tourist spot in kolhapur is rankala choupaty , wherein the evening walk is worth a memory. You can enjoy boating, Horse riding, Camel rides & Chowpaty food like bhel,pani puri, pav bhaji, batata wada, etc on the food stalls there.

A Visit to Talim ( Wrestling Arena)

Kolhapur is the home town for wrestling where you have variety of wrestling Aakhadas ( schools) , have a glimpse of kolhapuri Pailwans ( wrestlers) or you can even try your hand on it too. More than 40 wrestling arenas called as talims are functioning in the city.

Dinner at Domestic Eateries

Come home to the world famous Kolhapuri cuisine. Being in kolhapur , you shouldn't miss out on local kolhapuri food specialties like mutton fry, tambda rassa, Pandhara Rassa, Mutton kheema, Mutton goli Pulav, .etc. Mostly all eateries cook home style kolhapuri food served in thalis and are located in mangalwar peth, shivaji peth & others parts of city.

Evening at Gural

A rare chance to get a glimpse of jaggery being prepared from sugarcane juice during the harvesting season (October- January) at gurals at nearby sugarcane fields. Also enjoy fresh & hot liquid jaggery with variety of toppings along with cultural shows being arranged on request.

Morning walk to University

Tourist can have a glimpse of Green City kolhapur on their morning walk at the golf course ( to be accompanied by a member ) or the university campus. You will get to see the rarest species of plants & trees along with a variety of different birds. Their pleasing chorus will soothe your ears.

Drive to Panhala

A must for adventure & nature lovers. Enjoy the 45 minutes drive in your jeeps, bikes or in your cars to Panhala, with a view of lush green fields, tall gray mountains & valleys to surround with. A true memorable drive for city dwellers.

Visit to Sugar Factories

Maharashtra Sugar Industry is one of the most famous and large-scale sugar manufacturing sectors in India. When you are in Kolhapur, you should visit one of the nearby Sugar Factory and see how beautiful they are.

Tanga Ride City Tour

A city tour on a traditional tanga (horse cart) is a sure shot unique thing to do for all those adventure lover tourists visiting kolhapur. Tanga rides are currently being arranged on requests. Also a visit to a museum on kolhapur outskirts , which displays old buggy’s & horse carts is a must.