Kolhapur is a city on the banks of the Panchaganga River, in the west Indian state of Maharashtra.
Kolhapur is a historic City of Maharashtra. It is the district headquarters of Kolhapur district.
The history of Kolhapur dates back to the Hindu mythology. It is mentioned in the final and key chapter of Devi Gita- the Hindu mythological book. It was earlier called ?Kolhasur? bearing the name of the demon who was fought and killed by Goddess Mahalaxmi. The city was ruled by many Indian dynasties including- the Ydavas, Rashtrakutas and Chalukyas. Howbeit, the city mostly prospered under the rule of the Marathas when it became a cultural hub for various arts, music, dances and sports. Later, it was annexed by the British during the 19th century and after the independence of India was merged with the Bombay State.
The historic city of Kolhapur is an amalgamation of different cultures and traditions, chief population including Marathas, followed by that of Brahmins, Gujratis, Buddhists, Sindhis and Muslims. It has a thriving tourism industry. Sugarcane and jaggery are produced in large amounts and supports the economy. Other prominent industries include textiles, metals and mining. Kolhapuri Chappals is yet another exceptional product of the city, which are handcrafted buffalo hide slippers and are world famous. Wrestling is the most important sport in the area, popularly known as Kolhapuri Kusti. Another feather in the cap is the world-renowned Lavani dance form. A whole lot of festivals are celebrated in Kolhapur, the most popular of which is Diwali. ?Tambda and Pandhar Rassa? (Red and White Curry) and Kolhapuri Mutton are the most popular dishes, close next being missal pav.
Kolhapur is well known for its handicraft, particularly the Kolhapuri Chappals. Known for its simple styles, quality of leather and design, different artisans all over the district make these Chappals. Apart from these, Kolhapur Jewelry and Kolhapuri Sarees are also very popular. Be sure to buy some when you visit!
Kolhapur offers a variety of shopping options to the tourists. Kolhapuri Chappals are world renowned for their unique style and grace. Made from buffalo hide, they are an all-time favourite footwear for the Indians. While Shetkari Bazaar is the cheapest for this purchase, almost all markets in the city are lined with their speciality. Another famous product of Kolhapur is its sarees, which bring out the rich ethnic look of its culture. Jaggery or more popularly known as gud, is loved particularly for its authentic taste and rich flavours. Saaj is another unique type of neck-piece with fine intricate designs. It?s a traditional Maharashtrian jewellery and a perfect memorabilia for anyone. It would be highly recommended to pack some of the amazing Kolhapuri spices on your way back. They bring out the most amazing flavours in anything from a sauce to a gravy!
Kolhapur being a bustling city and a popular tourist destination offers luxury to decent lodging and accommodation facilities that suits all types of budget travelers while offering good hospitality and services.