Allegedly founded by Kolhasur; a demon in Hindu mythology, Kolhapur is a city affluent with cultural heritage. Set in the Panchganga River Basin, Kolhapur rests against the majestic the Sahayadri mountain range. Once ruled by Bhosale Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire, the city remains an integral part of Western Maharashtra. It offers an exceptional mix of coastal climate interwoven with inland components native to the Western Ghats.
The Enchanting Heritage of Kolhapur
The yearly Dusshera festival held in late October is a sees a grand royal procession that brings out the Chhatrapatis Maybach as a remnant of their affluent past. The city comes alive with tradition lit by thousands of lights at the time of Dusshera and Diwali. The locals celebrate the customs of old with all the hope for the future making it the ideal time to visit.
Take in the Sights and Sounds of Kolhapur
The city has some impressive attractions in store for people who visit, such as the imposing icon of the Hindu diety Ganesh. The statue stands 85 feet tall towering over the landscape of the Chinmaya mission. Another intriguing landmark that has been present in the city since late 1950 is the bronze effigy of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Tourists can also attend the Kolhapur International Film Festival that showcases some exceptional films from the Marathi film industry. Kolhapuri cuisine also brings people rich mutton dishes cooked with authentic flavors indigenous to Maharashtra that are a must try for domestic as well as international tourists.