Location: Kolhapur District
Kolhapur district is the southernmost district of Maharashtra. Its headquarter is Kolhapur City which is an ancient city. The city is situated on the banks of river Panchganga and is known as ‘Dakshin Kashi’. Kolhapur is a seat of Goddess Mahalakshmi and is one of the Shaktipeeths mentioned in Indian mythology. Kolhapur was ruled by Silaharas, Yadavas, Rashtrakutas, and Chalukyas in the Medieval times.
The growth of the district in modern times is fascinating. Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj is an architect and founder of modern Kolhapur. The district is abundant in natural resources- water, soil, natural vegetation, animal wealth and minerals. As a result, Kolhapur is one of the most agriculturally advanced districts of not only Maharashtra but also India. It is fast becoming an industrialized district as well and already a front-runner in agro-based industries. Kolhapur District is one of the shining examples in the Co-operative Movement of India. No doubt, the district has the highest per capita income in the Maharashtra State and one of the highest in the country.
Kolhapur has a distinct culture developed as a result of rich history and its quality of people who have been front-runners in various fields. Kolhapur is famous in the country for production of Kolhapur Special.
Climate. Kolhapur’s climate is a blend of coastal and inland elements common to Maharashtra. The temperature has a relatively narrow range between 10 °C to 35 °C. Summer in Kolhapur is comparatively cooler but much more humid, than neighboring inland cities.
District Headquarters Kolhapur is well connected by road. Kolhapur, Ichalkaranji, Nipani, Uchgaon, Vadgaon Kasba are the Cities in this district having road connectivity to major towns and remote villages. Kolhapur is about 346 KM by road to Mumbai( Capital of Maharashtra )
Some of the railway stations in district are Kolhapur, Hatkalangda, Valivade, Rukadi, Shedbal, Nmg Tamdalge …. which connects most of the towns and villages in the District.
Maharashtra State Road Transportation ( MSRTC) runs Busses from Major cities to Towns and Villages in this District.
Place of Interest
• Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur
• Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum, Kolhapur
• Rankala Lake, Kolhapur
• Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir, Kolhapur
• The Kopeshwar Temple, Kolhapur
• Bhavani Mandap, Kolhapur
• Jyotiba temple, Kolhapur
• Ajara, Kolhapur
• Irwin Agricultural Museum, Kolhapur
• Maharaja’s Palace, Kolhapur
• Gaganbavada, Kolhapur
• Gagangiri Maharaj Math, Kolhapur
• New Palace, Kolhapur
• Khasbag Maidan, Kolhapur
• Nrusinhawadi, Kolhapur
• Gadhinglaj, Kolhapur
• Bhudargad, Kolhapur
• Shirol, Kolhapur
• Hatkanangale, Kolhapur
• Kagal, Kolhapur