A princely state before Independence, Kolhapur is today one of the fastest growing cities in Maharashtra. According to Hindu mythology, Kolhapur came into being after the demon Kolhasura was killed by goddess Mahalakshmi. In order to honor the demon’s dying wish, subsequently Kolhapur evolved. The place is well-known for its foundry units which yield exports as well as film festivals that are hosted annually. Kolhapur is quite famous for Kolhapuri chappals (hand-crafted buffalo leather slippers), culinary spices, Kolhapuri jewels and tobacco. Engineering, art and medical colleges make Kolhapur the pride of Maharashtra.
Budget Hotels in Kolhapur
There are good budget hotels in Kolhapur. Some of them are Hotel Landmark (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), Raj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 550 onwards), and Mahalaxmi Yatri Niwas (Tariff – Rs. 550 onwards).
The official language of Kolhapur is Marathi. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
Events in Kolhapur
The important event of Kolhapur is Kolhapur Rankala Mahotsava held in January-March.
Places to See in Kolhapur
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kolhapur. Some of the places include Rankala Lake (4.3 km), New Palace Museum & Zoo (4.5 km), Shalini Palace (4.7 km), Siddhagiri Museum (11.8 km) and Panhala Fort (23.7 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this place is Kolhapur Airport at Ujalaiwadi which is approximately 9 km away.
Chattrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus is the closest railway station and is about 1.9 km away.
From Kolhapur travelers can reach places such as Pune, Bengaluru, Goa, Mumbai and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good, reliable services include VRL Travels and Neeta Travels. Get your tickets from online bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.
Kapu a small town in the Udupi district of Karnataka is a coastal town that consists of four villages. 13kms south of Udupi, Kaup, which is pronounced as Kapu, is famous for its lighthouse and the three Goddess Durga temples and a fort built by Tippu Sultan. The town lies between Udupi and Mangalore on National Highway 66. Scenic on the shores of the Arabian Sea, many films have been shot at Kapu. The sunrise and sunset in the backdrop of light house at Kapu is one of the main attractions of the place.
Places to Stay
The best place to stay is the Kapu Beach resort (Rs.1500 onwards). Other than these travellers can stay at Udupi where a vast range of budget accommodation is available. Some of them are Palm Grove Beach Resort(Tariff- Rs.1200-Rs.2200), Kediyoor Hotel (Tariff- Rs.600-Rs.2000)
The Kaup Beach Ustava attracts a lot of tourists for its sand art. The annual 'Ati Mari Puje’ festival at the historically famous temple of Goddess Mariyamma is usually thronged by thousands of devotees all over the state and even neighbouring states.
The language predominantly spoken in this town is Kannada.
Places to visit
Other than the lighthouse and the Tipu Sultan fort the temples around the area includes Anegudde, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple and the Lord Kotilingeshwara Temple, which is loacetd about 1-2kms from the bus stand. Neighbouring town Udupi has a lot more tourist places of interest.
How to Get There
The airport near Kapu is the Mangalore Airport
The nearest railway station is at Udupi
There are many buses that pass via Kapu bus stand from Udupi and Mangalore. Some of the well-known bus operators include VRL Travels, Pragathi Tourist Corporation and Sri Durgamba Travels. Numerous travel websites provide discount coupons for bus booking frequently to their customers.