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.
A port city on the west coast, Ratnagiri comes under the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Located close to the Sahyadri Mountains, the fertile soil in the regions makes this an agricultural city. Fishing is an important industry in this region. The ‘Hāpus’ (Alphonso) variety of mangoes is one of the main fruits cultivated in the region. The Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project is located in this district.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Ratnagiri. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Landmark, Hotel Vivek, Vihar Deluxe Hotel and Hotel Krishna Sea View that offers rooms from Rs.1000 onwards
All annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Marathi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Mandavi Beach (3kms), Bhatye Beach (4kms), Atulit Bal Dham (1kms), Ganpatipule temple (21 kms) and Nivali Waterfall (20kms) are places to visit in this city.
How to Get There
Ratnagiri has its own airport
Ratnagiri has its own railway station
Ratnagiri bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Mukund Krupa Travels, Paulo Travels and National Tourist run regular buses to and from the city. Book bus ticket online from the comfort of your home with just a click of a mouse.