The Mahalaxmi temple is the crowning jewel of tourism in Kolhapur. This is a very famous because it is one of those sites where ‘Shakti’ is believed to be manifested. Hence, it assumes the role of a crucial pilgrimage place and is thronged by large number of devotees throughout the year.
The temple of Goddess Kamlabai situated atop a hill bearing the same name is another important spiritual site in the vicinity of Kohlapur. While not as popular as the Mahalaxmi temple, the hillock comes to life especially in the Indian months of ‘Shravan’ and ‘Asadh’ when it becomes the venue for a host of religious rites. You can take Cab from Nashik to Kolhapur. The hillock complex in recent times has been given a makeover to tap its tourism potential and now boasts of a statue of Shivaji Maharaj, a gigantic idol of Lord Ganesh and a small garden
A 45 minutes drive from Kolhapur will take you to Panhala fort, a scenic relic from the times of Chatrapati Shivaji. It is one of the oldest and most majestic Maratha forts. The fort complex houses the ‘Sajja Kothi’ where Sambhaji was once imprisoned and Ambabai temple, where Shivaji used to seek blessings. Its compelling history and scenic views make it a must-visit location if you are in Kolhapur.
The temple of Lord Jyotiba is situated at an altitude exceeding 3000 metres and is nestled amidst mountains. Lord Jyotiba is considered to be the incarnation of three gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and the seer Jamadagni. The temple area becomes especially populated in the months of ‘Chaitra’ and ‘Vaisakh’ when it hosts a colourful fair.
Dajipur Bison Sanctuary:
For someone looking to sneak off for a quiet weekend in the lap of nature, Dajipur Bison Sanctuary is the perfect place. One can book one of the many resorts along Radhanagari dam. If you are lucky, you will get to witness a variety of wildlife. Nevertheless, the soothing atmosphere will definitely calm your senses.