Kolhapur

Kolhapur is situated in the south west corner of Maharashtra, India and on the banks of the river Panchganga. Hills and forts like Panhala fort and Jyotiba temple hill surround the city. The city is also famous for Kolhapuri Chappals. There is national stadium for a form of wrestling known as Khasbag.

Points of Attraction

Rankala Lake, Panhala, Mahalakshmi Temple, Bhavani Mandap, Jyotiba Temple, Town hall Museum, Gaganbawda, Dajipur, Ramling, Bahubali, Radhanagri Dam, Katyayani Mandir, Narsinha Wadi.

Transportation

KMT (Local Municipal Bus Service) is available for local trasportation. The Kolhapur Railway Station has daily train service to Mumbai via Pune. Trains connect Kolhapur to Tirupati, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. There runs a weekly train every Tuesday to delhi viz. Nizamuddin Express. The city has an airport, near Ujlaiwadi, 13 km from the city and there is a flight daily from Mumbai to Kolhapur. State transport to major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nasik etc. is also available from the Central Bus Stand. Private buses also available from Kolhapur to Pune every night with very affordable rates. Daily Volvos are available for important cities like Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Aurangabad, etc.

Speciality

Kolhapur has many educational institutes. University, Autonomus Institutes, Engineering Colleges, Medical Colleges etc. Shivaji University, Kolhapur Institute of Technology [KIT], Kolhapur, D.Y. Patil College of Engineering and Technology, Kolhapur, Tatyasaheb Kore Institute of Engineering and Technology Warnanagar, Dr. J.J. Magdum College of Engineering [Jaysingpur], Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering these are main Engineering Colleges. D.Y.Patil Medical College, Kolhapur, Yashwant Ayurvedic Medical College,Kodoli, R.C.S.M Govt. Medical College these are medical colleges.

For entertainment Kolhapur has Keshavrao Bhosale Natyagruha, Shahu Smarak Bhavan. This city has two main industrial areas, Gokulshirgaon and Shiroli. The Shivaji Udyamnagar area is famous for electrical and other metal fabrication workshops. Kolhapur has many Co-Operative Sugar Industries.

Kolhapur has many well known personalities like Chattrapati Shahu Maharaj, Jayant Narlikar (astrophysicist), V. Shantaram (Marathi movie director/producer), Lata Mangeshkar, Dr. Vasant Gowarikar, Asha Bhonsle, Suresh Wadkar, Suryakant Mandare (Marathi movie actor), Chandrakant Mandare (Marathi movie actor), Dr. Satish Patki (national award-winning gynecologist, medical research founder), Ganpat Patil (Marathi movie actor), Tejaswini Sawant (Shooter), Rajnikanth (famous actor from south film industry), V.A. Alias Tatyasaheb Kore (Sahakar Maharshi, creator of Warananagar).