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Kolhapur is a beautiful city, situated in the south west corner of Maharashtra, India. The population of Kolhapur is around 419,000. The main languages are Marathi, Hindi, and English. It is popular for its Mahalaksmi temple. It is situated on the banks of the river Panchganga. Many hills and forts like Panhala fort and Jothiba temple hill surround the city. The city is also famous for training wrestlers. There is national stadium for a form of wrestling known as Khasbag. It is also famous for making leather footware, popularly known as Kolhapuri Chappal's and sugar products.



During the British Raj, Kolhapur was ruled by a Maharaja, who was the local ruler of an important princely state, under the political control of Bombay state. Kolhapur state, together with its jagirs or feudatories, covered an area of 3165 square miles (8,200 km²).

The Maharajas of Kolhapur trace their descent from Rajaram, a younger son of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha empire. The British sent expeditions against Kolhapur in 1765 and 1792; and in the early years of the 19th century the British invaded again, and appointed a political officer to manage the state. After India's independence in 1947, the Maharaja of Kolhapur acceded to the new Indian Government, and Kolhapur became part of Bombay state. In 1960 Bombay state was divided into the linguistic states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.


Places of interest in and around Kolhapur

  1. Rankala Lake
  2. Panhala Fort
  3. Mahalakshmi Temple
  4. Bhavani Mandap
  5. Jyotiba Temple
  6. Maharaja's Palace
  7. Town hall Museum
  8. Dajipur
  9. Gaganbawada. Excellent place for waterfalls and greenery.
  10. Patgaon Holy Place-Mouni Maharaj Math and samadhi (http://www.freewebs.com/mounimaharaj)


  1. Keshavrao Bhosale Natyagriha
  2. Shahu Smarak Bhavan
  3. Usha Movie Theatre
  4. Prabhat Movie Theatre
  5. Venus Movie Theatre
  6. Ayodhya Movie Theatre
  7. Royal Movie Theatre
  8. Uma Movie Theatre
  9. Parvati Multiplex
  10. Sangam Movie Theatre
  11. Shahu Movie Theatre
  12. Padma Movie Theatre
  13. Apsara Movie Theatre
  14. Basant Movie Theatre
  15. Bahar Movie Theatre


    • Lucky Bazar (Mall)

Apart from these malls, the main shopping district of the city is located on Mahadwar Road near the Mahalaxmi Temple.


Local transportation includes Auto-Rickshaws, KMT (Local Municipal Bus Service). The Kolhapur Train Station has daily train service to Mumbai via Pune.




  1. Kolhapuri Chicken/Mutton- renowned for its extreme spice!
  2. Kolhapur Misal(world famous)
  3. Rajabhau Bhel
  4. Panipuri, shevpuri
  5. Rajasthani papads
  6. Ice-cream
  7. Chat and related food
  8. PavBhaji

Educational Institutes


Engineering Colleges

  • Government College of Engineering, Kolhapur
  • Kolhapur Institute of Technology [KIT], Kolhapur
  • D.Y. Patil College of Engineering & Technology (DYPCET), Kolhapur
  • Tatyasaheb Kore Institute of Engineering and Technology, Warnanagar
  • D.K.T.E. Society's Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, Kolhapur [ http://bvcoek.org ]

Medical Colleges

Commerce Colleges

  • D.R.K. College of Commerce
  • Vivekananda College
  • Indumati College

And lots of Junior Colleges and Schools.

Industries in Kolhapur

The city has become industrialised, due to the proximity of bauxite deposits. There are two main industrial areas, Gokulshirgaon and Shiroli. These mainly produce such products as aluminium castings, alloys, and bearings.

The Shivaji Udyamnagar area is famous for electrical and other metal fabrication workshops. The Shahu Textile Mill is located here.

Well known personalities from Kolhapur

Other useful information

STD Code: (0231)

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