aristocracy and graciousness. A legacy of velour combined
with a culture steeped in spiritualism, education and modernism.
Kolhapur with its myriad images emerges as a city with a
multifaceted persona and a rich cultural, historical and
mythical past. Ancient texts such as the Padmapurana and
the Skandapurana speak in glowing terms of Karveer or Dakshin
Kashi which is, in fact modern-day Kolhapur on the banks
of river Panchaganga nestling among the Sahyadri ranges.
journey through the past reveals that Kolhapur has lived
through the regimes of various rulers from the mythical
past to the modern age. The Hindu era lasted till 1347,
followed by the Muslim rule which was from 1347-1700. The
magnificent temples of Kolhapur were built during the glorious
periods of the Satavahana kings and the Shilaharas. The
Marathas controlled this area from 1700 to 1849. In 1849,
the British took over and Chhatrapati Sahu Maharaj was installed
as the ruler of Kolhapur.
Sahu Maharaj's reign lent a progressive spirit to the city
and he extended his patronage to theater, films, music,
painting, sculpture, wrestling and crafts. As result, the
city has a rich cultural ethos. In 1945, archaeological
excavations close to a hill named Brahmagiri on the banks
of the river Panchaganga revealed the existence of an ancient
town dating back to the Roman times. Today, Kolhapur combines
its artistic past with a dynamic present and is a modern,
is the ultimate destination for tourists who want to journey
back in time to the glorious reign of Chatrapati Shivaji
Maharaj. A visit to the plethora of monuments & historical
sites provide a glimpse into the proud Maratha heritage.
kolhapur is well known for its textiles and cottons, in
particular Kolhapuri saris. But it is of course most famous
for its jewellery and leather sandals or Kolhapuri chappals.
You could easily get five pairs of sandals for less than
Rs. 500. The jewellery from Kolhapur is known to dazzle
the beholder and is beautifully crafted with delicate embossing
and workmanship Mahadwar and Shivaji Roads are good places
to shop. You can find a good variety of Kolhapuri chappals
and other leather goods on Bhausinji Road. There are a few
good buys around the bus station in the Rajarampuri area.
Shetkaari Bazaar is the cheapest place to shop and is popular
amongst the villagers from surrounding areas
is a celestial city with temples dotting its spiritual landscape.
Devotees throng to the famous Mahalaxmi temple, Jyotiba
temple , Narsobawadi, Khidrapur among the 250 or more temples.
For those who want to commune with Nature, Kolhapur provides
some scenic spots which combine breathtaking vistas, salubrious
climate, a wide variety of flora & fauna.