Kolhapur is a modern urban destination with all the contemporary amenities in place. But the city runs back into many years of history that makes it a popular tourist destination. A former Princely State of India, Kolhapur was established by Chhatrapati Tarabai. The following rulers like the legendry Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati Maharaj and Rajaram Chhatrapati Maharaj contributed immensely to make Kolhapur a flourishing city. It is during that period that many temples and shrines were built in the city. Kolhapur happens to be one of the most important destinations in Maharashtra when it comes to spiritual enlightenment. Kolhapur is also well known for its natural beauty. It is located in the lap of the Sahyadri mountain ranges and is close to the banks of Panchganga river. From tourism point of view, Kolhapur is a place that is going to keep you engaged for a good amount of time. But if you feel like extending your vacation and visit a hill station near Kolhapur, there are many options that you can go for. Places like Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Panchgani, Matheran and Bhandardara offer amazing hill outing near Kolhapur.


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