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Kolhapur is an ancient city, situated on the banks of the Panchganga River. In and around the city there are many sites of historical and cultural significance. The city is known for jaggery trading, traditional leather sandal Kolhapuri chappal, Kolhapur International Film Festival, etc.

Major tourist sites in and around the city: Mahalakshmi Temple, New Palace, Town Hall Museum, The Old Palace, Binkhambi Ganesh Temple, Rankala Lake, etc.

Tourism Board Website

When to visit: best time to visit is from October to March.


Nearest railway station: Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus is the main railway station in Kolhapur. This station connects Kolhapur with major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Solapur, Nagpur, Tirupati, Ahmedabad, Delhi through express trains.
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Nearest airport: Pune International Airport (IATA: PNQ, ICAO: VAPO) is about 243 km (151 mi) away. Dabolim Airport or Goa Airport (IATA: GOI, ICAO: VOGO) is about 223 km (139 mi) away.
For more information on airports see section TravelInfo/Airports

Buses: Maharastra State transport buses (MSRTC)and private buses ply regularly from Pune and other cities in the state.

By road: The distance from Pune to Kolhapur is about 230 km (143 mi) via NH 48. It takes around 4 hours.
The distance from Mumbai to Kolhapur is about 374 km (232 mi) via NH 48 and Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pune Hwy. It takes around 6-7 hours.
The distance from Ganpatipule to Kolhapur is about 152 km (95 mi) via NH166. It takes around 3-4 hours.
The distance from Solapur to Kolhapur is about 231 km (144 mi) via Sangola - Mangalwedha - Solapur Rd and Miraj - Sangola - Pandharpur Rd. It takes around 5 hours.


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