Kolhapur may be off beat route for many still it is a pretty good destination for industrial visit, It is one of the shining examples in the co-operative movement of India,with around 11,338 societies in the district. The industries in Kolhapur mainly comprise sugar industries, textile mills, engineering units and foundry units. There are nine industrial estates in Kolhapur, with 1,207 functioning units Kolhapur is one of the most important places for foundry businesses. Mechanical industries in Kolhapur are major suppliers to the OEM customers like Tata, Bajaj, Mahindra and Mahindra, General Motors, etc, Kolhapur is also home to Marathi film industry.
An important princely state in pre-independent India, Kolhapur has been the focal point of devotion and spiritual yearnings for Hindus for its centuries-old sacred shrine “Mahalaxmi”. Located amidst beautiful hills on the banks of Panchganga River, the place is rightly known as “Dakshin Kashi” or Kashi of the South. Steeped in history, this atmospheric place is one of the many jewels in the crowns of Maharashtra and it is easier to be enchanted by the various landmarks of the city. A travel to Kolhapur includes a trip to some of beautiful attractions that are excursions from the city.
Sights to See
The spiritually important Ambabai Temple is the number-one attraction of this place that draws crowds of pilgrims daily. A place of intense spiritual activity this old shrine dates back to 12th century AD and is dedicated to Mahalaxmi.
Kotiteerth, Old and New Palace, Panchganga, Rankala Lake, Shahu Museum, Shalini Palace (now converted into a hotel), Town Hall and the Irwin Agricultural Museum are other attractions in Kolhapur.
Bahubali or Kumbhojgiri (38 km): This is a pilgrim centre for Jains where the sage Bahubali is supposed to have meditated 300 years ago. There are around 24 temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankars within the complex. There is also a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga nearby.
Siddhgiri Museum (10 km):A unique tourism project has come up in Kaneri village which gives a peak into village life existing nearly a century ago and will help promote and conserve ancient Indian culture.
Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary: Located 50 km away from Sangali, this sanctuary is visited by wildlife enthusiasts for its population of sambar and deer. The Sagareshwar temple dedicated to God Shiva is also sited in this sanctuary.
- Kolhapur Steel Ltd
- Manugraph India Ltd
- Warana Group Of Cooperatives
- Kolhapur Zilla Sahakari Dudh Utpadak Sangh Ltd
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries.
Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary (70 km): This sanctuary at Dajipur was established in 1985 encompassing the Dajipur Bison Reserve with the surrounding forest areas. The evergreen forest of Dajipur is a home to Indian bison or gaur, giant Indian squirrel, deers and a variety of birds. The nearest railhead for the sanctuary is Kankavli which is 41 Km away.
Bhudargad (50 km): This fort is situated on a huge vertical rock amidst mountain ranges.
Vijaydurg (140 km):Vijaydurg the “Victory Fort” bears testimony to the Maratha’s martial supremacy during Shivaji’s reign.
Khidrapur (62 km): Built by Shilahar King approximately between 11th and12th centuries, the Temple of Khidrapur is located east of Kolhapur. An architectural marvel, the shrine is famous for its beautifully carved sculptures.
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