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Top Choice Museum in Kolhapur

Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum

‘Bizarre’ takes on a whole new meaning at this ‘new’ palace, an Indo-Saracenic behemoth designed by British architect ‘Mad’ Charles Mant for the Kolhapur kings in 1884. The madcap museum features countless trophies …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Kolhapur

Mahalaxmi Temple

One of Maharasthra’s most important and vibrant places of worship, the Mahalaxmi Temple is dedicated to Amba Bai (Mother Goddess). The temple’s origins date back to AD 10, but much of the present structure is from t…
Top Choice Italian in Kolhapur

Little Italy

If you’ve been clocking up some hard yards on India’s roads, this authentic, professionally run restaurant is just the place to head to sustain you for the next trip. All the flavours are to savour, with a delicious…
in Kolhapur

Chandrakant Mandare Museum

Dedicated to actor and artist Chandrakant Mandare (1913–2001), this well-maintained gallery houses stills of his movies as well as his fine paintings and sketches.
Indian in Kolhapur


A great place to savour Kolhapur’s legendary snacks such as spicy misal (puffed rice tossed with fried rounds of dough, lentils, onions, herbs and chutneys), thalis and lassi. It’s close to the bustling bus stand.
Hindu Temple in Kolhapur

Bhavani Mandap

Courtyard in Kolhapur

Motibag Thalim

Kolhapur is famed for the calibre of its Kushti wrestlers, and at the Motibag Thalim, young athletes train in an earthen pit. The akhara (training ground) is reached through a low doorway and passage beside the entr…
Sports Arena in Kolhapur

Kasbagh Maidan

Professional wrestling bouts are held between June and December in this red-earth arena a short walk south of Motibag Thalim.
Historic Building in Kolhapur

Old Palace

In the heart of the old town this palace was once was the ruling Chatrapati’s main residence, and is still occupied by some in the family. You can enter the building’s front courtyard but there’s little to see today…