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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 is a maze of countless troph…
Top Choice Indian in Kolhapur

Dehaati

The city's Kolhapuri thali specialist. Meals come in a variety of mutton variations as well as chicken and veg. The vibrant curries, the spiced-up dhal, the rich aakkha masoor (Kolhapuri-style whole lentil curry), t…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Kolhapur

Mahalaxmi Temple

One of Maharastra’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 th…
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 sustain you for the next trip. All the flavours are to savour, with a delicious, veg-on…
Training Centre in Kolhapur

Motibag Thalim

Kolhapur is famed for the calibre of its Kushti wrestlers and at the Motibag Thalim you can watch young athletes train in an earthen pit. The akhara (training ground) is reached through a low doorway and passage to …
Indian in Kolhapur

Chorage Misal

Near Mahalaxmi Temple, this hole-in-the-wall misal (spicy curry made from moth bean sprouts) joint has been at it since 1963 and is the spiciest of the city's classic joints. Rajesh is the third generation behind th…
Museum in Kolhapur

Chandrakant Mandare Museum

Dedicated to famed Marathi actor and artist Chandrakant Mandare (1913–2001), this well-maintained gallery houses stills of his movies as well as his fine paintings and sketches, the best of which are the foreign and…
Historic Building in Kolhapur

Old Palace

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

Kasbagh Maidan

Professional wrestling bouts are held sporadically between June and December in this small arena a short walk south of Motibag Thalim. It's behind the Palace Theatre.