Kolhapur is famous throughout the country as the home of Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is situated towards the southwest corner of Maharashtra, on the banks of the Panchganga River. Due to the establishment of various companies in Kolhapur, the city is witnessing impeccable commercial advancements. With high per capita income, Kolhapur is counted among the fastest growing cities in Maharashtra. Its ancient temples and palaces, having highly defined architecture, are the chief constituents of Kolhapur attractions.
The most famous tourist attraction in Kolhapur is the Shri Mahalakshmi Temple, which is one of the Shakti Peethas mentioned in the puranas of Hindu religion. Every year, thousands of devotees from all over the country flock to the city to pay obeisance at this temple. Also significant is the Temlabai Mandir which is situated close to various other shrines on Temlabai Hill. Other places to visit in Kolhapur are the New Palace, a museum, and the Rankala Lake, a famous place to spend weekends.
Despite rich natural heritage and unlike other tourist places, things to do in Kolhapur are not dominated by sightseeing. In fact, tourists visiting this city love spending their time shopping at popular markets. The Kolhapuri Pheta or turban, Kolhapuri Saaz or jewellery and Kolhapuri Chappals are extremely famous among them. Apart from shopping, they enjoy gorging on mouthwatering Kolhapuri Misal, Tambada Rassa, Sukaa Mutton, Roasted Mutton and Pandhara Rassa. Some other delicacies popular among tourists are Misal Pav, Kolhapuri Bhel, Goli Puilaav and Batate Pohe.