Kolhapur has around 549,236 residents. Hindus (83.89%) form a majority of the population. Islam is second most popular religion in the region with approximately 10.88% followers, followed by Christians (0.96%), Jains (3.35%), Sikhs (0.11%) and Buddhists (0.11%). The people live together in peace and harmony and have a very friendly attitude towards tourists. They work in various industries – primarily in producing the products for which the city is known, like Kolhapuri slippers, handicrafts and more. It is also an industrial city that produces exports amounting to over 15 billion rupees every year. Though western attire is popular, many natives tend to prefer traditional dresses. Men wear ‘sherwani’ and ‘kurta pajama’ and women wear ‘salwar kameez’.
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These places near Mahabaleshwar are ideal for enjoying nature, exploring historical sites and indulging in fun activities.
Kolhapur boasts of various exciting handicrafts and dance forms, which epitomise its rich culture.
Kolhapur’s rich heritage can be explored through its forts, palaces and ancient temples.
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