Panhala is 20 km from Kolhapur. Dotted with ancient fortifications and
buildings that have witnessed the ups and downs of the Maratha Empire,
Panhala is an enchanting hill station of Maharashtra, which is located
at an altitude of 977.2m. This place is famous for its historic
importance as well as its scenic beauty. Panhala has fresh landscapes
and an ideal getaway from urban hustling-bustling. Built between
1178-1209 AD, Panhala Fort is the largest of all Deccan forts. Average
temperature is 250 C.
Vishalgad is 76 km northwest of Kolhapur. Vishalgad fort has
Amriteshwar Temple, Takmak Tok, Sati Vrindavan and the dargah or tomb of
Hazrat Malikdhyan Baba. The name Vishalgad itself connotes grandeur and
Bhudargad fort is located about 50 km south of Kolhapur. This fort is
situated on a huge vertical rock amidst mountain ranges. It is said to
resemble from a distance, the crescent moon in the matted hair of the
Paargad is situated to the south of Kolhapur, which is 28 km from
Chandgad. This place is a peaceful and greenery area. The scenery of the
fort is so charming with its dense forest. The fort has an exquisite
bronze statue of Shivaji and a temple of Bhagawati Bhawani.
Narasimha Wadi is at a distance of 45 km from Kolhapur. Situating on
the banks of rivers Krishna and Panchaganga, this holy place is well
known for holy padukas or slippers of Dattaguru (an incarnation of
Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh).
Giroli Tourist Park
The restaurant in the park offers delectable food from Kolhapur, Goa,
karnataka and the Konkan region. One may take rest here after enjoying
visiting the tropical flora and fauna, the wild cry of the peacock, the
chirp of the forest birds. The tourists can plan for visits to Panhala,
Jyotiba, Warnanagar and the carvings of Pohale.
Dajipur Bison Sanctuary
Dajipur is situated on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg
districts. Rugged mountains and dense forests surround this hilly area.
This quiet little place is completely cut-off from human blare. Dajipur
is home to bison, wild deer, chital, gawa and many more spectacular wild
animals and birds. Situating at 1200 metres above the sea level, it is
an exciting and beautiful holiday getaway. An excursion in the vicinity
to the Gagangiri Maharaj's Math makes a pleasant outing for the
tourists. This scenic resort near the backwaters of the Radhanagari Dam
is highly recommended for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. It is
80 km away from Kolhapur.
Amboli is located in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. This hill
station is at an altitude of 690m above the sea level. Having dense
forests and steep mountains, Amboli is the last hill resort before the
coastal plains begin in the southern ranges of the Sahyadri Hills. The
hilltop Amboli gives a fine bird's-eye view of the Konkan coast. Colonel
Westrop, who was a British political agent, developed Amboli as a hill
station after the opening of the Ghat Road from the coastal town of
Vengurla, now in southern Maharashtra, to Belgaum.