Sangli is a major city in Western India 390 km from Mumbai and 700 km from Bangalore. Sangli is known for its turmeric trade, grapes and sugar factories. Sangli is also a major education and healthcare centre.
Sangli has developed itself as a is now a modern city with broader
roads, major railway junction, cyber-cafes, hotels with multi-cuisine,
very good education, healthcare, telecommunication and entertainment
facilities. A Software Technology Park is being set up in a prime
location of the city.
Gokak Water Falls
It is at a distance of only two hours drive from Sangli. The best time
to visit this falls is between June to October as there is plenty of
water. There is a swinging bridge on the waterfalls.
Sagareshwar Wild Life Sanctuary
It is just 30 km from Sangli. Deer, jackals, rabbits, peacocks, wild
goats, wild cows, leopards are the wild animals of this sanctuary. There
are also ancient temples of Lord Shiva.
Dandoba Hill Station
Locating at the Miraj-Pandharpur Road, Dandoba Hill Station is just 25
minutes drive from Sangli. It is located around Dandoba Hills, which is
a reserve forest area. There are also some historical ancient temples on
Chandoli region, which is about 65 km from Sangli has animals like
monkeys, deer, wild goat, rabbits, tigers, peacocks, snakes. You can
also visit the Chandoli dam. In the rainy season, you find this place
lush green with some small waterfalls.
Audumbar is a holy place about 25 km from Sangli city. A sacred temple
of Lord Dattatraya is located on the banks of Holy Krishna River.
Thousands of devotees from all over the world visit Audumbar every year.
It is just 4 hours journey from Sangli. Mahabaleshwar is also known as
the Queen of all Hill Stations. This hill station is situated at an
altitude of 1,372m in the heart of Sahyadri Hills in Satara District.
Its name is derived from a Lord Mahadev temple and three Sanskrit words,
Maha (great), Bal (power) and Ishwar (God). Some people also relate the
name with mythological past as the name 'Mahabaleshwar' means mighty
Bahuballi Hill Temples (Kumbhojgiri)
Bahuballi is 50 minutes drive from Sangli. Bahubali Hill Temples are
located 27 km south of Kolhapur, Maharashtra on the Bahubali Hills. Huge
devotees thronged the temple to worship the 28-feet tall marble statue
of Bahubali and visit the temples of the 24 Tirthankaras or saints.
These hills are popularly known as 'Kumbhojgiri'. A Celibacy Resort was
established in 1935 and named after the sage Bahubali who mediated here
about 300 years before.
Pandharpur is 4-5 hours drive from Sangli by road. This place is one
of the most revered pilgrimage sites in Maharashtra. Pandharpur
preserves Lord Vithoba's image in a grand temple. Vithoba is a form of
Krishna. The name Vithoba means Father Vitthala. Vitthala is said to
have been derived from the word Vishnu in Kannada.
The worship of Vishnu - Vitthala at Pandharpur is derived mainly from
the puranas and has been augmented by the contribution of the great
Vaishnava saints of Maharashtra from the 13th to 17th centuries (Namdev,
Jnaneshwar, Eknath, Tukaram).