Sports and Entertainment
There are a few places that you can visit to unwind and enjoy yourself. Around Rankala Lake, there is enough to keep you occupied. You can enjoy Marathi, Hindi and English movies. Try to catch a stage show at Keshavrao Bhosale Theatre or a tamasha, which is a wonderful musical drama.
Traditional wrestling or kusti has been patronized by the people of Kolhapur since many years. The Rajarshi Shahu Khasbag Maidan or wrestling ground can seat thousands of spectators and is popular with both locals and outsiders. The main wrestling season is between June and September.
Hotels and Restaurants
Profile : Hotel situated at a distance of 1 Km providing multi cuisine's. Money exchange, travel agents, conference hall, credit cards etc. facilities available
Address : 517 A/2 , Shivaji Park, Kolhapur 416 001, India
Phone : +(91)-(231)-660660 Fax : +(91)-(231)-659322
Profile : Govt. approved 2 star hotel with multi cuisines . facilities of currency exchange, travel agents , foreign telecast , credit cards etc.
Address : New Shahupuri, Kolhapur 416 001, India
Phone : +(91)-(231)-650451/6504.
Hotel Shalini Palace
Profile : Hotel with 42 rooms with Indian, chinese, continental cuisines .Money exchange, travel agents, conference hall, credit cards etc. facilities available
Address : Rankala Award, Kolhapur 416 010, India
Phone : +(91)-(231)-20401/20402
Profile : Just 0.5 km from station with all modern facilities
Address : 204/E New Shahupuri, Kolhapur 416 001, India
Phone : +(91)-(231)-650421/650422/650424 Fax : +(91)-(231)-653346
Profile : Just 0.5 km from station with conference/banquet halls. Sight seeing arrangements, credit cards accepted
Address : 204 B-EWard , Tarabai Park, Kolhapur 416 010, India
Phone : +(91)-(231)-20401/20402.
Kolhapur is well connected to the rest of the state and country. By air, you can reach Kolhapur from Mumbai by a one-hour plane journey. Ujalaiwadi Airport is 10 kms from the main city of Kolhapur.
By train, it is a 10 to 11 hour journey from Mumbai or Bangalore. There are several day and night trains that leave Dadar or Chhtrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai for Kolhapur.
By road, Kolhapur can be reached easily from Mumbai, Pune and other places. There are regular State and private buses that ply between Kolhapur and Mumbai/Pune. Kolhapur is 395 kms from Mumbai and 225 kms from Pune.
Since the western part of Kolhapur is at a height and hilly, the overall climate of this area is cool. However it does tend to get hot and dry during summer. The monsoon season is from June to September.
Auto-rickshaws are the most common mode of transport along with the bus service run by the municipal corporation. Taxis are available but not that common.
The MTDC tourist office is a five minute walk from the station, on Station Road, and is open from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 8.30 am to noon and 4 to 6 PM on weekends.
kolhapur is well known for its textiles and cottons, in particular Kolhapuri saris. But it is of course most famous for its jewelry and leather sandals or Kolhapuri chappals. You could easily get five pairs of sandals for less than Rs. 500. The jewelry from Kolhapur is known to dazzle the beholder and is beautifully crafted with delicate embossing and workmanship.
Mahadwar and Shivaji Roads are good places to shop. You can find a good variety of Kolhapuri chappals and other leather goods on Bhausinji Road. There are a few good buys around the bus station in the Rajarampuri area. Shetkaari Bazaar is the cheapest place to shop and is popular amongst the villagers from surrounding areas.