Shri Mahalaxmi (AmbaBai) is one of the Shakti Peethas listed in various puranas of Hinduism. According to these writings, a Shakti Peetha is a place associated with Shakti, the goddess of power. The temple belongs architecturally to the Kannada Chalukya empire and was first built in the 7th century.
Panhala fort is 20 km northwest to Kolhapur. It is one of the largest forts in the Deccan, with a perimeter of 14 km (9 mi) and 110 lookout posts. It is 845 m (2,772 ft) above sea level. Panhala fort was built between 1178 and 1209 CE, one of 15 forts built by the Shilahara ruler Bhoja II. There are several monuments at the fort which are considered notable by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The best feature of interest in the city is the Town Hall Kolhapur Museum (Monday closed) on Bhausingji Road, 1km north of the Mahalaxmi Temple. This sober Neo-gothic structure was built as the Town Hall in 1872-76 by Charles Mant. Two European cannons are on display here. We can see things dug out from Brahmapuri, ancient idols, grand wall-pictures by celebrated painters.
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, now known as Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary, was declared as 1st wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra in 1958. The sanctuary was also popular as “Bison Sanctuary”. The latest surveys recorded about 425 species of plants, 47 species of Mammals, 264 species of birds, 59 species of reptiles, and 66 species of butterflies in the sanctuary.
Prior to the 8th century this historical place was just a stone quarry. In the earthquake which took place sometime in the 9th century some natural structural change took place in the quarry. Water started accumulating in this quarry due to opening of an underground source. This accumulated water is today’s famous Rankala Lake.
This is an historic building in Kasaba Bavda, Kolhapur. It was constructed during 1877-1884. Being an excellent specimen of architecture built in black, polished stone, it has been an attraction for tourists. There is a museum, zoo and a ground lake. Museum is dedicated to a fine collection of possessions of Chhatrapaties of Kolhapur like costumes, weapons, games, jewellery.
Khasbag is a national wrestling stadium in Kolhapur. The stadium was built in the time of Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj and is almost a hundred year old stadium. Khasbag stadium, also known as Khasbaug Maidan (Ground), is 1 kilometre South-East to Mahalaxmi Temple. The structure flaunts a seating arrangement for about 60,000 people around a Wrestling Ring also called "Houd".
Panchganga is a famed water-body within the Indian town of Kolhapur. it's a major stream and a tributary of the stream Krishna that flows through the borders of Kolhapur and is made by the opposite four rivers. These rivers are called Kasari, Kumbhi, Tulsi, and Bhagwati. it's a significant traveler attraction and is visited by tourists from totally different components of the state