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Panhala Hill Station Tourism and Travel Tours Maharashtra

Panhala situated at an altitude of 977.2m is a fascinating hill station with a rich historical heritage. Dotted with ancient fortifications and buildings that have witnessed the rise and fall of the Maratha Empire, Panhala is an enchanting place. Peaceful beyond imagination, free from pollution, and scenic enough to overwhelm your senses.


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A Historical & Scenic Appeal
A hill station with fascinating and fresh landscapes, Panhala is an ideal getaway from the routine congestion. This charming place, of both historical and religious significance, is located at a distance of 20-km northwest of Kolhapur and is a major escape from the land of concrete to the land of greenery.

Carrying a rich heritage, Panhala Fort forms the largest of all the Deccan forts. This fort was built between the 1178-1209 AD, this is the only fort where the great ruler himself, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is believed to have spent more than 500 days. A few kilometers away is the Raj Dindi.

The Teen Darwaza "three door" gate meant successive doors could only be approached at an awkward angle, trapping troops in the inner courtyard and making it impossible to charge. A well in the corner was used to send word to allies; lemons with incised message were dropped into the water, and would float to a lake outside.

The Sambhaji Temple and Someshwar Temple also evoke the grandeur and glory of the past. Other famous sights include the Blue Basalt temple on the sacred Jyotiba Hill, the 7th century AD Mahalaxmi Temple at the nearby town of Kolhapur and the wildlife sanctuary at Radhanagari at 52-km.

This place offers mesmerizing views of the nearby valleys. The land is an ideal trekking destination too.

How To Get There

By Air
Nearest airport is Kolhapur at 20-km.
By Rail
Nearest Railway station is Kolhapur at 18-km on South Central Railway. One can take the Sahyadri Express train or the Mahalaxmi Express train on any day from the Mumbai-Victora Terminus to Kolhapur.
By Road
Bombay-Panhala 428-km via Kolhapur and Kolhapur-Panhala is just 18-km. There are regular buses and luxury coaches that run between Kolhapur and the Panhala Fort. Panhala is located at a distance of 20-km off the Kolhapur-Ratnagiri highway. A direct drive from Mumbai can get one to Panhala in 8 hours.

Places To Stay

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Kolhapur.

General Information

Location
Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
Main Attraction
Panhala Fort.
Speciality
Radhanagari Sanctuary, Jyotiba Hill And Various Temples.
Best Time

Prime Attractions of Kolhapur

The climate is delightfully cool at the altitude of 978 m from sea level. October to May is the best time to visit.
Dajipur Bison Sanctuary
The Dajipur Bison Sanctuary is situated on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts near the backwaters of the Radhanagari dam. Rugged mountains and thick forests abundant in wildlife surround this jungle resort.
Kolhapur Jewellery
The Jewellery from Kolhapur is beautifully crafted with delicate embossing and workmanship. People from Kolhapur have not gone too far from the traditional jewellery patterns of the Marathas and Peshwas.

Panhala situated at an altitude of 977.2m is a fascinating hill station with a rich historical heritage. Dotted with ancient fortifications and buildings that have witnessed the rise and fall of the Maratha Empire, Panhala is an enchanting place. Peaceful beyond imagination, free from pollution, and scenic enough to overwhelm your senses.
A Historical & Scenic Appeal
A hill station with fascinating and fresh landscapes, Panhala is an ideal getaway from the routine congestion. This charming place, of both historical and religious significance, is located at a distance of 20-km northwest of Kolhapur and is a major escape from the land of concrete to the land of greenery.

Carrying a rich heritage, Panhala Fort forms the largest of all the Deccan forts. This fort was built between the 1178-1209 AD, this is the only fort where the great ruler himself, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is believed to have spent more than 500 days. A few kilometers away is the Raj Dindi.

The Teen Darwaza "three door" gate meant successive doors could only be approached at an awkward angle, trapping troops in the inner courtyard and making it impossible to charge. A well in the corner was used to send word to allies; lemons with incised message were dropped into the water, and would float to a lake outside.

The Sambhaji Temple and Someshwar Temple also evoke the grandeur and glory of the past. Other famous sights include the Blue Basalt temple on the sacred Jyotiba Hill, the 7th century AD Mahalaxmi Temple at the nearby town of Kolhapur and the wildlife sanctuary at Radhanagari at 52-km.

Kolhapuri Chappals
Kolhapur is well known for its textiles and cottons, but it is of course most famous for its hand-made leather sandals or chappals. Kolhapuri chappals are popular throughout the world for their simple styles, quality of leather and design.
This place offers mesmerizing views of the nearby valleys. The land is an ideal trekking destination too.
Koyna Reservoir
The Koyna region includes parts of Mahabaleshwar, the Koyna Lake and around Satara. This region has excellent forest cover and the range from Mahabaleshwar to Jungli on the western edge of the Koyna Lake is a less frequented area. There are many passes and a lot of unknown trails, which can challenge even a seasoned trekker. The ferries on the Koyna Lake are an enjoyable way of approaching the forts on its western edge.
Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum
The New Palace in Kolhapur houses the Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum- a weird array of the former Maharaja's possessions, who recently died in 1983. British architect Charles Mant designed the New Palace in 1881 in the Indo-Sarcenic style
Vengurla-Malvan
Vengurla is situated in the Southern part of the Maharashtra coastline. Its famous for its long stretch of shimmering sand, lined with thick cashew, coconut, jackfruit and mango groves.
Vijaydurg - Sindhudurg
Vijayadurg and Sindhudurg were naval-bases during the reign Great Chattrapati Shivaji. Both these places gained importance because of their picturesque beaches.