Sudhagad Fort

 

Introduction and Event Summary:

Difficulty Level: Medium level
Endurance Level: High
Food Arrangement: Carry packed / raw food. One can also cook food at the wada.
Transport: Regular buses are available from Nagothane to Pali. Change buses here to go to the base village
Height of Fort: 2030 ft approx.
Base Village: Thakurwadi
District: Raigad
Region: Pali (off Mumbai Goa NH highway)
Route from Pune: Pune - Lonavala - Khopoli - Durshet - Pali - Sudhagad
Route from Mumbai: Mumbai - Panvel - Wadkal - Pali - Thakurwadi - Sudhagad
Distance from Mumbai: 135 km approx.
Distance from Pune: 145 km approx.
Total time required for climbing: 2.5 hours
Total distance for climbing: 5 km one way
Duration: 2 days 1 Night
 

About Sudhagad fort:

Sudhagad also called Bhorapgad is a hill fort situated in Maharashtra, India. This fort is said to date back to the 2nd century B.C the same age as the Thanale caves and Khadsamble caves nearby. It was then called Bhrorapgad after its presiding deity, Bhoraidevi. In 1436, it was captured by the Bahamani Sultan. In 1657, the Marathas took over and renamed it "Sudhagad" the sweet one. It was a large fort and Sudhagad was considered by Shivaji as the capital of his kingdom. He surveyed it, but instead chose Raigad because of its central location. In the regime of the Peshwas, the ‘Pantsachivas’ of Bhor became the custodians of this fort. After the annexation of princely states in 1950 the fort became patron less. As a result, the fort is in a state of ruins, even though it escaped the wrath of the British.

Place to visit:

Temple of Goddess Bhorai Devi, Lord Shiva and Hanuman
Pantsachiv Wada.
Two lakes and water cisterns
Mahadarwaja, Dindi Darwaja and Pachchapur Darwaja
Chordarwaja (Secret door)
Ambarkhana
Bastions of the fort well in condition
Remains of old structure
Echo point
From the fort top we can have glimpse of Sarsagad, Tel-Baila and Ghangad.
 

Sagargad Fort

 

Height: 1357 ft

Type: Hill forts  

Fort Range: None

District: Raigad

About:

This fort is located inAlibagtaluka ofRaigad district. The path to the fort starts from Khandale village on Alibag - Pen Road. This fort can be visited round the year. A gentle walk of 2 hours from the village Khandale can reach us up to the fort. There is a small temple of Mahishasurmardini and a water tank on the way. Also there is "Dodhane" water fall on the way. The beauty of the waterfall can be seen in Monsoon. There is a Siddheshwar monastery on the Sagargad machi. The pedestrians can make a night halt in the monastery. Very less is known about this fort. KingShivajiwon this fort from Adilshah in 1660 A.D. Sagargad was one of the 23 forts which were handed over toMoghulsin theTreaty of Purandar.

Place to Visit

These are the place to visit in Sagargad

1. Awas Beach

2. Nagaon Beach

3. Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple

4. Versoli Beach

5. Lavish Antique clocks

6. Undheri Fort

7. Alibag Beach

8. Kanakeshwar forest

9. Vikram Vinakyak temple

10. Mandwa Beach

11. Brahma Kund

12. Pushkarna Kund

13. Nagoba Mandir

14. Akshi Beach

15. Hanuman Temple

16. Siddheshwar Mandir

Siddheshwar Mandir 

This is famous Shiva temple near picturesque hills near village Khandale just 4 km from Alibag-Pen state highway. You can drive your vehicles near to hillocks and with small trek you can reach this beautiful temple. The beauty is awesome during Shrawan month when hundreds of people throng to worship here during Shrawani Somwars. If you travel further you can see the remains of ancient fort called “Sagargad". Siddheshwar or Siddarameswar also known as Siddhram was one among the five acharya of Lingayat (Veerashaivism). Siddheshwar was a great contributor to Lingayatism religion. He was a great mystic and a Kannada poet who was a part of Basavanna's Veerashaiva revolution during the 12th century. His philosophy was one of service to mankind, the path of karmayoga. Siddarama was instrumental in saving the vachana literature from destruction.

Siddharama claimed to have written 68,000 vachanas out of which only 1379 are available. Along with Basavanna, Allama Prabhu, Devara Dasimayya and Channabasava, Siddharama is regarded as the most acknowledged and respected poets. Vachanakaras wrote in the genre of Veerashaivas, under Kannada literature from the mystic period. He shares the world view of other vachana poets in his rejection of blind conventions of caste and sex discrimination and emphasis on realization through personal experience. He too borrows Metaphors from diverse spheres of everyday life. Apart from vachanas,he has written several devotional works in tripadi. Writing three-line verse, used from the 7th century.

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These are the Beaches in Alibaug

Awas Beach 

Located close to Kihim, Awas beach is a secluded stretch of beach with Casuarina and suru trees lining its shores. A vast stretch of sandy beach, Awas beach is a far less crowded beach and is the best beach to be in if you are looking to be away from everything in this part of Alibaug. 

Akshi Beach 

Akshi beach is well known for its white sand, clean waters and abundance of Suru trees. Akshi is a long stretch of beach which continues onto Nagaon another beautiful beach to its south. Akshi beach is a bird watchers paradise and the vast stretch of Akshi beach would almost always be covered in waders and great knots.

Kashid Beach 

Kashid beach tucked between two rocky hillocks on the Alibaug-Murud road is one of the best beaches near Pune and Mumbai. A long stretch of beach, Kashid stretches along for almost 2 kms. Kashid with waves much higher than other beaches in Alibaug and also with good water sports options is by far the best beach in this part of Konkan. 

Kihim Beach 

Kihim beach is one amongst the most popular Alibaug beaches with a long stretch of sandy beach intermitten by rocky stretches. The Khanderi and Underi forts looms over the horizon from the Kihim shores and along with the rocky stretches offers one of the most beautiful views of the setting sun in this part of the Konkan beaches.

Murud Beach 

Made famous by the formidable seafort - Murud Janjira. Murud is one of the cleanest beaches near Alibaug. A fair distance away from Alibaug, Murud has a beautiful expanse of beach with the Murud Janjira fort less than half an hour’s ferry ride away from the Murud coast. Murud Janjira is the pick of all the beaches in this Alibaug. 

Nagaon Beach 

Nagaon is one of the most romantic destinations in Alibaug with the vast expanse of the beach lined with 'suru' trees extending endlessly onto Akshi to its north. Nagaon is the hub of water sports in Alibaug with the highest number of water sports operators functioning at the beach who also offer parasailing in the sea.

Varsoli Beach 

Varsoli is one of the beaches nearest to Alibaug town. Located approximately 3kms from Alibaug bus depot is a popular beach in Alibaug. With a few rocky stretches Varsoli is one of the beaches popular for water sports in Alibaug. Varsoli has a 2 km stretch of beach with Casuarina groves all around the seashore. 

Water Sports in Alibaug 

Alibaug is one of the major destinations for water sports in Maharashtra. Almost all the beaches in Alibaug have atleast one water sports operator. Nagaon is one of the major destinations for water sports in Alibaug. Mandwa is another destination in Alibaug for water sports enthusiasts with exciting options in the Alibaug bay.

Be it SCUBA diving or kite boarding, sea kayaking or wakeboarding or just the plain old fashined jet skiis and bumper & banana rides, Alibaug has all the options of water sports making Alibaug a preferred destination for water sports enthusiasts. You just need to be at the right place to experience exciting water sports in Alibaug.

Wakeboarding in Alibaug 

Wakeboarding is available in the Alibaug bay in Mandwa. For those who are unfamiliar with the term wakeboarding is riding a surf board while being pulled behind a fast motor boat.

Nagaon - The Hub of Water Sports

Nagaon is the hub of water sports in Alibaug with the highest number of water sports operators functioning at the beach. They also offer parasailing in the sea. 

Mandwa 

The Alibaug bay near Mandwa is the site for most exciting water sports in Alibaug. Operators here offer training in kite surfing wake boarding etc which makes Mandwa a unique destination for water sports.

(Formal training is necessary to experience kite surfing and wake boarding)

Sea kayaking and various rides are also available in Mandwa making Mandwa the ideal destination for water sports in Alibaug. 

Sightseeing in Alibaug

Alibaug is a great destination for a long weekend with beaches strewn across the town however Alibaug is not all about just the beaches. Colaba sea fort just a few hundred meters from the Aibaug shore is a major sightseeing option in Alibaug. Kankeshwar and 'Birla mandir' are two major temples of the many temples in Alibaug

Being a beach town the main sightseeing option in Alibaug is obviously the series of beaches however there are many sanguine temples, historic forts and museums and churches which makes a holiday in Alibaug a joyful experience. If you are a non vegetarian fresh sea food prepared in the typical konkani style will be the highlight of a holiday in Alibaug.

Karmakar Museum 

Located 18 kms from Alibaug on the Alibaug-Rewas Road, is the Karmakar Museum where sculptors made by Late Mr. Nanasaheb Karmarkar are displayed in his own bunglow.

Forts in Alibaug 

There are a few forts along the coastline of Alibaug of which the Colaba fort is the most popular. Just a few hundred meters from the Alibaug beach one can walk across to the fort during low tides. Fort is open during all through the year and Archaeological Survey of India charges a nominal token entry fee for the visit to the Colaba fort.

The shoreline of Alibaug is dotted with sea forts right from Khanderi and Underi in the north to the Murud Janjira in the southern end. Sagargad another fort from the Maratha era is also located very close to Alibaug and is a great hiking destination especially during and after the monsoon rains. From a sightseeing perspecitive the Colaba fort is the most important fort in Alibaug.

 Revdanda Fort

The ruins of the Revdanda Fort near Nagaon are a reminder of the Portuguese rule in India. A seven-story tower and the fortification walls are what remain of the original fort

 Murud Janjira

Although located quite far from Alibaug (48 kms) Murud Janjira is one of the most important sea forts in the Konkan coast. The fort can be visited in sail boats from Rajapuri jetty.

Korlai Fort 

On the way to Kashid just after the Revdanda bridge about 10 kms from Nagaon is Korlai fort. A lighthouse and an old chapel are the main landmarks of the fort and the bastion of the Korlai fort offers beautiful panoramic views of the sea.

Sagargad Fort Trek 

Sagargad is a trekking destination very close to Alibaug. Sagargad fort can be approached from Khandale about 7 kilometers from Alibaug or from Poinad via Wagholi. The trek to Sagargad is an easy hike and one can return to Alibaug after visiting the fort in half a day. If you are a trekking enthusiast a trek to Sagargad is worth the effort especially after the monsoons when you can also see the Dhondane falls. On the way to Sagargad one can see Siddheshwar Temple and an old monastery. 

Temples in Alibaug

Alibaug region has some very beautiful temples churches and synagogues which are worth visiting while on a holiday to Alibaug. Chaul, a historic town under the Portugese rule near Albaug is a place that you need to visit if you want to see old temples churches or synagogues in Alibaug. Rameshwar temple is one of the important temples in Chaul.

The konkan coastline houses some of the most visited temples in Maharashtra and the shoreline of Alibaug is no different. There are a few temples in Alibaug which are worth a visit even if not with a religious intent. The Birla temple is a must visit especially if you are staying in Nagaon or Akshi and if you sre staying Kihim side the Kankeshwar temple is worth a visit. 

Lady of Mount Carmel 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is an old church located in Korlai which was established in 1741. From the church one can see the bastions of the Portugese fort stretching onto the sea.

Bet El Jewish Synagogue 

Bet El Synagogue is located in Chaul about 20 kms from Alibaug. A synagogue with a unique structure, Bet El is an almost 100 year’s old structure built in konkani style. 

Birla Mandir 

20 Kms from Alibaug on the Alibaug – Roha route near Salav village is the beautiful 'Birla Mandir'. Built atop a hillock Birla mandir has Ganesha as the main diety. The idol of Ganesha is placed on a marble nave which is intricately carved. The idols of ‘Riddhi and Siddhi’ are placed on either sides of the Ganesha idol. There are small temples of ‘Radha-Krishna’, ‘Shiv-Parvati’ and ‘Suryadeva’ also in the Birla mandir. Aarti at the Birla mandir is performed at at 9.00 am and 7.00 pm every day. 

Kankeshwar Temple 

Located about 3 kms from Kihim Kankeshwar temple is located atop a hill near Mapgaon. "Brahma Kund" a rectangular tank with steps on all four sides with a semblence to 'Pushkarni' in Hampi is the main attraction of the temple.

How to Reach - Alibaug

Alibaug is the headquarters of the Raigad district and is very well connected to other parts of the state by road. The nearest railway station near Alibaug is Pen which is about 30 kms from Alibaug. There are direct trains like 'Ratnagiri Pass' from Dadar and Diva SWV Pass  from Panvel to Pen, however if you have to use public transport the ferry service is a far more convenient option.

Best Route from Pune to Alibaug

Pune - Mumbai - Express way - Lonavala - Khopoli - Pen - Alibaug (140 kms)

Best Route from Mumbai to Alibaug

Mumbai - Panvel - Pen - Alibaug (100 kms)

Best Route from Kolhapur to Alibaug

Kolhapur - Umbraj - Chiplun - Khed - Mangaon - Vadkal - Alibaug (370)

Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Alibag is from November to July when when the temperature reaches about 14°C and the weather is conducive enough to relax on the beaches.

From August to October, during the rainy season, visitors can expect frequent downpours that prevent sightseeing hence avoid visiting Alibag during the rainy season.

Mahipalgad Fort

 Malhargad-Fort

Height: 3200 ft. from MSL
Type: Hill forts
Range: Kolhapur
District: Kolhapur
Grade: Easy

About:

Mahipalgad is about 21 km northeast of Belgaum city, though it’s a part of Maharashtra. Very less is known about its history, but it’s said to be an ancient fort built by King named Mahipal. The temple of Vaijnath near the fort is ancient temple. It is fortified town on a mountain. It is said that in British India the government recommended people from Mahipalgad in the army. One can plan a trip to Vaijnath temple, Mahipalgad and Sundi waterfalls.

Fascinating Spots:

One can either drive vehicle till the fort or hike directly to the fort from Dewarwadi town. If we take the road to the fort, we first reach the Vaijnath temple (not to be confused with Parali-Vaijanath in Maharashtra). It is an 11th century temple built in Hemadpanthi style, with a majestic Nandi in front of the temple. Adjacent to this is the temple of goddess “Aarogya Bhavani”. There is a sacred water cistern behind this temple.On the way to the fort, there is rock cut caves known as Mahipalgad caves. To see these, we need a good torch. Above these caves on the mountain cap, there is a military training camp ground.

As we approach the fortified town, we come across the ruins of the fort. There is a magnificent statue of Shivaji Maharaj near the main entrance. We can see the complete fort in a couple of hours. If we go straight on the main lane, we reach the citadel of the fort. Inside this citadel is a big cistern, about 70 ft long and 40 ft wide. This is the main water source on this fort. Behind this cistern is the temple of goddess Ambabai. If we take a round along the edge of the mountain, we can see many dilapidated structures, most of them built with laterite stones. To the eastern point is a huge bastion, still intact. There is a Shiva temple near this bastion.As we roam within the community, we can see remnants like stone vessels for water in front of many houses. However, due to lack of support from community as well the government, the fort is not maintained properly.

What to see:
vaijanath Temle
Aarogya Bhavan Temple
Ancient Well
Ancient Caves
Ambabai's Temple
Shiva's Temple

 

Vaijanath Temle

Jyotirlinga are set of 12 Shiva temples spread all over India and considered holiest for Shiva devotees. Parli Vaidyanath Temple (130 kms from Nanded) is considered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples.Parli is visited as a day visit from Nanded (100 kms) or Aurangabad (200 kms - one way) or enroute from Aurangabad / Ahmadnagar to Nanded or as a part of Maharashtra Jyotirlinga Circuit Itinerary.

Aarogya Bhavan Temple

This temple is surrounded by medicinal herbs and hence the goddess of this temple is considered as a form of Parvati and is known as Arogya (health)Bhavani. There are stone inscriptions, Chitra lekh, wells, water holes vanrai (forest) over here.

Shiva's Temple

Shiva, shakti (feminine principle in her many forms), vishnu, ganesha and hanuman are some deities which are worshipped all over India. In Maharashtra there are many temples devoted to lord shiva. Many forms of shiva are worshipped as the kul-devata of many maharashtrian families. khandoba and jyotiba are forms (avatar) of shiva and are very popular deities in Maharashtra.

Ambabai's Temple

The Shri Mahalakshmi (AmbaBai) Temple of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India, 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 Kolhapur Shakti Peetha is of special religious significance being one of the six places where it is believed that one can either obtain salvation from desires or have them fulfilled. The temple takes its name from Mahalakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, and it is believed that the divine couple resides in the area.

Ways to Reach:

Dewarwadi is about 17 km from Belgaum, eastwards on SH 121. Buses ply from Belgaum to Dewarwadi as well as Mahipalgad. Sundi is 5 km away from Mahipalgad. Kolhapur is 125 km north of Mahipalgad, on NH4.

Accommodation Facility:

Available in Mahipalgad

Food Facility:

Packed lunch preferable

Drinking Water Facility:

Available in Mahipalgad

Time to Reach:

Travel time - 2-3 hours from Kolhapur, 45 min from Belgaum. Hiking from Dewarwadi may take an hour or more approx.

Best time to visit: All around the year.

Kolhapur

 

Kolhapur is known for being a centre of art, education, industry, sports, food, headwear, footwear, jewellery and religion, and particularly wrestling. Wrestling is called "Kusti" here, and wrestlers are known as "Malla". This wrestling match is played in the square clay ground which is known as "Akhada".According to legend it was settled by Kolhasur, a demon who was later killed by Mahalakshmi to relieve the local populace. Honouring the demon's dying wish, the city was named after him.The physical setting of the Kolhapur district is divided into three main parts: Eastern ranges, Central ranges and Southern ranges. Eastern and Central ranges have black soil formed from lava, and at some places it has large tracts of fertile land. The western ranges are mostly hilly and have red soil. The majority area in the west is under thick forest coverage. Panchaganga, Warana, Dudhaganga, Vedganga, Bhogavati, Hiranyakeshi and Ghataprabha are main rivers which flow towards east through Western Ghats. The river Panchaganga is formed by the tributaries the Kasari, the Kumbi, the Tulsi and the Bhogavati. Krishna River flows in the east on the eastern border of the district, similarly Tillari River flows on the western border.Kolhapur district are in Maharashtra state. The city of Kolhapur is the district headquarters. As of 2011, the district had population of 3,876,001, of which 33% were urban. Marathi and Kannada is spoken most often.The popular Kolhapuri Chappal originated and is made here.

Karveer

Karveer is a Taluka in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra State, India. Karveer Taluka Headquarters is Karveer town. It belongs to Desh or Paschim Maharashtra region . It belongs to Pune Division. It is located 5 km towards South from District headquarters Kolhapur. 352 km from State capital Mumbai towards North.Karveer Taluka is bounded by Panhala Taluka towards west, Kolhapur Taluka towards west, Kagal Taluka towards South, Hatkanangale Taluka towards East. Uchgaon City, Kolhapur City, Vadgaon Kasba City, Ichalkaranji City are the nearby Cities to Karveer.Donwadi is the smallest Village and Mudsingi is the biggest Village. It is in the 554 m elevation (altitude).Kolhapur, Panhala, Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Amboli, Sindhudurg are the nearby Important tourist destinations to see.

Shahuwadi

This is a tehsil and main road city on the state highway 204 - Kolhapur Ratnagiri highway. There is a great Hill station in Shahuwadi called Amba. its situated near famous Amba Ghat.

Gadhinglaj

Gadhinglaj is said to be sub-district place of Kolhapur district. This is the southernmost tehsil in the district bordering Karnataka state. Regular bus service every 30 minutes ply between Kolhapur and Gadhinglaj via Nippani (Karnataka) city. Gadhinglaj is nearly 65 km. from Kolhapur. There is a very popular senior college named Shivraj Mahavidyala. Gadhinglaj also very popular for education field.This is the central place to stay in and visit some fine destinations like Samangad (the historical fort built during Shivaji Era), the tomb of famous warrior Shri Prataprao Gujar who fought against the Adil Shahi army of Bahalul Khan with only six soldiers, the beautiful Ramtirth waterfalls (from June to December).shri-kalbairav temple gadhinglaj, Mahalaxmi temple. Gadhinglaj have a big sub-district hospital having 100 beds.

Panhala

This tehsil is in the central part of the Kolhapur District. Panhala tahshil is famous for its forts and heritage. Kodoli is the largest and major industrial city in this tehsil. Panhala is a famous hill station/tourist destination in the district. Near Panhala hill station there is the Jyotiba Temple, which is a major tourist attraction. Warananagar is India's well known co-operative and industrial centre which is known as Warana Wired Village. Panhala was 2nd part of Rajdhani for Maratha Shivaji. There are many ports locketed in top of the hill. One underground way from Panhala to Vishalgad around 40–50 km. Now Panhala is most visitor are visited as a Hill station. Near Famous MasaiTemple & Gadaidevi Mandir Kololi 20 km

Bhudargad

Bhudargad is one of the tehsils in Kolhapur district. Gargoti is newly developed town in this tehsil, 50 km from Kolhapur city. Gargoti is an education center for the rural areas. The mouni Vidhypith is one of the institute which runs many education programmes like diplomas in Engineering, Science, Commerce, Arts, graduate-level programes, D Ed, B Ed courses.In Bhudargad tehsil the main river is Vedaganga, which starts at Tambyachiwadi. There is Patgaon dam on the Vedganga River. It has natural beauty and forests around. Average rainfall is more than 1,500 millimetres (59 in).Bhudargad Fort is one of the best hill stations in the Bhudargad tehsil. Medical plants are available in the Patgaon area which is helpful medical science to research and make medicine. Rangna fort, 55 km from Gargoti, on the border of Sindhudurg district one of the best constructed forts by Chhtrapati Shivaji maharaj. It has natural beauty and hill forest around it, and amazing wildlife. First sugar factory on co-operative basis in the country run by women is situated near Tambale. From Gargoti Rangna fort is 35 km, Bhudargad fort 15 km, Patgaon Dam 35 km distance. Patgaon is a resident place of Moni Maharaj. This was the old lane supplying essential girds for Rangana residents. S. T. Buses travel up to this place. There is Hanmanta Ghat at 9 km. from Patgaon. Also Manhargad and Mansantoshgad forts are near the Rangana fort and these places are suitable for tracking.

Kagal

Between 1775 and 1825 Kagal was more than once sacked and burned by the Rajas of Kolhapur. The oldest known mention of Kagal is in grants or sanads of the sixteenth century from the Bijapur government. No old buildings remain intact, but there are ruins of mosques and temples. The old fort was destroyed by Yasavantarao Sinde of Kolhapur in 1780. In its place about 1813 the late Hindurao Ghatge built a new fort 377 feet from east to west by 366 feet from north to south. It is enclosed by a ditch and a thick stone wall now in ruins. The eastern portion of the rampart was destroyed in 1858 by order of the British government. Besides a large mansion built within the town by Hindurao after the model of the famous palace of Deeg, and several good houses belonging to the relations of the Ghatge family.This is the native place of Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur. MLA and honourable state minister Hasan Mushrif is selected from Kagal. It has three main rivers: Dudhganga, Vedganga and Chikotra.

There are three sugar factories:

Shri Chatrapati Shahu Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana,

Sadashivrao Mandlik Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana, Hamidwada,

Dudhganga-Karkhana Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana, Bidri.

Sadashivrao Mandlik, MP of Kolhapur is from this taluka (born in Murgud). Former MLA Sanjay Ghatge is from Vhanali. Murgud is a famous town in Kagal tehsil which is known for its political battles over the years.

Kagal taluka of Kolhapur district known as the University of Politics politics

Shirol

This Tehsil is on the eastern side. It touches Sangli district on east and north, Karnataka state on south and Hatkanangle tehsil on east. Jaysingpur and Kurundwad are two major towns in the tehsil. Jaysingpur city is known as an Educational City, it's developed by Dr. J. J. Magdum. Narsobawadi (Nrisinhawadi) is a very famous religious place which is part of this tehsil and Khidrapur is famous for ancient temple.Khidrapur has beautiful examples of temple architecture in India: the Kopeshwar (shiva) Temple. It was built by Shilahar King Gandaraditya, Vijayaditya and Bhoj-II between 1109 and 1178 A.D. The artistic temple of Kopeswar or Mahadev at Khidrapur is a treasure house of beautiful carved sculpture and a rare architectural marvel. It has been declared as a protected monument by the government. The entire temple rests on 'Gajpeeth' which a semicircular platform resting on the back of 92 is carved elephants. CHINCHWAD and chipri is most beautiful place in tehsil. There is more farm area .and there are near the krishna river. And hasur village is also smart village.

Hatkanagale is an adjacent tehsil. Pethvadgaon and Ichalkaranji are its major towns. Ichalkaranji is famous for its cotton mills; it is often referred to as the Manchester of Maharashtra.

Ichalkaranji is well developed as one of the emerging cities and biggest industrial and textile centers of Maharashtra. Ichalkaranji includes three engineering colleges, four diploma colleges, six senior and 14 Junior colleges.

Ajara

Ajara is a small rural town. It is a cool and calm place. Its rivers, dams, forests and temples make it beautiful.It is on the banks of Hiranyakeshi and Chitra rivers. The famous Ramtirth waterfall and hill station Amboli are near from this place. It's on the Kolhapur-Amboli road. Ajara is the birthplace of the late Shree Shivajirao Sawant, who is famous for novels like Mrutyunjay, Yugandhar, Chhava. Ajara is famous for heavy rain and for production of Ghansal rice (variety of rice). This place is surrounded by tropical forests of Sahyadri.Agriculture is the main occupation of the people, with rice and sugarcane the primary crops.Writing about nature in Ajra, you cannot miss Ramtirth. It is one of the coolest and quietest places in Ajra. It has a very nice waterfall that gushes down during the rainy season. It is a scenic spot in Ajra. The river Hiranyakeshi flows through Ramtirth. Ajra boasts of a huge dam over the river Chitri. The Chitri dam is very beautiful. This dam is a big reservoir of water and is of great help to the people in Ajra and around. This is also a picnic spot for the people.Ajra also has a mix of religions. The Ravalnath Mandir is well decorated. Ajra also has a number of mosques. Christians worship at Lady of Rosary Church.

Chandgad

This is the southern tehsil in the district and touches Karnataka, Goa, and Kokan. It is situated on the Tamraprani river. One of the beautiful and biggest rainfall city of Kolhapur. Kowad is the birthplace of Ranjit Desai, who is famous for novels like Shrimaan Yogi. Jangamahatti is the birthplace of P.L. Deshapande, also in this tehsil.

Most of the people in the Chandgad taluka are belongs to 96 clan of Maratha Emperor Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who established Swarajya in the Maharashtra by fighting with intruders like Mughals, British, etc.

Teurwadi - A small village 4 Kms away north to Kowad. on the way to Nesari-Gadhinglaj. In Teurwadi a temple called Pandhari (Brhmadev), where every Monday pooja is performed at 11 am. The name Pandhari name derived from shivlinga and it is from mahadev avatar. Kowad is around 38 km from Belgaum/Belgavi. Kowad is birthplace of Ranjit Desai (Author/Lekhak — Swamikar)Nittur is medium size village. It had very big political clout in the taluka.Once upon a time Shri V K Chavan Patil was the MLA for few decades. Shri V K Chavan Patil then Aamdar started Doulat Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana in the Taluka. Nittur is famous for its Narsingh, popularly known Shri Narsoba mandir which is on the north side hill.It is said that the Narsingh/narsoba mandir was constructed by Pandavas when they were in exile. It is a big mandir/temple in a single rock.In Dhamapur (village), there is a ravalnath mandir and 3 waterfalls. There is a sugar factory named Daulat Sahakari Sakhar Karakhana Limited at Halkarni, which is main source of income of Chandgad.

How to Reach

By Flight

Kolhapur has a domestic Airport at Ujlaiwadi, which is 13 km away from the heart of the Kolhapur city. The airport is well connected to Mumbai airport by direct flights.

By Bus

Kolhapur is well connected by good road network from various destinations in Maharashtra. It is nearly 400 km from Mumbai, 240 km from Pune. Kolhapur lies on the NH 4 between Bangalore and Pune.

By Train

Kolhapur is the nearest Railway Station, which is 5 km away from the Kolhapur city. There are regular trains from Mumbai to Kolhapur.