Six Places to Explore after Monsoon near Kolhapur
Based on my years of travelling and adventures trips, I concluded that certain places need to be visited after the monsoon to enjoy the scenic beauty of the lush green environment and fresh climate with sun rays.
This charm and beauty of such sceneries cannot be explained in words.
In the below section I am posting six places around Kolhapur city which are blessed with natural surroundings and lush green environment like valleys, mountains, Ghats etc which are worth to explore after the monsoon.
These places can also be considered as one day or weekend picnic spots.
The below are few very scenic and wonderful forts and monsoon places to explore during and after monsoon near Kolhapur
Panhala Fort, Kolhapur
The Panhala fort is just 18 km from Kolhapur and it is founded in the late 12th century by Raja Bhoja.
As per history literature, the fort is built It between the 1178-1209 AD. This is the only fort where the great ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has spent more than 500 days.
The fort turns into lush green during monsoon and the road to Panhala fort covers with thick fog during rainy days.
As it is 18 km from kolhapur, it is very popular as week end gateway for Kolhapur, Pune and Belgaum tourist.
There are various hotels to stay overnight and also restaurants to enjoy delicious food. For Various trekkers, this place is an ideal trekking place.
Places to Explore
1) The fort covers a vast area having huge boundary walls of over 7 km in length and a steep slope beneath. Three magnificent double-walled gates protect the entrance of the fort.
There is a large storage inside the fort which is used to store food grains as per history it is called as Amberkhana and has the capacity of containing 25,000 khandis of grains.
2) Sajja Kothi – Where Sambhaji was imprisoned,
3) Ambabaji Temple – Shri Shivaji used to seek blessings before venturing on expeditions
4) Pavankhind – The great warrior Shri Baji Prabhu Deshpande laid down his life to cover Shivaji’s escape.
5) Someshwar Temple is also worth to visit.
The nearest railway station is at Kolhapur, 18 km away. The distance from Pune is 230km.
Gaganbawada hill station
Gaganbawda fort is unexplored and lesser known hill station which is just a 60 km from Kolhapur. It is Located in Sahyadri range of mountains.
Gaganbawada is on edge of famous Karul Ghat and Bhuibawada Ghat which originate at the same place and go in opposite direction.
This hill station is not much visited by tourist so the pristine and beauty of the hill is still intact.
It is located at 60 km from Kolhapur
The road towards Gaganbawada is fully covered with mountains and hill and very enchanting during monsoon.
Visit a video link to take a glimpse here
Places to Explore
Shri Gagangiri maharaj math
Shri Ramling Temple and
Fort Gagangad was build by Raja Bhoj II of Shilahara dynasty in 1190 and British demolished the fort in 1844.
At the top of the fort, beautiful views of Karul ghat, Bhubawda Ghat and surrounding valley can be seen.
The fort has natural caves where Gagangiri Maharaj was to use meditate and Gagangiri math is erected at this place. Also, other places on the fort are Navgrah Mandir, Mahadev Mandir, Vithal Devi Mandir, Gaibi Gahininath Mandir and two canons.
Gagangiri Maharaj Math (http://www.gagangiri.org)
Gagangiri Maharaj Math is Cave Temple where Great Yogi Shri Gagangiri Maharaj was used to meditate. On outer walls, pictures of God Hanuman, Lord Rama, Laxman and Sita are carved. Many devotes visit this place for spiritual blessings and meditation.
Ashram offers the Hindu teachings, yoga programs and meditation courses.
Shri Ramling Temple, Palsambe
On the way to Gaganbawda, the place is known for cool and serene environment amidst green nature. This old temple is dedicated to Lord Rama.
Lakhmapur Dam is the scenic place in Dajiba forest reserve.
Chandoli National Park near kolhapur
Chandoli National Park is the Unexplored and beautiful National Park near Kolhapur.
Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra is one of the popular national parks in India.
It is located in the western part of the state of Maharashtra at a junction of four Districts i.e. Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Ratnagiri District.
Plenty of tourists and nature lovers visit the Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary. It is situated 75 km from Kolhapur city.
Warna is the main river and it originate in the sanctuary area at Patharapunj and dividing the sanctuary area in two halve i.e. north and south.
On this river, a dam is constructed at Chandoli Village.
Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is a popular tourist destination, with the peak tourism season being from August to February.
The most popular tourist activity is hiking to the top of a hill in the sanctuary, from which one can see the Krishna River flowing through fields of sugarcane and grapevines.
Also in the area are numerous shrines to Shiva which were built during the Chalukya dynasty.
The Sagareshwar sanctuary has much religious, cultural and archaeological significance. The sanctuary derives its name from an ancient famous Shiva temple that attracts a large number of devotees.
It actually consists of one large temple and a complex of 51 small temples, all from the Satvahana period. You will find the Kaal Bhairao temple, partially hewn from hard Basalt rock perched on the edge of a steep cliff.
The entrance to the temple is through a narrow tunnel.
Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is 65 km from Kolhapur in Sangli district.
The wildlife sanctuary is man-made; it is an artificially cultivated forest without a permanent supply of water, and most of the wildlife species were artificially introduced.
The sanctuary is forested, but with grassy hill slopes. The forests are southern dry mixed deciduous and southern thorn forest.
Protection from grazing and forest fire has resulted in good regeneration of dry deciduous species.
The forest department introduced many plants in the area, including Tamarind, Neem, Nilgiri, Acacia, Agave, and Khair.
Large animals found in the sanctuary include several types of deer (Sambar Deer, Blackbucks, Muntjac, Chital) as well as wild boar and peacocks. Small carnivores like hyena, fox and porcupines are also found in the area.
A large number of insects, birds and reptiles such as pythons and other snakes are also present.
How to reach
Nearest Railway Stations
Kolhapur – 65 Km, Sangli – 30 km, Miraj rail junction – 34 km, Kirloskarvadi – 15 km ,Takari – 2 km
Nearest Bus Stations
Kolhapur- 60 km, Sangli – 30 km, Miraj – 34 km, Kundal – 9 km, Kirloskarvadi – 14 km , Palus – 15 km, Takari – 2 km
Amboli Hill Station
It is the one of the best places not to miss during the monsoon period. This great place is situated around 100 km from Kolhapur and it is really worth to visit in monsoon.
If you are coming from Karnataka region then from Belgaum it is 65 km.
Amboli is one of the beautiful place near kolhapur located in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. This places have dense forests and steep mountains. The hilltop Amboli gives a fine bird’s-eye view of the Konkan coast.
Colonel Westrop, who was a British political agent, developed Amboli as a hill station after the opening of the Ghat Road from the coastal town of Vengurla, now in southern Maharashtra, to Belgaum.
You have great places to stay and good restaurant to try both veg and non veg dishes in this region.
This valley is totally covered in fog during monsoon.
Amboli is very popular for the waterfall which is biggest in this region.
Also, you will find various small waterfalls as shown in below picture
Other places to explore at Amboli
Hiranyakeshi Temple in Amboli.
The Hiranyakeshi temple is built to signify the origin point of the Hiranyakeshi river.
Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kolhapur