Kolhapur Specialties and famous things
A kolhapur city is one of the most multi dimensional city in Maharashtra state and the city has something or other for all type of visitors (read more about Kolhapur city )
I came across various people who are interested to know about specialties of Kolhapur city in terms of food, shopping, various eateries, Restaurants and items to buy. In other words people are very keen to explore the famous things and items in kolhapur.
So thought to compose the list of 10 famous things in Kolhapur
The following is the list of special items in Kolhapur
About Kolhapur Food
As the Kolhapur city is famous for its historical monuments and ancient temples it is also well known for special food dishes and snacks, for example, Kolhapuri Misal, Kolhapuri Bhel, and Non-veg food are some of the most popular food enjoyed in Kolhapur.
Generally it is considered that Kolhapuri food is very spicy food, but in fact, it is not that spicy and nowadays hotels are keeping an option to serve the mild food and snacks for tourist.
So in the following section, I have mentioned some of the top food joints in Kolhapur. If you are in Kolhapur or planning to visit then visit at least once to these food joints believe me you will love it.
Kolhapuri Missal Speciality :
A Missal is one of the special and most famous dishes of Kolhapur city. A Kolhapuri Missal is a delicious dish in terms of spicy and taste. This dish is so adaptable that it is not only eaten during breakfast but some people prefer to eat it during lunch and evening snacks.
So people who like to have tasty and spicy item then they will definitely love Kolhapuri Missal.
This dish is made up of spourted Mutki (moth bean), Chivada, Shev, onion, potato, and on top of all they pour spicy liquid. It is very tasty and delicious and one of my favorite as well.
If you are interested to taste the Authentic Missal in Kolhapur then visit Top 5 missal hotels in Kolhapur
As the kolhapur city is famous for its Kolhapuri missal, Kolhapuri bhel is also very special and famous for its spicy and tangy flavor and it is very popular among natives and tourists. Most of them prefer it eat it during evening time.
Though you would get bhel at many places in Kolhapur following are few very old places serving bhel with unique authentic taste and very well known joints.
If you want to taste the Bhel from Kolhapur’s top bhel joints then visit Five best Kolhapur bhel places
Special Kolhapuri Non-Veg food
One of the food item for which kolhapur is known in entire Maharashtra state is its non vegetarian food which is very special and authentic. The non veg food especially like mutton and chicken is made using various authentic spices. If you are a non vegetarian then you should try one of these restaurants.
There are lots of non veg food hotels in Kolhapur but in following section I have mentioned the most visited and rated top good joints.
You should taste Tambada rassa (it is red meat soup) and Pandhara rassa (it is white meat soup), dry and fried mutton and mutton pickle. Kheema Balls Rice is also well known as a special dish as Golyachi Biryani.
Tambada Rassa is a mutton soup generally hot & spicy, red in colour , while Pandhara Rassa is Mutton soup prepared by using white coconut milk and hot spices without chilly.
Tambda & Pandhara Rassa are served along with the main course as accompaniments.
Kolhapuri mutton masala & Mutton sukke (dry) are tender pieces of lamb meat cooked in a traditional way with special kolhapuri chutneys & masalas.
There is also a trend to eat authentic non veg food at household eateries (called as khanavals) which are mainly served in thalis .
If you are near Kolhapur central bus stand or Railway station then nearest food joint where all types of restaurant are present is Ayodhya Park complex where you will find all types of restaurants.
Kolhapuri Chappal (footwear)
Kolhapuri chappal are world famous for its complex and detail look. It is a major handicraft industry the employs over 20,000 crafts persons in the district.
The Kolhapur chappals are flat and complicated and detail patterned handcrafted leather footwear traditionally made in kolhapur city and nearby places. Due to modernization these Kolhapuri chappal are also available in different shapes, patterns and colors.
They are available for both men and women. You will find lots of footwear shops to buy these chappels.
Wrestling in Kolhapur
In India, the biggest wrestling stadium is in Kolhapur in the state of Maharashtra and it is called as Kashbaug maidan (stadium) and it is heritage place as well.
Khasbaug Maidan (full name- Rajarshi Shahu Khasbaug Maidan) – Khasbag Stadium is a national wrestling stadium in Kolhapur city. The stadium was built in the time of Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj and is almost a hundred year old stadium.
Khasbaug Maidan (full name- Rajarshi Shahu Khasbaug Mai
Khasbag stadium, also known as Khasbaug Maidan (Ground), is 1 km from Mahalaxmi Temple and 8 Km from Central Bus Stand of Kolhapur. The structure flaunts a seating arrangement for about 30,000 people around a Wrestling Ring. Special seating is available for the members of the royal family of Kolhapur on the east side of the wrestling ring.
Wrestlers from Kolhapur who have won awards nationally and internationally
Khasbha Jadhav India’s first Olympic medalist in individual category won the bronze medal in the year 1952 at Helsinki Games in wrestling.
Dadu Chougule was awarded a Hind Kesari.
Shreepati Khanchnale First Hind Kesari.
Kolhapuri Turban (also called pheta in Marathi)
Kolhapuri Pheta (Turban) is a specialty in Kolhapur.
Wearing a turban is considered as highly respectful way to treat people and is a customary honor to guest who comes from other place is welcomed by the offering him to wear the traditional Kolhapur turban.
Actually the turban is a long cloth off 3.5 to 6 meters. It is the specific Saffron color is most choice for Kolhapuri turbans.
Kolhapuri Nauwari Saari :
Every Maharashtrian Woman has a strong desire to wear nauvari sari from kolhapur , but it is difficult to wear. You can Google to find more information about Nauwari Saari from Kolhapur.
Kolhapuri Jaggery :
Kolhapur Jaggery is a sweet item which is concentrated product of sugarcane juice and the color vary from golden brown to dark brown. Kolhapuri Jaggery is very popular in Maharastra, so tourists mostly purchase the jaggery whenever they visit kolhapur.
The Maharashtra state in India is the largest producer and consumer of jaggery.
Kolhapuri Kanda (onion) and Lasun (garlic) Chatni:
It is one of very famous spicy chatni in Kolhapur prepared by Onion, Garlic and red chili and it has very special taste. It is very frequently used in non veg and veg dishes.
It can also be eaten by curd and roti with pickle.
Kolhapuri Mardani Khel (sport):
As Kolhapur is known to its great warrior and kings, the history has left with some warrior sports like Dandpatta, Lathi-Kathi and Talwarbaji are very famous mardani khel.
Kolhapuri Jewelry – Necklace
Though there are various types of jewelries in Kolhapur city but one special type of Jewelry which is very popular and famous and is Kolhapuri saaj and it is nothing but a a special type of necklace.
This piece of jewel is over 60 years now and has transformed into various patterns and designs over the past few decades as shown in below Kolhapuri saaj pictures.
Kolhapuri saaj has special importance for Maharashtrian women. Now in modern life most of the people don’t know this information of Kolhapuri necklace.
The kolhapuri saaj is made up of different designs of leaves and carvings in it. Small pendants having different designs are strung with a big ruby pendant.
Nowadays due to cost factor instead of gold Kolhapuri saaj you can also get gold plated Kolhapuri saaj. You will find lot of shops in Gujri road Kolhapur.
Kolhapuri Lavni (dance)
Kolhapuri Lavani (dance) is a special type of dance which consists of special types of steps and traditional Classical steps with typical Songs. Some people call it as folk dance of Kolhapur.
The Kings and Rulers of Kolhapur were getting entertained with this type of singing and dancing. It is a special type of art which is now preserved through some families and groups only.Often stage shows happen in and around Kolhapur to keep the spirit of this Kolhapuri Tradition alive.
Ladies performing Lavani dress beautifully with navwari saree (a saree longer than usual) and wear heavy ethic jeweler. They present a typical body language to relate with the ongoing performance.
Usually the whole of show is based on a particular theme and the entire artist blend into the theme so beautifully that it becomes an everlasting memory for the audience.
Kolhapur Powadas (a historical story narrated in song):
The Powada (Marathi: पोवाडा) is a type of Marathi poetry sing in an exciting style used to narrate historical events in an inspiring manner. The composer-cum-singers of the powadas are called as Shahirs (singers). In kolhapur, powadas are used to sing historical events of Shri Shivaji Maharaj and other kings and historical events from Maharashtra.
You can see how Kolhapuri Powada Looks like at this video