Panhala hills is located south of maharashtra state just 20 kms. From the famous city kolhapur. Kolhapur best known for it's historical mahalaxmi temple, rankala lake, new palace mueseum, town hall and near by places such as jotiba temple, radhanagri dam, dajipur santuary, vishalgad, kalammawadi dam, narshimawadi datta mandir, bahubali and also famous for its leather foot wear, engineering industries and sugar mills is a small city situated on the pune-bangalore high way. Intresting places to be visit panhala are statue of baju prabhu, teen darwaja, tabak udyan, posati buraj and andhar baav.
Baji Prabhu Deshpande was a commander of Maratha king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha empire. The legend of Baji Prabhu is linked with an important rear guard battle enabling Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's escape from Panhala fort; he was the hero who sacrificed his life for his king
View of the Tin Darwaza or Three-doored gate at Panhala from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894' taken by an unknown photographer in 1894. Panhala is situated in the Sahyadri hills about 12 miles north-west of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, western India. The fort was probably founded by King Raja Bhoja between 1192 and 1209. Panhala was one of the most important hill forts in the Deccan and over the years had been in the possession of several different rulers. The massive perimeter walls were over seven kilometres in circumference, set into the wall were three magnificent double gateways which were reached by long flights of stone steps. One of them is the Tin-darwaza gate an impressive structure with three doors at different levels so that after entering invading troops were trapped in an inner courtyard and could be attacked by the fort's defenders
The Fort of Ambarkhana is a must-visit while you visit Panhala. The fort was built under the Marathas and stands strong and tall even to this day. The administrative division and the palace – Mint – were accommodated in this fort. The nearby age-old building called Dhanyancha Kothar was used to pile and store food grains. There are three granaries in all, namely the Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati. Each of them could store up to 25,000 khandis of grain
Sajja Kothi is among the places where Shivaji Maharaj used to hold his meetings during wars. This fort was constructed under the rule of Marathas and so it is considered an important monument in Maharashtra. It was from here that Shivaji Maharaj escaped to Vishalgad and it was here that he imprisoned his errant son, Shambhaji. Sambhaji was at this fort when he was informed about the death of his father, Shivaji Maharaj.
Tabak Udyan is, in my opinion, the only good place to visit on Panhala Fort. It comes under Forest Dept. It is covered with a lot of trees and greenery. A good variety of trees and flowers, a walkway created along the hillock for the morning/evening walks. The garden is a Botanical Marvel with a thick coverage of Flora and Fauna. With a variety of Trees and a similar presence of a variety of birds, this place is a must-see for anyone who visits Panhala. It has a section for kid's activities. There is an information center as well as a library. From the edge of the garden, you get a good view of the valley.
Masai Pathar is located just behind the famous Fort Panhala in Maharashtra. It is at a distance of around 28 km from Kolhapur, where the shooting of Padmavati was stalled on account of unrest. It takes an hour to reach Masai Pathar from Kolhapur. Masai Pathar is a delight for trekkers as it is surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Western Sahyadri range. It is a wide grassland located on a hill (like plateaus are) and is home to several species of birds and insects. There are a couple of attractions here that make Masai Pathar worth checking out. It is home to a little temple dedicated to Goddess Masai Devi. But its most famous attraction is the wildflower bloom it experiences every year in the months of August/September. The flowers found here range from pretty orchids to carnivorous plants such as Utricularia and Drosera Indica.
Jyotiba temple is situated at a height of 3124 feet above sea level and is dedicated to Jyotiba. The temple is 18 km north-west of Kolhapur. According to the tradition, the original Kedareshwar temple was built by Navji Saya. In 1730, Ranoji Shinde built the present temple in its place. This shrine is 57 ft x 37 ft x 77 ft high including the spire. The second temple of Kedareshwar is 49 ft x 22 ft x 89 ft high. This shrine was constructed by Daulatrao Shinde in 1808. The third temple of Ramling is 13 ft x 13 ft x 40 ft high including its dome. This temple was constructed in circa 1780 by Malji Nilam Panhalkar. The interior of the temple is ancient
Mahalakshmi Temple (also known as Ambabai Mandir), is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi, located in the heart of ancient city of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. It is one of 51 shaktipeeths according to Devi Purana, one of 18 Mahashaktipeeths as per Sankar Samhita of Skanda Purana and Ashta Dasa Shakti Peetha Stotram, and one of 3½ Shaktipeeths located in Maharashtra. The temple of the goddess Mahalakshmi was built by karndeva in 634 C.E Chalukya reign. Mounted on a stone platform, the murti of the crowned goddess is made of gemstone and weighs about 40 kilograms. The image of Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is 3 feet in height. The Shri Yantra is carved on one of the walls in the temple. A stone lion (the vahana of the goddess), stands behind the statue. The crown contains an image of the Sheshnag
The New Palace is an ancient building on the Bhavani Mandap-Kasaba Bavda Road. It was constructed during 1877-1884. Being an excellent specimen of architecture build in black, polished stone, it has been an attraction for tourists. It has extensive premises with a beautiful garden, fountain and wrestling ground. The whole building is eight-angled and has a tower in the middle. The clock on it fixed in 1877. At a separate distance, there are small towers. On every glass are painted the events in Shivaji’s life. There are a zoo and a ground lake. Even today, it is the residence of Shreemant Shahu Maharaj.