The New Palace located on the Bhavani Mandap-Kasaba Bawada Road was constructed in 1877-84 and has been the residence of Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The ground floor of the palace is converted into a museum that houses artifacts belonging to those times when the king ruled and his own possessions. The beautiful palace is built in black polished stone and is an marvelous architectural feat to have been accomplished in that period. You can witness the royal lifestyle through the pictures and artifacts displayed in the museum.
Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the four Shakti Peethas of Maharashtra. The Mahalakshmi temple was built in the 7th century by Chalukya rulers and is one of the six abodes of 'Shakti' (Goddess of Power) from where one can attain fulfillment and salvation of desires.
Mahalakshmi is also known as Goddess Ambabai and is a adored Goddess among Hindus. The temple enjoys a status of one of the most important pilgrim sites in India. The temple is situated about 5km from the Railway station and Central Bus depot of the city. Near the temple, there is a temple in honor of Goddess Bhavani.
The Rankala Lake is a very famous tourist attraction for people from all over the world. Marked by the natural beauty and peaceful environment it provides, it sure does become one of the must-visits on everyone's list.The Rankala lake has a fascinating history dating back to the days of Shri Chhatrapati Sahu Maharaj who was the ruler of Kolhapur. Tourists can enjoy Horseback riding and boating. There are various food stalls along the lake which serve delicious snacks at reasonable prices. The banks of the lake are well-maintained with seating arrangements and picturesque gardens.
The Panhala Fort lies 20 km away from the main city of Kolhapur, situated at its north-west.This place is not only a must-visit for the people who love exploring historic locations but also for those who love to trek.The Indo-Islamic style fort is famously known for being residences to the great Maratha ruler Shivaji and the Queen Regent of Kolhapur - Tarabai.
People visit this place to have a glimpse of the glorious past the country had, which needed the protection of forts such huge and grand.
The sight from atop the hill on which the Panhala fort stands is also a spectacular one.