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Panhala – Popular Hill Station

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By Smitakshi Guha

Located in the Kolhapur district in the state of Maharashtra in India, Panhala is a popular hill station and also a full-fledged city, which happens to be the smallest city in the whole state of Maharashtra. According to the 2001 census of India, the population of Panhala is quite small with only a total of 3,450 people. It has an elevation of 754 meters, and the official language of this place is same as the official state of Maharashtra, that is Marathi.

Historically, the city of Panhala is famous for the Panhala Fort, which has close association with the Maratha Empire as it is believed that Shivaji, who was the founder of the Maratha Empire had spent more than 500 days in this fort. In fact, Panhala also served as the state capital of the Marathas till the year 1782, and by the year 1827, it had become the part of the British reign. The place has seen the range of ups and downs of the Maratha Empire and thus, has many structures and ruins hailing from that ancient era.

Geographically, Panhala is situated at a distance of only 20 KM from Kolhapur and one can reach the place easily through private cars, buses, as well as auto-rickshaws from Kolhapur. The best time to visit this hill station is from February to December. panhala-fort-kolhapur

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The main tourist attraction spots in Panhala are as follows:

  • The Panhala Fort
  • The Sunset Point
  • The Waghjai Devi Temple
  • The Parasher Tirth
  • The Pawangarh Fort
  • The Shree Datt Temple
  • Shree Pant Maharaj Temple
  • The Someshwar Temple
  • The Tabak Udyaan
  • The Teen Darwaza
  • Vidya Mandir
  • The Vitthal Temple
  • The Wagh Darwaza
  • The Mhasoba Tample
  • The Maruti Temple
  • The Margubai and Laxmi Temple
  • The Baji Prabhu Deshpande Statue
  • The Bhairavnath Temple
  • The Botanical Gardens
  • The Char Darwaza
  • The Ganesh Temple
  • The Hanuman Temple
  • The Mahadev Temple

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