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Lies in the lap of the Sahyadri mountain range, in the extreme southwestern corner of Maharashtra, Panhala commands a panoramic view of the valley below. There are many places of interest and temples in Panhala. It is famous for trekking also. Since Panhala is close to Kolhapur, Panhala also famous for selling Kolhapuri chappals, a speciality in this region.
Not much commercialised, Panhala has a long and varied
history. After serving as the headquarters of the Shilahara ruler, Panhala
passed into the hands of the Yadavas. The Marathas and Mughals occupied
it in turn until the British took it in 1844 after a local rebellion.
Panhala is famous for its Panhala fort which has great
acquaintance with Maratha Empire. It is where Rajah Bhoj II, whose territory
extended to the Mahadeo Hills North of Satara, had his fort. However,
the fort is also associated with Maratha King Shivaji who spend more than
one and half years of his life (it is said that he never spent too many
days at a place).
To the north of the Panhala fort is a 2 storeyed pleasure
pavilion known as Sajja Kothi or Sadar-e-Mahal. Sajja Kothi is situated
in the midst of lustrous greenery. Literally means punishment and cell,
it is the place where Shivaji had imprisoned his son, Sambhaji for his
criminal activities. Built by the Mohammedians in 1008 AD, it was here
that Shivaji held meetings. It was from here that he escaped to Vishalgad.
From here, one can have a panoramic view of the beautiful Warana valley.
Built by Raja Bhoj II, the Ambar Khan includes three buildings titled Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati. The Ganga Kothi being the largest amongst them. It covers an area of around 950 sq m and is 10.7 m in height and enabled Shivaji to withstand a 5 month siege. Inside the complex were an armoury and an underground mint. Near to this is, stands a small Shiva Temple which has a peculiar linga, because it changes colour according to the temperature.
It is situated on the northern end of the Panhala Fort. From here one can experience stunning views and breathtaking sunsets. Famous among the tourists, this is located on a small tower on the northern portion of the fort wall.
Maintained by the Forest Department of Panhala, the park offers its visitors a refreshing walk. The park also offers boating and horse riding facilities. Opens from 7 am - 7 pm daily.
Situated at an altitude of 3124 ft above the sea level in the Panhala Range. Located 14 km north-west of Kolhapur , the temple is dedicated to Jyotiba (Dattatreya). The interesting myth behind this holy shrine is that the three gods - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva took the form of Jyotiba to destroy the evil Ratnasur. A fair conducted here, on the full moon night during the months of Chaithra and Vaishakh.