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Panhala, Maharashtra Travel Guide

Panhala is a popular hill station in the state of Maharashtra, India. The hill town is located in Kolhapur district of the state. It is situated at the altitude of 3177 ft and is adorned with beautiful nature. Panhala has rich heritage of history and many ancient monuments and forts. Though the hill station is small one, it mesmerizes the tourists. It is often visited by many tourists throughout the year. Panhala Fort is a major attraction of the tourist in Panhala. The fort is regarded as one of the strongest forts in the country. This historic fort was built by king Raja Bhoj in 12th century. The fort is spread over a wide area and poses an attractive look. It is believed that Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji spent his most precious time here. The fort is visited by thousands of tourists throughout the year. You can also visit Sajja Kothi which is another place of attraction located at Panhala. It is a five-storied structure. It was built in 1008 AD. It is built in Mughal architecture of style. It is the same place where great Shivaji used to plan his courageous activities. Sajja Kothi is surrounded by beautiful lush greenery. Teen Darvaza is another place of interest in Panhala. It literally means three doors. It is a part of the Panhala Fort. These are three big consecutive door gates on western wall of the fort. There is a well located at the corner of Teen Darvaza. It is said that through this well the message was being conveyed to the enemies. Do not miss the Botanical Garden if you are here. It is the place which offers cool and calm ambience. Wide green lawns and tall trees make this place a popular picnic spot. Sunset Point is another place of attraction you can visit. It is situated at the northern end of the famous Panhala fort. It offers the tourists fascinating views of sunset. Jyotiba temple is place of worship located near the Panhala. It is situated at the altitude of 3124 ft. According to mythology it is believed that three gods Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu combined together in one form, known as Jyotiba to kill the demon Ratnasur. The temple is visited many devotees from across the state. Kolhapur railway station serves as the nearest rail head to Panhala. It is just 30 km away from the hill town. The railway station is well connected by many trains to other cities and towns of the state. Kolhapur also serves as the closest airbase to Panhala. Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport of Mumbai is the nearest international airport to it. The airport is well linked to other major cities of India and other countries. Many state run buses and other private vehicle are available from many other cities and towns of the state.

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