SANGLI

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Location: 430-km Away From Mumbai, In The Southern Part Of Maharashtra
Famous For: Manufacturing Of Musical Instruments
Main Attractions: Ganapati Temple, Sangli Fort, Krishna Ghat
Best Time To Visit: October And February

Sangli City is located in the southern part of the Maharashtra State, and lies along the Krishna River, east of Kolhapur, on the Pune -Bangalore railway. Sangli, which is 430-km away from Mumbai was the former capital (1761-1947) of former Sangli State.

Its market in oilseeds and turmeric is one of the most important in India. Sangli has a Ganapati temple that attracts many devotees. Sangli city is an important educational center with schools and technical institutes, colleges of arts, science, and engineering facilities, affiliated with Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

Sangli in MaharashtraSangli is rapidly extending on all sides except along the Krishna River. Sangli and Miraj to the east are merging to create a large urban agglomeration. Miraj, also a capital of a former Princely State, is renowned for manufacturing musical instruments. The Dargah of Meerasaheb Avalia attracts devotees from far and wide.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS

The Valley of river Krishna and its tributaries is one of the greenest areas in the country. Other small rivers like Warana, Yerala and Panchganga meet river Krishna. There are numerous unknown spots of scenic beauty in and around Krishna Valley near Sangli. The Grand Temple of Lord Ganesh in Sangli attracts tourists from all over India. There are a number of Hindu Shrines and Jain Temples in and around Sangli, which attract lot of devotees.

Sangli fort
Sangli Fort is situated in the centre of Sangli City. Inside the fort is the Collector's office, Revenue Office, a Marathi school " Purohit Girls High school" and a museum. Rajwada, the palace is also located inside the fort, and the museum is located in backside of the Rajwada. Just opposite to the fort is the present court of Sangli district.

Ganpati Temple in Sangli - MaharashtraGanapati Temple
The Ganapati temple situated on banks of river Krishna at Sangli is most beautiful temple in south Maharashtra. It is a tutelar deity of Sangli. Thorle (elder) Chintamanrao Patwardhan consecrated the idol in 1843. This temple is very famous for its artistic construction. It is built out of black stone made available from the hills of Jyotiba. The temple has a large premise, covering a sprawling two acres. It comprises of a platform, an excellent hall and a "Nagarkhana". The door of the sanctum is carved out of different coloured natural wood. The temple is located on eastern bank of river Krishna.

EXCURSIONS

Krishna Ghat
The confluence of the rivers Krishna and Warana is at Haripur a small town near Sangli. A temple is situated on the banks of these two rivers. In the year 1768 Govind Hari Patwardhan made houses for the Brahmins, which is why the town is known as "Haripur" as a tribute to Hari Patwardhan.

Gokak Water Falls
The waterfall is just 2 hours travel from Sangli by train or a car. The best time to visit this falls is between June to October as there is plenty of water. There is a swinging bridge on the waterfalls. Gokak Dam and the Hydroelectric Power plant are also worth watching.

Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar, Queen of all Hill Stations, is situated at an altitude of 1372m in the heart of Sahyadri Hills in Satara District. The hill station has a legendary past. The name 'Mahabaleshwar' is derived from a temple of Lord Mahadev and three Sanskrit words, 'Maha' (great), 'Bal' (power) and 'Ishwar' (God). But, some say that the name 'Mahabaleshwar', which simply means very mighty God, seems to have a mythological past.

Pratapgad Fort
Pratapgad Fort is one of the formidable mountain forts built by Shivaji, 24-km away from the famous hill-station Mahabaleshwar. The fort holds a commanding view of coastal Konkan. One can see the Raigadh fort from here. The Bhavani temple and Afzal Khan's Tomb are other places of interest.

Koyna Dam
The Koyna dam is a big dam, built high in Satara district of the Sahyadris on one of the major tributaries of the Krishna, which is a "Major Irrigation Project'' in the terminology of the Indian Government. Its reservoir has a storage capacity of 98 TMC feet and the dam generates over 900 MW of electricity.

Bahubali Hill Temples (Kumbhojgiri)
Bahubali hill temples are located 27-km south of Kolhapur on Bahubali Hills. These hills are popularly known as "Kumbhojgiri". It is a popular site revered by both Hindus and Jains. A Celibacy Resort was established in 1935 and named after the sage Bahubali who mediated here about 300 years before.

Chandoli Forests
Mountains and thick forests surround the Chandoli region, which is about 65-km from Sangli. This is a famous spot for its scenic beauty and wild animals like monkeys, deer, wild goat, rabbits, tigers, peacocks, snakes, etc. Chandoli dam is also worth visiting with rare species of trees and plants. This region also witnesses maximum rainfall.

Bijapur
Bijapur is about 4 hours drive from Sangli. One can get Maharashtra and Karnataka State Transport Buses from Sangli to reach Bijapur. Private Cars can also be hired from Sangli. This is a one-day trip from Sangli. Bijapur is a historical place known for its ancient palaces. Adilshah built a number of palaces in Bijapur. The most famous of them is the Gol Gumbaj. There are some other historical palaces in Bijapur too.

Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in MaharashtraSagareshwar Wild Life Sanctuary
Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is at trifurcation of three tehsils namely Khanapur, Walva and Palus Tehsils of Sangli district covering an area of is 10.87-sq-km in Western Maharashtra. The significance of this sanctuary is that it is a man made sanctuary. Sagareshwar is an artificially cultivated forest without perennial supply off water and in which most of the wildlife species are artificially introduced. It was first brought under the category of park, then Sagaroba game reserve in 1980 and thereafter, in 1985, it became Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary when approximately 52 animals were set free in the area.

Pandharpur
Pandharpur also known as "Bhu-Vaikuntha" or Paradise on Earth is the spiritual capital of Maharashtra, situated on the banks of the river Bhimarathi also known Chandrabhaga. It is located 65-km west of Sholapur. Pandharpur houses a shrine of Vithoba, on the banks of the river. 'Vithoba' is a form of Krishna. The name Vithoba means Father Vitthala. The term Vitthala is said to have been derived from the word Vishnu in Kannada. It was previously called, as "Pandarga", a sanskritised form of Pandharpur. This shrine was closely associated with a saint called Pundalik, and hence this shrine is also known as "Pundarika Pura". There is also a shrine to Pundalik at Pandharpur. Vithoba's consort is Rakhumai or Rukmini.

Battis Shirala
Battis Shirala is a small village about 65-km from Sangli located in the hilly area covered by thick forests. These forests have a wide species of snakes right from the deadliest King Cobra to the rare species of Pythons. Every year during the "Snake Festival", thousands of visitors from India and abroad visit this place.

Narsobawadi
Narsobawadi is a small village located close to Kolhapur, which attracts tourists in quite a large number. It is popularly know as Narsobachi Wadi. This place is situated at the confluence of river Krishna and Panch Ganga. Narsobawadi has a great archaeological significance.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: The nearest International Airport is at Mumbai (430-kms). The nearest Airport is at Kolhapur, which is 48-kms away from Sangli.

Rail: There is a railway station at Sangli. Many trains pass through this station connecting it with important cities within the state.

Road: Sangli is about 430-km from Mumbai, 750-km from Bangalore and 220-km from Pune. It is just 35-km off the Mumbai-Bangalore National Highway. The Ratnagiri-Nagpur Highway also passes through Sangli. The Maharashtra State Transport runs several deluxe and semi-deluxe buses from Mumbai, Pune, Goa to Sangli. Karnataka and Goa State Transports also operate services from Sangli.

WHERE TO STAY

Reasonable budget accommodations as well as luxurious ones are available for tourists in the city of Sangli.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

Banks:
State Bank of India
Industrial Estate

State Bank of India
Main Branch, Ganpati Peth

State Bank of India
South Shivaji nagar

Canara Bank

Hospitals
Cancer Hospital, Miraj
Wanless Hospital, Miraj
Wanless Chest Hospital, Miraj
Miraj Medical College Hospital
Civil Hospital, Sangli
Dental College Hospital, Sangli
Kripamayee Mental Hospital, Miraj
Richardson Leprosy Hospital, Miraj

GENERAL INFORMATION

Temperature Range (Deg °c) Maximum Minimum
Summer: 38.5°C. 43°C
Winter: 25°C. 12.8° C
Latitude: 18° 15 ' to 19° 55'
Longitude: 77° to 78° 25'
Clothing: Light cotton
STD Code: 0233
Population: 193,197(1991 census).
Climate: Tropical
Rainfall: 538.5 M.M

NEARBY CITIES

Kolhapur: 48-km
Chandoli: 65-km
Battis Shirala: 65-km



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