Location : Near Kolhapur | Category : Stopover Trips | Distance from Pune : 241 KMs
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Best Season: Throughout The Year
Hill stations are the favourite  holiday destination of all times. Panhala is a destination that combines a hill station and a fort.  This hill station is 230 kms from  Pune and takes around four hours by road. It is twenty kms northwest to the city of Kolhapur.  It is at an  height of 845 meters. 
 
A major trade route in the olden times, it is strategically located overlooking a pass in the Sahyadri range. It shows off a remarkable view if the valley and the sheer beauty of the Sahyadri range. Panhala is the largest fort in the Deccan region. It was built by Bhoja II of the Adil Shah dynasty. The fort has a large number of underground tunnels.  The fort has typical Bijapuri style architecture  and the peacock motif can be seen in most of the structures.
 
There are a number of structures within the fort. Adhar Bavadi is a three storeyed structure made to safeguard water storage. A winding staircase leads to a well concealed well. On the east side of the fort is  Kalavaticha Mahal which is the courtesan’s  terrace room. In the centre is the Ambarkhana which consists of three granaries. There are two entrances to the fort  known as Chaar Darwaja which is on the eastern side and Waagh Darwaja.
 
There are also four on temples on the fort dedicated to Someshwar, Ambabai, Mahakali, and Sambhaji II respectively. The Someshwar temple overlooks a beautiful lake known as Lake Somale. Next to the lake one can also see the structure of a market place.
 
There is a beautifull sunset point at the northern end of the fort. One can see a breathtaking view of the valley from atop a small tower here. There are a number of hotels and restaurants around the fort. Since the fort has also turned into a Hill station all the basic amenities can be found here. The climate is pleasurable around the year and Panhala is a place that is worth visiting at any time of the year.
 
Be sure to visit Kolhapur when on a holiday here and try the delicious Pandhra and Tambda Rassa or the Kolhapuri Misal.
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By Supriya Phatak
23 Dec 2013

Panhala is breathtakingly beautiful. The mist, the fog, the view and the climate are totally and completely addictive. Come here once and you will automatically want to come back again and again.

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