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Turmeric city of India

SangliSagareshwar Wildlife SanctuarySangli FortThe Ganesh templeHaripur
  • General Information

    District: Sangli, State: Maharashtra, India
    Area: 2942 Sq. Km.
    Languages Spoken: : Marathi, Hindi, English
    Long Distance Code: +91-233
    Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • Description

    In ancient times, the region around Sangli was known as Kundal. This was the capital of the dynasty of Chalukyas which ruled India. In the pre-independence period, Sangli was a princely state ruled by the royal family of the Patwardhans. In 1948, the Sangli state was merged into the Republic of India. The twin cities of Sangli and Miraj are coming as the next It destination of Maharashtra. Sangli is also a major education and healthcare centre and no doubt the capital of Turmeric trade in India. The city name Sangli, is because of its it's six lanes (City of Six-Galli). Sangli is a well known place for its Folk art, Cultural activities, Educational facilities and its very own Co-operative principles. It also has the largest Sugar factory in Asia.
  • Location

    Sangli is a major city in Western India 390 km from Mumbai. A green city on the banks of river Krishna, Sangli is known for its Turmeric trade and Sugar factories.
Sagareshwar Wildlife SanctuaryThe 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. A number of flora and fauna can be found here. Other than carnivorous animals others like the Cheetal deer, Sambar, Blackbucks, Wild Boar, Barking Deer and Peacocks are found here.
Sangli FortSangli Fort is situated in the centre of Sangli City. Now in ruins due to negligence it still holds the Collector's office, Revenue Office, a Marathi school " Purohit Girls High school" and a museum. There is a palace inside the fort. Just opposite to the fort stands the Sangli district court.
The Ganesh templePerhaps the most beautiful temples of southern Maharashtra, this Ganesh temple is nearly 150 years old. Chintamanrao Patwardhan started construction of this temple in 1811 which got completed in the year 1844. The temple is situated on the bank of River Krishna, the stone used to build it was from Jotiba hills near Kolhapur. This temple is very famous for its artistic construction. The idol of the Lord Ganapati is made out of copper and is astride a lion. The main idol is only visible on special occasions and is taller than the idol placed in the sanctum. It is located in such a way that it is visible from any road in around the temple. The dawning sun's rays illuminate the idol's face on some specific days. All the idols of this temple are carved in marble which was brought by Ahilyabai Holkar
HaripurThe 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 here and named it after his father. Haripur is famous for turmeric and its brick kilns.