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Rankala Lake in Kolhapur: Great Spot to Send An Evening!

Rankala lake Kolhapur is one of the best places to visit in Kolhapur city. Various incidents of history show the historical as well as the cultural significance of Rankala Talav.

Best Time To Visit Rankala lake Kolhapur: As it is an open lake so tourists can visit over here throughout the year.

Location: Kolhapur, 0.5 kms from Mahalaxmi Temple, Maharashtra.

Rankala lake Kolhapur Information:

It is a scenic tourist site in Kolhapur city of Maharashtra. This artificially constructed gives very beautiful views and also has a serene environment. Rankala Lake was constructed by the king of Kolhapur- Shri Chhatrapati  Shahu Maharaj . There is a temple of Rank Bhairav at the centre of the lake and this lake was named after this temple only. Rank bhairav is said to be an incarnation of lord Shiva. It is one of the popular lakes in Maharashtra.

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View of Lake Ghat at Rankala!

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A quarry has been formed inside the Rankala lake Kolhapur after an earthquake in 8th/9th  century AD.  As it has a temple of Shiva, it has a big unusual statue of Nandi Bull (the vehicle of Lord Shiva). This statue of Nandi moves in the direction of  the lake for a distance of a single wheat grain every day and after some time it comes to its original position. It is said the when the Nandi idol will reach up to the lake then the whole world will get demolished.  There is also a resort inside the lake known as Sandhya Math.


The formation of Rankala lake Kolhapur has an interesting story. Local people say that the stones for the construction of Malaxmi temple in Kolhapur were taken from this spot. So the depression of the lake was created due to quarries of stones used for the construction of Mahalaxmi temple. The lake is believed to be connected to a well in the Panhala Fort.

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Evening at Rankala!

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has crossed the lake from that well. Lake has 2 ghats with names Rajghat and Marathghat. Being one of the best tourist spots in Kolhapur, many citizens of Kolhapur as well as tourists visit Rankala chaupati in the evening. 

Tourist Attraction

Rankala lake Kolhapur is very famous among tourists as well as local people. You can enjoy boating, horse riding, various parks and stalls of eatables nearby temple. The surrounding area of the lake has a well-maintained gardens, food stalls, boating clubs and seating arrangements. Food stalls serve various items like roasted corns, bhelpuri & other chaat items. The shooting of various movies constantly takes place at this place. So you may spot an actor or actress while roaming around this lake!

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Boating in the lake!

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The lake is very big in size and also has more depth. It has spread over a large area of 107 hectares. According to few people, some crocodiles are also there in this lake. However, currently, pollution has attacked the beauty of Rankala lake Kolhapur. Tourists can see shooting at Shalini palace and Shantakiran studio with prior permission of authorities.

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Amazing Kolhapur!


The shooting of many Marathi as well as Hindi movies takes place in Kolhapur. Shalini Palace is the only star-rated Palace hotel in Maharashtra. V Shantaram, a legend of Indian film industry owned Shalini palace studio. ShantKiran Studio is another studio where the shooting of various movies has taken place. 


Time Required: 2 hours are good to see Rankala lake Kolhapur.

Transport: Kolhapur has nice connectivity to all important cities in Maharashtra via road, air and railways. State Transport as well as private buses regularly ply between Kolhapur & other cities in Maharashtra.

  • Nearest Railway Station: Kolhapur railway station (5 kms) is the nearest railhead to reach the lake. Auto-rickshaws are available from the station.
  • Nearest Airport: Kolhapur airport is the nearest airport to Rankala talav. It is 17 kms away from the lake.

Eating Stuff: There are plenty of food stalls nearby Rankala lake Kolhapur which serve delicious food!

Staying options: Many hotels are available in Kolhapur city fitting to all budgets. So you can stay there accordingly.

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