Panhala fort in Maharashtra is one of the oldest living forts. Panhala fort is located at 250 Kms South of Pune and can be covered in two days over weekends. Panhala fort traveling guide is given below in full details:
How to reach Panhala fort?
Distance from Pune: 250 Kms
Driving to Panhala fort:
Panhala fort history:
Panhala fort means the “the home of serpents”. Panhala fort lies in the district of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India. It is strategically located looking over a pass in the Sahyadri mountain range which was a major trade route from Bijapur in the interior of Maharashtra to the coastal areas. Because of its strategic position, this fort always has always seen wars involving the Marathas, the Mughals and the British East India Company, the most notable being the Battle of Pavan Khind. Here, the queen regent of Kolhapur State, Tarabai, spent her formative years. Several parts of the fort and the structures within are still intact.
Places of interest around Panhala fort:
- Statue of Baji Prabhu Deshpande – Baji Prabhu Deshpande wass one of the greatest warriors of Shivaji Maharajs army.
- Fortifications – Most of the fort walls are still intact. There is more than 7 kms of tathbandi at Panhala which is a must see.
- Andhar Bavadi – A three storey structure of Panhala fort also called as hidden well.
- Kalvanticha Mahal
- Ambarkhana – The granery of the Panhala fort. It is located in the center of the fort.
- Dharma Kothi – A granery for poor and needy people
- Teen Darwaja – The main entrance of the Panhala fort. There are persian inscriptions on this gate which signify that this was built in the early ages.
- Wagh Darwaja – Another entrance of the fort. This door was used as a trap for any intruders. Intruders would get in and could easily be neutralized in the small courtyard behind this door.
- Rajdindi Bastion – This was one of the hidden exits on the fort. It was used by Shivaji Maharaj to escape to Vishalgad during the battle of Pavan Khind.
- Palace of Tarabai