The Shahu Palace Kolhapur is quite well-known as an archaeological structure and its rich heritage. The building was constructed in the year 1877 – 1884. The place is now converted to a museum and comprises of all the ancient items. The building is around 150 years old and is located on the Bahvani Mandap – Kasaba Bavda road. It is an excellent example of superb architecture built with black and polished stones. The premises are designed with gardens on both sides along with fountains and a wrestling ground. The whole building encircles around a tower, which is situated at the centre. There is a clock fitted on the tower and this was done in 1877. Each and every glass is painted with the events depicting Shivaji’s life besides various incidents.
Apart from the museum and gardens there is a lake and a zoo in the premise and this makes the place quite special. The palace is the residence of Shreemant Shahu Maharaj. The ground floor of the building is the museum and the place is open every day in the week and from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm. If you are a diehard fan of historical places or buildings, then make sure that you visit this palace. Visit once and you will feel excited as I was. I just loved the complete place and the surroundings and was longing to spend a few more hours.
The Shahu Palace Kolhapur has a nice collection of different possessions and items of various Chhatrapaties of Kolhapur. I found out various costumes that were used in earlier days, weapons, games played during that time, jewellery, and various other paintings. There is a sword of Aurangazeb and this is surely one of the major attractions. The zoo has tigers, wild dogs, buffaloes, lion, panther, deer, and Himalayan beer. There is a Darbar hall that is situated at the middle of the palace. The side walls are fitted with glasses, which show different kinds of events and scenery. From there I started my trip to the last destination, which is quite famous for its wildlife, the Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary.