The history of the Marathas is intimately linked with the history of Panhala Fort. Within the fort there are haunting anecdotes that are associated with different places within the fort. There is a temple within the fort called the Ambabai Temple. It is said that the great Maratha warrior Shivaji used to seek blessing here before venturing on an expedition. At a place called Pavan Khind, one faithful follower of Shivaji laid down his life fighting to facilitate Shivaji's escape.
The Panhala Fort is arguably the largest and strongest of all the forts in the region. Even to this day the fort reverberates with the memory of Maharashtra's favorite son and one of the bravest Kings in history, Shivaji. There is also a huge granary at Amberkhana. Panhala is famous not just for its inspiring history but also for its scenic beauty. Located atop a small hill, the place is an ideal location where you can go for rest and enjoy the pleasant climate of the hills.
If you intend to visit Panhala, accessibility is never a problem. The nearest airport is Belgaum and it is only 123 km away from Panhala. There flights connecting Mumbai with Belgaum airport. From the airport you can reach Panhala by car. The nearest railway station is at Kolhapur which is only 18 km from Panhala. From Mumbai you can also travel to Panhala by road. Rent a car and you can come to Panhala via Kolhapur. The distance ,however, is about 446 km from Mumbai.
At Panhala you will find a number of hotels. Accommodation is never a problem. History and natural beauty combine together to make Panhala one of the finest tourist destinations in India.