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    The city of Sangli has many a feather on its crown – Turmeric capital of India, the birthplace of Marathi Drama, sugar belt of India, home to vintage and high quality wine – all these factors make Sangli an important place to visit. The name comes from Saha Galli which literally means six lanes in Marathi. Located in the south eastern part of India, Sangli boasts a number of tourist attractions, amongst several places to visit in Sangli like the Ganapati Temple, the Sangli Fort, the Irwin Bridge, the Krishna Bridge, the Ankali Bridge, and the Sagareshwar Sanctuary, here’s a list for you to get a closer look at these attractions.

    8 Best Places To Visit In Sangli

    Sangli, known as the turmeric city of Maharashtra has several attractions under its roof that tourists love to explore. Here are some of the places that you must visit in Sangli and explore the heritage of this city. 

    • Ganapati Temple – Take A Temple Tour 
    • Dandoba Hills Forest Reserve – Spend The Day Amidst Wildlife 
    • Sangmeshwar Temple – Witness The Grandeur 
    • Bahubali Hill Temple – Know The Culture 
    • Sangli Fort – Capture The Majestic Beauty 
    • Chandoli National Park – Enjoy The Lush-Greenery 
    • Gokak Waterfall – Witness The Gushing Beauty 
    • Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary – Explore The Wildlife 

    1. Ganapati Temple – Take A Temple Tour 

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    This is one of the most famous places to visit in Sangli. One will never find this place empty of devotees. This temple was constructed by Thorle Chintamanrao Patwardhan in the year 1843. Ganapati is considered the Guardian Deity of Sangli and the temple was constructed in his honour. The king had himself placed the idol in the temple himself. The most uncommon and attractive feature of this temple is black stone architecture. The entire area of the temple is about two acres. There is a platform, a large hall and a ‘Nagarkhana’. There is also the story that numerous meetings were held by freedom fighters here. This is definitely one of the important places to visit in Sangli.
    Location: Eastern bank of the River Krishna
    Best time to visit: October to February

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    2. Dandoba Hills Forest Reserve – Spend The Day Amidst Wildlife

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    This forest reserve is rich in flora and fauna and this is also one of those unexplored forests of India. There are many historical sites within the forest reserves that are waiting to be explored. The most popular temple here is the Shiva temple. Locals come here daily to offer their prayers. The hills of the forest reserve are ideal for a hiking tour and ideal for adventure seekers. There are also provisions for water sports at the Bhose Irrigation Lake. Make sure to get your swim wear when you come here so that you can enjoy in the waters of the lake. The most interesting fact about the place is that this could probably have been mentioned in the Epic Ramayana, as the forests of Dandakaranya which makes it one of the best places to see in Sangli. 
    Best time to visit: – October to February

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    3. Sangmeshwar Temple – Witness The Grandeur 

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    Among the visiting places in Sangli, this one is a must visit destinations in Sangli. This temple of Sangmeshwar is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Being one of the most revered Gods in Hindu Mythology, there are a large number of devotees thronging this place. This has been a place of religious significance for a long time, given its historical and mythological significance. The significance of the temple is exponentially increased due to the fact that it is located at the junction of the River Krishna and the River Warna. Be sure that when you come here there will always be a large number of people offering their prayers.

    Best time to visit: October to February

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    4. Bahubali Hill Temple – Know The Culture 

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    This is one of the top tourist attractions in Sangli. This temple is located a little away from the main city of Sangli. The Bahubali hills are popularly known as Kumbhojgiri. It houses a 28 ft tall statue of the saint Bahubali. It is believed that the sage Bahubali meditated here 400 years ago. Worshippers come to this place from all over the country to offer their prayers. Apart from the statue there are also statues of the Tirthankaras. There are a number of other temples, each of which is named after the hills they are located on. The location of the temple itself presents a spectacular view to watch. Apart from offering prayers, one must definitely spend some time at the temple itself – the beauty of the surrounding hills makes climbing the 400 steps all the more worthwhile.
    Location: 50 kilometres away from the city of Sangli
    Best time to visit: October to February

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    5. Sangli Fort – Capture The Majestic Beauty 

    Old Barabati Fort in Odisha

    Today the Revenue and Collector’s Office, the Sangli Fort once constituted of the beautiful Rajwada Palace and a brilliant museum of its time. Built by the Peshwas, today there is also a Marathi School that runs here. It is called the Purohit Girl’s High School. The museum is still functional and draws in a large number of tourists. This is one of the most important places to visit in Sangli City. People who come to visit Sangli never miss out this place of historic interest. Opposite to the Sangli Fort is the Sangli Court.
    Best time to visit: October to February

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    6. Chandoli National Park – Enjoy The Lush-Greenery 

    Chandoli National Park

    Among the places to visit in Sangli, this one is a must. It used to be a wildlife sanctuary previously. Currently, Chandoli National Park has the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve in its southern portion. In the northern portion of the forest is the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. This is quite a large National park with a large variety of animals to see. The forest is a mix of the Malabar Coast moist forests and the North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests –given the fact that the National park is located in the western coastal region. The trees like Indian Gooseberry, Crape Myrtle, Ajani Ironwood Tree, Jamun, Pisa, Katak, Spinous Kino tree are quite common here. There are also a large number of fauna found here – 23 species of mammals and 122 species of birds. Apart from that you will also come across 20 species of amphibians and reptiles – that are common in this area.
    Best time to visit: October to February

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    7. Gokak Waterfall – Witness The Gushing Beauty 

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    The Gokak waterfall is located a little away from the main city of Sangli. It occurs on the river Sangli. This beautiful waterfall is generally compared to the Niagara Falls mainly for its height, shape and rapidity. The waterfalls to a depth of 177 metres. During the monsoons the water becomes quite murky and falls with a dull noise that can be heard from a distance. The waterfall gets its name from the Goki trees that are found around in this place. A short trekking trip away from the falls lays a number of Chalukya monuments waiting to be explored.
    Best time to visit: July to September

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    8. Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary – Explore The Wildlife 

    river divides the sanctuary and meets the Godavari

    This is a man-made wildlife sanctuary that attracts a large crowd of tourists to the place. The sanctuary is considered to be one of the best tourist places in Sangli which covers a total area of 10.87 square kilometres which mostly comprises of forest cover on grassy slopes. This place is home to a large variety of flora and fauna that includes wild goats, rabbits, deer, jackals, peacocks, blackbucks, cheetal, sambar, barking deer, porcupine and such other species. There are also a large number of insects, reptiles and birds thriving here. There are a number of places of archaeological, religious and cultural significance like the Shiva Temple, the Sagareshwar Temple and others. The most beautiful part of this site is the panoramic view that one gets of the Krishna River and the surrounding sugarcane and vineyards.
    Best time to visit: October to February

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    We hope these places to visit in Sangli enticed you enough to book a trip to Maharashtra and enhance your holiday experience. Make sure you add these experiences to your list and enjoy your vacation with family and friends in the turmeric city of Maharashtra.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Sangli

    Q. How many days are required for visiting Sangli?

    A. It takes at least two days to visit all the places properly. It is best that you select a few places for one trip and then come back again to cover the rest.

    Q. Can the tourist spots be covered on a cycling trip?

    A. No, cycling will not be a good option to visit the places. The tourist places are at a good distance apart. You can however go on a cycling trip to each of these places separately. That would be a good adventure.

    Q. What are the other places one can visit in Sangli other than the ones mentioned?

    A. Some of the best places to visit in Sangli other than the ones mentioned are
    1. Datta Mandir
    2. Mahadev Temple
    3. Open Jail of Swatantrapur
    4. Durga Mata Temple
    5. Dyaneshwar Mandir
    You can try out these places as well. There are apparently plenty of places to visit in Sangli.

    Q. What is the general budget I should consider while travelling to Sangli?

    A. Firstly, the duration of the trip is to be considered. If the trip is a long one then the price will be high. The kind of vehicle that you consider will also affect your price. On a general basis the cost of the trip will vary between INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 for two people (including hotel cost).

    Q. Is Sangli worth a visit?

    A. It’s still in incredible condition and is well worth seeing. Sangli, is an excellent destination with a great Ambience. There are so many beautiful things that are to be seen here that one will never be at a loss.

    Q. Where can I stay at Sangli?

    A. Some of the hotels where one can stay for a day or two are – Hotel City Palace, Sanket Regency, Asian International Hotel, Hotel Indira Sagar and such others.

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