Popularly known as Karhatak, Karad is a municipal corporation and a major tourist attraction, which is located in the Satara district of Maharashtra. Nestled at the confluence of Krishna River and Koyna River popularly known as Preeti Sangam, Karad is popularly known as Dakshin Kashi. There is a popular legend that Lord Ram stepped his feet on this land and it was home of Sahadeva, one of the five Pandavas. Buddhist caves that lie near the Karad are the major attractions. Other popular places include Devi Krishnamai Temple and Devi Koynamai Temple. Several sugar factories dot the length and breadth of this city and therefore it is known as the Sugar Bowl of India. Mashru and Himroo are the famous handicrafts that belong to this region.
How to Reach Karad from Pune
There is a railway station in the town of Karad. It is located at a distance of 4 kilometers from the main town. Karad Railway Station is connected to the popular cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur.
There is no airport in Karad. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, is located at a distance of 314 kilometers away from Karad. Taxi services are available from Mumbai International Airport to Karad.
The National Highway 4 and Mumbai-Pune Expressway connect Mumbai to Karad. The road journey from Mumbai to Karad will approximately take around 4 to 4.5 hours. Maharashtra State Transport buses ply between Mumbai and Karad.
The railway station in Karad is well-connected to major cities in India such as Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur.
There is no airport in Karad. Pune International Airport is located at a distance of 173 kilometers from Karad. Taxi cabs ply between Pune International Airport and Karad.
The National Highway 4 connects Pune and Karad. The journey from Pune to Dahanu will approximately take around 4 to 4.5 hours. Maharashtra State Transport plies buses from Pune to Karad.
Attractions in Karad
It is a prominent hill in the town of Karad and quite famous for the Sadashivgad Fort. The fort was founded by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and is thronged by a large number of tourists. Another major attraction of this region is a Shiva Temple which remains crowded on the last Monday of Shravan.
Devi Krishnamai Temple
Nestled on the banks of River Krishna, Devi Krishnamai Temple is one of the largest temples and a major attraction of Karad. This wonderful temple features a Mandap, gabhara, Hall and an attractive portrait of goddess Krishnamai.
Shivaji Cricket Stadium
Located in the heart of Karad City, Shivaji Cricket Stadium is a famous sightseeing spot which is visited by tourists and cricketers alike. The cricket stadium has an international standard turf wicket. Besides cricket matches, this stadium is often used for organizing local events and political rallies. This stadium has played host to two Ranji trophies.