Located in the Sangli district of the state of Maharashtra, Sangli is quite famous for its turmeric production. The city derives its name from ‘Saha Gali’- which roughly means ‘Six Lanes’ in the Marathi Language. In ancient times, the city was also known as Natyapandhari. The place is quite famous as Wine growing region and there is a wine park around 30 kilometers away from the place. Some popular tourist attractions in and around Sangli include Sangli Fort, Chandoli Dam, Sangameshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Sangameshwar Temple, Kashivishweshwar Temple, Ramling Temple and the Dattava Temple.
How to Reach Sangli from Pune
There are two major railway stations in Sangli which are extensively served by many trains from different parts of the country. Miraj Junction and Sangli Junction are well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Bangalore via regular trains.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, is situated at a distance of 390 kilometers away from Sangli. Taxis ply from Mumbai to Sangli and vice-versa.
The National Highway 4 connects Mumbai to Sangli. The road journey from Mumbai to Sangli will approximately take around 6 hours. Maharashtra State Road Transport plies buses between Mumbai and Sangli.
Sangli has two major railheads-Miraj Junction and the Sangli Junction-which are well-connected to different places in India such as Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
There is no airport in Sangli. Pune International Airport is located at a distance of 237 kilometers from Sangli. Taxi cabs ply between Pune International Airport and Mumbai.
The National Highway 4 connects Pune and Sangli. The journey from Pune to Sangli will approximately take around 3.5 to 4 hours. MSRTC and private buses ply between Pune and the city of Sangli.
Tourist Attractions in Sangli
Sangareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the most popular attractions in Sangli, Sangareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 47 kilometers away from the city. It is a man-made sanctuary with a humongous space of 10.87 square kilometers. The sanctuary has 52 species of wild animals such as wild cows, wild goats, rabbits, deer, peacock, jackal, Sambhar, hyenas and foxes. The forest also has many species of insects, birds and reptiles. The wildlife sanctuary offers panoramic views of the Krishna River and the surrounding sugarcane and grape vineyards.
Located on the eastern banks of Krishna River, Ganapati Temple is one of the most popular temples in South Maharashtra. The temple was constructed by Thorle Chintamanrao Patwardhan in 1843. The king also enshrined the idol of Lord Ganesha in the temple. The temple premises cover almost 2 acres and features a platform, a large hall and a ‘Nagarkhana’.
Dandoba Hill Forest Reserve
Just a 25 minute drive from Sangli, Dandoba Hill Forest Reserve is quite rich in terms of flora and fauna. It is home to several historically significant ancient temples and is a popular location for trekking and long hikes. There is an annual marathon race that took place at Dandoba Hill Station.
One of the most popular temples in Sangli, The Sangameshwar Temple is situated in the Haripur Village of Sangli district, at the confluence of River Krishna and River Warna. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and witnesses the influx of a large number of devotees.
Located in the centre of Sangli Town, Sangli Fort has been converted into a revenue and collector’s office. The fort also features a Marathi school, Rajwada Palace and a museum. The court of Sangli district is located opposite to the fort.