Shri Kshetra Kuntugiri

Day 1: Pune > Siddhagiri > Stavnidhi > Kothali > Khidrapur > Kuntugiri
Day 2: Kuntugiri > Ramlingh TirthIchalkarnji > Kumbhoj
Day 3: Kumbhoj > Audumbar > Pune
Clocked 700+ KMs

Where: Near Ichalkaranji, off Hatkalgne (Around 30 KMs from Kolhapur)
How to reach: It’s on Kolhapur to Sangli highway.
Time of visit: May 2011, 2006

Reached in the picturesque and tranquil surroundings by late evening. Luckily the bhojnayala was still thankfully open and he served tasty Dal-Bhati. Amazing in early May when the atmosphere was roaring above 35C the place was very cool with continous strong winds.

The dharmashala is a L shaped building with 2 floors and cleans rooms. In night we had to close windows but scary noise of wind kept us awake for some time but the glided into peaceful dreams. Woke early morning to catch sunrise with peacocks melodious voices in background adding to the charm. Through window we could locate few peacocks on the hill behind.

This place is situated at foot hills of lush green mountains. The temple complex is beautiful with a central parking and management office in front and a beautiful garden beside it. On the left behind the management office is a huge dharmashala and 2 bhojnalaya while the main temple is on extreme right behind the garden.

The marble temple complex is grand one and white glowing temple stands out in green tranquil surroundings.

The Garden is complete with Fruit and Flower section on one side- I could locate Mango (Amrai), Guavava, Aavla, Papayya, Chikko, Pomegranate among many trees. The main garden has play area for children dotted with palm trees. All over place there are flowering plants like sadafuli, mogra, roses etc.

Behind the main temple complex lies the beautiful status of Gometeshwara.

After Darshan we had yummy poha and proceeded to Ramlingh Tirth and our next destination Ichalkarnji