Built by the Shilahara dynasty of Kolhapur in the 12th Century, the fort passed into the hands of the Yadavas of Devgiri, the Bahamani, the Adilshahi and subsequently the Marathas. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj spent many days in this fort which was under the dominance of the Marathas until the 17th and mid-18th centuries. The fort has witnessed many upheavals and battles and is located around 20 kilometers from Kolhapur. An interesting view from Panhala is of the pass that connects the rest of Maharashtra with its coastal areas. The fort can be visited during any season but what makes it more compelling, mysterious and exciting is the fog and the dense greenery that sprouts up during the monsoon.