The Twin cities
of Sangli-Miraj are located on the banks of the river
Krishna, about 450 km from Mumbai (Bombay). Sangli is
somewhat a new city which has grown mainly in the last two
decades. Basically, this City was born as a combination of
six lanes called Saha (Six) Galli (lanes) in Marathi which
then came to be known as SANGLI, The City of Six Lanes. His
Highness Chintaman Raje Patwardhan, the Maharaja of the then
princely state of Sangli played a vital role in promoting
Sangli as a major business centre in the state. And now
Sangli is known as a Decent City in Maharashtra.
Sangli is known for years as one of the
largest trading centres of Turmeric in the
world. This is because there are underground
turmeric warehouses popularly known as Pevs,
on the banks of river Krishna near Sangli.
Turmeric can be stored here for about 3
years without fear of insects or pests. Such
type of natural warehouses for storing
turmeric are there only in Sangli. Even
during the monsoon when Krishna river is
flooded there is no drop of water in these
Pevs. This is the main reason why Sangli
developed into a major Turmeric Centre.
Miraj a twin city with Sangli is famous for
Musical instruments like Sitar which are
exported from here. Miraj has also developed
as a Healthcare Centre with famous Hospitals
like the Wanless Hospitals, Cancer Hospital
& the Mental Hospital. Miraj is also a major
Sangli is also known as Natyapandhari, the
origin of Marathi drama. The city has a rich
cultural influence of Marathi music & drama.
The Marathi spoken in Sangli is considered
one of the purest forms of the language.
Sangli also came up as major Sugar & Jagery
Centre in India during the regime of Late
Dr. Vasantdada Patil, the former chief
minister of Maharashtra. He established
various co-operative Sugar factories in the
western Maharashtra region in & around
Sangli. The Sugar Factory in SANGLI is the
largest in Asia.
Recently Sangli is coming up as a mini metro
city with a number of Educational
Institutes, Industrial Estates & all modern
facilities such as Mobiles, Internet, etc.
SANGLI is located about 450 km from
Mumbai(Bombay), 750 km from Bangalore & 260
km from Pune in Southern Maharahstra. It is
just 30 km off the Mumbai-Bangalore National
Highway NH4. The Nagpur-Ratnagiri Highway
MSH3 also passes through Sangli. It lies on
the border of Maharahstra & Karnataka & acts
as Maharashtra’s Hub to South Indian States.
Goa & Andhra Pradesh states are also nearby.
Sangli enjoys a central & strategic location
in Southern Maharashtra & is linked to most
parts of Maharashtra by road & railways.
Twin cities of Sangli & Miraj lie on the
Delhi-Goa Broad Gauge Railway line. Miraj is
a major railway junction. The important
railway routes like Delhi-Mysore,
Mumbai-Bangalore also pass through
The Kavalapur airport at Sangli which has
been non-operational for the last decade due
to short runway is now being expanded & will
be ready for flights soon. This will connect
Sangli to important cities in India.