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 railway junction.
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 Sangli-Miraj.
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.