Snakes festival is celebrated for 8-10 days at the small town of Battis Shirala, Maharashtra, which is 50 km from Kolhapur. The festival is celebrated on the onset of the monsoons, and it is believed to counter the increased opportunity of snakebites for the duration of this time.
Battis Shirala is a hilly town with thick forests having a wide kind of snakes ranging from the deadliest king cobra to the rare species of pythons. Youths get into nearby jungles and persuade snakes out of it a week before the festival. Thousands of tourists including foreign tourists are attracted by the snake show organized during the festival.
Nearest airport is at Kolhapur, 50 km away from the Battis Shirala, while adjacent railway station is also at Kolhapur. This place is well joined by road as well. Hotels are accessible at Kolhapur or Sangli.