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Ideal Trip Duration: 4 Hours/Half Day

Base Station: Badami (21 Kms)

Nearest City to Pattadakal: Hubli (122 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Pattadakal: September to March

Peak Season: November to January & April

State: Karnataka | District: Bagalkot

Pattadakal Weather: Maximum-42°C
Minimum-14°C

At a distance of 439 Kms from Bangalore, 122 Kms from Hubli, 45 Kms from Bagalkot, 21 Kms from Badami & 13.5 Kms from Aihole, Pattadakal is a famous heritage site in Bagalkot District of Karnataka situated on the banks of Malaprabha River. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Badami & Aihole known as Chalukyan Group of Monuments. Pattadakal is the place where coronation of Chalukyan kings took place. Pattadakal is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka.

Pattadakal, along with Aihole, is considered as the cradle for South Indian Temple architecture. The main complex has about 10 temples and there are few more temples around the village of Pattadakal. The monuments were constructed between 6th and 9th centuries. The temples at Pattadakal are larger and grandeur with extensive art work compared to the early stage temples of Aihole.

It seems the Chalukyas enhanced their temple construction skills with the experiments they performed at Aihole and built larger temples at Pattadakal. The temples are built in different architectural styles representing Dravidian, Nagara, Phamsana and Gajaprastha models. The best structures are located inside a secured complex with large compound and open area adjacent to Pattadakal village.

The main monuments in Pattadakal are Virupaksha Temple, Sangameshwara Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Kashivisvanatha Temple & Galganatha Temple.

It usually takes around 2-3 hours to visit all the monuments in Aihole. The road between Aihole-Pattadakal-Badami was worse (as of Oct 2014) and the 34 Kms stretch took almost 1.5 hours.

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Internet Availability: Internet Not Available
STD Code: 08357
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Hindi, English
Major Festivals: Chalukya Utsava / Badami Festival / Pattadakal Dance Festival (Dec), Banashankari Temple Festival (Jan/Feb), Virupaksha Temple Car Festival (Mar)
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HOW TO REACH PATTADAKAL


By Air

Nearest Airport: Hubli - Hubli Airport (128 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Badami (20 Kms)
Bagalkot (45 Kms)
Gadag (82 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Pattadadal Bus Stand (0 Kms)

11 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN PATTADAKAL


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 300 meters from Pattadakal Bus Stand, Sangameshwara Temple situated between Galaganatha and Virupaksha temples inside the temple complex is the oldest temple in Pattadakal. It was commissioned by Chalukyan ruler Vijayaditya in the year 720 AD, but it seems the construction was never completed. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is similar to Virupaksha Temple in style but a smaller size.

The two tier Dravidian type sikhara is an experiment stared here which was implemented in ]temples of Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna and still being followed in South India. The temple has two entrances on north and south. The large rangamandapa with 20 pillars is partially ruined and there are two sub shrines for Mahishasura Mardhini & Ganesha. There is a ruined Nandi mandapa in front of the temple. The sanctum has a circular path for pradakshinas. There are few good sculptures on the outer wall like those of Ugranarasimha & Nataraja.

There are inscriptions on the temple .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 300 meters from Pattadakal Bus Stand, Galaganatha Temple situated ahead of Sangameshwara Temple inside the temple complex is a beautiful temple constructed in the beginning of 8th century.

Constructed in Nagara style with a large sikhara, only the sanctum and circular path around the sanctum exist today and the rangamandapa and mukhamandapa of otherwise a wonderfully built large temple, are collapsed. Also, part of the sukanasi is collapsed and the circular path has a slanting roof. The doorway has an image of Lord Shiva in dancing posture. The sanctum has a shiva linga, but no active poojas are done here. The exterior walls of sanctum have six square boxes with miniature figures of scenes from Panchatantra.

The circular path has large lattice windows on two sides. Exterior of the window on southern side has a beautifully carved large image of Lord Shiva with 8 hands killing a demon.

The architecture of the temple is resemblance of Sangameswara Temple .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 400 meters from Pattadakal Bus Stand, Virupaksha Temple is the biggest and most ravishing of all temples in Pattadakal with grand art work in all corners of the temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is the only functioning shrine in the temple complex.

Constructed in 745 AD by the Chalukyan ruler Vikramaditya's consort Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate his victory over Pallavas of Kanchi, this temple was started as a replica of Kailasanatha Temple of Kanchi. Built in Dravidian style, the temple has three mukhamandapas on three sides with a large stone gateway on East side towards Malaprabha River. A large pillared hall is following by sanctum with a circular path for pradakshinas. The mukhamandapas and the pillars of the hall have wonderful carvings of gods and scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Highlight of the temple is the sculpture of God Surya with his consorts riding a chariot, carved on the ceiling of Eastern Mukhamandapa. Other famous sculptures .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 400 meters from Pattadakal Bus Stand, Mallikarjuna Temple is another grand temple in Pattadakal situated just beside Virupaksha Temple inside the temple complex. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is similar to Virupaksha Temple in architecture but little smaller in size.

The temple is constructed in 745 AD by the second wife of Chalukyan ruler Vikramaditya. Built in Dravidian style, the temple has three mukhamandapas on three sides with a partially collapsed stone nandi mandapa in front of the temple. A large pillared hall is following by sanctum. The mukhamandapas and the pillars of the hall have wonderful carvings of gods and scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Panchatantra. The ceiling of the temple is also adorned with beautiful figures.

Some of the famous carvings in Mallikarjuna Temple include Mahishasuramardhini chasing demon, Gurukula, scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana Wars, scenes from Yashodhara Charitha, Royal Lady, Kama and Vasantha, Monkey .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 400 meters from Pattadakal Bus Stand, Kashi Vishwanatha Temple situated adjacent to Mallikarjuna Temple inside the temple complex is a wonderful 8th century temple built in Nagara style.

This is believed to be the last Hindu temple built in Pattadakal monuments. The temple has only sanctum and antarala left and the remaining parts are collapsed. The sanctum is supported by two pillars and has a Shivalinga carved out of black stone. The doorway of the sanctum has a carving of Garuda holding snakes. Bottom of the doorway has nice sculptures of female figures in different postures.

The pillars of the temple have nice carvings with great details. One of the pillars has a nicely engraved image of Siva-Parvathi marriage and another one with Krishna Leela from Bhagavatam. Other images on the pillars include Ravana lifting Kailasa, Lord Shiva chasing demo Tripurasura

There are also few pillar reliefs of men riding mythical animals. The ceiling has a large .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 700 meters from Pattadakal Bus Stand & Temple Complex entrance, Papanatha Temple is a large structure built on the banks of Malaprabha River outside the main temple complex. This temple can be reached by walking down along the river bed from Virupaksha Temple gateway. This temple is dedicated to Muktewara, a form of Lord Shiva.

Built in a mix of Nagara and Dravidian architecture, this temple dates back to 680 AD. The vimana on top of the sanctum in built in nagara style, while the mukhamandapa facing east, rangamandapa and antarala are acquired from Dravidian style. The sanctum has a narrow circumambulatory path for pradakshinas. On three sides of the outer walls of sanctum, there are pillared porticos with sculptures of dancing Shiva.

This temple is famous for the carvings of scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The sabhamandapa has 16 pillars with medium size sculptures of men & women. There is also a sculpture of Mahishasura Mardhini with 8 hands.

The .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 300 meters from Pattadakal Bus Stand, Jambulinga Temple situated behind Galaganatha Temple inside the temple complex is a small shrine constructed in 7th century.

The temple is constructed in Nagara style with sanctum and a small mandapa. This temple is constructed in the lines of Huchchimalli Temple in Aihole, but small in size. The sukanasi of the temple has a carved image of Lord Shiva with Parvathi. The temple is built on a high plinth having five moldings with decorated miniature ganas and birds.

The walls of the sanctum have sculptures of Siva, Surya and Vishnu.

Complex Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Complex Entrance: Rs. 10, Rs. 25 for camera.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 300 meters from Pattadakal Bus Stand & Temple Complex entrance, Kadasiddeshwara Temple is the first temple you encounter in the temple complex. It is a small 8th century structure built in Nagara style.


Kadasiddeshwara Temple is relatively small with a sanctum and hall built on an elevated platform. There is a fine sculpture of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. At the entrance, nicely carved dwarapalakas welcome the tourists. The upper part of the outer wall has good carvings of dwarf figures and birds. The outer wall of the sanctum has beautiful sculptures of Ardhanareeswara, Shiva and Harihara.

Complex Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Entrance: Rs. 10, Rs. 25 for camera.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 1 km from Pattadakal Bus Stand & Temple Complex entrance toward Badami, Jain Temple is a 9th century temple built by Rashtrakutas and Kalyani Chalukyas.

Built in Dravidian style, the temple has a large mukhamandapa followed by rangamandapa and sanctum. Built on an elevated platform, the mukhamandapa has 16 round shaped pillars. The life size elephant statues on both sides of doorway welcome the tourists. The mukhamandapa has stone benches with back support. The outer walls of the back support have nice carvings human figures, dwarfs, Sankhanidhi and Padmanidhi and kalasas.

The rangamandapa has four pillars, heavy and plain. The antarala is supported by two pillars. The sanctum has a pradakshina-patha and the most interesting aspect is the crocodile arch of the sanctum. The sanctum houses a small shivalinga, which might have been placed after Jainism is diminished in the region.

The rangamandapa and sanctum have lattice windows and outer walls are decorated .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 443 Kms from Bangalore, 136 Kms from Hubli, 33 Kms from Bagalkot, 34 Kms from Badami & 13.5 Kms from Pattadakal, Aihole is a historical site in Bagalkot District of Karnataka situated on the banks of Malaprabha River. It is being considered for World Heritage Site status by UNESCO.

Aihole, along with Pattadakal, is considered as the cradle for South Indian Temple architecture. There are more than 125 temples in Aihole constructed between 5th and 8th centuries during Badami Chalukya's rule. Few temples were built during Rashtrakutas and Kalyani Chalukya's rule until 12th century. The temples are built in different architectural styles representing Dravidian, Nagara, Phamsana and Gajaprastha models.

Most of the temples are located within 2-3 km radius while the important monuments are situated within a secured compound. Main temples are well preserved by archeology department and several other sites are still .....

Distance (From Pattadakal): 13.5 Kms
Trip Duration (From Pattadakal - Including Travel): Full Day
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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 36 Kms from Bagalkot, 104 Kms from Hubli & 457 Kms from Bangalore, Badami, also called as Vatapi is a historical place situated in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. Badami was the capital of mighty Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD who ruled Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Maharashtra between 6th & 8th centuries. Badami is one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism.

Badami is famous for cave temples, fortresses, fine carvings, wonderful architecture and breathtaking views. It is located in a valley at the foot of a red sandstone rock formation that surrounds Agastya Lake. Overlooking the sandstone cave temples, Badami fort and several temples are lined up on the shores of Agastya Lake. Three of the cave temples belong to Vedic faith, the fourth cave is a Jain temple dedicated to Tirtankara Adinatha. Out of the three Hindu temples, two are dedicated to Lord Vishnu while one is dedicated .....

Distance (From Pattadakal): 21 Kms
Trip Duration (From Pattadakal - Including Travel): Full Day
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