Aihole is located about 124 km / 77 miles northwest of Hampi, was the ancient capital of the Chalukyas. The temples of Aihole ( 125 plus in number ) are known for the experiment of different styles of architectures that used to construct them. Dated from around 6th century to 12th century CE , some of the Aihole temples are examples of rock architecture at its best.
Some of the popular temple are Kontigudi group of temples (Lad Khan temple, Huchiappayyagudi temple & the Huchiappayya math), the Galaganatha group of temples along the riverside, Durga temple known for its peculiar architecture, the hilltop Meguti Jain temple, the Suryanarayana temple dedicated to the sun God and the Ravanaphadi temple which is a rock cut temple.
As a norm tourists club visit to Aihole with the other important destinations nearby like Badami cave temples and the Pattadakalgroup of temples. Badami is the nearest railway station for Aihole. Since this is a minor rail route, bus is a better option.
Aihole is located about 124 km / 77 miles northwest of Hampi, was the ancient capital of the Chalukyas. The temples of Aihole ( 125 plus in number ) are known for the experiment of different styles of architectures that used to construct them. Dated from around 6th century to 12th century CE , some of the Aihole temples are examples of rock architecture at its best.

Some of the popular temple are Kontigudi group of temples (Lad Khan temple, Huchiappayyagudi temple & the Huchiappayya math), the Galaganatha group of temples along the riverside, Durga temple known for its peculiar architecture, the hilltop Meguti Jain temple, the Suryanarayana temple dedicated to the sun God and the Ravanaphadi temple which is a rock cut temple.
As a norm tourists club visit to Aihole with the other important destinations nearby like Badami cave temples and the Pattadakalgroup of temples. Badami is the nearest railway station for Aihole. Since this is a minor rail route, bus is a better option.

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Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal Circuit
Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal Circuit

Kadasiddheswara Temple
Kadasiddheswara Temple

Dedicated after Shiva, Kadasiddheswara Temple is the first temple you will be visiting as you enter the Pattadakal site. In size this temple is much smaller than say the Virupaksha Temple or the Mallikarjuna Temple , located further deep in the site. Possibly this temple was constructed during the regime of the Chalukya king Vijayaditya (696 - 733 CE). And this temple remains as an example of one of the earliest experiments the Chalukya clans did in the temple architecture. Otherwise this is built in what is called the Nagara style of architecture.

Badami Hotels
Badami Hotels

Pattadakal Dance Festival
Pattadakal Dance Festival

Chalukya Architecture
Chalukya Architecture

Bangalore to Badami Trains
Bangalore to Badami Trains

Galaganatha Temple
Galaganatha Temple

Galaganatha Temple dedicated to lord Shiva is a compact yet strikingly unique temple in Pattadakal. The most striking part of the Galaganatha Temple is its dexterously executed tower and the fluted final atop. Most likely the Galaganatha Temple was built around 750 CE during the regime of the early Chalukya king Vikramaditya II.

Mumbai to Pattadakal
Mumbai to Pattadakal

How to Reach Pattadakal
How to Reach Pattadakal

Pattadakal Group of Temples
Pattadakal Group of Temples

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