Train, Bus and Flight options to reach Pattadakal. For trains and long distance bus connections , Badami about 22km from Pattadakal is the base town. Pattadakal is connected by road to nearby major highways. Hubli is the nearest airport.

Goa:
Goa to Pattadakal

Bangalore :
Bangalore to Pattadakal
Bangalore to Badami by Bus
Bangalore to Badami Trains
Bangalore to Badami by Road

Mumbai to Pattadakal

Hubli:
Hubli to Badami

Trains to Pattadakal:

Train Connections for Badami Aihole And Pattadakal
Golgumbaz Express
Solapur Express
Chalukya Express

Itinerary
Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal Circuit

Train Route Map for Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole
Pattadakal Road and Rail Map

Train Route Map for Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole. Badami is the nearest railway station

See Also : How to Reach Pattadakal

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Chalukya Dynasty
Chalukya Dynasty

The history of Chalukyas is a bit complicated with controversies and ambiguities ; and often riddled with myths and legends. Complicated, because there were many dynasties ( to be specific three ) shared the name Chalukya. Before going further into this, let's first see where was this Chalukya Empire, as it is often referred, existed in India. Those of you with an understanding of the India's geography , imagine the Indian heartland bordered by two rivers - Narmada in the north and Kaveri in the south. Well, what lies between these two rivers was practically the span of Chalukyan Empire at its peak.

Badami
Badami

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.

Bangalore to Pattadakal
Bangalore to Pattadakal

Andhakasura
Andhakasura

Lord Shiva slaying Andhakasura, the blind demon, is a popular mythological theme carved on many Shiva Temples. At Pattadakal you can see a giant image in the south side of the Galaganatha Temple. The story goes like this. While in the mount Mandhara a baby was born to Parvati and Shiva. Shiva was in a meditating posture and Parvati closed his eyes mischievously from behind. The boy appeared out of Parvati's sweat. Shiva explains to Parvati that since his eyes were closed, the baby was born blind and calls him Andhaka (the blind). Since he posed devilish qualities he was called Andhakasura (the blind demon ).

Hubli to Badami
Hubli to Badami

Top heritage sites near bangalore
Top heritage sites near bangalore

Virupaksha temple
Virupaksha temple

The Virupaksha Temple of Pattadakal signifies the high watermark of the Early Chalykyan architecture. This temple was built in commemoration to the victory of the Chalykyas over the Pallavas of the Kanchipuram.

Aihole
Aihole

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