Distance-wise, Pattadakal is 653km away from Mumbai. If you follow the road route down to Pattadakal, it could take you just over 9 hours. Pattadakal does not have any railway station. You need to take trains to either Sholapur or Hubli to finally access Pattadakal. You will find trains the most suitable for travel down to Pattadakal because of the various options and since it will be most comfortable! You can always hop into trains such as Madurai Express, Duran Express, Trivandrum Express or Nagercoil Express to get you to Sholapur. From Sholapur, you have 2 options: you can travel up to this UNESCO site by car or taxi!
If you have an overflowing wallet and it is around four of you travelling, you can actually hire an Indica for INR 2,700/- as return fare. Mind you, this vehicle will not be air-conditioned! If you care too much for AC in this simmering heat, try to pull in three others to make a total of 7 passengers. This way, you can hail an AC Indica for INR 3,500/- as return fare. You should of course check these fares closer to your date of travel! The other option is to again sit in a train from Sholapur and there are many to choose from. Sur Hubli Express will get you to Badami in 4.5 hours. This should be your preferred option as Badami is closest to Pattadakal and even by air it stands only 15 km away! You could instead be chugging along in the Golgumbaz Express all the way to Hubli in 8 long hours! Sur Dharwar Passenger and YPR AC Express both do the same route at different times.
You can consider exploring the Red Bus between Mumbai and Hubli which you will cover in almost 15 hours!! Are you prepared for that long a travel and that too by bus!! Be aware that this would cost you a full day! You can choose companies like National Travels, VRL Travels, Sharma Transports, Neeta Tours and Travels and Sea Bird Tourist. These come in AC, Non AC as well as Sleepers.
You will rarely find a bus between Mumbai and Badami though! So like you can see, there are so many routes to choose from that you now have no option or excuse! Stop being lazy and book yourself on one of these! Today!
Train Route Map for Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole. Badami is the nearest railway station
See Also : How to Reach Pattadakal
Golgumbaz Express (Train Number 6535 / 6536) is a tri-weekly express train between Solapur and Bangalore( Yesvantpur Junction). In the Yesvantpur to Solapur route it is called Solapur Express and in the return route it is called Golgumbaz Express.