PattadakalNorthern Karnataka : Pattadakal
Pattadakal is a village in Karnataka,India. The town lies on the banks of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district of North Karnataka region. The group of 8th century CE monuments in Pattadakal are the culmination of the earliest experiments in the vesara style of Hindu temple architecture. They were designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. The town displays both Dravidian (Southern) and the Nagara (Northern, Indo-Aryan) styles of temple architecture.
Pattadakal ( Pattadakallu in Kannada ) is world heritage site declared by UNESCO. Pattadakal lies in Bagalkot district of Karnataka state , India. It has many temples built by Chalukya kings.
By Road : It is at 22 km from Badami town and about 10 km from Aihole. Badami is connected by road to different towns of Karnataka state including state capital Bengaluru and Hubli. Buses are run from different destinations like Bengaluru and Hubli, Dharwad and Bagalkot by NWKRTC to Badami on daily basis.
By Train : Indian Railways run passenger and express train services from Bengalooru, Hubballi, Bagalkote and Vijayapura ( Bijapur ) having stop at Badami. There is train from Mumbai ( 11139/11140 ) via Pune and Solapur, Vijayapura which passes through Badami, but unfortunately there is no official stop at present. One has to alight at Bagalkot railway station which is at 42 Km from Badami.
By Air : Hubli ( Hubbali ) airport is the nearest airport to Pattadakal at a distance of 140 Kilometre. Hubballi airport is connected by flights to Bengaluru and Mumbai.
There are Auto's ( three wheelers ) in Badami available near bus stand which will take you round trip of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole for a day . Before engaging these auto's negotiate the amount to be paid for whole trip. It is usually Rupees 750 excluding entry fee to temples.
The group of monuments are located next to each other. Tourists are suggested to hire Auto from Badami bus stand at pre-negotiated price if they do not have their own vehicle. Archaeological survey of India charges entry fee for visit to these temples. Entry fee is different for Indians and Foreigners. At some places parking fee is also levied. Insist on printed bill or ticket at each and every place.
- Virupaksha Temple
- Sangameshvara Temple
- Mallikarjuna Temple
- Kashivisvanatha Temple
- Kadasiddhesvara and Jambulingeswara temples
- Galganatha Temple
Local souvenirs available in and around these architectural monuments.
There are no posh restaurants at Pattadakal. There are some eateries ( shacks ) outside the temple complex. Local village women sell traditional meal outside which consists of Jolada rotti ( Sorghum Indian Bread ), Pallya ( cooked vegetable or pulses ) and Chutney. These women will insist on having butter milk made from cow's or buffalo milk after the meals as it is a local practice. The meals provided by these village women is cheaper and tastier as compared to restaurants.
Tea and Buttermilk are most popular drinks. Buttermilk is drunk to quench thirst during hot summer days.
- Hotel Mayura Chalukya https://www.kstdc.co/hotels/hotel-mayura-chalukya-badami/ in Badami.
- Hotel Mookambika Lodge at Badami
- Hotel Sangam Deluxe Lodge at Badami.
B.S.N.L ( Cellone ) mobile network signals are widely available here. Keep a battery backup ( bank ) for your cellular phones and other electronic gadgets and a small torch ( flash light ). Electricity supply can be erratic sometimes. Summer months ( March, April, May ) are hot when temperature during the day may exceed 40° Centigrade. Water or Buttermilk must be drunk at regular intervals to keep the human body hydrated. There is information desk at the entrance of temple complex which provide information and guide ( on payment ) if required . This info desk is run by Archaeological Survey of India. Some books related to the history and architecture of these temples are also available at this information kiosk. Beware of touts.