Aihole, the first capital of the Chalukyas is located on the banks of the River Malaprabha and is known for its temples with intricate carvings. The oldest temple of Aihole is the Lad Khan temple with a shrine-like vimana on the roof dating back to the 5th century A.D. The Durga Temple is popular for its elevated plinth and gallery encircling the sanctum. The interior is adorned with carvings of Narasimha, Goddess Durga destroying Mahishasura and more. Another temple called the Huchimalli Temple includes a sculpture of Vishnu sitting on top of a large cobra.
Tourists can also visit the Ravalpathi Cave temple that dates back to the 6th century A.D. and it houses a statue of Nataraja. The other places of attraction are the Uma Maheshwari Temple, two-storied Buddhist Temple, Jain Meguti Temple and Konthi Temple Complex, which has a carved Brahma seated on a lotus. They can also opt for a visit to the Durga temple that is an imitation of a Buddhist rock-cut Chaitya hall. The Museum and Art Gallery is located within the Durga Temple complex.