Pattadakal Tourism
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Pattadakal Tourism

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Pattadakal Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Bagalkot
Pattadakal, also known as Pattadakalu in Kannada, is a village in the state of Karnataka. This village is situated on the banks of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot District. It lies 22 km from Badami and 10 km from Aihole and is the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty of Southern India. The village is well renowned for its range of temples that belong to the group of 8th century monuments.

These temples are popular under the name of ‘Chalukyas’ and form a part of the earliest experiments of the Vesara style of Hindu temple architecture. These temples also made Pattadakal a World Heritage Site in the year 1987. Pattadakal displays both Dravidian and the Nagara styles of temple architecture. Its temples include a Jain Sanctuary accompanied by many small shrines and plinths.

Amongst the range of Chalukya temples, the Sangameshvara Temple is the oldest one, which was built by the Chalukya King Vijayaditya Satyashraya. The temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture and has a display of a Sanctum in its inner passage and Nataraja sculptures on the outer walls. 

The Virupaksha Temple is the other significant temple in Pattadakal known for the old Kannada inscriptions present on its victory pillar that belong to the 8th century. Other significant temples in Pattadakal village include the Mallikarjuna Temple, Kashivisvanatha Temple, Kadasiddhesvara Temple, Galganatha Temple, Jain Temple, Papanatha Temple, and many more.

The tradition and culture of Pattadakal village is not only depicted through its temples but can also be seen in its festivals, namely the Banashankari Temple Festival, Virupaksha Temple Car Festival and the Mallikarjuna Temple Festival. Along with these, there is also an annual dance festival held in the village known as the Chalukya Utsava.

These festivals are held in the village between January and April. The activities of these festivals combined with a pleasant weather makes this time of the year, the best time to visit Pattadakal. 

The city of Pattadakal also offers many other places to visit apart from its temples in and around the village like Badami Cave Temples, Mahakuta, Aihole, Sudi, Lakkundi, Alampur and many others.

The village of Pattadakal is well connected and easy to reach through road, rail, and air from the other states of India. The nearest railway station to Pattadakal lies at Badami (24 km). It is also connected through airlines through the airport at Belgaum, which is at a distance of 205 kilometres from the village.

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Varun Kulkarni

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  • Varun Kulkarni
  • Lives in Pune
  • 26 Reviews
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"World Heritage Site"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
Pattadakal is a declared world heritage site. The temples found here go as back as Seventh century. It has series of temples which has architectural beauty which just amazes you. Some of them are Jambulinga temple, Virupaksha temple. One should visit this place once in their life, this place tells how our country's history is rich.
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Polur Ramaswami

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  • Polur Ramaswami
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Heritage city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 13, 2016
If one visits Badami, one should not miss Aihole and Pattadakal. Chalukyas have built many temples in these places. These are rock cut as in Mahabalipuram. Pattadakal is about 20kms from Badami and 20km from Aihole. It is included in world heritage sites of UNESCO.

The site is well preserved and maintained. Virupaksha temple is the largest in this complex. You may require 2-3 hrs to enjoy the beauty of the monuments in this complex standing as a testimony of Chalukyas' and Pallavas' styles in rock temple creation.
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Jai Dait

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  • Jai Dait
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 18 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"Nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 10, 2016
If you are in Karnataka, Hampi is the very well known location to visit, but this Pattadakal place is as beautiful as Hampi. You can see very beautiful rock structures, remains of temples. Although the structure is ruined but whatever we get to see is mesmerising. Early morning visit will save you from the seat of sun during the day. A mist visit to add in your itinerary.
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Arun Peethambaran

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  • Arun Peethambaran
  • Lives in Kottayam
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"An historical place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2015
Pattadakal is a place located in north Karnataka in Bagalkot district. It is famous for a group of monuments declared as world heritage monument by the UNESCO. It has a group of temples mainly and each one has a different story to say. Make sure you hire a guide or use audiocompasguide application. Badami and Aihole are located nearby and are easily accessible from here. Will be better if you can avoid bright sunlight and reach there early in the morning. It is a treat to your eyes if you are into monuments and history and heritage.
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Indrajeet Mohite

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  • Indrajeet Mohite
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  • Lives in Kolhapur
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  • 3 Reviews
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"A place with finest art"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2014
Pattadakal is a place nearby Badami. It is a place known for the remains of various temples. Visitors must visit the museum in Pattadakal so as to understand how the temples are rebuild. The temples are made with big stones. There are big and deep tanks for storing water. I like the fine art of the temples.
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