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Pattadakal - A Trip Down To The Chalukyan Era


A trip to Pattadakal is a trip down the glorious past when the Chalukyas reigned and controlled this part of South India. Pattadakal literally means the city of crown rubies and this is an allusion to the time when the city was the capital of the Chalukyan Empire. Pattadakal lies on the banks of the river Malaprabha in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

Where Kings Once Resided - Tourist Places In Pattadakal

The town is famous for the nine Hindu temples and the Jain sanctuary that successive Chalukya kings built here in the 7th and 8th centuries. So impressive is the architecture of these temples that the entire area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Pattadakal temples are unique because they combine the North Indian as well as the South Indian styles of architecture. The best example of this harmonious integration of styles is the Virupaksha Temple. History books state that the temple was built in 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to mark her husband Vikramaditya II's victory over the local Pallava kings.

How To Reach Pattadakal

Pattadakal is close to Aihole (10 km) and Badami (22 km). They were also capitals of the Chalukyas and contain similar examples of Chalukyan art. Pattadakal can be reached by bus and train. The closest railway station is at Badami.

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How to Reach Pattadakal

  • By Road
    Several local and state buses are available from Badami, Aihole and Bangalore to Pattadakal. These buses are come at a regular interval and are inexpensive
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  • By Train
    Badami Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Pattadakal, situated at a distance of about 24 km. This railway station is linked to major cities and nearby areas. Tourists can take a local bus or hire taxis to reach Pattadakal from here.
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  • By Air
    Belgaum Airport is the nearest domestic airport to Pattadakal, situated at a distance of about 205 km. On the other hand, nearest international airport is Bangalore International Airport, which is 448 km away. Bangalore airport is well connected to major European, Asian, American and Middle East countries as well as all the major Indian cities.
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