Set amidst a picturesque landscape along the banks of the Malaprabha River, the
scenic village of Pattadakal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ancient temple
complex. It is the second capital of the Chalukya dynasty after Aihole; Pattadakal's
outstanding 8th-century temples symbolize the zenith of Chalukyan architecture. Also
spelled 'Pattadakalu' is a significant tourist centre in the state of Karnataka. Pattadakal
is just 22 KM from Badami and about 10 KM from Aihole, both of the places renowned
for Chalukya monuments. The remarkable temple structures of Pattadakal represent a
convergence of the North Indian and South Indian style of temple architecture. These
captivating temples take in elements of both the Dravidian or the Southern and the
Northern (Indo-Aryan) or the Nagara of temple architecture. If you want to explore the
beauty of this historic place, then choose any of the Pattadakal holiday packages
offered at EaseMyTrip.in.
Best Sightseeing Places in Pattadakal
Before planning your Pattadakal vacation you should be familiar with where you must
visit during the trip.
The wonderful 8th century temples are major attractions during Pattadakal tour.
Include a trip to the Pattadakal temples in your tour of Pattadakal to catch glimpses of
the rich Chalukyan architecture.
Kadasiddeshvara, Jambulinga and Galaganatha Temples:
Kadasiddeshvara and Jambulinga Temples are fine example of North Indian-style
temple architecture, characterized as they are by the curved towers (shikharas) over the
inner sanctum. While, Galaganatha Temple is the largest of them all with having a well-
preserved tower with stridently cut tiers of horseshoe shaped motifs and a ribbed finial.
It is one of the earliest South Indian style temples constructed by the Chalukya King-
Vijayaditya (696-733 AD). Unlike other South Indian temples, the multistoried temple
tower rises in a stepped Pyramidal formation and capped with a square domed roof.
Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna Temples:
The twin Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna temples symbolize the pinnacle of Chalukya
temple architecture. Based on the Kailasanatha Temple in Kanchipurum, the two
temples celebrate the victory of King Vikramaditya II over the Pallava rulers of Tamil
Nadu. At present, Virupaksha is the only functioning shrine in the extensive temple
complex. Both of these identical temples feature gracefully carved pillars and ceilings
decorated with a large amount of friezes from the epics.
This Temple was built by the Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta and is located on the
Pattadakal-Badami Road. It belonged to the 9th century and was built according to the
Dravidian style with striking sculptures.
Other Important Temples:
Chandrashekhara temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Kashivisvanatha Temple,
Kadasiddheshvara temple and Papanatha temple are some of other attractions that will
make your Pattadakal travel a memorable experience.
Best Time for Holidaying in Pattadakal
Pattadakal experiences tropical climate with hot summers, humid monsoon and cool
winters. Thus, the best time to enjoy a visit to this historical place is between the months
of October and February. So, plan your Pattadakal trip at the specified time..
Must Buy Things from Pattadakal
Pattadakal is a more of a sightseeing place, so there is not much scope for shopping of
any particular type.
Explore Options to Reach Pattadakal
Before booking your Pattadakal holiday package, you must be aware of the ways to
reach this city. To know more, read on:
The nearest airport to Pattadakal is the Belgaum Airport (205 KM away). It connects to
the city with several domestic flights to rest of India. You can take buses or hire private
taxis to reach Pattadakal.
Badami Railway station is the nearest (24 KM away) from Pattadakal. You can hire taxis
to reach the destination.
Pattadakal is connected by good motorable roads to all places in Karnataka. It is very
well-connected to Aihole (20 KM), Badami (22 KM) and Bangalore (495 KM) with
regular bus service. Select any of Pattadakal travel mode to come here and explore
this place's historic beauty.