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Pattadakal- UNESCO World Heritage Site

My journey from Badami to Pattadakal is short but sweet, covering a distance of only about 22 km. In my own experience, the SH144 is a well-maintained road that offers a smooth and scenic drive through the beautiful landscapes of Karnataka. Along the way, you’ll pass through some small towns and villages, providing a glimpse into the local way of life and culture. The village is located approximately 22 km from Badami and 10 km from Aihole. I had the pleasure of visiting Pattadakal, a beautiful and historic site located in the Indian state of Karnataka. As a history and architecture enthusiast, I was thrilled to finally explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site that I had heard so much about.

The most common and convenient route for traveling from Pune to Pattadakal is as follows:

Pune -> Kolhapur-> Belgaon -> Yaragatti -> Ramdurg -> Badami-> Pattadakal- Bagalkot

= Total 512 Kms

Introduction about Pattadakal:

Pattadakal is a village situated in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka state in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also known as “the place where kings come together” (in Kannada).  It is famous for its historic temples, which are considered among the best examples of Indian architecture. Each year in January-February, the Chalukya Mahotsav Dance Festival is held in Pattadakal. Many visitors come to the festival.

History of Pattadakal:

Pattadakal is known for its stunning temples and monuments that were built during the 7th and 8th centuries by the Chalukya dynasty. The complex is a beautiful blend of Dravidian and Nagara architectural styles and is home to several impressive temples dedicated to various deities. The intricate carvings and stunning architecture left me in awe, and I couldn’t help but imagine what it would have been like to witness the temple’s construction during the Chalukya dynasty. The temples at Pattadakal are considered to be some of the finest examples of temple architecture in India and are a must-visit for anyone interested in ancient Indian art and culture.

There are many fascinating places to visit in Pattadakal, with a wealth of historical and cultural sites to explore. Some of the must-see attractions include:

  • Kadasiddheswara temple. Kadasiddeshwar Temple is known for its unique architecture, which combines elements of the North Indian Nagara and South Indian Dravidian styles.
  • Sangameshwara Temple: The Sangameshwara Temple is a beautiful and historically significant temple that showcases the Nagara architectural style and the rich cultural heritage of India.
  • Galaganatha Temple: The Galaganatha Temple is famous for its intricate carvings and unique architecture, which combines elements of Dravidian and Nagara styles.
  • Virupaksha Temple: The Virupaksha Temple is known for its beautiful architecture and intricate carvings, which are a blend of the Dravidian and Nagara architectural styles.
  • Mallikarjuna Temple: The temple is known for its beautiful carvings of mythological stories and its ornate gopuram, or tower.

Overall, my visit to Pattadakal was an unforgettable experience that I will cherish forever. The complex’s rich history and stunning architecture make it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring the cultural heritage of India.

If you’re planning a trip to Karnataka, be sure to add Pattadakal to your itinerary. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Budget Breakdown

My Expenses From Badami  To Hampi

Badami  Breakfast =  60 Rs

Pattadakal entry fee = 65 Rs

Lunch in Pattadakal  = 220 Rs

Pattadakal to Himgad = 30 Rs

Himgad to Ilkal =36 Rs

Ilkal to Hospet = 135 Rs

Hospet to Hampi = 200 Rs

Hampi cottage = 1400 Rs

Hampi Market = 360 Rs

Total = 2,506 /- Rs

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