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Pattadakal Tour & Travel Guide

Pattadakal is a tiny village and is a great historical destination. It is most popular for its exquisitely crafted ancient temples that give a peek into the different colors of history. The opulence of the workmanship is something exemplary. The temples date back to 7th and 8th centuries and are still standing strong. If you’re interested in exploring ancient Indian history and want to delve into intricate architecture, then Pattadakal would be a great destination. The rustic charm of the village mixed with history lessons give a unique characteristic to Pattadakal. To see the magic of artisans on the walls in the form of carvings and murals is like magic come alive.

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Virupaksha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Pattadakal Temple

April to June

26°C to 34°C

July to Sep

24°C to 30°C

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An Insight into Pattadakal Tourism

Explore the Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture

Pattadakal is a tiny village on the banks of the river Malaprabha in Bagalkot district of Karnataka state. This sub-urban place is also known as Raktapura or Pattadakallu, by locals. This small town has gained great prominence as a historic tourist destination. It is not only history but also exemplary temple architecture and intricate carvings in the temples and monuments here, whch has marked Pattadakal position has a popular tourist destination in India. These monuments & temples in Pattadakal are an apogee of the earliest experiments made implementing Vesara Style of Hindu temple making. The temple complex here, houses an array of ten impressive stone temples that date back to 7th & 8th century. Nine, of these ten temples, are Hindu temples and one is a Jain shrine. The place is nearby Badami and Aihole, which are centers of Chalukya monuments, and it is protected and managed by the Archaeological Survey of India. The Pattadakal temples were declared as World Heritage Site in 1987. This place exhibits both, Dravidian i.e., Sothern and Nagara i.e., Northern & Indo-Aryan styles of temple making. These monuments sight the co-existence and interaction between aboriginal northern and southern Hindu arts.

Pattadakal is known for its temples that are wonderfully crafted and these showcase the best co-existence of different forms of architecture. The blend of Dravidian and Nagara architectural expertise gave this small town a good deal of recognition and a unique identity in tourism and architecture. Virupaksha Temple, Kashivisvanatha Temple, Sangameshvara Temple, Kadasiddhesvara & Jambulingeswara temples, Mallikarjuna Temple and Galganatha Temple are some of the must see structures here. There is a noteworthy Jain shrine here as well. All these temples & shrines are grand in structure and imposing in workmanship and this makes them a preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. All the ten temples her are regal, not only in sheer size but also in detailed workmanship and spellbinding architecture. Situated alongside river Malaprabha, this complex of temples aptly has earned the perfect tag of “Cradle Of Indian Temple Architecture”. The embellishments on the walls of these temples are intricate carvings depicting stories and tales from our revered scriptures Bhagavata Purana, Mahabharata, Ramayana and Panchatantra. The artisans have given life to the stories through their chisel & hammer that surely allures every visitor.

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