Pattadakal - City of Crown Rubies

Pattadakal was declared a world heritage site in 1987. I went there with Arun, Rajesh and Vijay. It was part of 3 days tour when we covered Hampi, Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal. We saw some of the finest temple architecture. Unfortunately, we couldn't spend more time in Pattadakal and visited only one temple. It was earlier called Pattada Kisuvolal which meant City of the Crown Rubies.

A small town with ten impressive temples. All the temples were built in the 7-8th century by Chalukya dynasty earliest rulers of Karnataka. 10 KM from Aihole. Great center of Chalukya art and architecture, noted for its temples and inscription. This must have been a collage of Chalukya art and clearly evident from the Virupaksha Temple. It is the largest and grandest of all temples in Pattadakal. Very well maintained temple complex. Mighty temples surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Pattadakal is 10 KM from Aihole and around 30 KM from Badami. So its always a good idea to visit all the three places in 1-2 days.

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