Pattadakal is a city in Karnataka. The town lies on the banks of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district of North Karnataka region. The group of 8th century CE monuments in Pattadakal are the culmination of the earliest experiments in the vesara style of Hindu temple architecture. They were designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. The town displays both Dravidian (Southern) and the Nagara (Northern, Indo-Aryan) styles of temple architecture.
This used to be the site where coronations of Chalukyan kings were performed. The sculpture and architecture here represents the epitome of temple building by the Chalukyans, which began in Aihole.
It is 22 km from Badami and about 10 km from Aihole. Use Badami as a base, and drive out for a day trip to see both Aihole, which is further out, and Pattadakal. There are no places to stay in either Pattadakal or Aihole and it is best to pack food to take along.
The group of monuments are located next to each other.
- Chandrashekhara temple.
- Galganatha Temple. Galaganatha temple has been built in the architecture style of Rekha Nagara Prasada. Temple contains a sculpture of Lord Shiva killing the demon Andhakasura.
- Jain Temple.
- Jambulinga temple. This shrine is located behind the Galganatha Temple.
- Jambulingeswara Temple.
- Kadasiddhesvara Temple. Kadasiddhesvara Temple has several well executed idols of Shiva, Parvathi and Vishnu and other divinities on the outer wall.
- Kashivisvanatha Temple.
- Mallikarjuna Temple. Mallikarjuna temple is in Dravidian style and it is similar to Sanghameshvara temple in design, construction and sculpture, but smaller in size.
- Naganatha temple.
- Papanatha temple.
- Sangameshvara Temple. Sangameshvara Temple is the oldest temple in Pattadakal which was built by Chalukya King Vijayaditya Satyashraya between 696CE and 733CE.
- Virupaksha Temple.
- Papanatha Temple. Papanatha temple was built around 680CE and has sculptures of scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharatha.
Please pack food for the trip as there are no good restaurants in and around Pattadakal.