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Destination Details Pattadakal

 

Destinations » KARNATAKA » Pattadakal

Pattadakal Pattadakkal is famous as the second capital of the Chalukyas. It was solely used for the purpose of coronation of the Chalukyan kings. Situated on the banks of the Malprabha River it appears as a scenic sight. Pattadakkal has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for it comprises some of the best of Chalukyan arts and architectures. The town has about a dozen temples representing the finest examples of the Chalukyan architecture. The famous Tourists spots here include Virupaksha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Galganatha Temple, Papanatha Temple, Jambulinga Temple and the Jain Temple among many others. The Virupaksha temple, built in south Indian style is the most beautiful of all temples in Pattadakkal. It has a large gateway depicted with numerous inscriptions, describing the victory and conquest of Kanchi by Vikramaditya II, the great Chalukyan king. The other attraction here is the famous Jain Temple, built in Dravidian style and situated in the close vicinity of Virupaksha Temple (500 mts.). The Rashtrakutas who defeated and succeeded the Chalukyas in the 8th century built this architecture, which possesses some very beautiful sculptures inside. You can also enjoy the annual The Pattadakkal Dance Festival organized by the Karnataka government.
   
 

How to reach

 
  By Air

By Air

  The nearest airport is Belgaum about 160 km. Other important airport near Aihole is Bangalore about 480 km and the place is well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.  
  By Rail

By Rail

 
  The nearest railway station is Badami about 30 km and Hubli about 130 km and the place is well connected by rail line to Bangalore and Hyderabad.  
  By Road

By Road

 
  Pattadakkal is well connected by road to Badami about 30 km.  
     
 

Places to Visit

 
  The Virupaksha temple  
  The Virupaksha temple, built in south Indian style is the most beautiful of all temples in Pattadakkal. It has a large gateway depicted with numerous inscriptions, describing the victory and conquest of Kanchi by Vikramaditya II, the great Chalukyan king.  
     
  Jambulinga Temple  
  Another small temple with a fine figure of the Dancing Shiva with Nandi & Parvathi by his side. Built with a northern style tower, there is a horse-shoe arched projection on its facade.  
     
  Jain Temple  
  Half a Kilometer from the enclosure, on the Pattadakal-Badami Road, is this Jain temple built in the Dravidian style. It has some very beautiful sculpture & probably dates from the ninth century.  
     
  Mallikarjuna and Papanatha temples  
  These temples are dedicated to Virupaksha. In front of the temple, is a majestic 2.6 metres high Nandi. The Mallikarjuna and Papanatha temples are delicately chiseled, and rich in detail.  
     
     
 
 
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