If either of religion or history or both interest you, Pattadakal is one place that will live up to your expectations. This beautiful region in Karnataka consists of some of the finest Jain and Hindu Temples. The place has some of the best exhibitions of Mauryan architecture that can be observed from the various temples around this place. The Aihole-Badami-Pattadakal complex is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Hindu Temples in this region were constructed during the reign of the Rashtrakuta Dynasty and dates back to the 9th Century. The famous Jain Temple was built by Queen Lokamahadevi who was the wife of Vikramaditya II. The region is bearing the signs of South Indian and Mauryan architecture at its best.
Things to do and Major attractions:
The tourist attractions of this place are plentiful, and you must explore all the important places to visit in Pattadakal. The first name that comes to mind is the Virupaksha Temple. This is the largest temple in the region and is also among the most ancient. The stone carvings, sculptures of Gods, and the Stone Mantapa make this temple a grand spectacle. The Jain Temple also houses some of the finest sculptures and architectural brilliance and is a must-visit. Kashiviswanatha Temple, dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, was constructed by the Rashtrakuta rules and the pillars here have beautifully engraved female figurines.
Among the various things to do in Pattadakal, you can visit the Papanatha Temple that was constructed in the Nagara style and the Sangameshwara Temple that is among the oldest temples in the country. Other important temples of historic and religious importance include the Galaganath Temple and the Mallikarjuna Temple.
People and Culture:
The people here are friendly and religious and it is known to be a safe place for the tourists. The popular Dance Festival that is held annually during January is a grant event in this region.
Local Food and Popular Shopping Items:
For the foodie in you, the place offers delicious South Indian dishes such as Kesari Bath, Mysore Pak, idli, dosa, rasam, bisi bele bath, and many others. There are plenty of places around the region where you can have your fill.
There is not much in the name of shopping unless you are looking to pick up souvenirs such as idols of gods and goddesses. We recommend travel to nearby towns to shop for your preferred items.
Best Time to Visit:
If you are planning a trip to Pattadakal, we would advise you to do so from October to March. The weather conditions during this time of the year are pleasant and thus it would be comfortable to explore the region. Some tourists are known to prefer the monsoon season as well from July to September.
Availability of Accommodation Type:
There are several living arrangements that you will find around Pattadakal, some very close to the temples. The popular hotels include Clarks Inn Badami, Jk Lodging, Palette Krishna Heritage, and many others. Choose your hotel according to your pocket.