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.
There are no places to stay in either Pattadakal or Aihole and it is best to pack food to take along. Use Badami as a base, and drive out for a day trip to see both Aihole, which is further out, and Pattadakal.
By CarIt is 22 km from Badami and about 10 km from Aihole.
By BusThe nearest town to Patadakallu is Badami. Badami is connected by bus services provided by North Western Karnataka Road Trransport Corporation ( NWKRTC ) a Karnataka state government undertaking. NWKRTC provides bus services regularly and daily to different cities like Hubballi ( Hubli ), Bengaluru ( Bangalore ), Bagalkote, Vijayapura ( Bijapur ), Gadag and Hospete ( Hospet ). From Badami one can take auto to reach Pattadakal or local bus.
By RailThe nearest railway station to Pattadakal is Badami. Indian Railways run trains from Bengaluru and Hubballi ( Hubli ) to Bagalkot and Solapur. Some of these trains do stop at Badami and most at Bagalkot which is at 45 km from Pattadakallu. There is train from Mumbai CSMT ( 11139/ 11140 ) to Gadag through Pune and Solapur which stops at Bagalkot and at present runs six days a week..
By AeroplaneHubballi ( Hubli ) airport ( aerodrome ) is the nearest about 140 km away.
Galganatha TempleGalaganatha temple has been built in the architecture style of Rekha Nagara Prasada. Temple contains a sculpture of Lord Shiva killing the demon Andhakasura.
Jambulinga templeThis shrine is located behind the Galganatha Temple.
Kadasiddhesvara TempleKadasiddhesvara Temple has several well executed idols of Shiva, Parvathi and Vishnu and other divinities on the outer wall.
Mallikarjuna TempleMallikarjuna temple is in Dravidian style and it is similar to Sanghameshvara temple in design, construction and sculpture, but smaller in size.
Sangameshvara TempleSangameshvara Temple is the oldest temple in Pattadakal which was built by Chalukya King Vijayaditya Satyashraya between 696CE and 733CE.
Papanatha TemplePapanatha temple was built around 680CE and has sculptures of scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharatha.