Badami:Badami Cave Temples
Badami taluk remained the seat of the throne of the Chalukyas from 550 CE - 753 CE, when Chalukya king Kirtivarman II was overthrown by the Rashtrakutas.Badami is known for its beautiful carved cave temples belonging to 6th & 7th centuries. Wedged between two rocky hills at the mouth of a ravine, the four rock-cut cave temples display the full range of religious sects that evolved in India. Overlooking the sandstone caves, is an artificial lake lined with four temples on its shores. While three of the temples belong to Vedic faith, the fourth and natural cave is the only Jain temple at Badami.
Pattadakal:Pattadakal is a town in the Indian state of Karnataka The town lies on the banks of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district of North Karnataka region. It is 22 km from Badami and about 10 km from Aihole.
Pattadakal has many UNESCO World Heritage temples built by Vikramaditya II.
Mallikarjuna temple in dravidian style and Kashi Vishwanatha temple in nagara style at Pattadakal, built 740 CE.
Aihole:Aihole, which lies on the banks of the Malaprabha River, is an important temple town with over 140 temples belonging to both the early and later Chalukya times.Aihole is in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. Early inscriptions call this town "Ayyavole" and "Aryapura". Aihole has its own historical significance and is called as cradle of Hindu rock architecture. Many temples and caves of historical importance can be found at Aihole. It is a very popular tourist spot in north Karnataka.
Built in AD 1708 by Visajipanta, Arettina Bavi is a stone pond situated north of Bilagi, 30 km from Bagalkot. The ruined shrine inside the well is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The walls of the well have Kannada, Marathi and Persian inscriptions.
Kudalasangama:Kudalasangama, where Basavanna's samadhi is located.The 12th century social reformist Basavanna, known for his crusade against caste exploitation was born in Basavana Bagewadi.
Mallegitti Shivalaya Temple: Mallegitti Shivalaya Temple set on the summit of a hill is 2 km away from Badami. This magnificent temple enshrines the calm idol of Shiva in the form of the garland maker. Built of stone, it has a shrine, a small porch, and a mandapa with a Dravidian tower.
Mallikarjuna Temple :Mallikarjuna Temple is a highly revered shrine located at Pattadakkal, in Bagalkot District of Karnataka. The temple was built by the queens of Vikramaditya II in memory of his victorious march against Kanchi in 745 AD
Sangameshwara Temple:Sangameshwara Temple is the oldest temple in the group of the Pattadakkal temples. Built by King Vijayaditya Satyashraya, this unfinished temple with well proportioned storeys capped by the square-to-dome roof is a fine example of Chalukya architecture.
Mahakuta: Mahakuta group of temples:The Mahakuteshwara temple dedicated to Shiva, is built in the Dravidian style.
Naganath Temple, located in a forest on the way to Mahakuta, it is one of the early Chalukya temples dedicated to Shiva. Mahakuta, once a great center of shaiva cult, Mahakuta is a beautiful place surrounded by hills.
Banashankari: A famous fair and festival is held here during January, February.Here the temple is dedicated to Banashankari or Shakambari a form of Parvati is located at Cholachagud popularly called Banashankari.
Mudhol: Birth Place of Poet Kavi Chakravarti Ranna.The Principality of Mudhol was one of the 9-gun princely states of British India.Mudol is famous for a breed of dog known as the 'Mudhol Hound.
Agastyatirtha Tank:Agastyatirtha Tank, a large 5th century sacred pool, is locaed in Badami. The richly sculpted cave temples of Badami look out over the pool. Its water is thought to possess medicinal properties.
Bhutanatha Temples:The ancient Bhutanatha Temples are two Shiva temples located on the bank of the ancient Bhutanatha Lake. The temples present the Lord in the form of Bhutanatha, the God of Souls. One of the shrines dates back to the 7 th century. And the rest are additions made around the 11th century
Galaganatha Temple:Galaganatha Temple, one of the prime attractions in Pattadakkal, represents the grandeur of the ancient Chalukya Dynasty. Situated on the banks of Malaprabha River, this eighth century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex houses about 30 smaller temples.
Lad Khan Temple :Lad Khan Temple is situated at Aihole in Hungund Taluk of Bagalkot District. It is the oldest temple which dates back to the 5th century. Initially, it was a royal assembly hall and marriage mandapa (hall). Then a Muslim official called Lad Khan used it as his residence and since then it came to be known by its present name.
Upper Shivalaya Temple:Upper Shivalaya TempleIs a Vaishnava temple situated on top of a hill in Badami, Bagalkot District. It was erected during the early 7th century and is believed to be the first structural temple built during the Chalukya age. The temple displays carvings of Krishna's pastimes, and other related scenes.
Virupaksha Temple:It is said in one of the inscriptions that Lokamahadevi, wife of Vikramaditya II, built the temple in memory of his conquest of Kanchi.Situated in Pattadakkal, Virupaksha is a one of the biggest temples dedicated to Lord Virupaksha or Shiva. The walls contain several inscriptions. There is a massive gateway and a large quadrangle surrounded by small cells.
Ilkal: Ilkal is famous for its hand woven sarees commonly known as Ilkal sarees.They are worn by the women living in North Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra. Ilkal is also the source of red granite stone which is exported to various places.Ilkal has a large temple of Vijayamahanteshaswami and his religious preceptor Gurumahanta Shivayogishwara. The monument of Hazarath Syed Murtaza-Sha-Khadri lies on the eastern side of the town.