Pattadakal is a town in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. Pattadakal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pattadakal is home to temples built during 800BC to 700BC by the Chalukyan Kings. There are about ten prominent temples displaying excellent architectural skills of Vishwa Karma Brahmins. The temples are built on both Dravidian(South Indian) and Nagara(North India).Apart from Hindu Temples, Jain Temples are also found at at Pattadakal. The Virupaksha Temple is the most magnificent temple built similar to the Kailashnatha Temple at Kancheepuram in Dravidian style. The Virupaksha Temple has a lot of sculptures of Hindu deities. Other prominent temples in Dravidian style are Sangameshvara Temple and Mallikarjuna Temple. The Kadasiddhesvara Temple , Jambulingeswara Temple and Galganatha Temple are temples built on Nagara Style. Pattadakal lies on the banks of Malaprabha river, a tributary of river Krishna. The Papanatha Temple has both Dravidian and Nagara styles used in it.
Best time to visit Pattadakal is during October to December.
KSRTC runs direct services from Bangalore to Badami (20km away). From Badami KSRTC buses are available to Pattadakal. Another option is to reach Hospet by direct KSRTC and Indian Railways services from Bangalore. From Hospet, KSRTC buses are available to Pattadakal.