Pattadakal ( Karnataka , South India)
Pattadakal holds very prominent place on the tourist map of India, South India and particularly Karnataka. Pattadakal was once the secondary capital of the Chalukyan kings of Badami. Pattadakal is a Word Heritage Centre having ten major temples representing Chalukyan architecture, both in Dravidian and Nagar styles side by side. The place reached the highest glory during the reigns of Mangalesha and Immadi Pulikeshi.
Pattadakal is known for Virupaksha temple. The Virupaksha temple is one of the greatest and most beautiful of the temples in the one dedicated to Virupaksha. Virupaksha temple of Pattadakal has a massive gateway with a majestic Nandi statue nearby, 3 metres in height. The Mallikarjuna and Papanatha temples are delicately sculptured and rich in detail.
The Government of Karnataka arranges annually a dance festival at Pattadakal. It is advisable that the tourists keep Badami as the base to stay, as excellent lodging facilities are available there. As Aihole, Banashankari, Mahakuta and Pattadakal are close to each other, visitors can hire a taxi and cover all these places from Bijapur or Badami.