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bhutanatha temple in badami
DURATION : 14 Hours
START POINT : Hampi or Hospete
PRICE : INR 11,000 per group
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The town of Badami, the nearby villages of Aihole and Pattadakal in Malaprabha valley of central Karnataka, are celebrated for their magnificent rock-cut shrines and structural temples. These Hindu and Jain monuments are associated with the Early Chalukyas who reigned over this part of Deccan during 6th – 8th Centuries. Together these temples and shrines may be considered among the earliest, best preserved remnants of temple art in India.

On this day tour, we will get a glimpse of magnificent group of monuments in the Malaprabha valley, which stretches some 25 Kilometers along the Malaprabha river flowing in a northeasterly direction. Temple architecture in Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal is characterized by a remarkable variety of styles and construction techniques. This high concentration of multiple styles within confines of a limited zone like Malaprabha valley is to be found nowhere else in India. The Early Chalukya monuments bridge the transition from rock-cut excavation to free standing construction. Construction began with cave temples at Badami and Aihole built in mid 6th Century CE with large scale sculptural compositions on the walls and monolithic columns. Then moved to dravidian style structural temples in first half of 7th Century. The earliest example of dravidian style structural temple in all of South India is found in Aihole built in 634 CE. Though the dravidian style was a Early Chalukya invention it eventually spread across all of South India and since then got influenced by Cholas, Pallavas, Hoysalas, Gangas and Vijayanagara styles. Pattadakal is a unique meeting place of distinctive Dravida and Nagara building traditions of Southern and Northern India respectively. Not only are these discrete styles represented in temples built side by side, attributes of both these styles even came to be incorporated within individual monuments, resulting in a unique hybrid style.

Pickup/Drop

Pickup and Drop can be arranged from any hotel/resort in Hospet, Hampi or Anegundi area. Transportation is the major part of this tour as we will covering close to 350-400 Kms in all.

Price

*The price listed above is price based on a group of 4 persons travelling together. For detailed pricing see the table below. For a bigger group please specify the number in booking form and we’ll get back to you with the price.

Number of Persons Total Group Price Type of Transportation provided
1 INR 10,000 A/C Indigo
2 INR 11,000 A/C Indigo
3 INR 12,000 A/C Indigo
4 INR 13,000 A/C Innova
5 INR 14,000 A/C Innova
6 INR 15,000 A/C Tempo Traveller
7 INR 16,000 A/C Tempo Traveller
8 INR 17,000 A/C Tempo Traveller

When?

7.00 AM Daily

    • History of Early Chalukyas and their contribution to the Deccan region
    • Learn how rock-cut style transitioned into structural temples under Early Chalukyas between 6th to 8th Century CE
    • See how Dravidian and Nagara style temple architecture which are distinct styles from South and North India respectively, thrived together in Pattadakal
    • See exquisite sculptures on the walls of rock-cut caves in Badami & Aihole from 6th Century
    • Transportation as indicated
    • An expert english speaking guide will lead you through the tour
    • Pickup from and drop to your hotel is included for hotels/resorts in Hospet or Hampi
    • Entry fee to monuments is NOT included in the price. We do this so as to keep the price same for foreign and Indian nationals

 

Brief Itinerary

7.00 AM – Pickup from Hotel in Hampi/Hospet and drive towards Aihole (3.5 Hours)

10.30 AM – Visit Durga Temple and Group of Monuments at Aihole

11.30 AM – Drive towards Pattadakal.

12.00 PM – Visit Pattadakal Group of Monuments

1.00 PM – Head to Badami and Stop for Lunch at a suitable spot.

3.30 PM – After a bit of rest we start exploration of Badami Caves

4.30 PM – Head to Banashankari Temple (Patron Goddess of Early Chalukyas)

5.30 PM – Drive Towards Hospet (3 Hours)

8.30 PM – Arrive at your hotel/resort