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DURATION : 14 Hours
START POINT : Hampi or Hospete
PRICE : INR 11,000 per group
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  • Duration: 7.30 AM - 7.30 PM
  • Pickup/Drop Point: Hotel Lobby

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn how Indian Temple architecture evolved from the rock-cut caves to free standing structural temples between 6th and 8th Century CE
  • Witness the various architecture styles that were explored and experimentations that resulted in development of two distinct styles of North and South India. 
  • Learn how to distinguish between different temple architecture styles.
  • See exquisite larger than life sculptures on the walls of rock-cut caves in Badami 
  • Hear stories from Mahabharata and various Indian Puranas as envisioned and expressed on the walls of these temples by artisans 

PRICE

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

 

 

Number of Kid participants (Age 5 to 9)PRICE PER PERSON
1INR 1,500

DETAILED 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.

3.00 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

Frequently asked Questions

These are default inclusions on the tour

  • Transportation as indicated including Pickup/Drop from your hotel in Hampi or Hospete

  • An expert english speaking guide will lead you through the tour

  • 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
  • Wear comfortable cotton clothes. Wear clothing that would cover your chest and shoulders. Wear bottoms that would cover up to your knees.
  • A cap or an umbrella to keep the sun out.
  • Sunglasses 
  1. Submit an enquiry by clicking on the button and providing us your details.  
  2. We will get back to you via email with payment options [Direct Bank Transfer, Credit Card or Paypal] and an invoice
  3. On completion of payment we will send you the final confirmation of the tour
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