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.
07:00 AM to 09:30 PM – Drive to Aihole with a pitstop for breakfast
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Aihole Group of Monuments
10:30 to 11:00 AM – Drive to Pattadakal
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM – Pattadakal Group of Monuments
12:30 PM to 01:00 PM – Drive to Badami & Lunch Break
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM – Badami Caves
04:00 PM to 07:00 PM – Drive back to Hampi
OPTIONAL ADD-ON INCLUSIONS:
By default we haven’t included transportation in this tour. This is because we want to give travellers the flexibility to use their own transportation. For those of you who want us to arrange transportation you can choose one of the following during your booking process and we will send your a quote for local transportation as well.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
|Number of Persons||Total in INR|
|1 or 2||4000|
|Type||Per Person in INR|
|Per Adult (Age 10 & Above)||800|
|Per Kid (Age 5 to 9)||400|
On this engaging Hampi tour we will explore the rich history of Vijayanagara empire, learn about unique architecture of various monuments, hear stories of victories and defeat. This is a tour for all history lovers. If you are looking for a well researched tour of Hampi that covers all the important monuments then this one is highly recommended.