Aihole is a very small town but has huge number of temples which counts to around 125. Other than visiting all these temples, travellers can also visit nearby places like Pattadakal, Badami, and Hampi. All these places have temples as well as other monuments.
Pattadakal is around 14km away from Aihole. It is a village where tourists can see Chalukya monuments. Since the place was considered as holy, the coronation ceremony of the Chalukya kings were held here. The first ruler to be coroneted here was Vijayaditya. Chalukyas made the place their capital and manufactured many temples here.
The list of some of them include
The architectural styles utilized in the development of temples were Rekha, Nagara, Prasada, and Dravida Vimana.
Badami was the regal capital of Chalukyas which was previously known as Vatapi. The place has many temples worked during the rule of Chalukya kings. Pulakeshin I established the city in 540AD. Kirtivarman I and Mangalesha were the children of Pulakeshin I who assembled many temples.
Kirtivarman I succeeded his father and after him his brother Mangalesha succeeded. Vatapi was later demolished by Pallavan rulers. The monuments to be visited in Badami are Cave temples and Badami Fort.
Hampi is one of the biggest city of India which is located in the state of Karnataka. It is situated at a distance of around 139km from Aihole. There are many temples and other monuments which the travellers can visit.
Ashokan inscription tell that previously Hampi was a piece of Mauryan empire. Later Hampi turned into the capital of Vijayanagara empire from 1343 to 1565. In 1565, it came under the rule of Deccan Muslims. Some of the temples of Hampi are below: