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Excursions

Aihole (44 km)
The wonderful monuments found at Aihole are mute spectator of the glory of the Chalukyas of Badami. The first great ruler of the dynasty was Pulikeshin I (543-66 A.D) who performed the ashwamedha (horse sacrifice) after vanquishing many rulers including those of the Kadamba dynasty. He made Vatapi (modern Badami in Bagalkot district) his capital. His grandson, Pulikeshin II (609-42) built a vast empire which extended from Narmada in the north to the Cauveri in the south. He is credited with checking the southern march of Harshvandhana of Kannauj.

Banashankari Temple (50 km)
Located at Cholachagudd in Bagalkot district of Karnataka, this religious shrine is dedicated to the Shakambhari, an incarnation of the goddess Parvati.

Guledgud (24 km)
The place is famous for Shri Krishna Yogashram that draws thousands of people who come here to learn different techniques of Yoga.

Lakkundi (82 km)

Located in Gadag District of Karnataka Lakkundi is a small village known for a profusion of ruined temples including Mallikarjuna, Manikeshwara and Virabhadra

Naganath Temple ( 10 km)
Embellished by intricate carvings and beautiful murals, this ancient shrine it is believed to have been built by Yudhishthira and is considered to be the first of the twelve sacred jyotirlingas.

Mahakuta (14 km)
Known for a group of temples built by Chalukya rulers, the place draws devotees in large number.

Pattadakal (22 km)

With its beautifully chiselled temples, this World Heritage Site on the banks of the Malaprabha River is a testimony to the richness of the Chalukyan architecture. The important temples are Khadasiddheshwara Temple, Jambulinga Temple, Galaganatha Temple, Sangmeshwara Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple and Virupakesha Temple.


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