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Aihole, Karnataka

Aihole temple

Aihole - The Cradle of Indian Architecture

One of the oldest settlements in India, Aihole is known as the ‘Cradle of Indian Architecture’ and is home to impressive rock carvings and temples. Around 500km from Bangalore, Aihole is small in size, making it perfect to explore by foot.

Aihole is a city steeped in history, with hundreds of temples in villages and fields nearby. These include:

Durga Temple

An iconic medieval Hindu temple shaped to resemble the back of an elephant (known in Indian architecture as Gajaprasta) and dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva.

Huchimalli Temple

A stepped water tank dating from the 7th century with a series of stories from the Indian epics carved onto the walls and celilings.

Ravalphadi Cave Temple

A rock cut cave dating back to the 6th century flanked by stone guardians.

Jain Meguti Temple

Constructed in 634AD, these ruins boast some of the most refined carvings of this period and a beautiful view of over 100 shrines.

Lad Khan Temple

A fascinating 5th century temple with gorgeous floral patterned walls and lattice work windows.

If you would like to visit Aihole, try the Wonders of Karnataka Tour or create your own unique trip – contact us for more details.