Pattadakal is a World Heritage site located in Karnataka. It lies on the banks of Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district. It is well known for Chalukya monuments. It is a village and a famous tourist location in the state. Many temples are present overthere at different locations and with all different architecture ( including Chalukya Dravidian Style, Nagara Style and some are in mixed style). It is a great centre of Chalukya art and architecture which in well known for its temples and inscriptions.
Pattadakal, also represents some of the UNESCO World Heritage Site including various temples bulit in 8th centuary with their different Nagara Style, Dravidian Style and Vesara Style of Hindu Temple acrhitecture. These temples all togeather make Pattadakal a UNESCO World Hetritage Site -
Virupaksha Temple - This is the largest and the grandest of all temples present in Pattadakal built in 8th Century. This temple was built by Queen Lokamahadevi in honour of her husband’s victory against the Pallavas of Kanchi. This temple is rich in sculptures and acrhitecture. This temple has a sanctum, an inner passage, pillared navaranga and triple entrances from three directions and a huge gateway in front along with a small gateway from behind. It has a fine large stone bull, which acts as a mega attraction for tourists.
Sangameshwar Temple - This is the oldest temple in Pattadakal which was bulit by Chalukya King. This temple is built in Dravidian style and it contains a Sanctum, Inner passage and navaranga. The Sanctum and Inner passage is connected with a passage which has several lattices of different design. Both of the Sangamesvara temple and the Virupaksha temple are similar to each other in shape and design from base to sikhara.
Papanatha Temple - This temple is built in Vesara Style. Earlier, it was started in Nagara Style but later it changed to Dravidian Style. Sculptures here tells you more about the scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Amorous couples and decorative carvings are made to give this temple a more different look and architecture.
Some more temples are present in Pattadakal like Jain Temples, several small shrines of Lord Shiva, Galganatha Temple, etc. which all togeather makes Pattadakal a destination of UNESCO World Heritage Site.