Our original plan was to just spend the time in and around Hampi. However, we decided to take a cab and make a day trip to see Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. I would like to say that it is breath-taking. The ruins are not dilapidated like Hampi and you get to see the real artistry. My advice – please plan an extra day to do this circuit. It is well worth it! Wonder why Karnataka Tourism doesn’t emphasize on these sites!
Aihole is about 2.5 hours drive from Hospet. It has 3 rock-cut shrines – one Vedic, one Jain and one Buddhist.
You can see pictures of the entire trip here.
Next Stop – Pattadakal