Aihole Tourism & Travel Guide

This is a small village in the Bagalkot District of Karnataka and mainly known for the very famous Durga Temple and some other temples which are situated in this village. There are around 125 temples scattered all around this small village. There are temples also in the fields around this place. A famous writer once termed this beautiful place as "The Cradle of Temple Architecture in India". This place was the earliest capital of the Chalukya Dynasty and also an important trade center before Pulakesin II shifted his capital to Badami after the Chalukyas' decline. The mythological origin of this village says that Lord Parashurama, after fulfilling his vow of avenging his fathers' murder came down to the Malaprabha River to wash down his blood stained axe and hands. It is said that this is when the waters of the river turned completely red due to the blood and an old lady shouted "Ayya! Hole" meaning "Oh! No, blood". Thus the name Ayyahole which is the present day Aihole.

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I had visited many temples in Aihole....

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Unlike Pattadakal, in Aihole temples are scattered in an area of 7 KM, knowing this fact, I negotiated with the auto driver for going Aihole, covering all the temples and eventually dropping at Aihole bus stop....

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Aihole, Karnataka 587124, India
A beautiful temple structure with some artistic sculptures within the temple as well as on the outer walls n ceiling as wellHow to reach?Simple, just climb aboard any auto that takes you to aihole, as for me I did the same, just outside the Pattadakal group of temples.
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Karnataka, India

Weekend Getaways from Aihole  

This is the capital of the state of Goa and is probably the smallest state capital. Panaji is also the headquarters of the North Goa District and is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River Estuary is the Tiswada Region. The more popular name is Panaji but Panjim is also a commonly used term. This was the name by which the Portuguese used to address this city. When the whole of India got independence, Goa was still under the colonial rule of the Portuguese who freed it a number of years later. The Portuguese effect is what you will get in each and every thing of Goa and Panjim too. The attractions here are the lovely white church, the food that you will get here and of course the different types of building lined on the sides of the narrow streets. These houses are the remains of the various clans who have ruled here including the Latins and the Portuguese. The houses look beautiful and brightly coloured and many of them have simple yet pretty wrought iron balconies too. Many of these are now either resorts for budget concious travellers or restaurants for the ones who love to taste Portuguese and Goan cuisine.


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