Trip Report: Hampi, Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal

#1 Feb 29th, 2008, 16:18
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I spent 2 weeks around this historical circuit of Karnataka in December/Jan. Managed to complete a report on it only this week, an exhaustive write up, though Needless to say, had a great time at Hampi, but surprisingly, highlight of the trip was a tiny relatively unknown temple village called Mahakoota near Badami, a very calm and beautiful temple that instantly put me in peace. Here is the complete list.

1. Hampi - part 1, part 2, part 3
2. Badami
3. Banashankari
4. Pattadakal
5. Mahakoota
6. Playing Cricket with kids in Aihole..
7. Aihole's temples

And a couple of photos of Mahakoota uploaded on IndiaMike..



#2 Feb 29th, 2008, 16:25
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Great Post, thanks for sharing.

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I'll second that!

I was looking at the photos thinking 'so where is this gorgeous-looking place, never heard of Mahakoota ...'
gentle hint - maybe you could add 'Karnataka' or 'near Badami' to the photos

I love the way the trees wrap themselves around temples and buildings. It looks like a really peaceful spot. Thankyou!
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Great report and pictures, I understand more and more the people suggesting to visit Hampi as a MUST!
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Hi Arun

I've read the whole of your travelogue including your trop to Gokarna and it has come at a good time. I leave UK on Sunday for Karnataka (about a month to play with) and had originally planned to visit Bangalore, Mysore (and Belur/Halebid etc etc), Coorg, Gokarna, Paolim (Goa) and then Hampi, Badami (and surrounding areas like you) and finally Bijapur before taking train up to Mumbai.

I think your amazing photography and descriptive writing has persuaded me further that maybe I should drop my 4 days in Goa (as I'm not going to be swimming anyway) and focus more time around these other areas.

I'd welcome any thoughts on hotels (budget 400rps - 2000 rps - the higher rate for Bangalore only though) etc.

Thanks so much for giving me inspiration and a wonderful advance insight into the area I'm visiting. This is the most unprepared I've been of all my India trips and I don't even have Monday's hotel room booked yet for Bangalore!!!!

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Thanks for the comments

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Originally Posted by divadino View Post Hi Arun

I leave UK on Sunday for Karnataka (about a month to play with) and had originally planned to visit Bangalore, Mysore (and Belur/Halebid etc etc), Coorg, Gokarna, Paolim (Goa) and then Hampi, Badami (and surrounding areas like you) and finally Bijapur before taking train up to Mumbai.

I'd welcome any thoughts on hotels (budget 400rps - 2000 rps - the higher rate for Bangalore only though) etc.


Dinah
Hotels, whatever I know -

Bangalore: Irony is that I would have little knowledge of hotels in my own town Mostly I head people talk about Hotel Ajanta on MG Road or Hotel Ballal Residency on Residency road. I think both of them fall around Rs.2000 category. But dont so much count on my words here.

Badami: Options are very few. Hotel Mookambika right next to bus stand has clean rooms at Rs.400

Hampi: Namaste on Om Beach seems to be the default choice for the beach, hotel Gokarna international if you are planning to stay in town

Coorg: You might want to figure out where in Coorg you want to be, and look for homestays around that place. Search on the internet, there are plenty of options. Honey Valley Estate in Kakkabe seems to have some good feedbacks for budget acco.
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well dear, you must be confusing Hampi with Gokarna here! :-)om beach and namaste resort are in Gokarna and not Hampi.
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arunchs - really nice blog and pics. Thanks for posting that,and I can see it would have been an 'exhaustive write-up'. Very useful information.
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I missed aihole but did go to mahakoota(hindi for big dog!} and liked it very much.Pattadakkal was fab. Badami was excellent.Aihole will have to be on another trip.
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hello every one

i am from mumbai, wish to go to badami in mid august, does it rain heavily during this period??? or will there be any problem in going around in rains????how do i get there from mumbai????
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take a train to sholapur or gulbarga from mumbai and then change for a bus to badami.Most Hyderabad bound trains stop at these places.The arrival times at sholapur may be at ungodly hours.You will need to check.
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hello every one

which is the best route from mumbai to badami by train???? which train????

reply asap pls
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Enjoyed reading this Arunchs. Brought back memories of our visit there in 2002. After reading your exhaustive account, I realised how much we did not see! Will read this again whenever we plan our next visit.
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Absolutely awesome. I visited Mahakoota Mandir probably 10 years back and to date have never been to any other building or place with the amazing tranquility and aura of Mahakoota - what a superb place, beautifully friendly locals - the priest even took me swimming in the temple pool which is crystal clear spring water, you can swim under water through a cave and emerge underground where there is a shiv lingam - amazing experience.
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badami, aihole, pattadakallu from hyderabad

We are planning to drive down on a impulse trip from hyderabad to badami pattadakallu and aihole on 14 15 16 of january 2011. Could somebody please urgently bout where to stay , how to go about, where to eat and if its a good idea to drive at all for such a short trip..i mean are the roads reasonably okay
eap as this is karnataka.

please help ASAP

Savita

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