On a bend in the River Malaprabha 22km northeast of Badami, the village of Pattadakal served as the site of Chalukyan coronations between the seventh and eighth centuries; in fact, it may have been used solely for such ceremonies. Like Badami and Aihole, the area boasts fine Chalukyan architecture, with particularly large mature examples; as at Aihole, both northern and southern styles can be seen. Pattadakal’s main group of monuments stand together in a well-maintained temple compound, next to the village, and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is used for a major annual dance festival at the end of January or early February.

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