Aihole [ಐಹೊಳೆ] is a small town near Badami. Aihole has many beautiful temples divided into diverse groups. Aihole was previously known as as Ayyavola or Aryapur.
Aihole has been described as “one of the cradles of temple architecture”.
The temple groups at Aihole can be grouped as the Kontigudi group and the Galaganatha group of temples.
Temples at Aihole are:
Lad Khan temple,
Huchappayya (gudi) temple,
Galaganatha group temples,
Meguti Jain temple,
Ravana Phadi cave is one of the oldest rock cut temples,
Aihole was the capital of chalukyas prior to vatapi (badami). Inscriptions found in aihole are said to given many useful information about the history. The inscriptions are written by Ravikirti, Ravikirti was one of poet during chalukyas.
Archaeological Museum, Aihole
The Archaeological Site Museum is located in the Durga Temple complex. This museum is part of ‘The Archaeological Survey of India[ASI]’ Dharwad Circle.
The museum has stine sculptures, inscriptions and carved stones etc.The museum ahs galleries including open air gallery.
Museum operating Hours : 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Closed on – Friday
Entrance Fee :
Rs. 2/- per head
(Children up to 15 years free)
Distance From Places To Aihole
Aihole can be reached by badami, pattadakal , mahakuta and nearby places. You will get some small hotels for breakfast and tea. You can stay either in Badami or in Bagalkot.
Distance From Badami To Aihole is around : 36 km