A group of 8th century monuments in Pattadakal are the culmination of the earliest experiments in Hindu temple architecture. UNESCO in 1987 included Pattadakal in its list of World Heritage sites
There are number of monuments around the area to visit such as
# Virupaksha temple - The biggest temple in Pattadakal. This was built in about first half of the 8th century. The famous Kailasa temple at Ellora was built on the model of the Virupaksha temple here.
# Sangameshvara - Dravidian style 12th century temple. It has 20 pillars.
# Mallikarjuna Temple - Same like Sanghameshvara temple but smaller in size. The eighteen pillars of the navaranga have figures pertaining to Ramayana, Mahabharatha.
# Jaina temple - Consists of a mukhamantapa, a navaranga, shukanasa and garbhagriha. Its construction may be of the 9th century.
# Galaganatha Temple lies to the north of the Virupaksha. First half of the 8th century.
# Papanatha Temple (7th - 11th century) has 16 pillars in the main hall. On the external walls are figures of lion and elephant riders and Ramayana scenes.
There are many other temples in and around the area that have different styles and variants of temple architecture.
Pattadakal is a major draw for tourists and a must visit for any heritage traveller.