AIHOLE was the first capital of the early Chalukyas.Here they built over 125 temples in various styles and is said to be a laboratory of experiments in rock cut architecture. It is from these temples that the Chalukyas gained their experience and went on to build the great temples of Pattadakal. Aihole, was the cradle of ancient Hindu temple architecture.

Aihole is acclaimed as the cradle of Hindu temple architecture. There are hundreds of temples in the villages and fields nearby. Photo Courtesy:
Ravana Phadi Cave Temple- The 6th century cave temple is dedicated to Shiva.
Inside Ravana Phadi Cave Temple
Inside Ravana Phadi Cave Temple
Durga temple or fortress temple is the best known of the Aihole temples.
A pillared corridor runs around the Durga temple, enveloping the shrine, the mukhamantapa and the sabhamantapa.
Huchimalli (gudi) temple at Aihole