Pattabhirama temple is notable for its size and completeness. It is situated 353 kilometres from Bangalore, Karnataka. Hampi has a history from the epical age of Ramayana, ages before the Vijayanagara Empire was born. Though not as much ornate, the Pattabhirama Temple is as large as the more poplar Vittala Temple. Pattabhirama temple is located towards the south of the sacred river Tungabadra, located in scenic hilly surroundings is the largest among the ruins. The temple is Known for its splendid architecture, the temple complex is confined within a large rectangular enclosure. The sanctum sanctorum with its axial mantapas is situated in the centre of the courtyard.
The large and square maha-mantapa is a finely proportioned seven aisled structure with tall and slender composite pillars of different variety. Towards the east of the ardha-mantapa is the usual covered pradakshina-prakara enclosing the garbha-griha and the antarala. The gateway of Pattabhirama Temple, The pyramidal super structure, is made of brick and lime mortar. The hall in front of the main sanctum is a wonderful example of the Vijayanagara style composite pillar architecture. The inner ones are relatively simpler whereas the ones facing the courtyard are elaborate. The whole temple campus was once paved with granite slabs, you can still spot the traces of it especially at the northeastern portion. Temple is open from morning till evening.
How to reach:
The nearest Airport is Bellary, which is 974 km and other convenient airports are Belgaum (190 km) and Bangalore (353 km) and The nearest rail point is Hospet from where one has to travel another 12 kilometers by road to reach Hampi and by road there are regular bus services from Bangalore to Hospet.