Aihole in Badami
Aihole temples in Badami Karnataka
Aihole was earlier called Aryapura.This was the Chakukyan regional capital 4th and 6th centuries with temple architecture in it's embryonic stage. Aihole has over a 100 temples scattered around the village. The Durga temple is unique in conception.
An interesting story that I learnt was why this place is called Aihole - after killing all the Kshatriyas ( rulers & warriors), went to river Mahaprabha to wash his axe, upon which the water turned Red. Some people from the village saw the Red coloured water and shouted in panic " Ayya Hole" Ayya Hole"! Now a days this place is called Aihole.
Info about the temples here
Half a day is required for sightseeing. Many temples are being renovated here. The best time would be to make it in the morning and evening.