While it may be tempting to limit yourself to just the local sights when holidaying in Aihole, keep in mind that Karnataka's many natural and man-made attractions lie just beyond your doorstep. Bijapur, 55 miles (89 kilometers) to the south, and Hospet, 60 miles (97 kilometers) to the northwest of Aihole are good spots to check out if you have the time.
Places of worship are often the best places to experience a region's spiritual and religious cultures. The temples throughout Karnataka are no exception. Discover some of the pieces of the region's rich cultural tapestry within Karnataka's history museums and craft workshops.
Unwind like the locals in Karnataka. Try bird watching and wildlife watching while you are here. Don't leave the area without seeing it from a completely new perspective. There are a few great places to try parasailing.
Why not let your tastebuds loose in Karnataka's cafés and restaurants. Locals in this region frequently make use of coconut and mutton in their meals. Do as the locals do and order bisi bele bath (rice with vegetables) or saaru (tamarind and tomato soup). Those who can always find room for more, should try haalubaayi (rice and coconut fudge), a lovely way to complete your Karnataka dining experience.
The nearest major airport, Hubli Airport, is situated in Hubli, 70 miles (113 kilometers) to the southwest of Aihole, so take that into account when booking your vacation.