I arrived in Badami last evening and head out to the outlying villages of Aihole and Pattadakal today. I got stranded in Aihole! After visiting the ruined temples there I try to take a bus to Pattadakal only to find that the next bus comes after a 2 hour wait!
So I head back to the main temple in Aihole and start propositioning the tourists there for a ride in their snazzy rented cars. Lo and behold the second group I ask takes me to Pattadakal and I get a free coconut. Thanks a million, Pinaki and Amrita wherever you guys are right now!