A common phenomenon in India, stepwells are just that — steps descending down to wells, made by digging deep into the earth. Apart from acting as an important source of water, they also served as a source of leisure and worship. These magnificent structures tapped into underground water tables, providing a year-round water supply. Quite a huge number of stepwells can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilisation and this is why a majority of them can be found in the northern parts of India.
The ones in South India have a distinctive style, with ornate and intricate carvings depicting religious scenes. Sadly, many of them continue to remain in a dilapidated state. However, even with all the disrepair and vegetation growth, it has not dimmed their shine and they continue to remain a visually stunning window into India’s glorious past.
Hampi Pushkarini, Karnataka
Bhoganandishwara Temple Stepwell, Karnataka
Itagi Mahadeva Temple Stepwell, Karnataka
Lakkundi Kalyanis Stepwell, Karnataka
Badi Baoli, Telangana
Peralassery Temple Pond, Kerala
Swastika Stepwell, Tamil Nadu