Badami Tourism

Badami Tourism

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Badami Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Bagalkot

Badami is a small town located in Karnataka. It is known for rock sculpture and temple architecture. The town was originally known as Vatapi and was the seat of government of the Badami Chalukyas in the 6th century AD. The name Vatapi has its origins in a mythological tale of the Ramayana. 

History of Badami

According to mythology, Vatapi and Ilvala were two demons. They used to eat beggars alive by tricking them. Vatapi would pose as red meat which Ilvala then offered to the beggars. Before the beggars could digest the meat, Ilavala would call out Vatapiís name and he would rip through the beggarsí body. 

Ilvala had a boon of calling back people from anywhere by just calling out their name. However, once, Sage Agastya ate and digested Vatapi before his elder brother could call out his name. Thus, Vatapiís life was brought to an end. 

Historically speaking, Badami was the Chalukya Dynastyís capital from the 6th to 8th century AD. The city was founded by a Chlukya ruler named Pulakesi in the 6th century. The Chalukyas are credited with building many cave temples here between the 6th and the 8th centuries. 

After the Chalukyas, the city was taken over by the Pallavas and the Hoysalas in the 8th and the 10th century respectively. The city is known for many inscriptions, some of which hold historic significance. A total of 18 inscriptions have been identified so far in Badami. It includes an inscription in Sanskrit using the old Kannada script, which dates back to the 6th century. 

There is also an inscription of Kannada poetry which has been identified in Badami. Tourism is the main source of revenue of the region. Badami attracts a lot of tourists every year for its cave temples and its architecture.


Things to do in Badami

Badami houses historical monuments which are very well preserved. A few tourist places of interest in Badami include the Badami Fort, a Buddhist Cave, an archaeological museum and a series of four cave temples built by the Chalukyas. Badami is also known for its high stone cliffs, which find favour among the sports enthusiasts. 

Characterised by high humidity and warm to hot temperatures throughout the year, the city attracts most of the travellers during the months of November to March. The Banashankari Temple Festival during January and February attracts lot of pilgrims from different parts of India. 


Travelling to Badami

The closest airport to Badami is at Belgaum, which lies 150 km away. Badami also has a railway station which serves direct trains from most of the important Indian cities. KSRTC buses that ply to Hubli and Bijapur pass through Badami. There is a direct bus from Bangalore to Badami on daily basis.


Travelling within Badami

Tourists can board auto rickshaws to travel within Badami as it is not a huge town and all the places can be reached in a short while. Also, tourists who are interested in cycling can rent out a cycle to roam around the town


Accommodation options in Badami

As Badami is not a huge town, accommodation option in Badami ranges from mid-range to budget properties.  Luxury properties are limited in Badami.

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Badami Traveller Reviews

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Ramana Reddy

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  • Ramana Reddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  191 readers

"Unique rock cut caves, a must visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 10, 2016
Place is awesome and a must visit. Caves are unique and views from hill top are worth the climb. A walk around the Agastya teertha and visit to numerous boothnath temples is a splendid combination especially in the evening. We had a horse cort ride to our hotel, which was a memory for my 5 year son.
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Venson Lobo

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  • Venson Lobo
  • 14 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Heritage sites which are well preserved"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 18, 2016
Since the town of badami is built around the famous badami caves, finding it isn't a problem.

The entire heritage site is not only well preserved but also is well maintained. Each cave is sculptured with different gods/statue, for instance one cave is entirely carved with Mahavir's sculptures.

While visiting badami not only visit the caves but also the famous bhootnath temple complex and most importantly the one facing the Agastya lake. A unique place to watch the sunset.

Note: the entire site closes at 6pm (18:00 hours). Camera costs extra INR. 25/- along with the entry fee of INR. 5/-.
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Varun Kulkarni

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  • Varun Kulkarni
  • Lives in Pune
  • 26 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  36270 readers

"Architectural beauty place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 1, 2016
When I had been to this city what I liked the most of it was the way each & every monument was well maintained which is very hard to see in India & I wish they keep maintaining the place in the same manner. Now about Badami it is an architectural beauty & one should precisely visit Badami caves & Badami fort. There are some temples you can visit around here but Badami caves tops my list.
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Polur Ramaswami

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  • Polur Ramaswami
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Badami cave temples"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 13, 2016
Located in the town of Badami in Karnataka this World Heritage site is about 125 km from Hosepet. There are four caves and are situated on a small hill and one should be prepared to claim up about 80-100 steps in all.

Caves 1to 3 are dedicated to Hindu gods and the forth one to Jainism. The unfinished 5th is said to be for Buddha.

Nataraja, Varaha, Vishnu, Parshvanath and Mahavira images are very impressive. These caves are man made and carved out of sand stone. From the hill top the view of Agastya lake below is inspiring.
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  • anngr
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  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 145 Reviews
  •  462 helpful votes
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"Art on rocks!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
Here the main traction is the group of cave temples on the cliffs built as a 4 storey on the rock. This rock is in the colour of Badami and so the place is now called Badami while its original name is vathapi, which is the name of a demon who lived in this region. Speaking of the cave temples, the first storey is dedicated to lord shiva and has sculptures of lord shiva in different forms. The second and third storeys are dedicated to lord Vishnu with sculptures of lord Vishnu in various forms like narashima, vamana, narayana sitting on the serpent aadhishesha posture. The third storey is for the jains and house the sculptures of the great theerthangarars and it was believed that this cave was built well long before the famous temple Shravanabelagola. The roofs of the caves too has been carved beautifully. This rock is surrounded by a lake and have two temples which were used for worshipped, pujas conducted by the locals even today. We do have a museum near this place. This is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.
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Snehroz Deore

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  • Snehroz Deore
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews
  •  509 readers

"Heritage Antiquities !"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2016
Badami - We had tourism infra. Development project for Badami town. So we visited and inspected in and out of the tourist places. Its great place to visit where our greatest grandest grand ancestors actually did built splendid temples.

Basically a Heritage tourist destination plus if interested in Adventure sport of rock climbing & small treks this is your destination. We can visit about 10-12 destinations - mainly old heritage Chalukyan (540 to 757 AD) Architecture temples, temples build in caves awesome. Small 5km hitch-hiking for some good temples around the hill.

Can travel 40 km just for an hour that is Pattadakkal (an UNESCO World Heritage site) really great place to visit and from there 20 km Aihole again same as badami Heritage architecture temples. Lot of hanuman langurs (monkey) around, during travel finding decent food resorts is an issue thus got to have a plan or have to frequently ask your cab driver for it.
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Sankaran Sathiyanarayanan

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"Awesome historical visit-Badami"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2015
Badami is a historical place. The goddess Banasankari still highlights this place. The cave temple are treat to watch. The place also has Aihole and Pattadkal. Both are telling stories to our history. Due to the invaders these places got demolished in parts. But now these are still telling monuments to our ancient history. The Banasankari temple has attracted people from Karnataka, Andhra, Tamilnad, Maharastra etc.
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Niraj Adhikary

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  • Niraj Adhikary
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Get lost with an awe-Badami"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2015
How an architect can devote his 100% to achieve something like this monument is magical, if I would ever get another chance, I will spend more time to visit and will try to know every single detail behind this architecture and the patience those sculptors have gone through its awesome and I don't have words to express this beauty.
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Arya Kenkre

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  • Arya Kenkre
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"An archaeological retreat-Badami"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 16, 2015
The first warning given by any guide here is, "beware of monkeys" but besides these wild close relatives of humans you also should be aware of pigs, goats, bulls, cows and what not tamed by the natives on the way to caves.

At the foot of the mountain you can see a beautiful view of the carved caves. The first cave and the fourth ones are older than the middle two which shows Vishnu and mahavishnu carvings respectively. The first cave with Nataraj carving makes it remarkable as it is the only one in world which portrays shiva with 18 hands depicting the 81 mudras of bharatnatyam.

The second and third cave have almost the same carvings of vishnu dashavatara but differing in sizes. The fourth cave has carvings of Jain Gods. When you reach the fourth cave you will be delighted to see the beautiful view of Agasthya lake and large number of carved temples on mountains and also the beautiful view of badami, the capital of chalukyas. In Spite of being the capital there is no sign of palace as the palaces at that time were made of sandalwood.

If you have visited hampi than you won't be much delighted to visit this place. This place is better reached by road as you see wild stretches of sunflower farms. We had stayed at The hotel chalukya which is cheap and well maintained. The staff is very helpful and food is also good. But for a fine dining I would advise the hotel clark's restaurant. The place is good but also dirty. It is a must visit for history found people.
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  • Mohamad
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Good places around to visit"

  • 0.5/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2015
It's a good place to see and around Badami several places are there to visit, it's fun and lot of entertainment. Who have photo craze they have to visit Badami, lots of places are there to click pics and its seems very good. Natural and very silent place and if in our family older persons are there please don't take them roads are very bad and dust also, they cannot enjoy they have only pain.
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