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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage

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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Sankaran Sathiyanarayanan

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"Awesome historical visit-Badami"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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"Get lost with an awe-Badami"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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"An archaeological retreat-Badami"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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

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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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Sainath Patil

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"Heritage destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 14, 2015
This is a beautiful place to visit if you are interested in history & if you have taste for nice carvings in the temple but you should have good guide to explain the same.

There is no entry to the fort it is locked, you must visit caves Aihole, Pattadakal, Kudal Sangam & Alamatti Dam all are in the vicinity of 50 km.

Holigae oota at sangam along with pakoras are very nice, don't forget to taste the curds, sold in earthen pots along the riverside. There is nothing much for shopping, Rock Garden at Alamatti is a must visit destination & is worth seeing.

One road from Badami to Pattadakal is good but is confusing at a cross near a temple.
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Gangadhar Mandi

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"Historical Hub-Badami"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 1, 2015
Its one of the most beautifully sculpture carved in any part of the world, which is also one of my favourite destination and I am proud to be Indian. It also surrounds a temple with cool and calm atmosphere. But another interesting thing is that the Guru film was short in the same cave temple.
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Vinay Bvk

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"Perfect for a weekend getaway"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2015
The places to visit include Banashankari temple and the Badami caves. Caves are into 3 sections each having their own significance relating to Hindu mythology. Its mesmerizing to think the sculptures. Beautiful lake overlooks the temple and makes for a serene place. Tourism is not so developed but, you will local auto-rickshaws to ferry you around.
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"A journey through the history of Chalukya empire"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2015
Badami is located in North Karnataka in Bagalkot District. It is protected bt ASI these days. It is famous for the cave temples and afew other temples.There are 5-6 cave temples with many sculptures and inscriptions on outside and inside.. Each one Belongs to a different Dieties and different stream of thought.. Make sure you seek the help of a guide or use audiocompassguide android app. Will be a loss if you don t understand what you see. Aihole and pattadackal are located really close and are easily accessible from Badami. These 3 monuments can be covered in a single day easily if you set out a bit early in the morning.
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
Badami is slowly evolving into a tourist spot. It is not completely done and the roads are in poor condition. The train station does not have taxis, it only has Auto-Rikshas. We had to travel 7 kms from station to our resort and it took us a good 20 minutes on rough pot-holed roads. We did not carry a huge luggage as we knew this would cause hindrance.
The Badami train station is a ridiculous half-complete station. The Station master does not know what trains will arrive when, it looks like he has a temporary job there. The upper class waiting room is good enough to keep the monkeys out, but there is only one fan in the room and the bathroom and wash basin are dysfunctional.

Once you reach the krishna resort, you begin to get a feel for the place. The rustic nature of the place and the huge number of temples are the main attractions. There are Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists living there in harmony. I can't imagine why the KSTDC recommended Heritage Resort was so badly maintained and had a terrible restaurant and food. There are some new hotels under construction and I am sure by December - when the season begins, these will be ready. Lots of Monkeys around - don't ever feed them. The Mahakoteshwar Temple complex near Badami is also a must visit place.

The people in badami are simple folk. They are helpful and do not have any airs about them.

It is a nice rustic place to visit. You can finish Pattadakkal Cave temples, and Aihole Temple Complex in one day. Make sure you stay in Badami as there are no hotels in pattadakkal and aihole. Aihole is a very poor place. Lots of poverty. The local people have started occupying the temples as residences. Hence the local temples and the village are all mixed up. Good experience to know what is rustic living and how the poor in india manage their lives.
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"Badami Caves was amazing"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 29, 2014
The cave temples of Badami (Karnataka) are one of the kind. They provide you with some of the rare statues of the Hindu, Buddhist & Jain gods and goddesses carved on the stone walls. They are one of the most sought after location for adventure & sightseeing. Just beware of notorious monkeys roaming in the area & be careful with your belongings, especially cellphones & cameras.
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