Badami Tourism

Badami Tourism

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Sunita v sawant
  • Sunita v sawant
  • 6 Reviews

"Wonderful trip to visit Banashankari"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
I visited our Kuladevi Banashankari Temple in Badami in the state of Karnataka, India. The best time to visit Badami is during January- February as it marks the Utsav for Devi Banashnakari. It is ideal for a 3 day visit plan to cover the....... More
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Shilpz S
  • Shilpz S
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 58 photos
  • 33 Reviews

"Stone Wonders"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
Season & Reason : We did Badami on our trip to Hampi and it was long overdue, since I had already been to Hampi twice and missed out on Badami. One can ideally plan Bijapur, Badami, & Hampi as a week long hiatus. So the songs of the stone....... More
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Praveen Salgar
  • Praveen Salgar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Historical Place."

  • Posted 9 months ago
Badami is a good place with caves and forts to watch. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: For shopping, much is not available. Rooms for lodging are easily available. Quality of food is good and inexpensive. Activities & things to do:....... More
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Santosh Upadhya
  • Santosh Upadhya
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Maharastra Tour"

  • Posted 11 months ago
Its very far may be its 650Kms.But in between there are lot of places to see. Like Pune, then there is an Mini Tirupati and Kolluru Mukambika Is an Very Beautyfull Place. And also in Kolluru There are another two or three Places are There........ More
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Praveen Joshi
  • Praveen Joshi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Trip to Badami"

  • Posted 1 year ago
Destination was nice with lot of greenery, as it was a rainy season weather was quite nice Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food can be better with more variaities. Activities & things to do: Only thing which can be done here is sight....... More
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Badami Info

  • 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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