Badami Tourism

Badami Tourism

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  • 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 Vatapi’s name and he would rip through the beggars’ 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, Vatapi’s life was brought to an end. 

Historically speaking, Badami was the Chalukya Dynasty’s 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.

Badami is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Bagalkot and Dharwad.

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Meenakshi Putty

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  • Meenakshi Putty
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 21 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
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"A wonder in its own"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2017
Badami is situated to the Birth of Karnataka. Proximity to Bangalore is around 447 kms and from Hampi it is 140 kms. The entire stretch from Hampi to Badami is amazing. You have history and art everywhere.
And all these sculptures and monuments are way dated to the 5th _ 8th century.
Badami is a World Unesco site .. Known widely for the Caves and the Bhoothnath temple!
These are caves cut and made amongst huge rocks. Its a beautiful sight and pleasure to visit these caves. Its hard to believe that these were made in the era where there were no machines and all this was carved with bare minimum resources! There are 4 caves and each one depict the divine power of God!
Beware of monkeys ... You'll find a lot many around here.
The view of the Agatsya lake is beautiful from the top.
Climb down the Caves and walk down the stretch towards the museum. The museum is a must visit to get an insight of the history and the restoration work having around. You will also get to know about the various excavations. There is a short trail created to get a feel of the kingdom and the site.
You can then walk down towards the famous Bhoothnath temple.
The view against the lake is mesmerizing.
The temple is beautifully places in the valley surrounded by rock and the Agatsya lake. There are different kinds of sculptures and carvings. This place is the favourite of photographers and historians. The temple has a Nandi and shiv lingaa. This would be see beautiful in the monsoon i'm sure.
The city is crowded and has very few good places to stay. I would recommend Clarks Inn and Hotel Rajsangam.
Do not miss to visit the Banshankri temple. Its 5-6 kms from Badami. You need one entire day to cover all this.
A must see !!
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Shyamala Kamath

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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2016
In Kannada Badami means almond. Since the rocks here are in brownish almond colour it has got the name Badami.
These are the natural rocks formed by cooling of volcanic lava.
The Royal dynasty Chalukyas have carved these beautiful caves to promote their art. Its unique way of carving Upside down instead of down to up.
Its beautiful piece of art worth watching. Better to hire a guide who will explain the story behind these sculpture and share interesting information. Guide will cost you Rs 500.
There are also evidences of Islamic attack on these places. You will find governor office and the accountant office built in Islamic style. Also few constructions made by Tipu Sultan. Hence this place will be useful for people interested in History, art, photographers and those who just want to admire the beauty.
The city is quiet hot and too sunny. Even though the caves are pretty cool in contrast if you prefer to roam in the city better carry hat.
Beware of monkeys. Don't leave your valuable aside even for a second especially while taking pics.
Food speciality is Jola roti(corn bread). There are few eateries near busstop. Its better to book a cab and go to this place. Be careful when you keep your luggage in the roof top carriers. Monkeys don't spare them too.
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Ravishankar seshagirirao

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"Glimpse of Ancient Hindu Temple Architecture"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2016
Badami is a historic small town in North Karnataka. A place worth visiting for its temple architecture from 5th to 8th Century AD. The Cave temple architecture from the red sandstone hills are exemplary and highlights the skill and craftsmanship of the people of that Era. The important places of Interest are Badami Caves, Banashankari Temple, Aihole, Pattadakal, Mahakuta Temple etc. Climbing the steep steps to reach the caves will be little difficult for elderly people. But the similar archtechtre can be seen at Aihole and Statical.
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Sai Shekar

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  • Sai Shekar
  • Lives in Bellary
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"A feast for those people who loves art and appreciates art"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 9, 2016
I'm from Ballari a city in Karnataka, to reach Badami you need to go "Gadag"a place which approximately 100kms away from my place. First we reached "Gadag", Badami is 60 kms away from Gadag you need to catch up a Govt bus which requires minimum 1. 5hrs to reach Badami from Gadag.
Firstly you need to see is the Badami caves which is beautiful artwork of our ancient history, as you can see in the above pictures.
A person who is truly interested towards art and who wants to grab the details and appreciate one, Badami is the right place for those art enthusiasts.
The main disadvantage of this place is it has less number of buses to Gadag, a person who says to make a stay in Badami can do it, but one trip is bit difficult.
There many other places to be visited, the best choice and we visited was by hiring a auto who took up the responsibility of showing us places like Banashankari, Pattadakallu which is a beautiful place and must be visited atleast once in your life.
Mainly you need to be wise and carefully while choosing a auto guy, to cover Pattadakallu, and 4 other places he asks 500-600; that is reasonable price and if you want to visit iholle you need to pay him around 800/-
I had only been to Badami, pattadakal, banashankari and some two other places which is a beauty place to visit
A place which is filled with Indian art and heritage.
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Vaishnavi mudradi

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"Badami - cave temples"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2016
Well maintained place, there are four caves - each of which have distinct history and cultural heritage. A minimal fee of 15/- (for Indians) to enter this place, you gave to be careful about monkeys here though.
From the top, you can see the bhoothnath temple, quite a great view actually.
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Ramana Reddy

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  • Ramana Reddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"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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"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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  • Lives in Pune
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"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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"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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"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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