Badami Tourism

Badami Tourism

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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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Badami Traveller Reviews

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Niraj Adhikary

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"Get lost with an awe-Badami" new review

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted 1 week 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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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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Arun Peethambaran

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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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Suresh Doraiswamy

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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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Nishant Singh

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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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Dranup Tapal

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"An aesthetic and splendid architecture"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted Jul 21, 2014
Badami a classical architectural gem of Karnataka. The place got its name by the demons of Vatapi and Ilvala, according to local folks. The sand stone hillocks peaking at these sites were the best thing to have a splendid view of Agastya lake which is surrounded by a fort and few cave temples. The fort itself gives a birds eye view of the whole town of Badami, the stone carved temples of different deities are a thing to watch for its stone carvings. The cave temples built in the boulders are an equal attraction and no doubt many movies of all languages have been shot using the awesome landscape. The tourist must try to visit the archaeological museum at one end of the fort for its information and one must be going for a small adventure while exploring the mini mountain.
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Manjunath vs

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"Experience the excellent art"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted May 19, 2014
This is a very good heritage site which one must visit in his or her lifetime. Please take your children to show them greatness of the ancient Indian traditions and values. They must know about Indian history. Cave temples are marvellous, and no modern architecture can match this artistic work.
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Sunita v sawant

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"Wonderful trip to visit Banashankari"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted Oct 21, 2013
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 temple, caves, forts etc. Moderate Indian Style Restaurants are available in Badami Town, Anand deluxe, Krishna Palace to name a few. It is also advisable to opt for a hotel with close proximity to the temple and eat meals elsewhere where decent hygiene exists.
Apart from Banashankari darshan we can visit Badami Fort situated on top of the hill.
Badami is famous for its sandstone cave temples. In short it is a place for tourists who are interested in temples, art and architecture. Plan your accommodation and schedule for this visit in advance as its a remote place. Worth a spiritual bliss.
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Shilpz S

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"Stone Wonders"

  • 5.5 / 7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2013
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 works linger all through the journey with you. They are a marvel of stone architecture.History seekers and wanderers loving offbeat places would love this destination that has structures form the 4th & 8th century Chalukyan era.

Places to do around Badami :
By itself Badami is pretty small a place, famous for its rock cut Indian cave architecture and it is impressive by the sheer scale of it.There are about 4 caves, 2 dedicated to Vishnu, 1 to Shiva, 1 to the Jain Buddhis and there is supposed to be a 5th one , which one can crawl in.( we didnt see this one )You can hire a rickshaw and cover the neighbouring Pattadakkal and Aihole as well in couple of days time. The rickshaw would charge about 500/- for a day's sightseeing of these areas. In case you are not a shutterbug then its doable in a days time, with a little rushing. There is an archaeological museum also if you have the desire to see through the relics.

Activities :
Lots of clicking, the temple and Agastya lake next to the Caves are an amazing place to watch a sunset, would recommend it totally. Check a picture I have posted here.

Stay & Food :
There are not many hotels to stay in Badami, but even in case you don't get an accommodation one can do the sightseeing by a rickshaw and move to some other location for a halt. The, Makhoombika Deluxe hotel are pretty decent and clean ones for stay. For the finicky ones they could try the Badami court, that is about 2 km from the town. It is as good as it can get in Badami. For food there are a couple of decent hotels serving multi cuisine ( even Indian Chinese). For South Indian thali , Geeta Darshini and Banashree dining serve awesome thalis.

Advice :
Summers are unbearable.Please avoid landing there in scorching heat. Start your day really early so you can escape the madness of the crowd that comes in school buses from surrounding areas for the caves. Beware of the monkeys, scores of them at the cave temples. The guides would try to press you for guidance to the cave architecture. Do bargain if you need to have one. Ideally you should set base in Badami for 2 nights, that should be adequate to cover all Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole.
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Praveen Salgar

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"Historical Place."

  • Posted Aug 8, 2013
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: Nothing much.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best season to travel to Badami is during June to Jan.
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