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Meenakshi Putty

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A wonder in its own

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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Sai Shekar

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A feast for those people who loves art and appreciates art

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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Badami Overview

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 BadamiAccording 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.