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Badami Caves History

Badami, the once upon a time capital of the Chalukyas , is noted several temples, some structural and other rock-cut, of the 6th and 7th Centuries. The foundations of Badami, or Vatapi as it was called, were laid by Pulakeshi I (535 - 566 AD) his son Kirtivarman I (567 - 598 AD), beautified the town with temples and other buildings.

Badami-Caves Images

Badami Caves & Places to Visit

  • Badami caves temples (in 4 caves) built by Chalukya kings during 598 - 610 AD
  • Cave 1 - Carvings of Nataraja, a two-handed Ganesha, Mahishasura Mardini etc.
  • Cave 2 - Carvings of Vishnu as Trivikrama or Vamana, Varaha and Krishna
  • Cave 3 - Carvings of Vishnu as Narasimha, Varaha, Harihara and Trivikrama
  • Cave 4 - Jain cave with carvings Jain Tirthankara Parsvanatha
  • Badami Fort - encloses large granaries, a treasury impressive temples on top
  • An Archaeological museum & art Gallery

Address of Badami

Badami town is in Badami Taluk, Bagalkot District of Karnataka state, India - 587201.

How to Reach

Badami-Pattadakkal-Aihole are located on a road stretch of 34 km. Badami town is on Highway No.367 and well connected by road and railways.

  • Distance From: Hubali-Dharwad -100 km, Panjim - 268 km, Kurnool - 305 km, Bangalore - 456 km
  • Nearest Airport: Hubli, Goa
  • Nearest Bus station: Badami
  • Nearest Railway Station: Badami

Where to Stay

  • Aihole or Pattadakkal does not have accommodation facilities. Badami town offers decent stay with few hotels for the tourists.
  • Hubli-Dharwad city is the best place to enjoy best hotels and all other city facilities.
  • Karnataka Tourism Department runs the hotel 'Chalukya'. For online booking:

What to Eat

Badami doesn't have many restaurants to choose from. A few small restaurants offer North and South Indian food varieties.

Things to Take Care

Temperature Mean Max Mean Min
Summer 38℃23℃
Winter 29℃15℃

The state highway running between Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole doesn’t offer good and frequent transport options. State bus frequency is very less. 3 wheel Autos are another options.

Visiting Places near by

People usually plan to visit Badami, Aihole and Pattadakkal as a trip. Because these 3 places are near together and same historical and architectural importance.