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, Karnataka

(Badami is also known as Vatapi)
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State: Karnataka
District: Bagalkot
Famous for/as: Heritage
Languages: Kannada, Hindi
Best Season: Sept - Feb
Weather: Summer 20 to 42°C, Winter 13 to 32°C
Altitude: 586 m
Pincode: 587201
STD code: 08357
Badami once a royal capital of the Chalukyas is now a sleepy town in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. The town was known as Vatapi previously. It is settled in a valley at the base of a furrowed, red arenaceous rock that rings Agastya lake. Badami is a place which is full of cave temples, entryways, fortresses, dedications and carvings.

The Chalukyas who had ruled Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during 6th and 8th centuries had Badami as their capital. The greatest among the Chalukyas was Pulakeshi II who ruled between 610-642 AD. He defeated many kings and Mahendra Verman I, the Pallava king, was one among them. The state was founded by him in 540 AD.

The ancient Chalukyas of Badami are accredited with some of the best customs of Dravidian architecture admitting an observational fuse of older South Indian temple construction and ornamentation and the Nagara mode of North India. This beautiful blend of south and north passed on into the Dravidian temple building pattern.

Badami is the site of the 6th-7th century Brahmanical and Jain cave temples. The temples are cut out of solid rock with elaborate interior decorations that speak volumes of art and architecture of that period. There are 4 cave temples connected with each other with a flight of stairs.

People of Badami speak Kannada, Hindi and English. Their attire is traditional Indian cotton wear. It is a place for tourists who are interested in temples, art and architecture.
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Destinations in this region: Pattadakal, Aihole




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The Ancient Town of Badami

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Nov 14, 2011
Badami is dotted with ancient temples and monuments. The city finds its mention in history dating back to 1500 years. The city has survived the test of time and still is a wonder to tourists.

Karnataka - The Land of Many Hues

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 01, 2011
Karnataka is one of the most popular tourist destination in India. Be it heritage, culture, monuments, wildlife ro natural attractions, Karnataka is replete with all!

Badami - The City of Chalukyas

  by Akshay Balraj  on Apr 29, 2010
Badami represents the rich culture of Karnataka. The sculptures in the caves are a must see for history buffs! Photographers, this is a place for you too!


Between the 6th and the 5th century, Badami was the seat of the Chalukya kings. Founded by the Chalukya king, Pulakesi, the city came into existence in the year 540 A.D. The rock cut caves for which the town is famous were built during 6th and 8th century. These caves are popular pilgrim centers of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism alike. The city came under the rule of King Narsimha of the Pallava dynasty in 654 A.D. before the town went into the hands of Hosayala kings, it passed under hands of Rashtrakutas in 757 A.D. and Chalukyas of Kalayani from 973 to 1189 A.D. The town was also ruled by the Vijayanagar Empire, Adil Shah Dynasty, Nawabs of Savanur, Marathas and Hyder Ali, for some time.

Travel within city

Local travel in Badami is quite easy as the town of Badami is not very huge and all places ca n be reached with relative ease. While travelling to Badami, you can roam around the town through the various rickshaws, buses and tongas available in the town.


City buses are the easiest mode of local transport in Badami. You can opt for city buses while travelling within Badami as they cover almost every part of the town and have a very extensive reach. It is also better to know the routes and bus numbers beforehand; as this will help you make your commute through the town of Badami easier. Bus fares will range around Rs 5 to 10 in Badami, depending on the distance covered.

Auto Rickshaw

Auto rickshaws are available in the town of Badami and fares are generally low although the auto rickshaws do not run on meter. There are no separate night fares for auto rickshaws in Badami, and they are a relatively safe mode of travel. Travelling through auto rickshaws can cost you anywhere around Rs 10 to 50, depending on the distance covered through the travel.


Cycles can be rented out in Badami too, and tongas are available everywhere for easy transport. Cycles can be rented on an hourly basis (Rs 10 per hour) and tongas will charge anywhere around Rs 10 to 30.


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