Badami Caves located at Bagalkot District in Karnataka, formerly known as Vatapi and belongs to 6th Century and the ancient capital of Chalukya Kingdom.It’s an architectural marvel and a must visit place in Karnataka for its historical ancient architectural. This monument is a fine blend of South Indian Dravidan style and North Indian Nagara style and Badami caves also called as home of cave temples.
Places to visit in Badami:
- Four Cave temples
- Jamma Masjid / Dargah – On the left hand side before entering Agastya lake from Cave side
- Agastya Lake
- Buddihist cave Behind Bhootnath temple
- Bhootnath group of Temples – Facing the Lake
- Upper Shivalaya & Lower Shivalaya temple – opposite to Badami Caves
- Badami fort – on top of the hills & opposite to Badami caves
- Dattatreya temple, Malikarjuna Temple
- Rock cut Natural fan inside the temple on top of the hill
- Gelatine / gun powder storage on top of the hill ( undestroyed)
- Archaeological museum
- 14th century Watch tower
- Banshankari Temple
Half a day is required to see all these places in detail.
How to reach Badami:
- By Road : Bangalore – Badami 450 Kms Via NH48 & NH50 . Approx 9 to 10 hours to reach.
- By train : Bangalore – Bijapur
- By fight : Nearest Airport is Hubli
Where to stay in Badami :
Near to Badami bus stand itself you can find good hotels with reasonable cost. we tried to book home stay for our group , however we couldn’t find any homestay at Badami. Only at Bagalkot e found a good homestay with descent price.
Badami Cave Temples:
The 4 cave temples stand for the secular nature of the rulers and incline towards Hinduism, Buddism & Jainism
Agastya Teertha / Lake:
Jamma Masjid / Dargah :
Bhootnatha group of Temples:
Bhootnatha group of temple belongs to 7th Century and sandstone shrines dedicated to the holy being Bhuthanatha. The majestic Bothanatha temple you can see just in front of you on the other side of the lake. During monsoon you can also witness a waterfall from the cliff behind the Bothanatha temple which is mesmerizing.
Badami Forts is spread across two hills, North side fort is just on top of the first cave and royal family stayed there and Tippu Sultan’s famous cannon you can find it here.
On the South side fort Upper Shivalaya temple, ruined palace, double Gelatin / gun powder storage construction and Tippus treasury building.
When we started to descend crossed huge rocks surrounded felt that this ancient city is a Silent spectator of the fall of the great dynasty.