BADAMI TOURISM | CAVE TEMPLES, PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO BADAMI
#11 of 33 Places to visit in Karnataka
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Badami: Hubli (109 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Badami: September to March
Peak Season: December to January & May to June
At a distance of 36 km from Bagalkot, 104 km from Hubli & 457 km from Bangalore, Badami, also called Vatapi, is a historical place situated in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It is one of the best Karnataka tourist places, and among the top places to visit near Hubli.
Badami was the capital of mighty Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD who ruled Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, & Maharashtra between the 6th & 8th centuries. It is one of the popular places of heritage in Karnataka. Cave temples, fortresses, fine carvings, wonderful architecture, and breathtaking views are the must include places in Badami holiday packages.
Badami is located in a valley at the foot of a red sandstone rock formation that surrounds Agastya Lake. Overlooking the sandstone cave temples, Badami Fort and several temples are lined up on the shores of Agastya Lake. Boothnath Temple, Banashankari Temple, Badami Fort, Cave Temple 1-3, Mallikarjuna Temples, and Mahakuta Temples are the prominent tourist places in Badami.
Badami is famous for several early inscriptions dating back to the 6th century. The earlier of the inscriptions are in Sanskrit dates back to 543 CE, the period of Pulakeshi I or Vallabheswara. The second inscription is found on a rock, which testifies Mamalla Pallava's victory over the Chalukyas in the year 642 AD. In the 7th century, the Vatapi Ganapati idol was brought from Badami by Pallavas who defeated Chalukyas. Apart from history and architecture, the red sandstone hills surrounding the lake provide a unique setting to the town of Badami that has to be experienced by one personally. Badami can also be visited along with Aihole & Pattadakal Packages.
About 104 km from Badami, Hubli Airport is the nearest airport that has direct flights from Bangalore, and Mumbai. Badami Railway Station has well train connectivity with Gadag, Solapur, Bangalore, Pune, Hubli, and Bijapur. About 55 km from Badami, Gadag is the nearest major railway station that has well-train connectivity with cities like Hubli, Bangalore, Hospet, Solapur, Bellary, Guntakal, Tirupati, Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, and Kolkata. Badami has good road connectivity by buses from Bangalore, Ballari, Gadag, Bagalkot, Hubli, Bijapur, and Hospet.
Badami has a wide range of hotels for tourists that range from budget to five-star hotels. The properties offer luxurious cottages, suites, and family rooms for their guests equipped with all the modern amenities to make their stay comfortable. They have facilities like in-house restaurants, banquet facilities, swimming pools, currency exchange, and even tailor-made local sightseeing packages.
Most of historical places of Badami are situated close to the banks of Agastya Lake. If you start siteseeing by 9 AM, you can visit Caves, Bhoothanatha Temple, Fort, Museum and other temples before 2 PM.