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Badami (ಬದಾಮಿ) is a city in Karnataka. It is located 30 kilometers from Bagalkot, 128 kilometers from Bijapur and 500 kilometers from Bangalore, the state capital.


Badami was the capital of the Early Chalukyas, who ruled much of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh between the 6th and 8th centuries. It was founded in 540 A.D. by Pulakesi I (535-566 AD), an early ruler of the Chalukyas. His sons Kirthivarman (567-598 AD) and his brother Mangalesha I (598-610 AD) constructed the cave temples. The greatest among them was Pulakeshi II (610-642 AD) who defeated many kings including Pallava king Mahendra Verman I and extended the kingdom.

Bhutanatha group of temples facing the Agasythya Tank

Get inEdit

By trainEdit

There is a small station in Badami which is located 5 km from the center. Trains from Bangalore, Hubli ,Gadag, Bagalkote, Bijapur, Solapur and other cities stop there regularly. From the station, there are many rickshaws to reach the center. You can also wait a bus which goes to the bus stand. It will cost you only Rs. 3.

From Mumbai there is a train CSMT Mumbai - Gadag super fast express ( Train numbers 11139/11140) which runs six days a week. This train stops at Bagalkot which is at 45 Kilometre from Badami and also district Headquarters. Even though trains passes through Badami there is no official stop at present.

By busEdit

The NWKRTC bus stand is located at the centre of the town. There are Karnataka government undertaking NWKRTC buses to and from Dharwad,Hubli, Gadag, Vijayapura (Bijapur), Bangalore and Hospet.Buses are run to these destinations on daily basis and at regular intervals. Check the timetable at NWKRTC web site.

By AirEdit

Hubli Airport is at distance of 122 Kilometre and nearest to Badami town. Hubli airport has daily flights to Bengaluru and Mumbai.

Get aroundEdit

From the centre of town, All the main historical sites are reachable by walk. However, there are plenty of rickshaws which would be happy to transport you. The best way to explore this small town is by walk.

Best way of getting around is hire an passenger auto for a day trip including caves, museum, Bhootnatha temples, fort, Pattadkal and Aihole. Rates as on June 2011; Auto charges will be Rupees 500-750 from Badami railway station ideal for a group of 3-4 people to the centre of Badami town. Tata ace Magic (auto) 800-1000 comfortable for a group of 10 available at the opposite town bus stand. Charges does not include parking charges,(caves=20/-;Pattadkal=10/-;Aihole=20/-) also it does not include Banashankari and Mahakuta temples.

Auto charges to just cover Badami alongwith Banashankari temple is 400Rs as of March 2013 for however many people fitting in the auto. On an average, 6-8 people fit into it. Takes around 3-4 hours.Ideal time needed to cover Badami tourist spots only is 6 hours.If you add not so popular spots you need a whole day. Visit the caves early morning or evening to click great pictures.

You can go to Pattadakal( 22 Kilometre from Badami ) and Aihole( 10 Kilometre from Pattadakal ) which will take around eight hours for travel and visit. Auto ( three wheelers ) charge around Rupees 750 for this trip excluding entry fee.


View of Agasythya Tank from Caves

Almost all the main attractions of Badami are located around the Agasythya Tank.

  • Cave temples, (South ot the tank). The main attractions of Badami are its caves. There are four main caves. The first one is dedicated to Shiva. It was excavated by the Chalukyas in 550 AD. The second one is dedicated to Vishnu. In this cave there are statues of Vishnu avatars like Varaha, the boar or Krishna. The third cave is also dedicated to Vishnu and the last one is a cave with Jain representations. Entrance Rs 100 for foreigners and 5 for indians.  edit
  • Dattatreya temple
  • Malegitti Shivalaya. This temple is the oldest one of the town. It is built on a flat rock and offers a nice view on Badami. The trek up to this point is beautiful as there are remains of old buildings and forts all over, and incredible views of the city and surroundings, spare about two hours to see the whole place, entrance is by the Archeological Museum, free as for June 2015.  edit
  • Bhutanatha temple, (In front of the tank). A temple buit in 5th century.  edit
  • Archaeological museum. A museum regrouping sculptures of various era from the region.  edit


Badami Caves
  • Climbing. With all the cliffs surrounding the tank, Badami is a nice spot for climbing.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.  edit



  • Geeta Darshini, Station Road (100 m after bus stand). A nice veg restaurant.  edit
  • Banashree veg restaurant just opposite the bus stand is ideal for veggies.

You can also try local Khanavali which serve local traditional vegetarian meal.


Tea and Buttermilk available at most of restaurants at Badami. These are sometimes available at roadside shacks.


  • Hotel Rajsangam, Station Road (Opposite to bus stand), 221991 (, fax: 221603), [1]. checkout: 24 hours. An hotel located in the center of Badami. Rooms from Rs. 800 to 3500.  edit
  • Hotel Mayura Chalukya Badami, [2]. Tariff is from ₨999 for non airconditioned room per day to `₨ 2750 per day for air conditioned room. These tariff change during weekends..  edit
  • Sangam Deluxe lodge
  • Mookambika Deluxe lodge


Stay safeEdit

There are many monkeys in Badami, some of them especially the gray langurs can be aggressive. B.S.N.L ( Cellone ) cellular or mobile service network is available here. Carry battery bank for your cellular phones and other electronic gadgets as electricity supply can be erratic sometimes. Summer months can be hot,Keep hydrated yourself by drinking butter milk and water. While hiring autorickshaws for sight seeing do negotiate before the trip. Do not plan trip to tourist places at night as some interior roads may be isolated and dark without street lights.

Get outEdit


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