Badami is an ancient town situated in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It used to be known as Vatapi in ancient India, Badami was once the capital of the Chalukyas who rose to power in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the middle of the 6th century AD. Situated at an average elevation of 1922 ft. above the sea level at the mouth of a ravine, it has rocky hills on either side. Badami is world famous for its magnificent rock-cut cave temples built by the Chalukya rulers who were great temple builders. The Badami temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras, displaying the secular nature of the Chalukyas of Vatapi or modern Badami.
The main attractions of Badami are its caves. There are four main caves. The first one is dedicated to Shiva. The second one is dedicated to Vishnu. The third cave is also dedicated to Vishnu and the last one is a cave with Jain representations. Other attractions are Dattatreya temple, Bhutanatha temple and Archaeological museum. Badami is a nice spot for climbing as well.
Altitude: 586 m (1,923 ft)
Clothing : Summer- Cotton and Winter- Tropical
Temperature: Summer:38-23 C and Winter: 29-15 C
Languages: Kannada, English
STD Code: 08357
Local Transport: Rickshaws, tongas and city buses are the major modes of local transport in Badami
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Badami is between October and March
How to reach :
Air: The nearest airport is at Belgaum (Goa), Which is 150 kms away from badami.
Rail: Nearest railhead Badami on the Hubli-Sholapur metre-gauge line.
Road: Badami is well-connected by road with Bijpur, Hospet, Hubli, Panaji, Bangalore etc.