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Badami - The Capital of Early Chalukyas

Badami In Karnataka, South India
Badami In Karnataka, South India
Badami - the capital of Early Chalukyas, situated in North Karnataka is renowned for its carved caves, artificially built lakes, museum & rock-cut into the precipice face of a red sandstone hill, of the 6th & 7th Centuries. It is a captivating picture at the mouth of an abyss of two rock hills. All the four cave temples - hewn out of sandstone on the cliff of a hill that portrays the entire range of sects developed in India all down the years. Overlooking these cave temples is a reservoir that is fenced with temples. Two of them are committed to Lord Vishnu, the third one to Lord Shiva and the fourth one is a Jain Temple.

Things To Do & See

The first three temples belong to the Vedic faith and the fourth one is a solitary Buddhist temple in Badami which is also a naturally formed cave. The place also holds some historically important inscriptions written in Kannad & Sanskrit basically. The monuments of the city are well preserved too.

The cave temples in Badami have an exquisite carving, sculptures and striking murals. The running frieze of Ganas in various hilarious postures carved on each plinth is an awe to gaze. The verandas of the cave temples externally are unadorned & have simple designs but the interior halls have affluent prolific sculptural imagery with finishing similar to jewels. They represent a fine stability of versatility and restrain the beauty of the carvings.

Best Time to Visit: November to March.

How To Reach?

The nearest airport to Badami is Belgaum 150 km away, & also has a railway station serving direct trains from most of the chief Indian cities. It is also easily accessible from Bangalore, Hubli & other nearest places of Karnataka.


Accommodation too is very reasonable & affordable to obtain basic comforts.