Badami, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Badami (Kannada: ಬಾದಾಮಿ) of Bagalkote district of the Indian state of Karnataka, was the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty (540 - 757 AD). It is famous for the cave & rock cut temples. Its 35 km away from Bagalkote city & around 475 km away from Bengaluru.

Beautiful Badami Cave Temple Entrance

Getting there:
By road:
From Bengaluru:
Bengaluru -- (NH4) -- Chitradurga -- (NH13) -- Hospet -- (NH13) -- Hungund -- Amingad -- Aihole -- Pattadakallu -- Badami : (Suggesting this route coz, Hampi, Kudala Sangama, Aihole & Pattadakallu can also be covered in the same route)

From Mumbai/Pune:
Mumbai -- (NH4/Expressway) -- Pune -- (NH9) -- Solapur -- (NH13) -- Bijapur -- (NH218) -- Bagalkote -- Badami

By Train:
From Bengaluru: Take Bijapur Express, its a direct train to Badami from Yeshvantpur
From Mumbai: Take Lokmanya Tilak Yeshvantpur Express, its
a direct train to Badami from Lokmanya Tilak station.

By Bus:
From Bengaluru: There are direct Rajahamsa & Ordinary buses fr
om KSRTC/NWKRTC to Badami from Bengaluru.
From Mumbai: There are buses to Bijapur by NWKRTC & by Private carriers also. From Bijapur a local bus can be taken to reach Badami

Just for reference:
Hampi to Kudala Sangama -> around 130 km
Kudala Sangama to Aihole -> around 35 km
Aihole to Pattadakallu -> around 20 km
Pattadakallu to Badami -> around 12 km

Good time to visit these places is Aug to Jan, the temperature here will be high in summer, so its good to plan in the end of rainy season & full of winter season (Aug - Jan)

Places of Interest near Badami:
* Pattadkal (20 km) : Group of Monuments of 8th century - Its a UNESCO World Heritage Site
* Aihole (34 km) : First capital of Chalukya Dynasty
* Mahakuta (13 km) : Mahakuta Group of Temples built during the 5-6th century by the early Chalukyas
Kudala Sangama (65 km) : Pilgrimage center for Lingayats (Aikya Mantapa of Lord Basaveshwara)
Hampi (135 km) : Capital of Vijayanagar Empire - Its a UNESCO World Heritage Site
* Bijapur (120 km) : Gol Gumbaz, Shiva Statue
* Lakkundi (70 km) : Kashivishveshwara Temple & many other Historic Temples built during the Kalyani Chalukyas period.

Below are the pictures taken from my visit to Badami, Pattadakallu, Aihole, Kudala Sangama & Hampi.

A big Rock in the side view of the Badami Cave Temple

Steps to climb the top of the rock cave temples

Top view from the peak of the rock

Late evening view of Badami town from top of the rock

Sunset in Badami

Sunset in Badami

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