Bhutanatha group of temples facing the Agasythya Tank

Badami (ಬದಾಮಿ) (formerly Vatapi) is a city in the Bagalkot district of Northern Karnataka, in Southern India.


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.

Get in

By train

There is a small station in Badami which is located 5 km from the center. Trains from Bangalore, Bijapur 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 ₹3.

By bus

The bus stand is located in the center of the town. There are buses for Gadag, Bijapur, Bangalore and Hospet. The NWKRTC bus service is very efficient. From Hubli, regular buses to Badami (on the Ilkal / Bagalkot route) ply every 30 minutes or so. The journey from Hubli takes about 3 hours not counting a 20 minute break at a town enroute (for lunch, refreshments)

By car

From Bangalore: Drive to Hubli along NH 4 (410 km) and then via NH 218 (106 km).

Get around

From the center, all the main sites are reachable by feet. However, there are plenty of rickshaws which would be happy to transport you. The best way to explore this small town is through your feet.

Best way of getting around is hire an passenger auto for a day trip including caves, museum, bhootnath temples, fort, Pattadkal and Aihole and drop to railway station. Rates as on June 2011; Auto charges 500-750 (from railway station to railway station)ideal for a grp of 3-4 ppl.avlbl at railway station. Tata ace Magic (auto) 800-1000 comfortable for a grp of 10; avlble at the town oppo bustand. charges does not include parking charges,(caves=20/-;Pattadkal=10/-;Aihole=20/-) also it does not include Banashankri and Mahakuta temples.

ideal time needed to cover only badami hot-spots 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 pics. Pattadkal is 2 hours max. weras Aihole will demand 4-5 hours.


View of Agasthya Tank from Caves

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


Badami Caves
Upper Bhootnath Temple




Maha Vishnu

Stay safe

There are many monkeys in Badami. Some of them, especially the gray langurs, can be aggressive.

Go next

Aihole Pattadakal

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