Badami(formerly Vatapi) is in Bagalkot district in Karnataka state. Famous for rock cut and structural temples, it is situated in a gorge at the foot of a red sandstone protuberance surrounding lake Agastya.
Hundreds of years ago it was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas. The rock cut temples which define this city were sculpted in the 6th and 8th centuries. Badami was tossed back and forth between the Chalukyas and Pallavas, then went to the Vijayanagar Empire, Mughals, Marathas and eventually the British.
Badami: famous for Art and CultureNatural BeautyHeritageand as aReligious Centre.
Tourists flock to Badami in the thousands to see the wonder of the rock cut temples for themselves. Apart from the temples, Badami also has a fort built by Tipu Sultan and an open air museum. The architecture of the temples and the pillars and sculptures found there are a delight to behold.In addition to the ancient Hindu temples of Dattetreya, Shiva, Mallikarjuna and Banashankari, there are also Buddhist and Islamic shrines, making this a religious centre for people of all faiths.
The massive protruding red sandstone and the lake and its surroundings make for breathtaking scenery which is enjoyed by thousands of nature lovers.
Activities like rock climbing and trekking are available for adventurists.
Steeped in history, Badami still retains its old world charm. Festivals like Ugadi, Dussehra, Nag Panchami, Kar Hunnive and so an are celebrated with great fervour. Local delicacies include Bisi Bele Bhaat, a variety of rice preparations, chutneys, snacks and sweets.
Climate and Best Time to Visit
October to March is the ideal time to visit.