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Badami


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Rs. 400 per person

Best time to visit

October - March

Recommended stay

1 to 30 days

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About Badami

Badami was once the capital of the Chalukya rulers but has now been merely reduced to a non descript town in Karnataka. It was earlier known as Vatapi. Badami boasts of caves, fortresses and rich carvings. One of the greatest ruler of Chalukya dynasty Pulakesin II founded this city in 540 AD. Dravidian style of architecture allows blending of northern and southern styles and the contribution goes to the rulers of those times who promoted its execution
Badami is cited to be the site of the 6th-7th century Brahmanical and Jain cave temples. The peculiar feature is that the temples are cut out of solid rock with extensive interior decorations that speak volumes of art and architecture of that period. A flight of stairs connects 4 cave temples here.


CONNECTIVITY TO BADAMI : The nearest rail head is Hubli which is 100 km away. The nearest airport to Badami is Belgaum which is 190 km away. Badami is connected by KSRTC to Hubli and Bijapur.


ATTRACTIONS IN BADAMI:
-Open Air Museum: The museum is located at the foothills of the northern hill which also provides for the northern fort. It was instituted in 1979. The museum mainly comprises of prehistorical stone equipments and sculptures which dates between 6th to 16th century AD. The museum has four galleries. It has an open gallery in the porch and an open air gallery in front. Exhibits of Shiva and Vishnu can be seen in the museum.

-Tipu's Fort: Tipu Sultan was so impressed by this place that he ordered to build a fort here. Tipu's Fort is tucked away on top of the hill into which the cave temples were carved. The way to the fort heads up past 2nd and 3rd caves. On the way to the fort, an interesting cave which houses some delightful Buddhist carvings can also be seen.
-There are four cave temples in Badami out of which one represents Brahminical style of architecture and the fourth one represents Jain style. In the first cave one can see Lord Shiva posing as Nataraj with 18 arms and 81 dancing postures. The second cave is dedicated to Lord Vishnu along with the third cave and fourth cave is dedicated to Jain Teerthankaras.
-Aihole is a famous tourist spot and is also known as playground of architecture. Located on west side of Badami it has 125 temples in all.
-Pattadakkal is a World Heritage Centre and is located on left bank of river Malaprabha. It is situated 29km of Badami.
-Archaelogical Museum : The museum’s exhibits a rare model of the natural bridge of Sidilinapadi; located 5 km from Badami. Another fascinating exhibit is the images of Lajja-Gauri—a fertility sect that was widely popular in this region during Chalukyan times.  
-Jambulinga Temple was constructed in 699AD and its three chapels represent Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
-Agastyatirtha Tank is a holy tank with healing powers and in dark sanctuary of the temple an image of angry Lord Shiva can be seen.

It can be hereby concluded that Badami is an excellent amalgamation of traditional Brahmanical style, Dravidian style, Jain style and Buddhist style of architecture quite artistically in an aesthetic manner.