Download GPX file for this article
15.916775.6833Full screen dynamic map

From Wikivoyage
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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. It is a historical place.


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[edit]

By train[edit]

There is a small station in Badami, 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.

The minor Yara Goppa Halt is slightly closer to town (3 km), but very few trains call here.

  • 1 Badami railway station. Badami railway station (Q25549049) on Wikidata Badami railway station on Wikipedia
  • 2 Yara Goppa Halt railway station. Yara Goppa Halt railway station (Q63357662) on Wikidata

By bus[edit]

The bus stand is 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 en route (for lunch, refreshments)

By car[edit]

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

Get around[edit]

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.

Auto-rickshaws are well priced for a group of 3-4 people. Available at railway station. Tata ace Magic autos, comfortable for a group of 10, are available opposite the bus stand. Parking charges are extra at the caves, Pattadkal and Aihole.

Sufficient time needed to cover only Badami tourist places approximately 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. To see Pattadkal is 2 hours maximum, whereas Aihole will demand 4-5 hours as temples are scattered across the village.


View of Agasthya Tank from Caves

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

  • 1 Badami cave temples. The main attractions of Badami are its caves. There are four main caves. The first one, dedicated to Shiva, was excavated by the Chalukyas in 550 AD. The second one is dedicated to Vishnu. In this cave there are statues of Vishnu avatars like Varaha, the boar or Krishna. The third cave is also dedicated to Vishnu and the last one is a cave with Jain representations. Entrance ₹100 for foreigners and ₹5 for Indians. Bhutanatha group of temples, Badami (Q3517721) on Wikidata Bhutanatha group of temples, Badami on Wikipedia
  • 2 Bhutanatha Temples. A cluster of sandstone shrines dedicated to the deity Bhutanatha, built between the 7th century CE and 11th century CE. Badami cave temples (Q825236) on Wikidata Badami cave temples on Wikipedia
  • Dattatreya temple.
  • Malegitti Shivalaya Temple. This temple is the oldest one of the town. It is built on a flat rock and offers a nice view on Badami.
  • Upper Bhootnath Temple (Across the Agastya lake facing the Badami Caves). Open 10AM-6PM. A flight of over 300 steps will get you top the hill. Ideal spot for sunset and offers a panoramic view of Badami Caves and Agastya lake.
  • 3 Archaeological Museum of Badami. Contains sculptures of various era from the region.


Badami Caves
  • Climbing. With all the cliffs surrounding the tank, Badami is a nice spot for climbing.
Upper Bhootnath Temple



  • Geeta Darshini, Station Road (100 m after bus stand). A nice veg restaurant.
  • Banashree, Station Road (opposite bus stand). ideal for veggies Cheap.
  • Heritage Resort, Station Road (300 m after bus stand). Good vegetarian options. Moderate.


Buttermilk made from cow's or buffalo milk. Tea is the popular drink of the local people, available at road side shacks and restaurants.



Maha Vishnu

Stay safe[edit]

There are many monkeys in Badami. Some of them, especially the gray langurs, can be aggressive. B.S.N.L ( Cellone ) cellular phone connectivity is available here. Summer months of March, April, May are hot. Dehydration must be avoided in these months.

Go next[edit]

This city travel guide to Badami is an outline and needs more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!