Badami, the one time capital of the Chalukyas , is noted several temples, some structural & other rock-cut, of the 6th & 7th Centuries. The foundations of Badami, or Vatapi as it was called, were laid by Pulakeshin I (535 – 566 AD), his son Kirtivarman the Ist (567 – 598 AD), beautified the town with temples & other buildings.

Mangalesha (598 – 610 AD), brother of Kiritavarman I completed the construction of the cave temples & endowed the temples with the village on the occasion of the installation of the image of Vishnu. The greatest ruler of the dynasty was Pulakeshi II (610-642 AD) who among others defeated the Pallava King Mahendra Verman I. The Pallavas later captured & destroyed Badami to avenge their defeat. Badami was also in the possession of the Vijayanagar Kings, The Adil Shahis of Hyderabad, The Savanur Nawabs, The Marathas, Hyder Ali of Mysore & finally the British who made it part of the Bombay Presidency.

General Information

Area10.3 sq. Kms.
Altitude176.7 meter
TemperatureMean MaxMean Min
Rainfall50 cms
Best Seasons October to March
Summer - Cottons
Winters – Light Woolens
Population15,028 (1981 Census)

Air - The nearest airport in Karnataka is Bangalore [502 Kms], Also Badami can be reached from Hyderabad via Raichur.

Rail - The nearest railhead is Badami (4 Kms from Badami town) on the Hubli-Sholapur line & is connected to , Bangalore, Bagalkote & Bijapur.

Road - Badami has convenient road connection to several important places around it. We recommend Hubli (app. 100 Kms), which has a major Railway junction apart from being one of the important cities in Karnataka. Some of these are

Aihole (46 Kms)
Bangalore (502 Kms)
Bagalkote (66 Kms)
Bijapur (132 Kms)
Gadag (70 Kms)
Hampi (180 Kms)
Hospet (167 Kms)
Hubli (97 Kms)
Pattadakal (27 Kms)
Panaji (284 Kms)


Banashankari Temple Festival near Badami during January- February.
Virupaksha temple Car Festival in Pattadakal in March.
Mallikarjuna Temple Festival in Pattadakal in March-April.

Hotel Mayura Chalukya
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation
PWD Complex, Ramdurg Road.
Hotel Badami Court
Station Road, Badami
Mahakuteshwara Lodge,
Station Road, Badami
Chalukya Lodge
Station Road, Badami
Lakshmi Vilas Hotel,
Market Area, Badami

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