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General Information about Badami

Noted for its magnificent rock-cut cave temples and red sandstone cliffs, Badami, which is roughly 510 kilometers away from Bangalore, displays the brilliant architectural works of the mighty Chalukya Empire. Turning back the pages of Archeological Survey of India, the rock-cut Badami Cave Temples were carven mostly between the 6th and 8th centuries. There are four cave temples that represent the profane nature of the emperors then, with lenience and piousness following that inclines towards Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Cave 1 is dedicated to Shiva, and Caves 2 and 3 are dedicated to Vishnu, whereas cave 4 displays reliefs of Jain Tirthankaras. Another major attraction is the Badami Fort that lies east of the Bhuthnatha temple, atop a cliff right opposite the Badami cave temples.

Rocky landscapes, ravines and ancient architectures- all of these combine to make Badami a must go destination for all those plagued by the incurable wanderlust! The Agashthya tank is the major centre for all the tourist attractions located in Badami. Mainly the cave temples and the Bhuthanatha temple are what attract most crowds to this impeccable paradise of rocky landscapes.

Badami is a beautiful place to visit while you are in a tour to Karnataka. Badami lies near Bijapur in Karnataka. Badami is the center of Early Chalukyan art. Badami is located at a distance of about 500 km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka and is well connected by road. A tour to Badami can make it easier for you to understand the glory of Karnataka better. Badami is also known as Vatapi and is the center of ancient Chalukyan glory. Badami has a cave temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is the largest in India. The reservoir in front of the cave temples is also dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The lake beneath the cave temples is named after the Bhutanath temples in Badami.

The tourists going on a tour to Badami can opt for comfortable and luxurious accommodation in Badami, Karnataka as the place has many hotels. The hotels in Badami give the tourists every modern facility to make their stay memorable.

 

Badami has a surprisingly flattering platter, which is simpler in structure, yet quite delicious. The key elements of the food here are Rice, Ragi, Jowar, Urad Dal, Jaggery and Coconut. The food here, is a little tangy and sour and usually cooked in coconut oil. One can also relish numerous delicacies of meat and fish and seafood here. Halwa, Chiroti and Mysore Pak are the local favorites amongst sweets.

Connectivity :

Distance from Bangalore: 454.3 Kms
Nearest Airport -Mysore (97 kms), Coimbatore (115 kms), Calicut (132 kms)
Nearest Railway Station - Ooty (32 kms), Coonoor (57 kms), Chamarajanagar (75 kms)
Masinagudi is an Ex-Mysore / Ex-Coimbatore / Ex-Calicut / Ex-Trichur / Ex-Bangalore / Ex-Cochin (Ernakulam) / Ex-Kottayam / Ex-Trichy / Ex-Madurai / Ex-Mangalore / Ex-Kollam / Ex-Chennai / Ex-Hubli Getaway

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive at Badami, check-in and rest. In the evening, set out for visit to Badami Fort. Later visit local food joints.
Day 2- Visit Aioli, Badami Caves, Agastya Lake. Later visit local handicraft stores and bazaars.


Few Places of Attraction :

Agastya Lake
Located at a distance of 1 km from Badami bus station, on the outskirts of the city, Agastya Lake is an enormous lake that lies below the caves temples. Formed way back in the 5th century, this sacred lake is known to have waters that have healing powers. A dip in the holy waters take away all your sins and ills. The cave temples are on the south west part of the lake, Bhoothanatha temples is on the eastern banks and the fort on the north western side. All the caves face the lake and one of them has ruins of Buddha inside it. As per Puranas, Pushkarini was a pleasure of tank of Lord Vishnu in his abode. Lord’s vehicle, Garuda, brought it here and set it.


Cave Temples
A stunning example of exquisite rock cut structure, especially the Badami-Chalukya architecture, the four cave temples of Badami are one of India’s outstanding traditional identities. Dated from the 6th century onwards, the caves inside the complex belong to different faiths and represent the religious harmony, characterizing the social identity of ancient India.


Aihole
Placed on the banks of River Malaprabha in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, Aihole many times is referred to as the ‘Cradle of Indian rock architecture’. This village, founded during the reign of the Chalukya dynasty, houses as many as 125 temples. Reflecting Buddhist and Jain styles of architecture, these temples are a proof of ancient rock-cut architecture style of India.

 

Badami Fort
Initially known as Vatapi, Badami is an important historical town that is known for housing a number of historical structures, one of which is Badami Fort. Though now in shambles, this fort is a testimony of an era that was culturally rich. Badami was the capital of the Chalukya rulers from 540 AD to 757 AD and the fort was the official residence of the Chalukyan kings. The Pallava rulers looted and damaged the fort in 642 AD. After many years, Tipu Sultan took over the ruling of Badami and it was then that the fort’s walls were rebuilt along with it a number of structure being added to the fort complex.

Bhuthanatha Temples
The two temples facing the Agastya lake, are known as the Bhuthanatha temples. Built of local sandstone, they are dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the form of Bhuthanatha.

The sandstone used to build these temples gives them a beautiful glittering tint in the afternoon sun.


Open Air Museum
This Archaeological Museum was founded in 1979. Consisting of four separate galleries, two of which are open air, this museum has various exhibits ranging from mythological to prehistoric times, dating back to the 6th century.

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