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About Badami

Badami, once the capital of the Chalukya Kingdom and formerly known as Vatapi is located in the Bagalkot district of North Karnataka. Badami is a city in the district of Bagalkot, Karnataka. It is divided into 23 wards. The Badami Town Municipal Council has population of 30,943 of which 15,539 are males while 15,404 are females as per report released by Census India 2011. Population of Children in the age group of 0-6 is 3877 which is 12.53 % of total population of Badami (TMC). In Badami Town Municipal Council, female sex ratio is of 991 against state average of 973. Moreover child sex ratio in Badami is around 923 compared to Karnataka state average of 948. Literacy rate of Badami city is 81.63% higher than state average of 75.36 %. In Badami, male literacy is around 89.69 % while female literacy rate is 73.57 %.

Badami Town Municipal Council has a total administration over 6,214 houses to which it supplies basic amenities like water and sewerage. It is also authorize to build roads within Town Municipal Council limits and impose taxes on properties coming under its jurisdiction.

Geography of Badami

The region where Badami is located has an average elevation with numerous rock cut structural temples from the Chalukyan times. The Agastya Lake lies by its side. The geographical coordinates are 15° 55' 0" North, 75° 41' 0" East. Today it is considered to be a National Heritage Site. The cave temples carved on the rocks are amongst the must visit sites of Badami.

History of Badami

Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, and it was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. The place is famous for rock cut architecture which is visible in the numerous cave temples of the region. The Badami caves complex is part of a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The caves are decorated with beautiful Fresco paintings.

Economy of Badami

Tourism is the main source of economy for this region with the Badami caves complex being a part of a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.  Being an arid region with red sand stone cliffs, it has also emerged as a hikers delight drawing rock climbers from around the world. 

Tourism in Badami

The best time to visit Badami would be around the winter – Spring Seasons – from the months of November to March when it is less humid, with scarce rainfall. The tourists can enjoy nature and wildlife to its fullest during this time. The caves and rock cut temples happen to be the biggest attractions of this region.

Badami Fort

Badami Fort

This is based on the hill and is one of the most ancient forts in the area. A great way to touch base with history and also to enjoy a peaceful outing! This cave dates back to the 5th century and has Shivalaya complexes, built by Pulakesin II.

Badami Cave Temple

Badami Caves

This is another must-visit place on your list because these temples are located in the caves. So it is rather an adventure that is not meant for the faint-hearted. It has featured in many movies too. You should make sure that you reach on time to not miss out the cut-out limit.


This is also known as the Cradle of Indian rock architecture and is situated right on the banks of the Malaprabha river. This had been built right in the Chalukya dynasty and since then the gorgeous structure has sustained many natural disasters and calamities.

Agastya Lake

Be it just going here for a picnic or sitting in the warmth of the sun or soaking the natural beauty, you should not miss a visit to this lake. In particular, there are a lot of temples around the area especially the bhootnath one is quite popular. All of these temples have been made of sandstone and are face the lake.

Archaeological Museum

This is a very special museum because it is located right in the heart of the mountain. A visit here is a natural escapade indeed. You can see a range of pre-historical sculptures here along with stone equipment. There are four galleries in together here along with two being open-aired. So do keep time in hand.

How to reach Badami

By Road
The town of Badami is very well connected by road. Especially from Hubli, Dharwad, Belgaum, Bangalore, Bagalkot, Hampi, Bijapur. Apart from numerous private and Government buses plying to this region, there are auto rickshaws and Tonga’s- Horse-Cart.
By Air
Hubli (around 106 km) and Belgaum (around 150 km) are the nearest airports to reach Badami. Flights from Mumbai and Bengaluru are connected to these places. From the airport, Badami can be reached by road only.
By Train

Along with other places it is easiest to reach Badami by train from Bengaluru, Hubli, Bijapur, Gadag, and Solapur. The ‘Badami Railway Station ‘is best connected with trains from Hubli.

Restaurants in Badami

Being a popular tourist spot, there are a lot of eateries to eat and enjoy here. They offer delicious meals and include-

Lemon Tree Restaurant
Phone: + (91) - 98866 94753
Address- Near KEB, Station Road, Badami, Karnataka 587201
Golden Caves Cuisine
PH- + (91) - 94487 29812?
Address- Opp : Bus Stand
Ph- + (91)-9916259676
Address- Station Road, In front of Rajsangam International Hotel, SH 14 Badami, Karnataka 587201
Hotel Chalukya Deluxe
Ph- + (91)-9341096670
Address- Opposite to Kalidasa High School

Hotel Anand Sagar
Ph- + (91)-9741379833
Address- Patil Complex, Navanagar
Durga Vihar Restaurant
Ph- + (91)-8354-220687
Address- Ganesh Vinayaknagar

Shivani Sangam Restaurant
Ph- + (91)-8354-235111
Address- Navanaga

Ayodhya Restaurant
Ph- +(91)-9482380759
Address- Jamkhandi

Hotels in Badami

Being a tourist spot with beautiful rock cut architecture, a lot of people visit the city for tourism related purposes. Hence there are many hotels here offering medium budgets and comfort. These include-
Hotel Rajsangam International
Address- Opposite Bus Stand, Station Road, Badami, Karnataka 587201
4.1 km from Badami Station
Clarks Inn, Badami
Address- #1755, Veerpulakeshi Circle,, Badami Rd, Badami, Karnataka 587201
4.7 km from Badami Station
The Heritage Resort
Address- Station Road, District Bagalkot,, Badami, Karnataka 58720
2.7 km from Badami Station
Anand Deluxe
Address- Badami, Karnataka
4.1 km from Badami Station
Hotel Badami Court
Address- 17/3, Station Road, Badami, Karnataka 587201
2.5 km from Raniganj Station

Shopping in Badami

There are a lot of shopping options in Badami where you can get some brands along with local delights. Handicrafts and art pieces are favorite amongst tourist shoppers along with jewelry and handloom. There is of course the Bangarshettar Complex that has everything on the offer. But there are also some stand-alone stores too. So here is the listing.

Krishna Cloth Stores
Address- Badami, Karnataka 587201
Ph- 094800 06294
Open until 09:00 PM
V G Shivashimpi Garments
Address- Station Rd, Badami, Karnataka 587201
Ph - 070193 77614
Open until 09:00 PM
Kamakshi Jewellery Shop
Address- Badami, Karnataka 587201
Ph - 080952 00010
Open until 09:00 PM

Police Stations in Badami

Being such an important location there are plenty of police stations in the area. One of most important one is:

Badami Police Station

Address: Badami, Karnataka 587201
Phone: 083572 20133

Badami Fire Brigade Station

Provided below is the main fire brigade station and address along with the phone number. Should there be a fire emergency or related issue, the authorities can be reached at this number-
Address: SH 30, Rona, Badami Karnataka
Phone: 01. 22971550

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