Badami cave temples are a group of ancient temples in the village Badami, in Bagalkot district of Karnataka State of India. It is the top-most Karnataka site, as far as tourism is considered.
Considered to be of Indian Badami Chalukya rock cut Architecture, Cave temples at Badami were built between the 6th to 7th Centuries carved in out of sandstone hills.
Badami cave temples consist of of 4 caves on a hill cliff. Cave No 1 is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Cave 2 and Cave 3 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Cave no 4 is a Jain temple.
All the four Badami caves are simple in style. These temple’s architecture is a mixture of North Indian Nagara and South India Dravida styles. Each cave has its own Varandah (walk way), Hall, Pillars and a small square shrine.
At a distance of 2 kilometers from the town is Badami Fort, which also has a carved temple, which shows excellent petroglyph skills prevalent in those days. The 5th century Agastya-Tirtha Lake located beneath the cave temples is considered holy due to the healing powers of its water. This tank, situated adjacent to the temple, is considered highly sacred. Archaeological Museum is another place of interest at 5 kilometers from the town.
How I Go to Badami Cave Temples?
Badami is accessible by road , train, etc. You can book train tickets to Badami Railway station in the official Indian Railway ticket booking web site, irctc.co.in. The station code for Badami is BDM.
Once you are in Badami town, visit to cave temples or fort can be undertaken by walking. It is a small town.
The nearest town Hubli in Karnataka is at 97 kilometers away. The Nearest Airport is at Belgaum.
A word of cation; moneys near the cave snatches your bags, water bottles, eatables, etc.