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Badami

Badami

Weather

The city of Badami experiences pleasant climatic conditions during the seasons of spring and winter. Summers, extending from March to June, are extremely hot with the maximum temperature level rising over 41°C. Tourists tend to avoid the scorching summer days during the months of April and May. The season of monsoon begins in July and continues till September. Monsoons bring sufficient amount of rainfall to the region and provide relief from the heat of the summer months. Winters last from November to January and have average cool temperatures ranging from 13°C to 32°C. The best period to visit Badami is from the month of September to February.

How To Reach

By Road:

KSRTC state transport buses connect the city of Badami to Bijapur and Hubli. Visitors can avail tourist buses from Bangalore to Badami on a daily basis.


By Air:

The Belgaum airport is situated close to Badami at a distance of 190 km away. Belgaum connects Badami to Mumbai via domestic flight. The nearest international airport is Bangalore, located at a distance of 454 km from the city of Badami.



By Rail:

The closest railway station from Badami is Hubli, located almost 100 km away. Hubli establishes a connection between Badami and Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. A minor station is situated almost 5 km away from the heart of the city.


Overview

Badami, earlier known as Vatapi was reputed as the royal capital of the Chalukya kingdom of ancient India. Badami is now a sleepy city in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. The town is nestled comfortably in a valley at the foot of a red, furrowed arenaceous rock that encircles the Agastya Lake. The entire region is dotted with entryways, cave temple, dedications, fortresses and carvings.

 

The state of Vatapi was founded in 540 AD by the Chalukya king, Pulakesin II, who reigned between 610-642 AD. The ancient Chalukyas have been credited with several of the finest elements of Dravidian architecture, skillfully combining the older method of temple ornamentation and construction of the South Indians with the Nagara method of North India. This picturesque blend of north and south passed on to the Dravidian style of temple construction.

 

The origins of the name Vatapi can be traced back to the Indian epic ‘The Ramayana’. Tourism is the primary source of revenue for this historical town. Badami manages to attract several tourists during each year for its architecture and cave temples.

 

Badami is known mostly for the Jain and Brahmanical temples in the region which date back to the 6th and 7th century. The temples have been carved out of solid rock with precision and consist of elaborate interior adornments that highlight the art and architecture of the era. The locals speak Hindi, Kannada and English. Badami is the perfect place to visit for tourists who take an active interest in art, architecture and temples. The tall stone cliffs in the region attract a fair share of adventure enthusiasts.

 

Shopping in Badami is a delightful experience. There are several objects in Badami to tempt tourists. Believed to be a shopper’s paradise, especially for hand-crafted products, Badami produces exquisite sandalwood sculptures and fine silk sarees. The incense sticks, metal lamps, handlooms, perfumes, wood carvings, inlay work sold in the region are a must-buy for tourists.

 

Restaurants in Badami serve Chinese, North Indian and Continental dishes. The local cuisine of the region can cater to all kinds of taste buds. The most popular rice dishes in the city include Bisi Bele Bath, Chitranna, Vaangi Bath and Puliyogare, while some important bread dishes include raagi roti, jolanda roti and akki roti. The chutneys served in Badami are very tasty.