Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, a town in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka was the capital of the Chalukyas from AD 540 to 757 under the rule of Pulakeshin I (AD 535–566), an early ruler of the Chalukyas and regarded as the founder of the Chalukya dynasty.
Famous for its rock cut structural temples it is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone hillock that surrounds Agastya lake.
How to reach : By Road : From Mumbai via Satara-Gokak
From Bangalore via Tumkur-Koppal
By Air : Hubli Airport
By train : Hubli Railway station
Places to sightsee in Badami : 1. Badami Caves 2. Bhootnatha Group of temples 3. Badami Fort
Time taken to explore the places : 3 1/2 - 4 hours approx
Time to visit : November to March
Our trip : On a road trip from Mumbai covering the North Karnataka circuit of Bijapur-Aihole -Pattadakal-Badami -Hampi, after visiting Bijapur our next halt was Badami .