This trip was a great combination of different people: one bachelor guy (Chang), two married couples(Puneet, Ankita, Anubha and I) and one couple with a 5yr old kid(Ayush and Divya) with different modes of transport : one car and two bikes.
Badami is a small town with a population around 35K (got this info from a local guide). There are couple of basic stay options available with Clarks Inn as the only luxurious known brand. We booked an hotel named Rajsangam International Hotel which has nothing international in it except seven sonata wall clocks set to different time zones. However, it was a decent option with a great location (at center of the town) and room service at a cost of Rs. 950/night for a non-AC room.
On the first day, we were so tired after the ride that we didn’t even attempt to go out for dinner and ordered the room service. Food was delicious with large number of choices in the menu except tandoor items. My personal recommendation is Jeera Rice with Dal Tadka and Chicken Biryani. The hotel also has a bar downstairs, but it looked more like a desi joint for locals and not a place for family. Room service was really good, they serve beers and snacks as well in the room (all known beer brands were there along with our favorite peanut masala).
We tried another restaurant named Lemon Tree for lunch, which was just half km away from the hotel. Food was ok but nothing great, so we decided to order the room service again for the dinner.
There is a small bakery named Bangalore Bakery in the town and there is nothing great about it except there is a pan shop beside the bakery, where I had one of the best sweet pan. You must try that if you are a pan lover.
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You can visit temples at Aihole and Pattakdal, which is around ~35km from Badami. You can easily cover both of these places in 5-6 hours.