Route travelled: Hubli -Badami- Pattadakal - Hubli
Places visited: Bhoothnath Temple, Cave temples & Malgithi Shivalaya at Badami and Group of Monuments at Pattadakal.
Stayed at: Mookambika Hotel near Badami KSRTC Bus stand.
Transportation : around 500/- (only bus)
Stay: 1050/- ( Non AC double bed room)
Food: around 400/-
Total Expenditure: 1950/-
It was a cool winter Saturday evening when I decided to break free from the work place and the buzzing traffic. A Solo trip to Hampi couple of weeks earlier compelled me to go for another solo trip. This time I had chosen Badami which was around 3-4 hrs from my work place i.e. Hubli. So as soon as I finished my work I rushed to my room, grabbed my backpack and Camera and reached Hubli KSRTC busstand at 4.45pm. After waiting for 45 min at bus stand at around 5.30 PM I got on to Bagalkot bus that was going via Badami.
I reached Badami at around 8.45pm. Badami is a little backward area and the roads were bad. Fortunately I found a good hotel just opposite to Badami bus stand i.e. Mookambika Hotel but since there were no single occupancy rooms I was forced to go for a double bed room (1050/-).
As of now my plan was just to visit Badami the next day i.e.Sunday and head back to Hubli, but I thought a lot at night and didn’t want to miss another renowned UNESCO world heritage site, Pattadakallu very near to it. So I decided to even visit that place. But I had kept Aihole away from my head as I just had one day to spend. Aihole had just one famous monument i.e. Durga temple so I skipped it deliberately due to the time contraint.
As it was cloudy and drizzling that night, I had no intention to wake up early the next day and hunt for some sunrise points. So I woke up late at 7.30 a.m, had breakfast in a pretty decent restaurant nearby and headed towards Bhoothanatha temple.