Earlier the capital of the Chalukya Kingdom, Badami is located in the North Karnataka District and is a part of Bagalkot. This place is surrounded by beautiful hills and mainly known for the lovely cave temples. This is a group of four temples which are made of soft sandstone. Out of these three are dedicated to the Hindu religion while the one remaining is for the Jains. These are some of the perfect examples of Chalukyan Temple architecture. The evolving time and development can be well found in the ravines of this place and the designs made on the walls and ceilings of these temples make them soe of the best temples of South India.
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Badami Cave Temples
Badami is a small town on the north of Karnataka and was built by Pulakesin I of the Chalukyan Empire. This town is mainly known for the cave temples here. These caves were carved out of soft sandstone and bear the remains of Hindu and Dravidian styles of architecture. A major attraction in these caves is the 18 armed statue of Lord Shiva. Cave 1 is probably the oldest of all the caves and is made of red snadstone. The whole cave is adorned with the murals of Hindu deities. The life size statue of Lord Shiva with his consort and the snake is beautiful. Over here you will also be able to find also the statues of dancing Nataraja in 81 different poses. Caves 2 and 3 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Cave 4 is a Jain Temple.
badami bhootnath temple
A beautiful lake next to an old temple facing West. Probably picture perfect location for viewing Sunset. But dost miss out on the carving behind the temple. Usually you see boys who guide you around these sites. Its up to you, you may or may not take their help. The huge rock behind the temple can be climbed by a small trek. Right outside the temple premise you can see markings on stone with white paint. You can view Badami from the place less traveled by :)
badami shivalik temples
I didnt see much about this place in the blogs online. The path to this place is next to the museum. The place ended up being the best place during my whole trip. I reached at around 8 in the morning and as i was alone, it looked like a place to explore. There are clean paths and beautiful rocks around. Going up till Vatapi Ganapati (Upper Shivalik) covering several spots alone made my trip memorable. Don't miss a small path to get to the two storied stone structure.
Its a beautiful temple, but the water in the pond was dried up so it was bit disappointing.As this wasn't even a planned visit, as i had reached here by lack of communication between the driver and me., as i was going to Badami Caves but unfortunately reached here. Well thats the best part of travelling solo, u'll make the most out of your wrong decisions.