The headquarters of Chalukya kingdom. One of the many architectural geniuses by the Chalukyas.
Before Badami ... It was called as "Vatapi".
It is believed to get its name from an "Asura" - Demon name "Vatapi" who was killed by Rishi "Agastya".
Site has a huge lake by the sage name. "Lake Agastya".
The lake is surrounded by Mountain. One side's rock cut into some finest Caves resembling Jain, Vaishnav and Shaiva school of thought. The other side holding two magnificent temple dedicated to "Mahadev". Har Har Mahadev !!!