The ancient Kingdom of Chalukyas

Badami is famous for cave temples, fortresses, fine carvings, wonderful architecture and breath-taking views. It is located in a valley at the foot of a red sandstone rock formation that surrounds Agastya Lake. Overlooking the sandstone cave temples, Badami fort and several temples are lined up on the shores of Agastya Lake.

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Cultural Importance of the Town

Badami, the proud town of Karnataka with a rich cultural heritage has many reasons to celebrate throughout the year. However, the main festivals celebrated here are the annual temple festival Dedicated to Goddess Banashankari – an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, Banashankari Festival is one of the most important festivals in Badami that is celebrated in the month of January or February every year. Rathotsava is the highlight feature of this festival along with a local fair that is organised during the festival.

Pattadakal Dance Festival or Chalukya Utsav is another important festival in Badami that is celebrated here with great enthusiasm. Spread over a period of three days, the Pattadakal or Chalukya Festival is celebrated by Karnataka State Government with an aim to explore the vast cultural heritage of India.

Apart from above, Badami also celebrate the following festivals in large scale.
Virupaksha temple Car Festival in Pattadakal in March.
Mallikarjuna Temple Festival in Pattadakal in March-April

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The ancient Kingdom of Chalukyas

The rich past of Badami is closely linked with the ancient Kingdom of Chalukyas. It was founded in the 6th century ad by Pulekeshin I, the great Chalukya ruler, and was the capital city of the Chalukyas from A.D. 540 until A.D. 757. A number of temples and monuments belonging to the Chalukya period can be found in and around Badami. 

Badami is well known for its rich history and ancient architecture. It was the ancient capital of the early Chalukya kingdom. A number of richly carved monuments and caves belonging to Chalukyas dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries can be found here.

Three of the cave temples belong to Vedic faith, the fourth cave is a Jain temple dedicated to Tirtankara Adinatha. Out of the three Hindu temples, two are dedicated to Lord Vishnu while one is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The beautiful carvings, mural paintings and bracket figures depict Lord Vishnu and puranic characters in different forms along with various figures & scenes from Hindu mythology.

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Connectivity to reach

BY AIR - There is no airport at Badami. The nearest airport is at Belgaum, 150 km away.

BY RAIL - 
The nearest railhead is at Badami, which is 4 km from Badami town. The trains that stop here are mainly second-class passenger trains running between Gadag and Bijapur. One can also catch trains from Bijapur (163 km) and Hubli (128 km), which are well connected by road to Badami.

BY ROAD - 
The town of Badami is connected by road with Hubli, Bijapur and Bangalore (550 km). It takes 4 hours to reach Bijapur and 3 hours to reach Hubli from Badami. There are four daily buses to Bangalore, which takes 12 hours to reach. The bus service to the nearby historical places of Aihole and Pattadakal is good.

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Climate & best time to visit

The best time to visit Badami is from July to March, when the temperature ranges from 10 to 32 degrees Celsius. There are minimum fluctuations in the temperature throughout the year. The weather during this time is cool and pleasant and you can witness many cultural activities and festivals as well. Badami has mild winters, and receives average to heavy rainfall in the monsoon season.
Summers (April-May) are too hot to really enjoy sight-seeing as the temperature rises up to 40 degree Celsius.

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