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Badami -A Journey Through Time and History

Do you know anything about Badami? This is a super cool historical town in Karnataka- India that is famous for its temples carved in rock and ancient architecture. The temples are carved into the hills and are decorated with intricate sculptures of Hindu gods such as Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. Doesn’t that sound cool? I set off to explore Badami and Hampi. I picked up my private car from Pune and arrived at Kolhapur. Then I picked up a bus from Kolhapur to Belgaum. From there I went to Badami by the route of Ramdurg. After having traveled approximately 10-12 hours, I arrived in Badami. The total distance between Pune and Badami is approximately 490 km.

The most common and convenient route for traveling from Pune to Badami is as follows:

Pune -> Kolhapur-> Belgaon -> Yaragatti -> Ramdurg -> Badami = Total 490 Kms

Introduction about Badami:

Badami located in the northern part of Karnataka, Badami is a small town that is known for its rich history and architectural marvels. Once the capital of the Badami Chalukya’s, this town is home to some of the most impressive rock-cut cave temples in India. The town is situated at the base of a rugged red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya Lake, making it a picturesque destination that attracts a large number of tourists every year.

History Of Badami:

Badami is located in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It is famous for its ancient cave temples and other historic monuments that were built during the Chalukya dynasty between the 6th and 8th centuries AD.

The Chalukya dynasty was one of the most powerful and influential dynasties of southern India, and their reign saw a flourishing of art, architecture, and culture in the region. The rulers of the dynasty were known for their love of art and architecture, and they commissioned several magnificent temples and other monuments that still stand to this day.

Wow, I visited Badami for the first time! That’s so exciting! Let me tell you about some of the spots that you might have enjoyed during your visit.

Apart from the cave temples, there are several other historic monuments in and around Badami that are worth visiting. Some of the most popular places are:

  • Malegitti Shivalaya TempleMalegitti Shivalaya is a temple situated in the city of Badami in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Badami, and its architecture is typical of the early Chalukya style.
  • Badami Fort: Badami Fort is a historical monument located on a rugged sandstone hill in the town of Badami in Karnataka, India. The fort was built during the reign of the Chalukya dynasty in the 6th century AD and has been expanded and renovated by several other dynasties over the years.
  • Caves: The four main cave temples in Badami are dedicated to various Hindu deities and are considered to be among the finest examples of rock-cut architecture in India. They are known for their intricate carvings and sculptures, which depict scenes from Hindu mythology and ancient Indian life.
  • Bhutanath temple:  This temple is located on the banks of the Agastya Lake and was built in the 5th century. It has an impressive architecture, with a pyramidal tower and intricate carvings.
  • Agastya Lake:  Agastya Lake is exactly the centripetal force for Badami. The Agastya Lake is an enormous stretch of water resource that has natural source of origin and is not a man made structure.
  • Mallikarjun Temple: Mallikarjuna Group of Temples is popular for its unique architecture and design. It was constructed in Phamsana style (pyramid-like shape), these temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and assumed to be built between Rashtrakutas and Kalyani Chalukya.

These monuments are a testimony to the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the Chalukya dynasty, and attract tourists and history buffs from all over the world.

Budget Breakdown

My Expenses From Pune To Badami 

Pune To Kolhapur Car = 500 Rs
Kolhapur Snacks = 66 Rs
Kolhapur to Belgaon Bus = 134 Rs 
Belgaon Breakfast = 20 Rs
Belgaon to Badami Bus = 158 Rs 
Badami Hotel Stay = 600 Rs
Badami Morning Breakfast = 80 Rs 
Total = 1558 Rs
Badami Guide Fees = 1800 Rs
Banana’s = 50 Rs
Museum fees = 5 Rs
Cave fees = 25 Rs
Bhaji = 40 Rs
Tea = 10 Rs
Dinner = 130 Rs
Total = 2060 Rs
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