Badami Caves - Overview

Badami caves were constructed during the rule of Chalukya dynasty who ruled the town from 6th century. Badami was previously known as Vatapi and was the capital of Chalukyas. The Badami caves have many Hindu temples inside them. The caves are on the bank of an artificial lake. The temples in the caves are dedicated to different deities like Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and their various incarnations.

Badami Caves


Badami comes under Bagalkot district in Karnataka which is popular for rock-cut temples and caves. Badami was ruled by Chalukyas from 540 AD to 757AD. Pulakeshin I established the city in 540AD and made it his capital as the place was protected by sandstone cliffs on three sides. Kirtivarman I and Mangalesha constructed the cave temple. Kirtivarman was son and Mangalesha was the brother of Pulakeshin I.

Badami City

Visiting Hours

The caves is opened for the tourists from 9:00am to 5:30pm on all days of the week including public holidays. It takes around two to three hours to visit all the caves as there are many temples and other structures which the tourists can visit.


The tourists have to buy tickets in order to visit the caves. Indian tourists have to pay Rs. 10 per person while foreign tourists have to pay Rs. 100 per person. There is no entry fee for the children whose age is below 15 years.

Best time to visit

The period of October to March is the best time to visit the caves as the climate is very pleasant in these months. In the rest of the months, the temperature is quite high and is not suitable to visit the caves.

Where to Stay?

Badami is a very small town and there are only 12 hotels in the city which include one five-star, three three-stars, two budget, and six cheap hotels. The list of hotels in the town is as follows −

  • Five-Star Hotels

    • Krishna Heritage located at Ramdurg Road

  • Three-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Badami Court located at Station Road

    • Clarks Inn Badami located at Veera Pulakeshi Circle

    • Badami heritage Resort located at Station Road

  • Budget or Two-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Rajsangam International located at Station Road

    • Hotel Mayura Chalukya located at Ramdurg Road

  • Cheap Hotels

    • Heritage Resorts located at Station Road

    • Hotel Sanman Delux Lodge located near Bus Stand

    • Hotel Anand Delux located near Bus Stand

    • Hotel Mookambika Deluxe located opposite to KSRTC Bus Stand

    • Hotel Royal Deluxe Lodge located near Bus Stand

    • TG Stays Jamkhandi Road located at Jamkhandi Road

Bagalkot district is nearby Badami having the distance of around 30km. This place has around 21 hotels. The list of some of the hotels in this district is as follows −

  • Three Star-Hotels

    • Hotel Heritage Resort located at Station Road

    • Homestay Inn and Guest House located at Akkimaradi Layout near Engineering College

  • Budget Hotels or Two-Star Hotels

    • Hotel Priya International located opposite to APMC Yard

    • Hotel Anugraha Deluxe located near Bus Stand Station Road

    • Hotel Chalukya Deluxe located at Navanagar

  • Cheap Hotels

    • Kanthi Resorts located at Gaddankeri near Seemikeri

    • Sarvodaya Deluxe Lodge located at VVS College Road

    • Shree Renuka Krupa Hotel located at Bijapur Road

    • Maharaja Guest House located opposite Bus Stand

    • Hotel Shiva Sangam Residency located near APMC cross

    • Hotel Akshay International located near DC Office and Navanagar Bus Stand

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