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 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.
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.
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.
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 −
Krishna Heritage located at Ramdurg Road
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
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 −
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
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