15 Places to Visit in Badami, Tourist Places & Top Attractions
Badami, located in the northern part of Karnataka, is well known for its great history and architecture. There are plenty of ancient temples, forts, and historical places to visit in Badami. This most significant landscape is once regarded as the ancient capital of the early Chalukya kingdom.

Thus, one can spot many Chalukya styled monuments and forts. Likewise, it’s equally famous for its rock-cut cave temples, which have been carved out on the red sandstone hills. There are also a number of fairs and festivals performed annually that is worth visiting at least one time.

Over the years, the once-celebrated mighty forts, fishing lakes, and Hindu deity temples are now turned into the most-visited tourist places in Badami. Here, places like Badami Fort, Bhutanatha Temples, and Ravana Pahad offer a perfect environment for tourists to spend an entire day. They can discover the archaeological findings and their deep insights.

Similarly, kids can play over the open lawn and have unlimited fun with their siblings. Thus, one can get an unparallel experience throughout their journey. To witness the best of Badami, you must come between October and February, where the climate is soothing and gives a pleasant atmosphere wherever you go.

Here are the best places to visit in Badami:

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Badami Caves Temples are a complex of four Hindu caves temples, representing the rock-cut architecture of the Chalukyan dynasty. Curiously, the caves are carved out in single stone and having statues hewn from the rock itself.

Tourists, who look for famous places to visit in Badami, must come here once. Without visiting this exhilarating place, one's trip to Badami will never get fulfilled. The place is also blessed with beautiful surroundings that can be etched in your eyes.

 Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka

 It’s open from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm.

Distance from Bus Stand:
 It’s just 1.1 km away from the Badami Bus Stand

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The Agastya Lake is a huge water body located just beneath the cave temples. Unlike other lakes, this one is considered holy because it has healing power. By taking insights from mythology, it is believed to destroy all sins.

This alluring lake is encircled by the local inhabitants, where they use this water and preserve it for the future. If you look at the surroundings, you will get stunned with the great panoramic views of the hills.

Location: Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka

Timings: No specific timings maintained.

Distance from Bus Stand: 
Its located 1 km away from the Badami Bus Stand

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This place is nothing but a renowned archaeological site in Badami. Nestled atop a cliff, the Badami Fort is situated exactly opposite to the Badami caves.

It gives a magnificent view of the Badami town and its structures. Additionally, the fort is circled by large granaries, a huge underground chamber, temples, strategically located watchtowers and various other attractions.

Thus, it has emerged as one of the exciting tourist places in Badami. So, don’t miss this historically important fort.

 Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka

It’s available from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm.

Distance from Bus Stand:
 It’s approximately 1 km away from the Badami Bus Stand

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Aihole is a village in Karnataka, also referred in different names like Aivalli, Ahivolal, and Aryapura. It’s a religious place consists of ancient and medieval era of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monasteries.

The temples are dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma separately, and it carries the popular sculptures on its walls and pillars. Interestingly, the temples’ exterior looks simple and does not contain any of the sculptures or statues.

Apart from temples and monuments, Aihole also gives space to the Museum and Art Gallery.

 It’s at Bagalkot, Karnataka, and located 46 km away from Badami

: It’s operating from 6.00 am to 5.30 pm.

Distance from Bus Stand:
 Its 33.9 km distanced from the Badami Bus Station

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The Bhutanatha group of temples is a club of sandstone shrines dedicated to the deity Bhutanatha, God of Souls, in Badami town. The mere location is famous for its amazing views and rock climbing activities.

All these temples are inspired by the Southern Indian style of architecture, having huge boulders and sculptures of different god’s incarnations. At the back of the temples, you can find the figures of Jain and Lord Vishnu avatars.

This group of temples is one among the best places to visit in Badami during Hindu festivals.

 It’s in Badami town, Bagalkot, Karnataka.

It’s open from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Distance from Bus Stand:
 Its located 1.2 km away from the Badami Bus Stand

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The Archaeological Museum, located in Badami is comprising of findings such as ancient stone implements and sculptures, inscriptions, precious stones and so on, dated back between early 6th and mid 16th century A.D.

Here, Lajja Gouri and other narrative panels (Makara Torana) that represents predators like lion, tiger, etc. are some of the sought-after attractions, famous mainly for its majestic appearance.

Apart from that, this great museum also houses plenty of other historical findings and documents. Thus, one must include this museum to the list of insightful places of visit in Badami.

It’s located at the foothills of the northern hill containing the northern fort, near to Pallava Narasimhavarmman’s inscription
It’s open between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm (Friday closed)

Distance from Bus Stand: 
It’s located 900 m away from the Badami Bus Stand

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If you feel like something is missing in the list of attractive places to visit in Badami, add this great Akka-Tangi Falls that is sure to quench your thirst for adventure. Surrounded by a splendid environment, this coolest place gushes out water from the height and falls on top of your head like a snowball.

Interestingly, it is the first fall of the Sharavathi River, which is less than 5 km from its birthplace.           

 Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka

 it’s open from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm

Distance from Bus Stand:
 It’s just 1.1 km away from the Badami Bus Stand

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Experience the grandeur of ancient Chalukya architecture and its architectural brilliance in the Malegitti Shivalaya Fort and Temple. It was constructed in the 7th century in the famous Dravidian style.

The Malegitti Shivalaya was dedicated to the Sun God Surya. On the top, you can find a small picture of the Surya, featured with seven horses, which makes it one of the fascinating tourist places in Badami.

Location: Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka

It’s available from 6.30 am to 5.30 pm

Distance from Bus Stand: 
Its 850 m away from the Badami Bus Stand

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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 Chalukyas.

If you look into the tower of the inner sanctum, it’s built-in typical Rastrakuta style. Apart from that, there are several small shrines built to the eastern and northern sides of the main temple.

Location: Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka

Timings: It’s open from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm

Distance from Bus Stand: 
Its 1.5 km away from the Badami Bus Stand

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Lower Shivalaya is given solely to Lord Ganesha, which is consisted of a medium porch, a hall, and a double-side covered sanctuary. Inside the sanctuary lies a differently shaped lotus–petaled pathway that has been featured with a Brahmanical picture.

For temple lovers, it’s one of the famous tourist places in Badami, where you can get mesmerized with the shrines, a large dome, topped off by a crowing stupa.

Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka

It’s open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (Friday closed)

Distance from Bus Stand:
 Its 700 m away from the Badami Bus Stand

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Situated on top of the northern hill of Badami, it has a splendid structure that gives one the best panoramic views of the Badami town and the neighbouring Agastya Lake.

This temple is boasted with a large sanctuary created by the exterior walls of the temple, having three different passageways. To explore more, one must add this amazing landscape in the list of historical places to visit in Badami.

Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka

 It’s open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (Friday closed)

Distance from Bus Stand:
 Its 850 m away from the Badami Bus Stand

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Mahakuteshwara Temple was constructed during the period of 6th – 8th century A.D. The term “Mahakuta” refers to the Great Group and the name is given because of its large number of Shiva temples in the same region.

The temple is widely known for its two key inscriptions, namely, Pillar and Porch that portray the history of the Chalukya Dynasty.

 Badami-Mahakoota, Badami, Karnataka

Timings: It’s available from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Distance from Bus Stand:
 It’s approximately 13 km away from the Badami Bus Station

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If you’re looking for ancient places to visit in Badami, where caves are dramatically drawn and sculptured, you must visit Ravana Phadi Temple.

It is built in the 6th century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One can find a broken column situated right next to the cave entrance, which opens to the southwest.

Location: Aihole, Karnataka

Timing: It’s open from 6.00 am to 5.30 pm

Distance from Bus Stand:
 Its 33.7 km away from the Badami Bus Station

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Banashankari Amma Temple is one of the famous Hindu temples in Karnataka, where millions of devotees come and offer their prayers, food items, etc. to the Goddess. During Rahukala, the deities perform special events as they consider it as inauspicious time.

The entire place is crowded every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday because those are the most auspicious days. So tourists are advised to plan their visit accordingly.

 It’s at S Kariyappa Road, Kanakpura Main Road, Sarbandapalya, Banashankari Temple Ward, Bangalore, Karnataka

 It’s open from 6.00 am to 9.00 pm. The pooja timings are different on each day

Distance from Bus Stand:
 It’s 4 km away from the BMTC Shuttle Service Bus Stop

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Pattadakal is also referred to as Pattadakallu or Raktapura and having a mix of 7th and 8th century Hindu and Jain temples. Temples built here are predominately dedicated to Lord Shiva and it faces east.

This amazing temple is famous for its sculptures inspired by the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Similarly, some of the attractions within the temple are built based on the Dravidian style. 

Bagalkot district, Karnataka

Pattadakal opens from Sunrise to Sunset

Distance from Bus Stand:
 It’s located exactly 20 km from the Badami Bus Stand

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