1. Shri Shakambhari Banashankari Shakti Peetha, Cholachagudda, Badami
Banashankari Devi Temple is a Hindu shrine located at Cholachagudda near Badami, in Bagalkot district, Karnataka, India. The temple is popularly called ‘Shakambhari’ ‘Banashankari or Vanashankari’ since it is located in the Tilakaaranya forest. The temple deity is also called the Shakambhari, an incarnation of the goddess Parvati.
The temple attracts devotees from Karnataka as well as the neighbouring state of Maharashtra. The original temple was built by the 7th century Badami Chalukya kings, who worshipped goddess Banashankari as their tutelary deity. The temple celebrates its annual festival called Banashankari jatre, in the months of January or February. The festival comprises cultural programmes, boat festival as well as a Rath yatra, when the temple goddess is paraded around the city in a chariot. Banshakhari is a form of Maa Shakambhari Devi whose real, main and ancient temple is located in Saharanpur District in Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as Shaktipeeth Shakambhari Devi. There are statues of Bhima, Bhramari, Shatakshi and Ganesha along with mother.
- You’ll be impressed by the beauty of the goddess idol
- Feel very blessed after taking Darshan
- This is the kingdom of great ruler’s of Chalukya’s.
07:00 – 21:00
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2.Badami Cave Temple – 1
Historic caves & Hindu holy site
- There are 6 caves here and a Agasthya lake also superb
- Beautiful rock carving of ancient times!
- Excellent place to visit to witness Chalukya Heritage.
06:00 – 18:00
3. Sri Bhootanaatha Gudi (Places to visit, Things to do in Badami)
Sri Bhootanaatha Gudi is ranked at the 4th position in the list of Best places to visit in Badami.
The Bhutanatha group of temples are Hindu temples that were built between the 7th and 12th centuries. They are located to the east of Agastya lake in Badami, Karnataka state, India. The temples are divided into two subgroups. The first subgroup, known as the East Bhutanatha group or Bhutanatha main group, was built mostly in the Dravida architecture style during the 7th and 8th centuries. The second subgroup, known as the North Bhutanatha group or Mallikarjuna group, was built mostly in the Nagara architecture style during the 11th and 12th centuries. The former showcases the architectural style of the Badami Chalukya architects, while the latter, along with the nearby Yellamma temple, represents the Kalyani Chalukya architects.
- Very beautiful place near the lake in Badami
- Awesome view from the Badami cave & this temple
- Do not forget to visit the museum just besides it.
4. Sri Mahaakuteshwara Gudi (Places to visit, Things to do in Badami)
The Mahakuta group of temples is located in Mahakuta, a village in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka state, India. It is an important place of worship for Hindus and the location of a well-known Shaiva monastery. The temples are dated to the 6th or 7th century CE and were constructed by the early kings of the Chalukya dynasty of Badami. The dating of the temples is based on the style of architecture which is similar to that of the temples in nearby Aihole and the information in two notable inscriptions in the complex: the Mahakuta Pillar inscription dated between 595–602 CE; and an inscription of Vinapoti, a concubine of king Vijayaditya, dated between 696–733 CE and written in the Kannada language and script.
- Historical, holy, religious, healthy. Fine location for picnic adventure
- A nice collection of temples, boys swimming exuberantly and families picnicking
- The temple is dated to the 6th or 7th century.
06:00 – 20:00
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5. HOTEL BADAMI COURT(unit of Shreejit Resorts Pvt Ltd)
HOTEL BADAMI COURT (unit of Shreejit Resorts Pvt Ltd) has secured the 6th position in the list of Best places to visit in BadamiHotel.
- Service is good and breakfast was also tasty!
- Excellent hotel with swimming pool
- Hotel restaurant is also very good!!
6. Archaeological Museum Badami
Exhibits on local archeological finds
- Unique sculptures are worth visiting
- You have to buy a ticket for the museum in which you can also visit the fort
- It was a nice museum with very ancient tools and cave structures etc.
09:00 – 17:00
7. Shivana Gudi Badami
Temple and architecture
- Great piece of architecture situated on the Badami Cave Temple complex
- Also, the trek begins right next to the Archeological Museum which is convenient
- The Upper Shivalaya is a beautiful temple on top of the hill situated near the fort
8. Badami (Cave Temple – 3) – Bagalkot District, Karnataka, India
Badami (Cave Temple – 3) – Bagalkot District, Karnataka, India received 9 Position in the list of Best places to visit in BadamiHistorical landmark
- Dedicated to lord Vishnu
- Wonder place, even after ages these carvings are a marvel.
- Just like the second cave, there is also Bhu-Varaha relief.
06:00 – 18:00
9. Agasthya Lake
Agasthya Lake is ranked 10th on the list of Best places to visit in BadamiLake.
- Nice bird’s eye view from the caves
- No one can miss this place if visiting Badami cave and other temples
- Up close, you can see the locals using it as a place to wash their clothes.
10. Sidila Padi
Sidlaphadi near Badami in Karnataka is a natural rock bridge and prehistoric rock shelter. It is located about four km in the middle of a shrub jungle near the historic town of Badami. To reach Sidlaphadi, you have to take a bridle and kutcha path through sandstone hills from Badami as there is no metal road leading to the spot. The name Sidlaphadi literally means “Rock of lightning” in Kannada, which is derived from the gaping holes in the natural rock arch that were formed when lightning struck.
The natural rock bridge structure resembles a wide arch between two sandstone boulders. The arch has large, gaping holes that allow sunlight to enter inside, providing the required light for the interiors. It also served as a shelter for hunter-gatherer prehistoric people.
In the Badami archaeological museum, there is a replica of Sidlaphadi dedicated to recreating the structure. The museum also has posters providing relevant information about the evolution of man.
There is evidence to prove that Sidlaphadi was once a dwelling of prehistoric man.
- This trek is best enjoyed if you are solitary or with a group of friends
- Stone arch marvel created by nature
- You can take your bike till the caves
11. Sri Mallikarjuna Gudi
12. Akka-Tangi Falls
13. Jambulinga Temple
Temple, architecture, and history
- And also great history in the state of Karnataka.
Aihole got 15 Position in the list of Best places to visit in Badami
Aihole, also referred to as Aivalli, Ahivolal or Aryapura, is a historic site of ancient and medieval era Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments in Karnataka, India that dates from the sixth century through the twelfth century CE. Most of the surviving monuments at the site date from the 7th to 10th centuries.
Located around an eponymous small village surrounded by farmlands and sandstone hills, Aihole is a major archaeological site featuring over one hundred and twenty stone and cave temples spread along the Malaprabha river valley, in Bagalakote district. Hunagunda Taluk Distance 35 km
Aihole is 35 kilometres from Badami and about 9.7 kilometres from Pattadakal, both of which are major centres of historically important Chalukya monuments. Aihole, along with nearby Badami, emerged by the 6th century as the cradle of experimentation with temple architecture, stone artwork, and construction techniques. This resulted in 16 types of free-standing temples and 4 types of rock-cut shrines. The experimentation in architecture and arts that began in Aihole yielded the group of monuments at Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
15. Badami Fort
Pattadakal, also known as Raktapura, is a collection of Hindu and Jain temples dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries CE. It is located in northern Karnataka, India, on the west bank of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district. This site, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated 23 kilometers from Badami and approximately 9.7 kilometers from Aihole, both of which are historically significant centers for Chalukya monuments. The Archaeological Survey of India manages and protects this monument under Indian law.
UNESCO has described Pattadakal as a perfect blend of architectural styles from both northern and southern India, showcasing the pinnacle of eclectic art. While the Hindu temples primarily honor Shiva, they also incorporate elements of Vaishnavism and Shaktism theology and legends. The intricate friezes in the Hindu temples depict various concepts from Vedic and Puranic texts, as well as stories from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata Purana, and other Hindu scriptures like the Panchatantra and the Kirātārjunīya. On the other hand, the Jain temple is solely dedicated to a single Jina.