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Travel Guide for Badami

Badami is small historic city located in Karnataka. In the 6th century, this city was bustling with trade and cultural activities. The history of Badami started back in 500 AD and earlier when locals built cave temples and many monuments out of rock. Today, this is an interesting cultural region and an important destination for architectural sightseeing and exploration.

Experiencing Deccan Odyssey styled Badami vacation

Badami is an important destination in the Deccan Odysseys covering the journey of Jewels of the Deccan. Badami is scaled along with Aihole and Pattadakal. It is one of the optional excursions provided on the third day. Tourists are taken on a sightseeing tour to the important temples and rock-cut caves. The tour is specifically arranged right before sunset to enjoy the rays of the sun on the monuments.

How to reach Badami ?

  • By Air:

    Badami does not have an airport within its boundaries. You can choose to fly to Bangalore and find train, bus or cab to Badami.

  • By Train:

    There is a small railway station in Badami, which gets train from surrounding regions like Bijapur, Bangalore and others. From the railway station, you can find rickshaws, autos and buses to reach required destinations. Luxury trains like Deccan Odyssey also scale Badami as a part of its itinerary. There is a bus stand in the center of this small city.

  • By Road:

    You can find buses to and from various parts of Karnataka and surrounding regions. You can hire cabs from major cities to Badami. Frequency of buses and cabs is subjected to the season.

What to see and do in Badami ?

Most of what you need to enjoy in located around Agasythya Tank. Tourists hire auto or rickshaw to the tank and scale the place around it, on foot. Top sightseeing spot of Badami is the collection of cave temples located to the south of the tank. There are four caves, which are dedicated to different Gods and religion.

Apart from the cave temple, top spots to visit in Badami are

  • Malegitti Shivalaya
  • Archeological museum
  • Dattatreya temple
  • Bhutanatha temple

Top activities to enjoy in Badami are :

  • Kailash temple
  • Prithvinath Temple
  • Balkeshwar Temple
  • Shyam Ji Maharaj Temple

Mughal or Persian style Garden :

  • Exploration
  • Sightseeing
  • Rock climbing
  • Photography
  • Shopping for souvenirs and handicrafts

Best time to visit Badami

Badami is at prime beauty throughout the year. When it comes to the wrath of temperature, the summers will be hot and humid. This makes outdoor sightseeing very hot and uncomfortable. Dehydration is common during this season. Thus, it is better to avoid summer season.

Summer starts in March and ends in June. If you are visiting in summer, you ought to taste the variety of mangoes that are cultivated around this region, Badami mangoes.

Monsoon provides mild showers. The place becomes more beautiful during monsoon season as the historic places will be washed clean with rain. However, rain is always a hindrance to enjoy sightseeing. The monsoon starts in July and ends in September.

The winter is the best time to visit Badami. The winter’s climate is pleasing and it is easier to scale the place during winter.

Festivals and traditions of Badami

Top festivals and fairs to enjoy in Badami are

  • Banashankari temple’s annual festival – January / February
  • Virupaksha temple car festival – March/ April
  • Malikarjuna temple festival – March / April

Apart from these, the locals celebrate all common Hindu festivals and national festivals.

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