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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We became aware of Badami caves thanks to the movie 'Guru' starring Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan. These are among the earliest examples of Hindu religious architecture. There are four caves in all, carved into the hill side - one Shaivaite, two Vaishnavas, and one Jain. The quality of carving is excellent. I particularly liked the 18 armed Nataraja in the first cave. This carving summarizes 81 arm positions for Bharata Natyam - one of the four classical dances of India. Both arms have 9 positions each, giving 81 combinations in all.

The climb to the caves can be a little demanding for a sexagenarian like me. One also has to be mindful of the monkeys - better not carry any bags as they are sure to be snatched away by our simian ancestors! One of them snatched a water bottle out of my hands.

5  Thank schand
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We have loved this site visit. We strongly recommend you to go and discover the beautiful landscape!

1  Thank Caroline C
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Out-of-the-world heritage. The Badami cave temples are composed of four caves, all carved out of the soft Badami sandstone on a hill cliff in the late 6th to 7th centuries. They are a temple complex, located in the district of Bagalkote, in the northern parts of Karnataka. These caves were sculptured during the Chalukyan rule during the 6th and 8th centuries. Badami or earlier known as Vatapi was the capital of the great Chalukyan empire. The caves and the temples of Badami have withstood against time and invasion of the Cholas. Badami is known for its ancient cave temples carved out of monolithic sandstone.
A must see in India.

1  Thank AnuWrites
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Badami or Vatapi , original capital of chalukyan empire built in 6th century AD. Visited Badami in May2012 . There are number of caves with old kannada inscriptions .
There is a old fort . Recommend to climb the steep steps and enjoy the view of Badami town from the top. Opposite to the old fort one can see another fort built by Tipu for the storage of his treasury . A museum is at the foot of the hills. Agastya lake is beautiful which is across the badami fort . One has to be careful about monkeys patroling the vehicle parking space . They seem to be everywhere . Excellent cave temples with beautiful carvings.

1  Thank sridhar v
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

From the Biker Diary 1.2->
Start point-> Pune Aundh
End Point-> Badami(Karnataka)
Total Journy time->18-19 hrs
Total km Runs->Around 1100 Km
Route->Chandni chowk->Katraj->125km Satara->135 Kolhapur(NH4)->35km Nippani->
20km Shiveshwar(NH4)->35km Gokal fall Road(SH135)->32km Yerragatti->43kmRamDurg->45km BADAMI

I started my Journy around 9 from Pimple Saudagar, on Sat22 dec. as usual bcz of holidays there were lot of rush on the road, highway looks like a busy city road,
Road was ok, but not very gud till SATARA, lot of palces Road construction was gng on, so i found traffic many times,I was not able to Drive with my max speed, my avrg speed was around 75-90KMPH,

it took me around 2.5 hrs to reach SATARA there i took a small halt(30 mins) as my front brake shoe needed to change, on the way i also found few cyclist traveling to kanyakumari grt enthu Salute to them.

after that i started again, and it took me another 2 hr to reach Kolhapur, i had my Lunch there,
then i restrted again ,Some how i missed to take left turn in shiveshwar, to connect SH-35 straight road towards Yerragatti
then, after traveling 20-30 km i found a borad sayng take left for GOKAL i.e 35km that road was, village road SH-135 i think,the road was in Excelent condition but in between around 4-5 km road was under construction so it made me vry difficlt to ride in between, finally i rechd to GOKAL fall around 5PM, i spend 20 mins there it is nice place, but not the best time to visit as there was vry less water (best time to visit there is july-Aug), from there i asked people how to reach BADAMI they told me that it is around 100km, i was bit worried bcz it was gettng Dark and my schedule was brechd,

Anyway , tried to drive as fast i can,in between i took a vilg road from Yerragatti road was Ok but in between ,
lots of Speed brkr was made and it was vry diffclt to find them while ridng it just cums suddenly no sign board.
Finally i reachd to BADAMI around 8:00 PM, i found good lodging there cost me around 550Rs for doublebed rooma s there were no single Bed room was availble.

Nxt day i strted visitng the places, all the temples were proudly spkng about the grt indian Art
i went to Banshgiri Temple, nagnath Temple,Mahakutta Temple and then in the eveng , BADAMI caves

5  Thank ashish2782
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