What is the best time to visit Badami?

Once a capital of the Badami Chalukyas, Badami is an interesting heritage site that is best visited when the weather is clear and pleasant. The geographical location makes it a semi-arid region, and therefore, Winter and Spring from October to April are the best time to visit the town. The temperature during this time of the year usually remains moderate allowing tourists to explore the site to the fullest. The monsoon season can also be an excellent time to explore the heritage site as the region does not receive continuous heavy downpours. While summers are not as much recommended because of the soaring temperatures, the subtle transformation when the seasonal showers begin to cool down the surroundings can be quite a delightful experience for many. With a lot in store than just ancient history, this semi-arid region is quite a tourist attraction to explore.

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Monthly Weather in Badami

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 15 30
February 17 33
March 19 35
April 21 38
May 23 36
June 22 30
July 21 26
August 21 27
September 20 27
October 19 30
November 16 30
December 16 30

Badami in Winter (November - February)

As the monsoons slowly fade away, Badami gently transitions into the winter season in October. The climate usually remains mildly cold, but as time passes, the season peaks up in December and January which are the coldest months in Badami. The temperature hovers between 27°C and 16°C, making it the best time to visit the town. The air remains pleasantly cool all through the day allowing tourists to venture out to soak up the gentle rays of the winter sun. Tourists can visit attractions like the Badami Fort, Badami Caves, Mallikarjuna Temples, Mahakuta Temples, Archaeological Museum, Agasthya Lake, Bhoothnath Temple etc. located in and around Badami to make the most of their trip.

Some of the important festivals of Badami are also celebrated around this time of the year. For example, Dusshera in October, Diwali in November, Banashankari Festival in January and the Pattadakal Dance Festival in January/ February. The surroundings of these heritage sites are seen covered with the lush greenery left behind by the monsoon showers. The gentle sun lights up the clear blue skies with occasional cotton-like clouds above the ruins creating a perfectly harmonious sight for the sore eyes that cannot be missed when visiting Badami during this time of the year.
Badami Cave Temples
Badami Cave Temples
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Badami in Monsoon (July - September)

After the blazing heat that the sun throws onto the region, Monsoons hit Badami transforming it into a picturesque location. This is the time of the year when the skies are overcast with grey clouds bringing a respite from summer heat. Monsoons last till September and are considered to be an excellent time of the year to explore the town. The temperature hovers between a comfortable 31°C and a pleasant 21°C with an annual rainfall of 670 mm.

July and August are the peak monsoon seasons with torrential rainfall hence mostly avoided by tourists. This period is also perfect for budget travellers as the hotel tariffs drop down considerably making accommodation a steal. During an overcast day, when the natural light is just right, one can capture some fantastic shots of the Agastya Lake, the Bhoothnath Temple, Badami Fort and the Badami Caves whether or not the seasonal showers are present. Appropriate planning according to the weather forecast should ensure an enjoyable time for the intrepid traveller, but one must expect surprises from mother nature and be prepared for the same.
View of Bhutanatha temple in Badami during monsoon
View of Bhutanatha temple in Badami during monsoon
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Badami in Summer (April - July)

As mentioned above, owing to its geographical location, Badami is considered to be a semi-arid tourist site. So visiting during the summer season that begins in April and lasts till June is not entirely recommended to tourists. The temperature usually goes as high as 37°C during the peak hours of the day. So clearly, exploring Badami during the day would take a big hit as it would be an exhausting affair. Evenings and early mornings, however, are cooler and pleasant with the temperature hovering around 25°C. Tourists wanting to visit Badami during the summers can plan their activities around this time of the day, but it would limit venturing out to a large extent as the days will be spent indoors in resorts, hotels or visiting very few attractions to escape the afternoon heat. It is always advisable to plan a visit at the beginning of the season, i.e. in April as May and June are the hottest months of the season.
Bhutanatha temple complex in Badami
Bhutanatha temple complex in Badami
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