Here are the top 14 tourist attractions to see in Badami:

1. Cave Temples

Must visit 3.5 /5

1 kms
from city center
1 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

The Cave Temples of Badami consist of four separate temples, each holding intricate carvings and depictions.

2. Agastya Lake

Must visit 3.4 /5

1 kms
from city center
2 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

Said to possess healing powers, this lake faces all the caves of Badami and is surrounded by the red sandstone temples.

3. Badami Fort

Must visit 3.4 /5

1 kms
from city center
3 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

The fort was built by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. Perched on the top of a cliff, this fort is accompanied by two Shivalaya complexes dating back to the 5th century. A 16th century and a 14th century watchtower are also featured atop this hill.

4. Aihole

Must visit 3.4 /5

25 kms
from city center
4 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

While in Badami, take a day trip to Aihole, history's storehouse of temples. With countless ancient temples, partly claimed by ruins, the town is a walk through early architectural styles and structures, with a charm borrowed from the past, hanging around.

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5. Bhuthanatha Temples

Must visit 3.4 /5

1 kms
from city center
5 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

The two temples facing the Agastya lake, are known as the Bhuthanatha temples. Built of local sandstone, they are dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the form of Bhuthanatha.

6. City Shopping

3.0 /5

2 kms
from city center
6 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

Take home some hand made artifacts and rugs from Badami. Shop for sandalwood and rosewood sculptures as well as traditional jewellery.

7. Archaeological Museum

3.1 /5

1 kms
from city center
7 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

This Archaeological Museum was founded in 1979. Consisting of four separate galleries, two of which are open air, this museum has various exhibits ranging from mythological to prehistoric times, dating back to the 6th century.

8. Banashankari Temple

3.6 /5 View 6+ photos

4 kms
from city center
8 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

Banashankari temple, also known as Banashankari Amma temple, is located at Cholachagudd near Badami, in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It is counted amongst the most famous shrines in Karnataka dedicated to the Hindu mythology. Several stories and beliefs revolve around the temple regarding its construction, history, and culture. However, the most exciting fact about this temple is that the people worship 'Rahukala' which is considered inauspicious as per Hindu culture. The devotees pray to Rahukala to let go of all the miseries, poverty and inauspiciousness from their life.

9. Pattadakal

3.1 /5

15 kms
from city center
9 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

Another town in much proximity to Badami is Pattadakal and is also known for its temple and the intricate and varied styles of architecture that they exhibit.

10. Malegitti Shivalaya Fort and Temple

3.5 /5

1 kms
from city center
10 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

A grand example of ancient Chalukya architecture, the Malegitti Shivalaya Fort and Temple are a series of elegantly carved, rock-cut structures spread out across the massive red boulder, overlooking the small town of Badami. The temples were built in the 7th century, and these structures are perhaps the earliest and best surviving examples of the magnificence of the Dravida style in the early Chalukya architecture. Along with the temples, the rocky edifice also houses the north fort and remnants of the storage facilities for food and weapons.

11. Mahakuta Temples

3.4 /5

5 kms
from city center
11 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

Situated on the outskirts of Badami in the tiny village of Mahakuta, the Mahakuta group of temples are an architectural delight, mirroring the unique rock-cut construction pattern of the Chalukyas seen across Badami. These temples combine the ancient architectural elements of the Dravidian and Nagara styles, as is seen at the various temples of this region.

12. Mallikarjuna Temple

3.5 /5

1 kms
from city center
12 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

Within the Bhootanatha temple cluster by the beautiful Agastya Lake of Badami lies the elegantly designed Mallikarjuna Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple, along with smaller shrines built around it, was constructed in a star-shaped plan in the 11th century. Its structure is representative of the Chalukyan architectural influence seen on a majority of the historical buildings in this heritage town.

13. Lower Shivalaya

3.4 /5

1 kms
from city center
13 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

Built in the 7th century by the ancient Chalukyan dynasty, the Lower Shivalaya temple is part of a series of temples situated across the northern hill of Badami. This intricately carved rock-cut structure perhaps the earliest and best-surviving example of the magnificence of the Dravida style in the early Chalukya architecture.

14. Upper Shivalaya

3.3 /5

1 kms
from city center
14 out of 14
places to visit in Badami

Situated on top of the northern hill of Badami, the Upper Shivalaya is a fine example of the rock-cut architectural style of the ancient Chalukyan empire. Built in the 7th century, this impressive structure gives one a magnificent panoramic view of the town of Badami and the beautiful Agastya lake.

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