Badami is a town in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It is famous for its rock cut and other structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake. Badami fort lies east of Bhuthnatha temple atop a cliff right opposite to the Badami cave temples. The entrance to this temple is right through the Badami museum. It is a steep climb with many beautiful scenery and dotted with little shrines.
Badami is famous for its sandstone cave temples. Cave temple 1 may be the oldest in Badami. It is made of red sandstone and has a hall with numerous pillars and a square shaped sanctum hollowed in the control back wall. There are paintings of amorous couples on the ceiling. Other features include Shiva and his consort Parvathi with a coiled serpent and the 18 armed lord Nataraja in 81 dancing poses.Cave temple 2 is dedicated to Vishnu (as Trivikrama) with one foot mastering the Earth and the other the sky. Vishnu is also portrayed as Varaha and Krishna.
Badami is located at an average elevation of 586 metres . It is located at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills and surrounds Agastya tirtha water reservoir on the three other sides. The total area of the town is 10.3 square kilometers.It is located 30 kilometers from Bagalkot,128 kilometers from Bijapur, 132 kilometers from Hubli, 46 kilometers from Aihole,and 589 kilometers from Bangalore.