Badami was established by the Chulakyan Era as the Capital during the sixth century under the glory of Pulakeshi II.
It was more known as Vatapi under their rule and served as an University Centre to study Temple Architecture, where students used to come from all parts of India to study and where it has left behind enough proof for the present and future generations to see and marvel on the sculptural masterpiece of the 4 level of Badami Cave Temples carved out from rust red sandstone between two rocky hills. Overlooking the caves is the Agastya Tirtha Tank,its bank dotted with Bhoothanatha temples.
And not far from Badami, is the World Heritage Centre standing with cluster of 10 major temples on the Bank of the River Malaprabha, the only river in the country ,which flows in the direction from South to North and for which reason considered to be very auspicious and once used as Ceremonial Centre where kings were crowned and commemorated under the glory of the Chalukyans Dynasty and attained the famous name as PATTADAKAL meaning Crowning.
A little further North is another tranquil village on the same River Bank is AIHOLE, which is acclaimed as the cradle of Hindu Temple Architecture. There are hundreds of temples in the village and fields nearby. The most impressive is the Durga Temple with its semicircular apse, elevated plinth and the gallery encircling the sanctum. The Lad Khan temple which is one of the earliest temples was originally a Royal assembly and Marriage Hall.
Badami is well connected by Air, Rail, and by Road and can be used as center to visit both Bijapur and Hampi and rightly fully now called the GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF THE SOUTH.