Famously known for its rock-cut structural temples, Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, is a small town in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, located in a valley at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake.
Elected as one of the heritage cities for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of the Government of India, the town in one of the most prominent tourist destinations in Karnataka.
Simultaneously with some important inscriptions, it has eighteen inscriptions, in which the first Sanskrit inscription is in the old Kannada script, dates back to 543 CE.
At an average elevation of 1922 feet above the sea level, the town is located at the entrance of a valley between two rocky mountains and encompasses the Agastya tirtha water storage on the three other sides.
Badami Cave Temples, Agastya Lake, Badami Fort, Aihole, Bhuthanatha Temples, Malegitti Shivalaya Fort, Upper Shivalaya, and Lower Shivalaya are some of the most prominent tourist attractions in Badami, Karnataka.