Vatapi, India: City of Caves and Temples by Ajinkya Chavan

Kolhapur, Maharashtra, IN


Badami or Vatapi is one of the most important and historical town in Bagalkot district, being the capital city has many monuments which had royal patronage.
Today Badami, together with Aihole and the World Heritage site of Pattadkal forms a celebrated cultural triangular of North Karnataka renowned for its rich architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Its spectacular natural and geological setting-deep valleys, scared water bodies, the historic settlement-Badami old town with traditional flat roofed mud structures, ancient pathways, monuments, festivals, rituals, art and craft, add to its unique historical landscape which defines and distinguishes Badami from other historical places in India.