Beautiful Cave Temples are the major attraction in Badami. You can consider hiring a guide who is not pushy and well informed. They will ask for Rs. 200 for a tour of the caves, or Rs. 300 to guide you through the whole site. Be watchful of mischievous monkeys. Situated just above the complex’s entrance is the cave one, dedicated to Shiva. It is estimated to be carved in the latter half of the 6th century and is known as the oldest of the four caves. There is an enticing image of Nataraja striking 81 dance poses on the wall to the right of the porch. On the right of the porch lies a huge structure of Ardhanarishvara which has its right half featuring figure of Shiva, while the left half displays the captivating features of his wife Parvati. On the wall opposite it rests the figure of Harihara; half Vishnu and half Shiva.
The cave two is dedicated to Vishnu and comparatively simpler in design. The caves one and three display the images of pot-bellied dwarfs striking different poses, which are carved on the front edge of the platform. There are four pillars supporting the verandah. The tops of these pillars are carved with a yali-shaped (mythical lion creature) bracket. A bull-headed figure of Varaha is sculptured on the left wall of the porch. Vraha is an incarnation of Vishnu, adopted by the Chalukya Empire as their emblem. The admission to the cave temples costs Rs. 5 and Rs. 100 to an Indian and foreigner respectively. You can visit it from dawn through dusk.
|Visit Duration||45 minutes to 1 hour|