Initially known as Vatapi, Badami is an important historical town that is known for housing a number of historical structures, one of which is Badami Fort. Though now in shambles, this fort is a testimony of an era that was culturally rich. Badami was the capital of the Chalukya rulers from 540 AD to 757 AD and the fort was the official residence of the Chalukyan kings.
The Pallava rulers looted and damaged the fort in 642 AD. After many years, Tipu Sultan took over the ruling of Badami and it was then that the fort’s walls were rebuilt along with it a number of structure being added to the fort complex.
Placed right opposite the Badami Caves, Badami fort is placed on the top of a hill. The fort enjoys a wonderful location and offers lovely views of the town and other splendid structures. Enveloped by double fortification walls, the fort was erected in the Chalukyan style of architecture.
The fort complex has a number of structures that are real architectural gems reflecting the grandeur and opulence of the Chalukyan rulers. The fort’s entry gate is safeguarded by a statue of Nandi bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva.
Badami fort complex has a number of wonderful structures such as carved temples, a spacious underground chamber, watch towers and huge granaries. Right in the middle of the fort complex is a masjid-like structure that is believed to be commissioned by Tipu Sultan. The fort also has a huge cannon, a silent reminder of the attacks observed by the fort.
Fort in the present times
Badami fort is an ancient one and much of its splendor and magnificence has been lost over the time due plundering by rulers of enemy dynasties. However, the serene surrounding and other marvelous structures around the fort has always been attracting tourists from all around.
The structure is slightly abandoned today. As the fort is placed on a cliff, it is easily accessible by steep steps. The colossal gate and the strong walls are testimony of its magnificent history. Even in today’s time, there are some such structures in the fort that have been able to retain their glory. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) takes care of the fort today.
- Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Open on all days of the week except Friday)
- Entry Fee: INR
- Best time to visit: October to March
One of the most popular archeological monuments in Badami, Badami Fort is placed on a hilltop, around 2 km from the main town. Dating way back to 543 AD, this ancient fort was erected by Chalukyan Ruler Pulakeshi.