On your tour to Karnataka, Badami should hold a prime place in your tour plans since it is a rare sight to view the spectacular rock cut frescoes, carved statues, engraved ceilings and intricately carved and ornamented pillars. Known for its rich history and ancient architecture, Badami has number of richly carved monuments and caves dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries. It has four cave temples. Cave Three of Cave Temples Badami is the third and the largest of the caves to be carved with elaborate bas-relief works.
Situated in the picturesque valley between two hills this ancient capital of the Chalukyas is famous for the four cave temples shaped out of sandstone rock from the hill. Dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva these temples in Badami are amazing pieces of Chalukyan art. Overlooking these temples is an artificial lake called the Bhutanath Lake named after the Bhutanath temples.
Cave three of Cave temples of Badami is about 70 feet wide. Columned verandah greets you with halls thronged with intricately bracketed pillars.
On the faade of cave three the plinth has relief works of ganas. This cave dedicated to Lord Vishnu has sculptures of great artistic acumen; epitome of Deccan art. It gives insight to the lifestyle and costumes of the 6th century Badami culture. There are spectacular relief works of Vishnu as Narasimha, Varaha, Harihara, Vishnu with the hooded serpent and Vishnu as Trivikrama.