Badami about 500 kms from Bangalore is the center of Chalukyan art. It was the center of glory during the Chalukyan regime. Badami is historically known for its famous rock cut cave temples. The Temples in Badami date backs from the Chalukyan era. 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. Besides the beautiful cave temples is the famous Mahakuta Temple about 14 kilometers from Badami.
The other places of historical importance near Badami are Aihole, BanaShankari, Guledgud, Lakkundi Temple, Naganath Temple and the well-known Mahakuta Temple.
14 Kms from Badami, once a great center of shaiva cult, Mahakuta is a beautiful place surrounded by hills. The place is famous for the Mahakuteshwara Temple, the temple dedicated to Shiva. Built in the Dravidian style, Mahakuta temple Badami has several other shrines surrounding it.
Noteworthy are the temple walls covered with bas relief works and carvings of great artistic acumen. There is also a natural spring pond called Vishnu Pushkarni near the Mahakuta temple.