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 there are Other Temples in Badami.
Not far from Badami the other places of historical importance are Aihole, BanaShankari, Guledgud, Lakkundi Temple, Naganath Temple and the well-known Mahakuta Temple.
About 46 kms from Badami is Aihole that has a plethora of beautiful temples setting excellent example of Dravidian architecture. Built during the reign of Chalukyan rulers these temples in Badami date back to 6th and 8th century.
A further 4 kms down you will come across BanaShankari temple dedicated to Shakambari, a form of goddess Parvati. The temple was originally built by the late Chalukyas but the present temple was built in the 17th century. The idol made of black stone is spectacular. Adjacent to the temple there is a large pond called Harida Tirtha. Other temples in Badami include several temples at Guledgud. Lakkundi has about 50 temples and 29 inscriptions. These temples belong to the late Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Kalachuris and the Seunas. Among the many temples here Kasi Vishwanatha is the most elaborately done 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 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. Naganath Temple about 10 kms from Badami is one of the early Chalukyan temples dedicated to Shiva.