Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, is a town and headquarters of a taluk by the same name, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. As all the great kingdoms go on with their view of building outstanding sanctuaries to be remembered in history, the Chalukyas built the exquisite Badami Cave Temples. The temples are said to be built around the late 6th-7th century AD, after the initiation by the first ruler of Early Chalukya dynasty, Pukalesi I. He built a new capital for his kingdom around 540 AD. Badami is believed to be one of the oldest places of human settlement.
Badami Cave Temples is a prestige of Badami town. A complex system of rock-cut shrines, the cave temples at Badami, Karnataka, represent some of the earliest known examples of Hindu temples. They were carved out by the artisans under the Chalukya rule in the 6th Century A.D. The Hindu, Jain and Buddhist cave temples that are worth witnessing for anyone interested in history and archaeology.