Perched atop a cliff, the Badami Fort lies opposite to the famous Badami Caves. Badami Fort is a renowned archaeological site located on top of a hill that stands at a distance of about 2 km from the main town of Badami. It is located at a distance of around 105 Kms from Hubballi.
The fort was built by the Chalukyan King Pulakeshi in the Chalukyan style of architecture and its origin dates back to 543 AD. The fort is surrounded by double fortification walls. The fort is spread across two hills and is divided into the North and South Forts. The structures within the fort offer a glimpse of the architectural grandeur prevalent during the Chalukyan reign. The entrance of the fort is guarded by a statue of Nandi, Lord Shiva's bull.
The fort encompasses large granaries, a huge underground chamber, carved temples, strategically located watch towers and other several other impressive structures. The North Fort is believed to have held Tipu's treasure trove. Visitors can notice that each window of the fort has a different design. There is a secret tunnel which was used by the royal family, and today it is the venue for many film shootings. The steps leading to the forts are steep, necessitating caution while climbing up or down. There is a masjid like structure situated in the centre of the fort, which is believed to have been constructed by Tipu Sultan.
The Badami Fort boasts of a large cannon that reminds one of the various attacks witnessed by the silent fort. The colossal gate and the strong walls are testimony of its magnificent history. The fort's location commands a magnificent view of the rustic Badami town and its splendid structures as the view from the top are breathtaking. One can visit the museum below and later can climb up the fort.
The fort is during timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Open on all days of the week except Friday). Entry Fees is INR 5 per head. And the best time to visit this place is from October to March.