Kirtivarman I strengthened Vatapi and had three sons Pulakeshin II, Vishnuvardhana and Buddhavarasa, who at his death were minors, thus making them ineligible to rule, so Kirtivarman I's brother Mangalesha took the throne and tried to establish rule, only to be killed by Pulakeshin II who ruled between 610 A. The greatest among them was Pulakeshin II (610-642 AD) who defeated many kings including the Pallavas of Kanchipuram.Badami has eighteen inscriptions, among them some inscriptions are important.This is great location for free sport climbing and bouldering.The cliffs have horizontal crack systems, similar to Gunks.Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%.Badami has an average literacy rate of 64.8%, comparable to the national average of 65%; with 59% of the males and 41% of females literate. Badami's red sand stone cliffs are popular amongst local and international climbers.Badami has been selected as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.The Puranas state the wicked asura Vatapi was killed by sage Agastya, and it refers to this area as Vatapi and Agastya Tirtha.
It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake.Go to for information on reaching badami by Road, by Train and by Air.As of 2001 India census, Badami had a population of 25,851.It is a town in the Bagalkot District in Karnataka state, India.It is also headquarters of Badami Taluk in the district.