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Badami formerly known as Vatapi, is a town and headquarters of a taluk (tehsil) by the same name, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. This historic town was the capital of the powerful early Chalukya kings, who ruled the Deccan during the 6th – 7th centuries AD. It was founded in 540 A.D. by Pulakesi (535-566 AD), an early ruler of the Chalukyas. Badami still retains its majesty. Badami is situated at an average elevation of 1922 ft above the sea level at the mouth a ravine and is tucked in between two rugged sandstone outcrops. The town is famous for rock cut and other structural temples and situated within a horseshoe of red sandstone cliffs, overlooking the green waters of a large lake. The locale of its famous cave temples, made up of two giant sandstone hills. With all the cliffs surrounding the tank, Badami is a nice spot for climbing. Badami was one of the earliest places in Southern India to see a frenzy of temple building activities. Badami is famous for its beautiful cave temples, which are located around the Agasthya Lake that lies at the center of the ravine.