Photographer's Note

Badami was the capital of the Early Chalukyas, a dynasty who ruled much of Karnataka in the 6th - 11th centuries.
Located about 500 Km from Bangalore, and a 3 hour drive from Hampi, this capital of the Early Chalukyas is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Badami or Vatapi is famous for its four cave temples - all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill and dramatically situated within a horsehoe of red sandstone cliffs, overlooking the green waters of the ancient Agatsyateerth lake.

The Agatsyateerth lake, built sometime in the 5th century, is dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. This is a spectacular view from the other side of the lake looking up at the caves. The cave temples are in 4 levels connected by a flight of stairs. The big cavity one can see almost at the centre of the frame in the huge rocks is the Cave 3. Diagonally down to the right is Cave 2. Overcast sky conditions (this period is rainy season in India) did not help in the contrast…but the view is magnificent anyway. I’ll try & show some pictures of the caves in my future posts.

Scanned from print…colour corrected & applied Neat Image to remove noise. Used Curves to add some brightness.

The photo taken in actual conditions is posted as a WS. The texture of the waves is better in this WS, but overall since the image was darker, I posted the brighter one. Please let me know your opinion.

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