Rock Climbing is a must try adventure activity while visiting Badami. Badami offers several climbing routes hidden in between various cliffs and can be attempted by both amateurs and experts.
The sandstone cliffs of Badami are very ideal for rock climbing and the region is often referred to as “Mecca of Rock Climbing”. Ramanagara near Bengaluru is another location in Karnataka popular for rock climbing.
Badami Rock climbing highlights
- Grading: 5B to 8B+
- Type of climbs/activities: Free climbing, Bouldering, rappelling
- Time required: Rock climbing expeditions usually last 2-4 hours depending on team size, complexity and weather/comfort levels of participants.
Where to book:
For safety reasons, rock climbing is to be done with expert supervision only and not to be tried solo. Several travel companies organize rock climbing tours ex-Bengaluru. Such tours are convenient as the package may include transport, food, accommodation and equipment/guidance. Alternatively you may also reach Badami and check with local experts (Check: http://climbingbadami.in/) to organize a rock climbing expedition.
A visit to Badami is often clubbed with visits to Pattadakal (20 kms), Banashankari (5 kms), Mahakoota (6 kms) and Aihole (35 kms).
How to reach:
Badami is 450 kms from Bengaluru. Hubballi is the nearest airport (105 kms from Badami). Badami has a train station and good bus service and road connectivity from Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka.
KSTDC runs Hotel Mayura in Badami. Several private hotels are available in Badami town.