The temple complex consists of four ancient rock-cut caves replete with carved pillars and bracket figures. Of the four temples, three are Brahmanical temples while the fourth one is a Jain cave. The third cave temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, stands out among the lot for its size and sculptural elegance.
An uneven, steep and winding flight of steps between caves 2 and 3 lead to the Badami fort. The fort, whose chief attraction is the Tipu's cannon, also houses a carved temple raised on top of the northern end of the hill.
Bhoothanatha and Malegitti Temples
The Bhoothanatha temple houses an 18-armed Shiva, Ganesh, Mahishamardini Durga, Varaha and Nrisingha incarnations of Vishnu. The pillared hallway is exquisite artwork. The Malegitti Visalia Temple (late 7th century) is another major attraction of Badami