Agastya Lake, Badami

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Wander along the banks of Agastya Lake, an artificial lake abundant with temples and cave sculptures. Observe the panoramic views of the lake from the surrounding highlands or explore the red sandstone temples around the water. The lake itself is said to be man-carved in the 5th century, and carries the name of Sage Agastya, a man who killed one of the two demon siblings, Vatapi and Ilvala by counter-tricking them by digesting one brother before the other could revive him, thus saving the local people. Experienced climbers can find many rock climbing opportunities. Rafting and boating services are available for the adventurous. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Agastya Lake and many more Badami attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Badami vacation planner.
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  • We got a bird’s eye view of the Agastya Lake when we climbed the hill where the cave temples are located. The waters looked very calm and serene in the early morning light when we visited the caves. W...  more »
  • A walk along this little lake in the Palm of mottled red cliffs carved of cave shrines is a delicious moment that should not be cut short. It has a panoramic view on the caves and the small temples built here and there. We made it in the morning with a delicate light on the Lake.
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  • After visiting Badami Caves in the morning, my husband & I decided to take a stroll back towards the Museum and to Agastya Lake in the evening. The sun was was about to set and I must say that the wal...  more »
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  • We visit this place on winter. I think in rainy season view will be better than summer/winter. We see surrounded red stone mountain are some water falls also and the lake water also collected from mountains.
  • At a distance of 1 Kms from Badami Bus Station, The Agastya Lake (Tirtha) is a huge lake located beneath the cave temples. Constructed in 5th century, the lake is considered holy due to the healing powers of its water.  The eastern banks of the Agasthya Lake are dotted with Bhoothanatha temples while the caves temples are located on South West part and the fort on North West end. According to puranas, The Pushkarini was a pleasure tank of God in Vaikunta, and is a beloved of Lakshmidevi and Bhoodevi. The Pushkarini was brought and set here by Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. A bath in it is believed to destroy all sins. The lake is usually crowded by the village residents for washing cloths and bath. The quality of water is okay but not a good place to swim. The surroundings of the lake provide great views of the hills surrounded by the historical monuments. The Bhoothanatha temple which is emerged into the lake is a beautiful sight with a backdrop of large hillock.
  • Scenic views and great shots can be captured, the surroundings itself photogenic. Feels fresh
  • Beautiful lake and ancient temples residing it.When seen from badami caves it will look stunning.
  • Agastya Lake is one of the prime locations of Badami. As per mythology Agastya was a one of the Saga Aryan saptarshis. Structures around Lake are very beautiful and view of all side of lake is just wonderful. View of lake from Badami cave no 4 gives is idea of lake beauty. Water is quite clean as if you compare other city’s prime lake. Bhuthanatha temple is at the other end of Lake. You can take a round of lake from one side whereas other side is covered by rocks and dense trees. No one can miss this place if visiting to Badami cave and other temples. The best part of the day to visit this (on a cloudless sky) would be close to sunset, when it’s a bit cooler. Also, the surrounding hills and the Bhutanatha temples acquire a mesmerizing golden glow from the sun rays.
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