Chalukya Utsava (festival) is an annual cultural and heritage festival held in historic cities of Badami and Aihole in north Karnataka. Chalukya Utsava is celebrated as a two or three days event, usually early February.
While the exact schedule varies each year, generic highlights of the Chalukya Festival are given below. Chalukya festival gives a perfect excuse to visit Badami and Aihole, explore ancient cave temples and historic sites, while witnessing various cultural extravaganzas put forth by talented performers.
Highlights at Chalukya Utsava
- Art Exhibitions
- Dollu Kunitha (Drum beating performances)
- Temple processions
- Stunt shows
- Sports competitions & games
- Wrestling competition
- Musical performances
- Dance performances
Nearby: A visit to Badami and Aihole during the Chalukya festival can be extended to explore Pattadakal and Mahakoota.
Note: Chalukya Utsava may be suspended on certain years in case of drought in the region.
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. Aihole is 35 kms from Badami.
Stay: KSTDC run hotel Mayura as well as several private hotels are available in Badami town.