A. Saraswathi area:
Saraswathi area is 700m from Badami bus station towards the north. It is not much explored site for rock climbing. However, the area has huge potential for more than 30 routes. There are only 6 bolted routes at present on single towering rock midst sloping terrain. On climbing the tower one can experience the beautiful view of the fields and coconut plantation on the downhill. Early morning or evening climbing preferred at Saraswathi area.
B. Ganesha area
Ganesha area is 750m from Badami bus station towards North- East. The approach towards Ganesha area is little difficult and without proper guide, it is difficult to reach the spot. It is one of the most popular climbing areas with 28 routes. Climbing is possible at all time of the day because of the narrow shafts. Ganesha area is isolated and has great camping site surrounded by cliffs.
C. Waterfall area:
Waterfall area is the most beautiful place to climb in Badami. Although it is named Waterfall area, waterfall happens only during monsoon for limited time. Located at the heart of the town 1.3km from the Bus station towards East and easily accessible, the climbers get the most auspicious view of the Heritage of Badami. Morning limb is preferred here, but if you want a setting sun as a backdrop then waterfall area gives you the perfect location. Not preferred for armature climbers/ beginners.
D. Delux area:
Delux area is 1km from the Badami bus station towards south. It is famous for its long and overhang routes. It is suitable for all kinds of climbers. This area has a potential of 20 more routes apart from current 26 bolted routes. Approach to the area is also good. Apart from climbing the setting of the area is fascinating.
E. Temple area:
Temple area is 1.5km from Badami bus station towards the south. This area has the India’s hardest rock climbing route Ganesha (8b+) and some project routes equally hard. This is also one of the most popular areas for climbers across the world. This area is suitable for all kinds of climbers, beginners, amateurs and professionals. Preferred climbing time is during morning and evening.
F. Dyamamma area:
Dyamamma area is secluded from the city and is not known to many climbers. There are only 6 routes at present but has a potential for more than 20 routes. It is at a distance of 1.75km from Badami bus stand.
G. Kannaragavi Area:
Kannaragavi area is famous for its cave. It is 2.5km from Badami bus stand towards south- east. It is multi-pitch climbing area with 38m high walls. There are 11bolted climbing routes at present and has a potential for more than 30 routes. Climbing preferred during the morning.
Authors: Ganesha Waddar & Abhijith P
Reference: Guidebook to Badami Bangalore Ramanagaram and Savendurga by Gerhard Schaar