The capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 AD to 757 AD, Badami was known by the mythological name Vatapi. After the establishment of the Chalukya Empire in 500 AD, the Chalukya King Pulakeshi built a fort at Vatapi and made it the kingdom’s prized capital. The city is famous for its several archeological monuments that the Badami Chalukyas built. Most buildings exemplify the distinctive Dravidian architectural styles. The city came under the reign of the various kingdoms and dynasties like the Vijaynagar Empire, Adil Shahi Dynasty, Mughals, Marathas, Mysore Kingdom and the British.