Hubli Tourism

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Hubli Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Dharwad
  • Language: Kannada
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 32°C, Winter 19 to 31°C

History of Hubli

Hubli or Hubballi, as it is sometimes called, is located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town is the headquarter of the South Western Railway Zone and is also one of the key producers of cotton and peanuts in the country. The term Hubballi literally translates to the "flowering creeper" and refers to a kind of plant specific to the area. Hubli was under Maratha control for most of the 18th century, but after the British landed in the country, they took over Hubli in 1817. The part of Hubli which was taken over by the British is now the old Hubli which has the Jaina Basti and the Bhavanishankar Temple. Old Hubli is also known as the Rayara Hubli and it is a major trading centre of Hubli for cotton, iron and saltpetre. Under the British rule, a factory was also opened here which led to the industrialisation of the area. The setting up of the Railway Workshop here in the late 1880s consolidated Hubli's position as an industrial area.

People and Culture of Hubli

Hubli is largely a trading centre of Bangalore with rapid industrial development taking place because of the concerted efforts of the government. A number of industries have been set up in Hubli in the past few years which include leather and goods industry, steel furniture, food processing and electrical and machine tools industry. A recent developmental effort by the government in the region includes the setting up of the Hubli Software IT Park. It has been set up to promote the IT/ITes industry in the region. Despite the industrialisation, Hubli still maintains some of its old world charms and has some places of interest.

Things To Do in Hubli

One of the tourist attractions of Hubli is the Chandramouleshwara Temple, which is a temple dating back to the period of the Chalukyas. Another Chalukyan temple here is the Bhavanishankar Temple. Other places of tourist interest in Hubli include the Nrupatunga Hill, Sayed Fateh Shah Vali, Unkal Lake and the Glass House. The Glass House here is almost similar to the one in Bangalore which was built by Tipu Sultan.

Accommodation in Hubli

The town of Hubli is well connected to other parts of the country. It has a railway head and an airport, which serves direct flights to the four metros of India. There is also a road transport network here, which is meant for intercity travel. There are bus services from Hubli to all the nearby major cities of Karnataka.

Hubli is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Panjim and Kolhapur.

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Ramakrishnan Rajaram

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  • Ramakrishnan Rajaram
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 9 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2700 readers

"Nice and clean city with nothing worthwhile to see"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2017
Hubli does not qualify as a tourist's dream since there is absolutely nothing to see. Ankle lake was a major disappointment. Since we were not interested in temples, we couldn't get any other places to visit. The city is clean, slow paced with friendly population with good places to eat out at reasonable prices.
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Ragadeep reddy

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  • Ragadeep reddy
  • 3 Reviews
  •  144 readers

"Worst time at night"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2016
We can add the pictures of the room but signal strength is weak we can add by tomorrow there are so many mosquitoes are circling around the room .. As we booked trupthi but they have given worst room. So you have to call to trupthi and asked about the room what they have given ... So we really disappointed
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Gururaj Hansoge

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  • Gururaj Hansoge
  • Lives in Mandya
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  50041 readers

"Casual visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2016
Though Hubli is growing and expanding with lot of infrastructure coming up. Still the facilities are not upto the mark. There is no cleanliness. Hubli-Dharwad is famous for Dharwad phedas, but be careful while buying since there are spurious phedas being sold in the name of famous Dharwad pheda brands. Most of the amenities are situated very close to city centre like bus stand, railway station and good hotels.
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Sanjay Desai

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  • Sanjay Desai
  • Lives in Kolhapur
  • 7 photos
  • 24 Reviews
  •  25 helpful votes
  •  15953 readers

"Calm,cool, quiet & comfortable city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
This is typical tier two city of Thekarnataka. Normally this is referred to as a twin city Hubli- Dharwad. The Dharwad city is famous as the education city of the Karnataka. The climate all round the city is calm & cool. It is nice cool destination for relaxation. As it is not expensive & hotels & restaurants suiting budget of one & all are available. Thisis ideal place to stay if you want to visit the historic locations like Hampi, Badami, Jog falls, Dandeli. If you are in city you can visit Unkal lake which is close to city. Taj Group of Hotel also has their Gateway Taj lake-view hotel which offers comfortable stay & nice view of the Unkal lake. Also you can visit Iskcon temple. Where you can sink into your inner self in meditation. Hubli also has couple of nice hotels like president & Dennisons. The other specialities of this place are famous Dharwadi mishra pedas ( A sweet made up of khoya) which one must not miss on. If one has sweet tooth once can also enjoy other sweet made of dry fruits - a local sweet named kardand. The other items which one must purchase are the special irkal silk sarees. These are very famous & rich traditional Karnataka sarees. Very comfortable to wear on.

I had taken flight from Mumbai to Belgaum & there on car. However from Mumbai it is well connected by train & bus. Sleeper bus are also nice to visit this place.
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Ravi Mittal

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  • Ravi Mittal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 14 photos
  • 105 Reviews
  •  68 helpful votes
  •  121793 readers

"Not a tourist place"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2016
Hubli-Dharwad are almost like twin cities, separated by just about 40 minutes of travel, which is probably like going from one area to another in a larger city. It is one of the top 5 cities of Karnataka but essentially a business hub. There is hardly anything for tourists to see here. It does serve as a good connecting point to other tourist attractions like Dandeli, Goa etc.
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Karthik Patil

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  • Karthik Patil
  • Lives in Hubli
  • 2 Reviews
  •  606 readers

"Best city-Hubli"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
Hubli is one of the major cities of South India and it is often referred to as the twin city of Dharwad, the administrative capital of the Dharwad district of Karnataka. Hubli is the commercial hub of Northern Karnataka and also a developing industrial, auto mobile and educational hub of the state.
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Ubed Potter

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  • Ubed Potter
  • Lives in Raichur
  • 1 Review
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"Overall its a nice city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2015
One of the best city in Karnataka. Unkal lake is good and only 4km from old bus stand. And another spot is Nrupatunga betta, it is like hill station and you can see whole Hubli city from the little mountain which is call Betta. You should visit the Betta at evening time. Hubli looks beautiful from that mountain.
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  • Aravind
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1360 readers

"Very good experience at Hubli"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2015
Hubli is very good city. Hubli is budget city to all type of visitors. All type of food are available. The visitors must see Unakal Lake, Sai Mandir, Kittur Rani Chennamma circle and more places are there. Visitors do not tour summer days. Visitors do not miss to eat Mishra Phedha which is very tasty in Hubli.
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  • Rupesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  709 readers

"Nice Hubli experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 13, 2015
Hubli is a highly commercialised city. It is located in centre of North Karnataka. Here we are receiving every thing in a single city. Here Revanakar comforts is a good hotel for staying purposes. Here we have enjoyed lot of fun. Here we are feeling good environment for businesses. We got good experience. We have started business in Hubli, because we have been receiving good environment for our business.
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Rameez Farooq

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  • Rameez Farooq
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  985 readers

"Good destination-Hubli"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2015
Good destination, nice monumental destinations nearby. Should consider visiting Unakal Lake, Chandramouleshwara Temple, Sadhankeri Park. Etc. Local food is good, Have non-veg food at Hotel Metropolis.
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