HUBLI TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO HUBLI
#31 of 33 Places to visit in Karnataka
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Hubli: Hubli
Best Time to Visit Hubli: October to February
Peak Season: November to January
At a distance of 22 km from Dharwad, 57 km from Gadag, 76 km from Dandeli, 100 km from Belgaum, 102 km from Sirsi, 104 km from Badami, 147 km from Gokarna, 169 km from Karwar, 177 km from Panjim, 183 km from Shimoga, 205 km from Murudeshwar, 210 km from Ballari, 361 km from Mangalore, 406 km from Bangalore, 435 km from Mysore, and 527 km from Hyderabad, Hubli, officially known as Hubballi, is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. Along with its twin city Dharwad, it is the second-largest city in the state after Bangalore, and among the must include places in Karnataka tour packages.
Hubli or Hubballi is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state of Karnataka, and also the base station for many Dandeli tour packages. Lying on the 'Golden Quadrilateral' this multi-faceted city is also known as the cultural, educational, and music capital of the state. Hubli is often called Chotta Mumbai due to its immense commercial development. Apart from being home to almost one lakh small and medium scale industries, the city is a major center for commodity trade, which includes crops like peanuts, chilli, and cotton. Besides Sufi Darghas, it is known for Hindustani music exponents like Bhimsen Joshi, Gangubai Hangal, and illustrious poets like DR Bendre and VK Gokak.
The name Hubballi comes from the term Hoovina Balli which means 'Flowering Creeper' in Kannada. Hubli is the anglicized version of Hubballi. During ancient times, the historic town of Hubli was known by the names Raya Hubli and Elaya Puravada Halli. The city thrived as a commercial center during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. Under the rule of the Adilshahis, the British opened a factory here and was looted by Shivaji in 1673. The Mughals conquered Rayara Hubli and it was then placed under the governance of the Nawab of Savanur in 1755. Hubli was conquered by Hyder Ali, only to be recaptured by the Marathas in 1790. The British took Old Hubli from the Peshwas in 1817. Later in 1880, the British started the Railway workshop and with this, Hubli came to be reckoned as an industrial center in this part of India.
The city boasts numerous monuments and monasteries. Built-in the 12th century by the Chalukyas, the Chandramouleshwara Temple situated in Unkal, is frequented by tourists all through the year. Nrupatunga Betta, Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden, Unkal Lake, Sidharoodha Math, Navagraha Teertha, Banashankari Temple at Amargol, ISKCON Krishna Balarama Temple, Nuggikeri Hanuman Temple, Sayed Fatehshah Dargah, and Sri Kalika Devi Temple in Sirsangi are the other prominent places to visit in Hubli. The city of Hubli is also renowned for its handloom textile industry with several cotton ginning and processing mills. Another specialty of the city is the delicious Pedas which is a sweet cake made from milk.
Dharwad Festival is the most important cultural festival conducted in the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad annually in November/December. The major highlights of this day-long festival include music and dance performance, theater arts, janapada, and painting, etc. Unkal Jatra Mahotsava is another festival that is celebrated at the 110 years old Unkal Lake. This festival is held for about one week and ends with the Ratha Yatra of Sri Siddappajja. Many cultural programs are held during this festival which is also attended by huge numbers of devotees.
About 8 km from Hubli Junction, Hubli Airport is the nearest airport that has direct flights from Bangalore, and Mumbai. Goa Airport, about 197 km, is the nearest international airport to Hubli. Hubli Junction Railway Station has well train connectivity with Goa, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolhapur, Manuguru, Bijapur, Belgaum, Mysore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Gandhidham, Tirupati, Solapur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Ballari, Chennai, Tirunelveli, Pondicherry, Vijayawada, and Ernakulam. Hubbali has good road connectivity by buses from Mangalore, Bangalore, Panjim, Kolhapur, Ballari, Belgaum, Gokarna, Gadag, and Mysore.
The best time to visit Hubli is from October to February. The weather during these months is pleasant and ideal for exploring the city, and its surrounding places. Avoid traveling to Hubli during the heavy monsoon period as it experiences heavy rainfall. The summer months between March and May are quite hot and humid.