12 Best Things To Do In Hubli-Dharwad, India

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The word “Hubli” means “Flowering Creeper” in Kannada. Though Dharwad and Hubli are two different cities, they are referred to as the twin cities by many. While Dharwad is the administrative headquarter, Hubli is the commercial hub. Both these cities are located in the southern state of Karnataka in India. It is the second biggest urban destination of the state right after Bengaluru.

Hubli is famous for its beautiful handloom textiles and for being a trading hub of iron and cotton. The city also enjoys a rich historical influence since it has been a center of both literature and arts since the 12th century. There are several famous Sufi Dargahs with a splendid artistic touch in the city’s ancient temples. If you want to travel by air, you can use the Hubli Airport. The twin city is well-connected with various other parts of the country by the rail network. Read more for a list of some of the best things to do in Hubli-Dharwad, India.

1. Sun Ray Solar Museum

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Want to see something unique? Hubli has just the place for you. Sun Ray Solar Museum is a technology museum that showcases equipment that functions using solar energy. The attraction is one of the city’s hidden gems, if you will, as it is quite easy to miss since it’s in a compact space. If you’re a science enthusiast or just a curious cat in general, we’re hoping that you’ll learn a thing or two from your visit here. It’s a great experience for the kids too.

Sun Ray Solar Museum

Address: 59/1, 7th Cross Rd, Vijay Nagar, kori, Vidya Nagar, Hubli, Karnataka 580032, India

Website: Sun Ray Solar Museum

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5:30pm (closed on Sun)

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2. Urban Oasis Mall

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Who doesn’t want to indulge in some retail therapy? When you want to go shopping, the place to be in Hubli is Urban Oasis Mall. It is the largest of its kind in North Karnataka and carries over 100 brands and restaurants. Shops like Levi’s, Pantaloons, Titan, and Puma are some of the popular ones here. If you’re at the mall to get those cravings fixed, some of the eateries here include Domino’s Pizza, KFC, Cafe Coffee Day, Chings, Goli, and Polar Bear. Urban Oasis is home to entertainment centers like Cinepolis and Masti Funzone too.

Urban Oasis Mall

Address: Cts No, 4784/B, 2nd Cross Gokul Rd, Karnataka 580030, India

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

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3. Shri Bhanji D Khimji Stadium

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Are you a fan of cricket? Perhaps you already know that it is the most popular sport in India. Take your friends and family out to see a game and make this trip one of the most memorable yet! When in Hubli, one of the best places to catch a game of cricket is at Shri Bhanji D Khimji Stadium. Watch out for your favorite sports team’s announcements and secure a ticket soon! Hubli’s best cricket games are held right at this stadium.

Shri Bhanji D Khimji Stadium

Address: Midmac Metro Park, Hubli, Karnataka 580032, India

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4. Barbeque Nation - Hubballi

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One of the best parts, if not the most, of vacation is getting to try new food. Whether it’s native to your destination or a popular chain that you haven’t tried before, it’s always an exciting venture to eat different dishes. Barbeque Nation is one of the go-to in Hubli when it comes to grilled fares. This buffet grill barbecue restaurant founded in Dombivli in 2006 has over 130 branches in India and 7 in other countries. If you feel the cravings coming, you know where to be!

Barbeque Nation - Hubballi

Address: 2nd floor, Venkatagiri Plaza, Opp. Oasis Mall, Gokul Rd, Karnataka 580030, India

Website: Barbeque Nation - Hubballi

Opening hours: 12pm - 4:30pm, 6:30pm - 11pm (daily)

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5. Dharwad Adventure Base

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Visiting Dharwad with the entire gang? Take your family out for a day of fun and visit Dharwad Adventure Base. This sports center is located in a huge Sylvan mango orchard and features activities, both outdoor and indoor, that are suitable for the kids and the kids-at-heart! If you’ve come to Dharwad to celebrate a family member’s birthday or to have a reunion, consider holding the event here. There are snack bars and eateries that offer delicious North Karnataka food here too.

Dharwad Adventure Base

Address: Dharwad, Karnataka 580007, India

Website: Dharwad Adventure Base

Opening hours: 11am - 5:30pm (daily)

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6. Banashankari Temple

13th Century Temple, India
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The Chaulakya kings built this famous temple in the 13th century. Banashankari Temple is a real masterpiece of the artisans of the Chaulakya era. The temple is located in Amargol and is a specimen of fine architecture. It is located in close proximity to the Chandramouleshwara a Temple and the Unkal Lake.

While this temple is located in the southern part of India, Banashankari Temple portrays an influence from the northern parts of the country. The famous “Nagara” style has been incorporated into this historical structure. The pillars of this temple are superbly carved out of granite stone. The temple is currently being restored.

Banashankari Temple

Address :SH 57, Banashankari, 587201 Cholachagudda, Karnataka

Website: Banashankari Temple

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7. Chandramouleshwara Temple

Chandramouleshware Temple
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This ancient temple is about 900 years old and was constructed by the Chaulakya dynasty. This place to visit in Hubli has been dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva whose other name is Chandramouleshwara. The sculptors sculpted and carved this beautiful temple out of granite and it is a fine specimen of the architectural genius that flourished during the reign of the Chaulakyas.

Chandramouleshwara Temple

Address: Sainagar, Unkal, Sai Nagar, 580031 Hubballi, Karnataka

Website: Chandramouleshwara Temple

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8. Navagriha Teertha

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This is the place to go if you want to see what is Hubli famous for. This is a prime pilgrim destination for the people of the Indian Jain community. The temple is unique, as it houses a huge 19-meter (61-foot) tall statue of Shri Bhagavan Parshvanath. There are some smaller statues of eight other Jain Teerthankaras. Navagriha Teertha is an ideal spiritual site where you can sense divinity and tranquility while you are visiting the city of Hubli.

Navagriha Teertha

Address: Madras Bombay Trunk Rd, 581207 Varur, Karnataka

Website: Navagriha Teertha

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9. Nrupatunga Betta

Are you fond of nature? Do you love watching birds? If the answer is yes, you simply cannot afford to miss a visit to Nrupatunga Betta. In fact, it is one of the most loved Hubli tourist places. People simply love to spend time in the hillock, which is well-connected to the base with asphalted roads.

The Dharwad district administration recently developed this hillock and did a fantastic job. As part of the development project, a new entrance was also carved out that is located just 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the top of the hill. Visitors must purchase tickets to proceed from the entrance to the top. However, all visitors’ vehicles should be parked at the entrance itself. The tickets for each adult visitor are priced at INR 10, while it is only INR 5 for kids below three years old.

When visitors are not able to walk to the top, they can pay a nominal charge and avail the transport facility. The best time to come to this tourist depot is during the autumn and winter months of October to January every year. Foodies will be glad to know that there is a restaurant here that serves delectable pure vegetarian dishes.

Even children have a reason to be cheerful here. An interesting children’s park has been constructed at the site. Your kids can enjoy a number of rides such as swings, slides, merry-go-round and seesaw among others.

Nrupatunga Betta

Address: Nrupatunga Betta, Rajnagar, Vidya Nagar, 580032 Hubali-Dharwad, Karnataka

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10. Unkal Lake

Lake View
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This lake is known for its clear and serene water beauty, spreading across an area of about 200 acres. The picturesque beauty of the place makes it an ideal picnic spot for the visitors. Breathtaking and lush greenery surrounds the lake that will definitely have a soothing effect on your stressed nerves. Unkal a Lake is more than a century old. In the middle of the lake, you will spot a statue of Swami Vivekananda. The Lake is also popular for a host of exciting water sports. Visitors can indulge in a number of recreational activities on this spot. On the other hand, if you are a nature lover, you will marvel at the beauty of the sunset view from here. Unkal Lake also offers the facility of boating for the tourists. You can also visit the green garden near the Lake.

Unkal Lake

Address: Bairidevarkoppa, 580025 Hubballi, Karnataka

Website: Unkal Lake

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11. Siddharoodha Math

Siddharodh Math in Hubli - panoramio (1)
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This Math was constructed to pay a tribute to the memory of a holy saint named Shri Siddharoodha Swamy. The saint had taken a “Samadhi” in the year 1929. His followers built this monastery in his memory. Many devotees frequent this famous tourist site all through the year. The car festival is a grand annual event here, which is celebrated on Maha Shivaratri, an auspicious occasion for Hindus.

Siddharoodha Math

Address: Opp. Basel Mission Kannada Medium School,P.B. Road, Tadpatri Galli,Kamaripeth, New Hubli, 580028 Hubballi, Karnataka

Website: Siddharoodha Math

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12. Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden

Indira Gandhi Glass House
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The Hubli-Dharwad municipality maintains this pretty landscaped garden. There is a glass house in the center of this garden, which is a favored venue for various social events, gatherings, exhibitions, concerts and cultural events. The park was named after Indira Gandhi, India’s late Prime Minister.

The stunning glass house is surrounded by lush green lawns, a beautiful garden and lovely sculptures that are a treat for the eyes. This tourist site should be on the must-see list of tourists who are peace seekers and nature lovers. Popular events in the garden area include a flower show, toy train show and musical fountain show.

Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden

Address: Sadashiv Nagar, 580029 Hubballi, Karnataka

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A trip to cherish forever

Hubballi Airport new Terminal
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Due to the close proximity enjoyed by these two twin cities and its pretty hilly surroundings, Hubli-Dharwad is a popular tourist destination in the Indian state of Karnataka. From the scenic surroundings and rich culture to the ancient temples and conducive climates of the twin cities, your visit here will indeed be a memorable one for many years to come.

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