7 Best Things To Do In Hubli-Dharwad, India

things to do in hubli-dharwad india

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 while you are visiting the city.

1. 1. Banashankari Temple

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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

2. 2. Chandramouleshwara Temple

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This ancient temple is about 900 years old and was constructed by the Chaulakya dynasty. It 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

3. 3. Navagriha Teertha

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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

4. 4. Nrupatunga Betta

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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 tourist spots in Hubli. 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

Website Nrupatunga Betta

5. 5. Unkal Lake

Unakal Lake in Hubli, Karnataka, India.
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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

6. 6. Siddharoodha Math

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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

7. 7. Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden

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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

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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