Hubli Travel Guide
Hubli is popularly known as Chhota Mumbai. Owing to the rapid growth of the city, Hubli has become a commercial hub in the state. It is also rich in history. Age old temples tell a story about the glorious past of the region and are a must visit when in Hubli. The multicultural Hubli is home to people of various religions and castes. Harmonious coexistence is a lesson that we all can learn from the people of Hubli. Cultures and traditions blend seamlessly to add a characteristic vibe to the beautiful Hubli city. If you’re someone who loves exploring new destinations and are interested in cultures and traditions, then Hubli is a great destination for you.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
10°C to 30°C
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10°C to 15°C
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The Chhota Mumbai of Karnataka
Hubli, also called as the Hubballi, is an agglomerate town with the city of Dharwad, making it the second largest city in Karnataka state. This is one of the fasted growing cities here and is also termed as “Chhota Mumbai” owing to its commercial strength. Rayara Hubli, the old Hubli, grew in the past as a popular trade center for cotton, saltpeter and iron. During Adilshahis’s reign, the British opened a factory here, which was looted by Shivaji in 1673. Further, Mughals conquered Rayara Hubli and much later, a trader named Basappa Shettar constructed new Hubli around the fort maidan of Rayara Hubli. Irrespective of all these upsurges in the past and expansions in present, Hubballi has retained its centuries old temples, lakes, gardens and other relic of the past that attracts tourists to this commercially expanding mini Mumbai in Karnataka.
Some popular sightseeing places here in Hubli are: Sidharoodha Math - built in the memory of Shri Sidharoodha Swamy in 1929; Unkal Lake – an attractive lake that facilitates tourists to enjoy boating and bird watching.
The lake also has a statue of Swamy Vivekananda in between and a well-manicured garden surrounding the lake adds to the visual delight of the place; The Chandramouleshwara Temple is another revered temple of this place. It houses Lord Shiva at the deity here. The temple is more than 900 years old and showcases spellbinding architecture of that era. Built in the Badamai Chalukyan the temple glorifies workmanship with its detailed carvings on black granite; another prime attraction here in Hubli is the Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden, which has a huge glass house. The garden has many flowering and medicinal plants and also has a number of leisure activities for public to enjoy their time here. When in Hubli and if you are fond of hiking, do visit the Nrupatunga Betta. This is a serene hill top that has an awesome bird’s eye view of the entire city. Surrounded by forest on one side and the Unkal Lake on the other, Nrupatunga Betta is an ideal place to relax and immerse in nature during the evening.
Hubli is multicultural and holds people of all religions in harmony and interestingly all festivals are celebrated with great zest. The local folk culture is also a great option to explore for art & culture lovers.