hubli-dharwad Travel Guide

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Hubli,The Commercial and Industrial Hub of Karnataka 

Introduction 
Hubli is one of the fastest growing city which is situated in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is a popular historic town that is also known as Raya Hubli during the ancient times. The city is famous for its industrial centers for trading cotton and iron. Hubli is popularly known as Hubballi and also refers to flowering creeper in Kannada. It is located on the Western Ghats, surrounded by hills and lakes. This city is the commercial center and business hub of North Karnataka region. Crops including cotton, chilly and peanuts are grown aplenty in the surrounding rural agricultural areas, and Hubli is a major trading center for these commodities. It is also an important city for the Indian Railways, as it is the headquarters for South Western Railway Zone and the Hubli Railway Division. The forested hills of the Malenadu region, the elephant camp at Sakrebyle and the world heritage historical sites of Hampi and Bijapur are the many getaways frequented from the city. Apart from this, Tourists love to visit this town to see its natural beauty. Temples and historic monuments of the city make it popular among tourists. Temples are beautifully crafted with architectural marvels and designs which attract the attention of people.

History 
The history of this city goes back a couple of centuries when it was called Rayara Hubli. The cultivation of cottage and trade of iron and saltpeter contributed to its growth and established it as a commercial center. Rayara Hubli was conquered by the Mughals in the 17th century and then governed by the Nawab of Savanur, who constructed a new extension known as Majidpura. Trader Basappa Shettar later constructed New Hubli. The city was taken over by the Marathas in 1755 and then by Hyder Ali only to be re-conquered by Marathas in the year 1790. The British subsequently took over the Old Hubli in 1817 from the Peshwas and the new town from the Sangli Patwardhan in the year 1820. The British developed the city to a great extent. The railway workshop was started in Hubli in the year 1880 and Hubli soon came to be known as an industrial centre. Apart from this, today, Hubli is famous for its cotton ginning and its various processing mills that make up the handloom textile industry. It is a major center of cotton and peanut trade in Karnataka as these are the major crops cultivated in the surrounding rural areas.

Tourism 
Hubli is a beautiful tourist destination of Karnataka. It is a colorful land with people of varied customs, traditions, communities and groups. This city is filled with stunning ashrams, temples, gardens and lakes. It is well connected with the major cities of the country through air, rail and road. There are many places to visit in Unakal Lake, ISKCON temple, Siddharoodha Math, Chandramouleshwara temple, Tapovan, Bhavanishankara temple, Sai Mandir and many more.

Places to visit 

Unakal Lake
Unakal Lake is one of the most beautiful lake located at a distance of 3 kms away from the Hubli city. It is a pictorial water spot, from where tourists can enjoy the view of sunrise and sunset. It is also an ideal picnic spot, admired with lush green garden offering a number of recreational facilities along with boating facilities.

Siddharoodha Math
Siddharoodha Math is a most visited place in the city of Hubli. It is a religious institution where lots of devotees come throughout the year. Car Festival is celebrated every year which is organized at the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden
Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden is a most beautiful and cleanest garden located in Hubli. It is constructed like a glasshouse and serves as a venue for hosting various events, exhibitions and meetings. The surrounding beautiful garden, lovely sculptures and lush green lawns make this place a must visit for nature lovers and peace seekers.

Chandramouleshwara Temple
Chandramouleshwara Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temple located in Hubli. The temple was built by an anonymous group of artists, architects, sculptors and mansions. The architectural style of the temple is of Chalukya style.

Bhavanishankara Temple
Bhavanishankara Temple is also a nice place to visit in Hubli. The architecture of the temple is very beautiful. This temple was built during the Chalukyan era and is devoted to Hindu God Sri Narayana.

Area 406 kmĀ²
Population 1847023
Language Kannada
Pin Code 580001

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