A Travel Guide to Hubli

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Hubli, also known as Hubballi, meaning "flowering creeper" in Kannada, is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka. Known for its historical significance, rich culture, and diverse flora and fauna, the city serves as an important commercial and industrial hub in the region. From vibrant local markets to serene temples and breathtaking landscapes, Hubli has something for everyone to explore and enjoy. The city's rich heritage can be traced back to the ancient Chalukya dynasty, which ruled over the region from the 6th century AD. Today, remnants of its glorious past can be witnessed in the magnificent architectural marvels and UNESCO world heritage sites scattered throughout the area. Hubli is also famous for its mouth-watering local cuisine, which offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Get ready to tantalise your taste buds with a variety of delectable dishes, including the iconic Dharwad peda, a delightful sweet treat that has become synonymous with the region.

Best time to visit Hubli

Hubli enjoys tropical weather throughout the year and averages around 36 degrees in the summer and around 22 degrees in the winter. The weather experienced in the city adds to the uniqueness and the vibrant atmosphere of the city.

How to reach Hubli

  • By air: You can book flights to Hubli and arrive at the Hubli Airport. It is roughly 8 Km from the city. The airport has many different modes of transportation to choose from to enter the city. It is also IndiGo's first RCS route with direct flights connecting Goa, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad to Hubli.
  • By train: Hubli is also well-connected via railway network with trains running from major cities of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and other metro cities in the country.
  • By bus: The Karnataka state road transport corporation offers frequent buses to various parts of the state. You can book your bus from any private companies or the government service.

Getting around Hubli

The most convenient and cheap way to travel locally in Hubli is via bus (run by KSRTC) that covers the entire length and breadth of the city. Hubli also has a network of local rickshaws, which frequent the by lanes of the place and cab services.

Most spoken languages in Hubli

  • Kannada
  • Hindi
  • English
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Places to visit in Hubli

  • Sadhankeri Park: One of the biggest attractions of Hubli is the Sadhankeri Park. It is right opposite the house of the late poet, Da Ra Bendre, who greatly influenced Kannada literature. The site is always buzzing with locals taking strolls and jogging by the lake around which the park is built. Moreover, you can even enjoy a pedal-boat ride around the lake for a minimal fee. Many food vendors flock all over the park, where you can grab a quick bite along with refreshments.
  • Unkal Lake: Unkal Lake is a sight whose beauty is bound to leave you amazed. Enjoy a romantic walk along the lake or in the Bund Garden right next to it to create happy memories with your loved ones. You can even enjoy a picnic in the park.
  • Nrupatunga Betta: Another great attraction in Hubli is the Nrupatunga Betta. It is located on top of the famous Unkal Hill. This beautiful area is a great place to sit back and soak in the fantastic view. The site is surrounded by a massive garden for children to play in. The best time to visit this place is in the evening.
  • Chandramouleshwara Temple: Another site you cannot miss is the Chandramouleshwara Temple, located in a much more secluded place near Unkal Lake. We recommend asking for directions. The temple is commonly visited by locals and is considered a very peaceful and calm place for anyone visiting.

Places to eat in Hubli

Biryani Paradise
Biryani Paradise

The restaurant has only 6 tables, so expect a long wait if you’re visiting on a busy day. They even pack food for you to take with you in case you’re going to one of the many picnic spots/ parks in the city. Their Gosht Biryani and their Hyderabadi biryani are among the favourites here.

The Lotus
The Lotus

The Lotus is a multi-cuisine restaurant which serves a tasteful plate of North Indian dishes. Their butter chicken is as authentic as you’d find it up North. Customers also have the option of other cuisines such as Mediterranean and Oriental.

The Sigdi Restaurant
The Sigdi Restaurant

The Sigdi restaurant is known as the most romantic restaurant in the region and is best visited with your someone special. Must-try? The barbeque grills and their paneer tikka.

Gokul Restaurant
Gokul Restaurant

Simple, yet classy - that’s the kind of ambience this restaurant has. The aesthetic appeal of this place comes from its simplicity. The Onion Uttapam and the Masala Dosa are favourites here and with a very economical menu, it’s a complete delight.


Shopping places in Hubli

Planning to shop around Hubli? You can find several malls and markets across the city selling local and western items like cliothes, jwellery and more. 

  • Urban Oasis Mall: Another famous marketplace in Hubli is the Urban Oasis Mall. Spread over a massive area, it is the biggest mall in Karnataka and is a must-visit for all visiting Hubli. Shop at almost all the top international brands, and when you're done with all that, head to the food court!
  • U Mall: U Mall is a huge shopping mall located in Hubballi Dharwad. Apart from a wide range of brand stores, the mall also has a range of food options to indulge.
  • Laxmi Mall: Laxmi Mall is Hubballi Dharwad's most popular lifestyle destination. It comprises a range of retail stores, dining options, recreation, entertainment and more.
  • Mahatma Gandhi Chowk: If shopping is a high priority on your list? Then Mahatma Gandhi Chowk, Dharwad is a must-visit for you while on your trip to Hubli. Find unique apparel at astonishingly low prices as vendors shout out their incredible rates but don't rush into anything as the next buyer may have a better deal. The market also has many food vendors to keep you happy after a long day of shopping.
  • National Market: Looking for some junk jewellery to take home? Get shopping at the National Market on Ceon Road! This huge market has a variety of items, from small trinkets to all sorts of accessories. The most fantastic thing about this place is that it's open 24/7.
  • Maratha Galli: Maratha Galli, located in Ganesh Peth, has slowly transformed itself into one of the biggest commercial centres in the city. Spread over a huge area, you can find all sorts of apparel here and all at great prices. Almost always buzzing with people, it is bound to be a unique shopping experience.

Nightlife in Hubli

  • Yatri Bar: Head over to Yatri Bar, a place frequented by the city's young crowd, for cocktails and music. Located in the centre of the city, this place is accessible from everywhere.
  • Swirl Lounge Bar: A great place for those looking for a fun night in one of the most happening bars. Get a taste of their incredible drinks and snacks and sit back, and have an evening of dancing and fun while enjoying a poolside view.
  • OMG Lounge Bar: OMG Lounge Bar is another place that is good for a night out, boasting sophisticated décor and design. Enjoy their enticing cocktails and on-point dishes while indulging in the many different activities the lounge has to offer.

Where to stay in Hubli


Clarks Inn Airport Hotel With an amazing swimming pool and a fully-equipped gym, the hotel offers you all you need to have a relaxing vacation. The hotel also has its own bar and dining facilities, along with a beautiful, rooftop garden.


Hotel Naveen Lakeside Previously managed by the Taj Group, this resort by the lake is one of the most stunning properties of Hubli. Right on the Unkal Lake, the resort promises picturesque views in all directions. Being one of the most lavish resorts in the area, be prepared to pamper yourself with spacious rooms and other amazing facilities like their swimming pool, gym, etc.


President Hotel This property on the airport road is definitely one of the most famous hotels in the city. Equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is going to set you up perfectly for a fun and relaxing experience. The hotel is right in front of a lake, so ask for a room with a lake view to enjoy it the most. The hotel has 2 theme restaurants.


The Hans The Hans not only is a good place to stay but also hosts two clubs to take care of all your party needs. The rooms have all the modern facilities and the staff ensures that the customers don’t have any hassle with their stay. The hotel also has two restaurants and a cute little coffee shop.


The Ocean Pearl Resort and Spa Enjoy this lovely hotel property with its astounding architecture. The hotel staff is highly efficient at helping out customers with rides into the city and even offers guided tours. The design of the hotel is a mix of antique and modern style, which will leave you in awe. The hotel has a great swimming pool and a fully-equipped gymnasium.

More reasons to visit Hubli

  • Sri Siddharoodha Swamy Math: This famous holy spot holds a unique significance for Hindu devotees. Built-in 1929 to honour Sri Siddharoodha, where he took Samaadhi, the renowned tourist spot is a famous Hindu holy centre. The Math is open all year round from 6am to 6pm, and devotees from all over the country come here to celebrate Swamy's memories during the festivities of Maha Shivratri.
  • Agadi Thota: A great place to visit is the Agadi Thota which offers experiences such as boating, camel ride, rabbit-rearing and a walk through the beautiful path built all over! If you love reading, this place boasts of a mini-library. Get more insight into organic farming and know some fantastic techniques through the experienced guides present at the various spots on the farm. Agadi Thota is a must-visit for anyone looking for a unique experience.
  • Neerasagar Dam: Another site that is bound to leave you spellbound is the Neerasagar Dam. Get amazed by the sight of this beautiful dam and be prepared for one of the most astonishing views of the entire city. Get a feel of the love the city displays for the famous warrior queen at Rani Channamma Circle. The location bears a statue of the great Rani. The place is open 24/7 for all to visit. Indira Glass House is an interesting site to check out as well. The garden is child-friendly with many indulging activities for kids to take part in and is also one of the biggest parks in the city.

Places to visit near Hubli

Places to visit near Hubli

  • Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary: A two-hour drive away from Hubli, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its flora, fauna and Safari experiences. Currently, home to over 10 tigers, the wildlife sanctuary is packed with nature enthusiasts every year who come to explore the lush jungles of the sanctuary. There are plenty of resorts and campsites in Dandeli for a comfortable and memorable stay—or you can opt for a day trip to the Safaris and be back to Hubli by night.
  • Supa Dam, Ganeshgudi: Situated a little over a two-hour drive from Hubli, this is the second-largest dam in Karnataka and a prominent picnic spot for tourists. Head here for a relaxing time by the Kali River and stunning panoramic views of the region.
  • Indira Glass House: Inspired by the Lalbagh Garden in Bengaluru, Indira Glass House is packed with various kinds of flowers, shrubs, herbs and lush green lawns for tourists to kick back and enjoy the surroundings.

24 hours in Hubli

Covering everything in one day might be difficult, but here's how you can make the best of it. Have an early breakfast and head to Siddharoodha Math. An hour is usually enough to walk around and see the temple. Once you're through with that, you can stop by Indira Glass House, which is right adjacent to the Math, especially if you're with kids. Grab lunch, and then make your way to Nruptunga Betta on Unkal hills for a panoramic view of the entire city. Close to the mountain, you'll find the famous Chandramouleshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Join the many devotees for an evening prayer before heading out to Unkal Lake. End your day with mesmerising sunset views and indulging in recreational activities around the lake. After all the sightseeing, you can choose to head to MG Road for shopping.

Festivals in Hubli

Dharwad Utsav: This event comprises a day-long music concert held in the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad. The festival is generally celebrated in November. The celebrations revolve around music, dance, theatre, painting, Janapada and many other events.

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