The twin city of Hubli-Dharwad in Karnataka is slowly but surely climbing the tourism radar. These two cities are just 20km apart, yet they come under the same municipal corporation. Hubli is picking up fame courtesy it being a commercial hub and an important centre of trade activities. It is also referred to as ‘Chota Bombay.’ However, from a sightseeing point of view, Hubli-Dharwad has everything from gorgeous forested hills, world heritage sites to beaches and temples.
Chandramouleshwara Temple is perhaps the best attraction of the twin city. Carved out of black granite, this 900-year-old magnificent temple is a sculptural masterpiece. Another great example of temple architecture is Banashankari Temple, built in the 13th-century by the Chalukyas. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this magnificent beauty is carved out of a single stone.
For some quiet time by the lake, head to Unkal Lake, with a beautiful statue of Swami Vivekananda in the centre. Surrounded by lush greenery, this 110-year-old lake is known to be a great leisure spot.
Another popular place to visit in Hubli is the Siddharoodha Math, a monastery built by the followers of Sri Siddharoodha Swami. It is believed that this place was frequented by legends like Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi.
For an incredible sunset, head to Nrupatunga Hill, nestled in the Unakal Hills. The place affords stunning panoramic views of the whole city of Hubli. Last but not the least, visit the Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden, a well-maintained landscaped garden with a central glass house. The place is also a popular venue for socio-cultural activities like musical concerts and exhibitions.
The nearest airport is the Hubli Airport, about 20-25 minutes away by car from the centre of the city. Hubli is also well-connected to cities like Bangalore, Goa, Mangalore, Pune and Mumbai by bus.