Hubli has earned a reputation as an engaging place in Karnataka with its lovely parks, beautiful architecture and scenic views of the Nrupatunga hills. With many sightseeing options, parks, temples and a view of the Unkal Lake, the city of Hubli makes for an interesting getaway spot.
Best time to visit: Hubli enjoys tropical weather through the year and averages a temperature of 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:
By Air: Hubli airport is roughly 8 Km from the city. The airport has many different modes of transportation to choose from in order to enter the city. It is also IndiGo’s first RCS route with direct flights connecting Goa, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Mumbai 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 transportation corporation offers frequent buses to various parts of the state.
Getting around: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 bylanes of the place, along with cab services like OLA.
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.
Enjoy the beauty of the famous Unkal Lake while feasting on some amazing South Indian food. The place is best known for its mouth-watering brunches which happen every Sunday. The most well-known and popular dishes at the restaurant are the Bhatkali Biryani and their famous Hyderabadi Biryani.
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 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.
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.
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 amazing apparel at astonishingly low prices as vendors shout out their incredible rates—but don’t rush into anything as the next buyer may just have a better deal. The market also has a bunch of food vendors to keep you happy after a long day of shopping.
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 which have a presence in the country and when you’re done with all that, head to the food court!
National Market: Looking for some junk jewelry 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 amazing 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 of 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 very unique shopping experience.
Yatri Bar: Head over to Yatri Bar, a place frequented by the young crowd of the city, for cocktails and music. Located in the center 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 amazing 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. Nirvana Lounge is located in the well-reputed Hans Hotel.
Clarks Inn Airport Hotel, Airport Road 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. Distance From The Airport: 5Km
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. Distance From The Airport: 7 Km
President Hotel This property on 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. Distance From The Airport: 7 Km
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. Distance From The Airport: 7 Km
Mayur Aaditya Resort Set in the gardens of Dharwad, this resort is one of the most relaxing places in Hubli. With extremely spacious rooms and a respectful staff team, the hotel will ensure all the comforts needed to enjoy your vacation with friends and family. It also boasts of a rooftop bar and a beautiful garden. Distance From The Airport: 19 Km
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. Each room is unique in its own way. 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. Distance From The Airport: 22 Km
The Country Club Waterworld: This amusement park is children-friendly and has many water rides. Get to the Wave Pool to get that Beach-y experience or dance in the rain at the Rain Dance Arena.
Sri Siddharoodha Swamy Math: This famous holy spot holds a unique significance for Hindu devotees. Built in the year 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 festivities of Maha Shivratri.
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 camp sites 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 two hour drive from Hubli, this is the second largest dam in Karnataka and a major 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 Bangalore, 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.
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 hill, 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!
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 get to know some amazing techniques through the experienced guides present at the various spots through the farm. Agadi Thota is a must-visit for anyone looking for a unique experience.
Another site that is bound to leave you spell-bound 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; it is located in the HDMC Gardens - a lovely place for a stroll. 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.