Hubli, a major city of South India, is a commercial, automobile and educational hub of the region with a rich and eventful past. A historic city, the origin of this city dates back to as far as the period of Chalukyas. In fact, it rose to the level of a revered center of iron, cotton and saltpeter in the times of Vijayanagara Rayas.
The rich history of Hubli has instances and vignettes of attacks from three formidable forces of the time – British, Mughals and Marathas. In 1675, the great Shivaji robbed a factory of the British; afterwards, it had to witness the rules of varied kings and dynasties, including to that of Hyder Ali. Its industrial status rose to a new high once the British initiated a Railway workshop here.
The Hubli of present day seeks its fame in the handloom textile industry and cotton ginning, and it’s also the designated headquarters for South Western Railway Zone. Over the years, the city has emerged as a significant destination for tourists due to sites as varied as temples, lakes, park and sanctuary etc. For visitors, Unkal Lake is one of must-visit places in the town.
For spiritual souls, Hubli has attractions like Bhavanishankar Temple and Siddharoodha Math. Other notable sightseeing places include Nrupatunga Betta and Glass House. A trip to its twin city Dharwad gives more choices to enjoy the time here. Some of major attractions in the twin city include Mathoda Falls, ISCKON temple, Ulavia, Sykes Point. More so, places like Navilteerth, Sogalla and Sathoda should not be missed here.
Hubli has some of well-known places nearby and excursions to these destinations would surely be a great value addition to the trip. Tourists can go to popular sites like Hampi, Bijapur, Badami, and Bidar to get a slice of the eventful and glorious past of the region. In overall, visiting Hubli would give insight of a city that is rich in history.