Hubli, situated 420 km. North of Bangalore
is a district town with a rich history. This town grew to become an
important trade capital in Karnataka during the reign of Vijayanagara.
Later on, with the progress of time, the city was dubbed as ‘Chhota
Mumbai’ or the commercial capital of Northern Karnataka.
are many cotton ginning mills making Hubli famous for the handloom
textile. There are many museums, ancient temples, monasteries and other
monuments of historical importance in Hubli. Since early 2000’s, Hubli
is a developing into a tier-II city with many IT parks coming up. Here
is a brief itinerary with all the must-visit places of Hubli in one day.
7:30- 8:15 AM: Breakfast Time
kannadiga breakfast consist of South Indian dish like idli (fermented,
steamed rice batter), dosa (rice pancakes), upma (a preparation from
semolina) and Maharashtrian preparations like poha ( a beaten rice
preparation) and missal (a healthy preparation of sprouted lentils and
Being on the Karnataka-
Maharashtra border, the delicacies are a beautiful fusion of
Maharastrian- Kannadiga traditions. Unlike Maharashtra, the food is
cooked in coconut oil. A steaming cup of filter coffee following the
breakfast pumps you up for the exciting day ahead.
8:30- 9:30 AM: Siddharodha Math
Siddharoodha was a famous spiritual leader during the times of Indian
Independence struggle. He visited the ‘Samadhi Mandir’ of Shri
Chidgananda Swamy and continued to stay until his Samadhi in 1929.
the freedom movement, many freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi
and Lokmanya Tilak visited him. Samiji founded a religious institution
that preaches ‘Advaita’ philosophy. The Math is a major tourist
attraction especially for the religious crowd from Maharashtra and Goa
9:45- 10:30 AM: Indira Glass House
Adjacent to Siddharodha Math is situated the Indira Glass House which is built along the lines of Lalbagh Garden of Bangalore.
The glass house has a number of flowers, shrubs and plants of medicinal
importance. In addition, it also has a lush green lawn wherein tourists
relax for a while before the sun gets too hot.
lawn often serves as avenue for botanical exhibitions, cultural
programmes, flower shows, dignitary functions, etc. The major tourist
attraction in the garden is the rare and unique flower held in the Glass
House. The freshness surrounding the garden is a stark contrast to the
hustle and bustle of the city outside.
10:45 AM- 12:00 PM: Gangubai Hangal Memorial Museum
Ganagubai Hangal is a legendary classical singer who was born here and the museum dedicated to her memory
is the house in which she was born and brought up. Her humble
initiation into the world of classical music was made in this very house
which is now named ‘Gangotri’ in her memory.
house is a traditional architecture with mud walls and timber
framework. The roofing is made of bamboo reeds. There is a tulsi plant
at the entrance verandah- just like how Gangubai liked. The passages
are narrow and have rooms on both the sides, leading to a large central
The museum is full of photographs of
performances, awards right from her early days until the most recent
ones. Soothing notes of Indian classical music fill the whole house as
one enters the place. This place is a must-see for any aspiring artiste
or art enthusiast.
12:15- 1:00 PM: Gayatri Tapovan Formerly
called as ‘Navakalyana’, this ‘math’ was established by Sri Kumar
Swamiji who is also known as ‘mahatapasvi’. It was established in 1965.
Swamiji was well-known for his lectures and spiritual discourses all
over the country. Since his death, his followers have been maintaining
the place. They conduct regular discourses on various subjects. This is a
perfect place for some peace and tranquility.
1:00- 3:00 PM: Lunch All
this roaming and sightseeing is bound to leave any tourist hungry and
weary. Hop into a traditional hotel in Hubli also called as Khanvalli
and have a traditional Hubli lunch. A traditional fare is called Jolada
Roti Ootta. Jolada is nothing but Jowar or corn flour. In other words,
their roti (Indian Bread) is made of Jowar. The menu includes roti,
papad, pickled fenugreek leaves, chutney, vegetable curry and raita. The
most famous restaurant here for North Karnataka food is Kamat Yatri
3:15- 4:15 PM: Basel Mission Church The Basel
Mission Church, built in 1844, is famous for its architecture and
paintings. This church was built by the Basel Missionary Society and is
located on Station Road. A visit to the church will leave you peaceful
4:30- 5:00 PM: ISKCON Akshaya Patra The
world famous International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
has built a Shri Krishna Balarama temple for the people of Hubli -
Dharwad. Built on the lines of its Bangalore counterpart, this temple is
one of the largest in the country and provides free mid-day meals to
nearly two lakh children.
5:15- 6:00 PM: Nruptunga Betta Nruptunga
Betta is located on the Unakal hill gives a panoramic view of the
entire city away from the city itself! This is a popular picnic spot for
the people of Hubli. Near the hill is the famous Chandramouleshwara
Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Chandramouleshwara is another
name for Shiva. Built during the Chalukyan reign, this temple leaves one
awe-struck with its imposing architecture.
6:00- 7:30 PM: Lake Unkal and Bund Garden
Unakal is situated opposite to Chandramouleshwara Temple and it is more
than a century old. The main attractions in this lake are the sunset
point and the statue of Swami Vivekananda in the middle of the lake.
Hubli municipality has developed a garden around the lake with
recreational facilities for children. There is also a special deck for
viewing the sunset and sunrise. This area becomes a carnival in the
evening- being crowded with visitors and hawkers. There is also a boat
jetty from where tourists can go on a boat ride to the lake.
7:45- 8:30: Shopping Can
any tourist leave a place without any shopping for souvenirs? The MG
Market or Boradway is a shopping hotspot for shopaholics. While you
shop, do not forget to buy some Dharwad Pedas for your family back home.
They are well-known for their purity and a must-have for everybody
alike. Finally with all the sightseeing and shopping done, get ready to bid this wonderful city a goodbye!