Hubli or Hubballi is dubbed as the ‘Chhota Mumbai’ for being bustling commercial hub of Karnataka. It is also recognized as tier - II IT destination of Karnataka. However, unlike the city of Mumbai, this place has quite a few gardens and parks. Bund Garden along Lake Unkal, Indira Glass House and Nruptunga Betta are some of the most famous ones from tourism point of view.
Famous Parks and Gardens in Hubli
This lush green garden built along the banks of Lake Unkal is an ideal picnic spot. The garden has several recreational facilities for children. There is a specially built deck in the garden for watching the sunrise and sunset. Needless to say, it stays crowded during both the times!
Picnickers can also go boating along the lake from the garden’s jetty. There is a statue of Swami Vivekananda standing tall in the middle of the lake which is another major attraction. If you miss the dawn or the dusk and is not fond of boating either, then do not be disappointed.
You can simply stroll along in the garden, and sit by the banks enjoying the light breeze and some munchies. In the evenings, the lake is transformed into a fair ground with hawkers, food stalls, and other sources of entertainment.
Indira Glass House
This glass house garden, built along the lines of Lalbagh Garden in Bangalore is a pleasant sight for all. The garden has a wide variety of flowers and plants. The rare and unique ‘flower show’ held in the Glass House Garden is a major tourist attraction. The lush green lawns and skating ground often serve as venues for various flower shows, botanical exhibitions, festivals, cultural programmes, etc.
The lush green garden and the freshness surrounding it serve as a good excuse for the local people to visit the place everyday. What’s more? The Laughter Club that was inaugurated in 2000 is one of the most famous places in the country with thousands of people participating everyday for their daily dose of early morning laughter.
The highest hill point of the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad, this place is an ideal getaway from the city crowd, traffic, heat and dust. Situated on the Unakal Hill, Nruptunga Betta has a Temple of Goddess Shakti on the hill-top. The major attraction here is that one can enjoy a panoramic view of Hubli City from the top of the hill.