The twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad are actually two cities, unified by single Municipal Corporation. Hubli-Dharwad is the second biggest Conurbation of Karnataka. Hubli has been renamed as as Hubballi on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of formation of Karnataka state. The name Hubballi literally means "Hu" - flower and "Balli" - creeper in Kannada. In reality however, the city is a bustling trading centre of little scenic beauty. On the other hand Dharwad is a charming quaint town spread across seven little hills.
Hubli is the commercial centre and business hub of North Karnataka. It is also a noted industrial town. This historic town was known as Raya Hubli and also as Elaya Puravada Halli during the ancient times. This city metamorphosed into an important commercial centre for trade in cotton and iron during the reign of the Vijaynagara empire. The city is noted for its handloom textile units and has many cotton ginning and processing mills. Cotton and groundnuts (peanuts for the Americans) are grown aplenty in the surrounding rural areas, and Hubli serves as a major trading centre for both commodities. Sea It is also an important city for the Indian Railways, being the headquarters for South Western Railway Zone and the Hubli Division. It also has a century-old railway wagon workshop.
Dharwad, on the contrary is the seat of learning with two universities, plenty of colleges and some very progressive schools. Hubli-Dharwad are also the renowned seat of Hindustani Music. Dharwad is also emerging as hub for Automobile industry with big plants like Tata Construction (TELCON) & Tata Motors.
As on October 1st 2012, SpiceJet  has started services between Hubli and Bangalore.
With night-landing facilities being constructed at Hubli Airport, the traffic is expected to grow in the coming years.
Hubli is well connected to all major parts of India
To Bangalore: InterCity Express (2726)(Departure at 6.20AM), Jan Shatabdi Express (2080)(Departure at 2.00PM), Rani Chennamma Express (6590), Hampi Express (6591)
Hubli is well connected to Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Mangalore,Mysore and Goa by bus, both by private carriers and the state owned NWKRTC (North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation).
Some prominent private carriers are:
VRL: Offers Sleeper coaches and sitting to Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Mangalore
Kamat: Offers Sleeper coaches and sitting to Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai
VOLVO buses being operated by many of the private and state carriers are much faster and comfortable than normal deluxe buses.
There are various options available to travel within the city. There is a good suburban city bus service connecting various parts of Hubli and Dharwad. Local Rickshaws are also available,though you will have to bargain hard as they refuse to ply by the meter. Totravel around best option would be to hire a local taxi from any of the travel agents.
Nuggikeri Hamuman Temple. in Dharwad. 4 km from toll gate towards Kalghatagi on bypass.
Unkal Lake and the Bund Gardnen - 4 km from Hubli on Dharwad Road.
Nrupatunga Betta - promising panoramic view of the expanse of Hubli City- with in city, 5 km from chennamma circle.
Venkateshwara temple behind Nrupatunga Betta (hill) for calm and serenity. 5 km from Chennamma Circle.
Gayatri Tapovan- Near Tadasa, 21 Km on bangalore road,
Siddharodh Math 3km from Chennamma Circle on Karwar road,
Glass House Garden walking distance from Chennamma circle
Water Park 9 km from Chennamma Circle on Karwar Road.
Gangubai Hanagal Memorial Musical Museum Deshpande nagar. open every sunday 10 to 6pm
Center for introspection and enlightenment, (in Hirehonnalli, Kalghatgi, Dhawar and 1/2 hr from Hubli), . www.ci-e.com. For creating material and spiritual wealth on this planet. Screens 'The Purpose of life.Connecting the dots.' and 'The American way. Connecting the dots'.
Sogalla - Water Fall
Sai Mandir in Unkal
Lord Shiva statue (Shankar Moorthi), Shiva Nagar, near Green Garden.
Shree Sai Mandir, Sai Nagar (Near Nrupatunga Betta). Beautiful place to visit.
Dharwad Peda - a sweet cake made from milk and khoa. This sweet is world famous for its taste and purity. Defnite no miss if you visit Dharwad or Hubballi
Big Bazaar - A shopping mall has recently openend on Gokul Road and one can find all the requried items here.
M,G , market named as brodaway there as long as one kilometer long market & you can buy everything at very low price
.. VISHAL Mega Mart - A shopping mall at Gokul Road. Its closed recently........ Reliance Fresh -- Has its branch all over Hubli....... More. - A Aditya Birla group has its retail Out let all over Hubli & Dharwad....... other retail shops are Ambika Bazzar, Harsha, Pai, Giriyas, Pick N Pay, Smart etc......
Urban Oasis Mall, Gokul Road (Hubli), . House of over 100 brand names, Urban Oasis Mall is ready to go... The portfolio includes Retail, F&B, Restropub, Entertainment (Amusement & Gaming), Food Court (Over 8 kitchens and seating capacity of 300 pax), Movies (5 screens with over 1150 capacity seating), a Hotel and parking of over 400 four wheelers and 200 two wheelers...
Good North Indian and South Indian restuarants are in plenty
Do visit the local KHANAVALIs (Kannada name of "Hotel")which provide authentic North Karnataka food, they are plenty and aptly priced around Rs.30 to Rs.50 per meals.
"Girmit" at Ravi hotel,opposite unkal lake
Superb cafe located at Vidyanagar, Hubli. Visit to see the local youngsters congregating and for some great coffees! Also provides free unlimited WI-FI, a library, business solutions etc
Canara Hotel, Hosur. One of the best hotels for delicious South and North Indian delicacy
The Hans Hotel, PB Road, Vidyanagar (Opp BVB College), ☎ 08362374771, . At The Hans Hotel pamper your taste buds to the exotic tastes of good food. We have a wide range for you to choose from - authentic cuisines of Indian, Continental and Chinese. Also, a great lounge bar to set your spirits free.
The juice shop opposite Janata Bazar sells juices
Juice shop at Panjulri Hotel Opposite to Lamington School near Railway station serves juices.
The juice of sugar cane all seson you can drink in all over hubli or dharwar,
Abhiman hotel, Opp kims main gate (Vidhyanagar). Onion chicken,natti chicken,neer dosa,boiled shenga,g p dry,ring pakoda
Nirmila Kitchen, Ashok Nagar (Near old railway gate), ☎ 9663860907. Specialist in North indian thalis and Prathas
The Hans Hotel, PB Road, Vidyanagar, Hubli (Opp BVB Engg College), ☎ 08362374771, . The Hans Hotel is a modern business class property that offers convenient access to all the important commercial and business centers of the city, as well as to the popular educational and shopping centers. With its range of modern conveniences and personalized services, the hotel caters to the requirements of business travelers who are looking for a comfortable place to stay & discuss business(15.369095,,75.118825)
OMG Lounge, Poolside at The Hans Hotel, ☎ 08362374772, . 15:30 to 23:30. The OMG Lounge - an intimate & fashionable lounge bar is the first in genre of designer Food & Beverage outlets in the North Karnataka landscape. The OMG Lounge has been created to reflect an identity that is young , hip and trendy with a use of colors that are 'citrusy' vibrant and 'fresh OMG is a luxurious Lounge that offers great value to its discerning clientele. It combines international standards with a touch of Indian warmth and hospitality & presents a distinctive dining experience(15.369095,75.118825)
Kamat Yatri Nivas, Sattur,(Near SDM Medical college)Dharwad Road.
Hotel Hoysala, P.B. Road, Dharwad
Mandar ResidencyCollege Road, Dharwad
Navallur, P.B Rd.
Hotel Ashray, PB Road, Traffic Island, Hubli (In the heart of city (Traffic Island) on PB Road), ☎ 0836- 2261259. Well maintained, clean and reasonable business Hotel
The Hans Hotel, PB Road, Vidyanagar Hubli (Opp BVB College of Engg), ☎ 08362374771, . checkin: 24 hours; checkout: 24 hours. The Hans Hotel is a modern business class property that offers convenient access to all the important commercial and business centers of the city, as well as to the popular educational and shopping centers. With its range of modern conveniences and personalized services, the hotel caters to the requirements of business travelers who are looking for a comfortable place to stay & discuss business2000. (15.369095,75.118825)
Hubli has all the necessary infrastucture to emerge as an ideal base for exploring North Karnataka historical places. It can serve is the best pit stop for tourists visiting the world heritage monuments of Vijayanagar at Hampi, the Chalukyan temples at Aihole, Badami and Pattadkal and the Kadamba temples at Banavasi. Dandeli Wild Life sanctuary, which offers river rafting in Kalinadi and India's highest waterfall at Jog Falls are also located nearby. Also not to miss are the Tibetan Monasteries and temples in Mundgod. A little bit of state support and plenty of private initiative (which is yet to manifest)can pitchfork Hubli as an important base centre for tourism.
The city has an advantageous location being surrounded by a number of important historical and mythological places within a radius of about 200 km. There are important tourist and historical places such as Ghataprabha, Gokak Falls, Soundati Yellamma Temple, Kittur, Badami, Pattadkal, Aihole, Kudalasangam, Bijapur, Bagewadi, Basavakallyan on northern side, on the western and southern sides there are Dandeli, Port-town of Karwar, Gokarn, Magod falls, Ulavi, Banavasi, Jog-falls, Shimoga and Bhadravathi, Laxmeshwar and Tungabhadra Dam and on eastern side Hampi, Lakkundi and Mantralaya.