City : Hubli
Location : South India
Language :Kannad And Telugu.

About Hubli

Anciently known as Raya Hubli or Elaya Puravada Halli, the historical town of Hubli proves to be a big draw for tourists and history buffs from across the globe. During the rule of the Vijayanagar kingdom, Hubli prospered into being a chief commercial centre. Even today, the town is known for its handloom textile units. The town lies at a distance of 420 km north of Bangalore, capital of Karnataka.

Tourist attractions of Hubli-Dharwad

Bhavanishankar Temple
This Chalukyan temple with the image of Sri Narayana is flanked by the ten incarnations of God.

Hazrath Sayed Fateh Shahwali Dargah
A Place of worship for all religions.

It was built by Mohammed Ali Shah in about 1646 to serve as a hall of justice. The building was also used to house two hairs from the Prophet's beard. Women are not allowed inside.

Nrupatunga Betta
This is a beautiful picinic spot on the Unkal Hill in Hubli

Siddharoodha Math
This eminent religious institution, a centre of Advaita philosophy as preached by Swami Siddharoodha, is located just 2 km from Hubli.

Unkal Lake
A pictorial water spot with a magnificent sunset view, this perfect picnic spot has green garden, recreational facilities for the children, boating facilities, etc. The lake is 3 km away from Hubli.

Glass House
As the name suggests, this is a palace of glass, inaugurated by the former Indian Prime Minister, Smt. Indira Gandhi.

Places around Hubli

A beautiful nature gifted spot on the way to Ramadurga, 53 km away from Hubli.

Sathodi & Mathodi Falls
A place for Trekking & to enjoy the nature gifted falls, 85 km on Hubli - Karwar Highway.

Sykes Point
Situated 84 km from Hubli. A place to watch beauty of nature and sun set - a picnic spot.

It is a holy place where Shri Chennabasaveshwar Temple is situated. Located near Dandeli, 98 km from Hubli.

Tourist attractions of this region

Hubli-Dharwad is like tourism hub of North Karnataka. Stay at Hubli and you can visit Lakkundi, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Gadag and many more...

Badami formerly known as Vatapi, is a panchayat town in the Bagalkot District of Karnataka, India. It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for rock cut and other structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake.

Pattadakal is 22 km from Badami, the capital of the Chalukya dynasty of Southern India, who built the temples in the seventh and eighth centuries. There are ten temples including a Jain sanctuary sourrounded by numerous small shrines and plinths. Four temples were built in Dravidian style, four in nagara style of Northern India and the Papanatha temple in mixed style.

The group of mounuments in Pattadakal was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. The victory of the Chalukyan kings are carved in the 'VEERGALLU' stones. Pattadkal was a celebratory city of of Chalukyas. The Chalukyan kings celebrated their Throning ceremony 'PATTAABHISHEKHA' (Crowning -ceremony) at this place (The 'PATTA' is throne in Kannada or singhasan in Hindi).

Hence all the crowning and victory landmarks included in kannada became 'PATTADA-KALLU'. Hence in memory of these facts every year Pattadakal Festival is celebarated by Karnataka Government at this place.

Aihole was the first capital of the early Chalukyas. Here they built over 125 temples in various styles and is said to be a laboratory of experiments in rock cut architecture. Aihole is to the east of Pattadakal, along the Malaprabha River, while Badami is to the west of both. Pulakesi I, one of the greatest rulers of this dynasty, moved the capital to Badami nearby.

Badami was then known as Vatapi. It is from these temples that the Chalukyas gained their experience and went on to build the great temples of Pattadakal. The first phase of temple building in Aihole dates back to the 6th century CE, the second phase up to the 12th century CE. Some temples were even built as early as the 5th century CE.As Nalada in North the Aihole was also an educational Center in south.

On the banks of River Malaprabha a shiva temple is located. In mythology ,Parushuram [One of Vishnu's Dashavatars (incarnations)] worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the temple is called Ramalingeshwara temple. Parushuram after killing several kshatriyas washed his parashu (axe) in the river Malaprabha. The water turned to bloody . The women who came to river exclaimed as 'AIHOLE' ( shee.....t HOLE -River) Thence forth this place was called as 'AIHOLE'.

Lakkundi in Gadag District of Karnataka is a place of antiquarian interest with as many as 50 temples, 101 stepped wells (called Kalyani or Pushkarni) and 29 inscriptions, spread over the period of the later Chalukyas, Kalachuris, Seuna and the Hoysalas.

A great center of Kalyani Chalukyan art, there are several temples of note here. Among them Kasi Vishwanatha is the most ornate and elaborately furnished. There is also a Jain Temple dedicated to Mahavira, the largest & oldest shrines at Lakkundi. Lakkundi is also noted for its step wells, artistically built with small canopied niches inside the walls of the wells enshrining lingas.

There is sculpture gallery maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The architecture of the Chalukyas of Kalyana are said to be a link between those of the early Chalukyas of Badami and the Hoysalas who succeeded them.

It is a twin city muncipality and it is 80 km from Dharward. It is a great centre of Kalyana Chalukya art with the largeTrikuteshwara temple. It was latter expanded by kalyana Chalukyas into a vast complex.The complex has triple shrines once housing Shiva,Brahma and Surya.

The saraswathi temple has the finest shining decorative pillars,and the saraswathi image, and it is one of the largest example of Chalukyan art. The place has Someshwara and Rameshwara temples of Chalukyan style. It has Veeranarayana temple of Chalukyan times.

The great Kannada poet Kumaravyasa composed his famous kannada Bharatha in this temple.Gadag has a mosque of Adilshahi times and church too.Betageri has many artistic herostones from 9th and 10th centuries.

Annigeri Amrtesvara Temple in Annigeri was built in the Dharwad district in 1050 CE with dravida articulation. This was the first temple made of soapstone

Monuments notable for their craftsmanship include the Siddhesvara Temple at Haveri in the Haveri district, the Amrtesvara Temple at Annigeri in the Dharwad district, the Sarasvati Temple in Gadag, and the Dodda Basappa Temple at Dambal, both in the Gadag district.

Soapstone is found in abundance in the regions of Haveri, Savanur, Byadgi, Motebennur and Hangal. The great archaic sandstone building blocks used by the Badami Chalukyas were superseded with smaller blocks of soapstone and with smaller masonry.

Kamala Narayana Temple Degaon
Degaon 24 km from Bailhongal and five km from Kittur is a place with rich antiquity. The place name might have originated from its temple complex Devagrama meaning a village of God. The striking monument here is the magnificient Kamala Narayana Temple, built by the Goa Kadamba queen, Kamaladevi in the 12th century. The sculptures are breathtakingly beautiful. Lions and floral motifs vie with dancing girls for attention.