Hubballi usually referred to as Hubli by the locals, is an agglomerating city in the state of Karnataka. Hubballi is the capital of North Karnataka. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the state after Bangalore. The city is commercially very strong and rich and has thus been given the name ‘Chhota Mumbai’.
The history of the city goes back a couple of centuries when Hubballi was called Rayara Hubli. Mughals invaded Rayara Hubli and conquered it in the 17th century. The city was taken over by the Marathas in the year 1755. The British took over the Old Hubballi in 1817 from the Peshwas and they developed the city to a great extent.
The geographic coordinates of Hubballi is 15.37o north latitude and 75.11o east longitude. The average elevation is 671 meters. The main river in the region is River Gangavalli. It is 425 kilometers from Bangalore. The city lies on the ‘Golden Quadrilateral Super Highway’ between Pune and Bangalore.
The climate of Hubballi is wet and dry. Summer lasts from February end to the beginning of June. Hubli sees an average annual precipitation of 838 mm. It has relatively pleasant weather from November to March which is also considered to be a suitable time to visit Hubballi.
Hubballi has prospered economically over the years. Peanuts and cotton are grown here in abundance. These are exported to other cities in India and contribute a great deal towards its economy. Hubballi also encompasses several large and small industries and has emerged as Karnataka’s major commercial hub.
Major tourist attractions in the city are Chandramauleshwara Temple, ISKCON Temple, Indira Gandhi Glass House, Unkal Lake Park, Siddharoodha Dwara, Nawanagar Garden, Agadi Thota, Sandhankeri Park, Murugha Math, Shankara Math, Neerasagar Dam, Sun Ray Solar Museum, Basel Mission Church, Bhavanishankara Temple etc.
The major localities of Hubballi are Nigadi, Navanagar, Munneshwara Nagar, Varur, Sattur, Mammigatti, Malmaddi, Bindal, Amargol, Anchatgeri, Krupa Nagar, Kusugal, Herepet, Itigatti, Kalakeri, and Adarsh Nagar.
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