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BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, PC Jabin College, K L E Society’s College of Business Administration - Vidyanagar, KLE Society’s Gurusiddappa Kotambri Law College

Hubballi also known as Hubli is an agglomerating city in the state of Karnataka, India. The name Hubballi literally means "Flowering creeper" in Kannada. The twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad, collectively referred to as "Hubli-Dharwad", is the second-largest conurbation in Karnataka after Bengaluru. While Dharwad is the administrative headquarters, the city of Hubli, situated about 20 km south-east of Dharwad, is the commercial center and business hub of North Karnataka region. Crops like cotton, chilly and peanuts are grown aplenty in the surrounding rural agricultural areas, and Hubli is a major trading center for these commodities. It is also an important city for the Indian Railways, as it is the headquarters for South Western Railway Zone and the Hubli Railway Division. Hubli is a major railway junction in North Karnataka. It is also the headquarters of North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation. Hubli also houses the largest number of government offices outside Bangalore.


Map of Hubli

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Hubli in the past, History of Hubli

Rayara Hubli, also called Eleya Purvada Halli or Purballi was the old Hubli, where there is a Bhavani Shankara temple and Jaina basti. Under Vijayanagara Rayas, Rayara Hubli grew as a commercial centre, famous for trade in cotton, saltpetre and iron. Under the rule of the Adilshahis, the British opened a factory here. The factory was looted by Shivaji in 1673. The Mughals conquered Rayara Hubli and it was then placed under the governance of the Nawab of Savanur, who built a new extension named Majidpura. Later, trader Basappa Shettar built new Hubli around the Durgadabail (fort maidan) part of Rayara Hubli.

Hublis famous Moorusavira Matha is claimed to have been established by a Sharana of Basaveshwaras period. Hubli was conquered by the Marathas from the Nawab of Savanur in 1755-56. In the following years, Hubli was conquered by Hyder Ali, only to be recaptured by the Marathas in 1790. At this point in time the old town was administered by a person named Phadke under the Peshwas and the new town was under the administration of the Sangli Patwardhan. The British took Old Hubli from the Peshwas in 1817. The new town, with 47 other villages, was handed over to the British by the Sangli Patwardhan in lieu of subsidy in 1820. Later in 1880, the British started the Railway workshop and with this, Hubli came to be reckoned as an industrial centre in this part of India.

The Bhavanishankar temple and Sri siddharodh swamy temple in Old Hubli and the impressive Chandramauleshwara/ Chaturlinga temple in Unakal are of Chalukyan times. Kundgol, 15 km south of Hubli, has the huge Shambhu Linga temple of Chalukyan times. Center government have approved the request to rename the city in October 2014 and Hubli is renamed (along with other 12 cities) to "Hubballi" on November 1, 2014.


Hubli is the commercial hub of Karnataka, it has wide cluster of industries and has more than a lakh small and medium industries. The Government of India has set up a Software Technology park on Pune–Bangalore Road and Aryabhatta Tech Park in Navanagar region of Hubli. The city is situated on the dividing line between Malnad and the Deccan plateau. Malnad is well known for its forests and forest based industries and the other three sides are known for their agricultural products like cotton, groundnut and oil seeds, besides manganese ore and granite. Establishment of new-generation diesel loco shed in the city by Indian railways was another major boost for development of Industries in this region as this was first of its kind in Indian Railways history. The diesel loco shed at Hubli is the largest holder of EMD locomotive in India and was set up in 1880. The agricultural produce market of Hubli at Amargol is one of the largest markets in Asia and the cotton market of Hubli is among the largest in India.

Culture And Society

Hubli Culture of Hubli

Hubli-Dharwad is known as cultural, educational and music capital of Karnataka. It has produced some of the most well-known Hindustani music exponents like Mallikarjun Mansur, Bhimsen Joshi, Gangubai Hangal and Basavaraj Rajguru and poets D. R. Bendre and V. K. Gokak.

Places of Interest

  • Chandramouleshwara Temple
  • Siddharoodha Math
  • Unkal Lake
  • Glass House Garden
  • Navagraha Teertha
  • Gayatri Tapovan
  • Gangubai Hanagal Memorial Musical Museum
  • ISKCON Akshaya Patra
  • Famous indian street foodgirmit


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