Weekend Trip Goals
Thinking about going somewhere for a short yet fun trip during the weekends? Somewhere exciting and lively, but also peaceful enough to unwind? A weekend trip to Hubli Dharwad should definitely be on your bucket list. Popularly known as ‘twin cities’, these two cities in Karnataka are bustling with energy and due to their commercial importance as well as historical value.
From visiting ancient temples and architectures to exploring modern parks and other amazing tourist spots, Hubli Dharwad appeals to all kinds of tourists. A convenient yet entertaining location, let’s explore all the fun things to do in Hubli Dharwad.
When and How to Go?
For the most pleasant and comfortable experience, it is best to avoid the harsh and dry summer months of April to June when the heat becomes intolerable. Monsoons are very soothing and peaceful whereas winters are ideal for all the exploring and travelling that you are surely planning to do.
Being a major commercial town, Hubli Dharwad is very well connected by all modes of transportation and thus you will not face any difficulties in reaching the city. If you are taking a flight, then you will have to land at Hubli airport. Moreover, Hubli is also easily accessible by road and railways from all major cities and areas.
Places to Visit in Hubli Dharwad
With the name of the city translating to ‘flowering creeper’ from Kannada, it is overflowing with historically and culturally significant monuments and structures that nurture the essence of the city.
Moreover, there are several well maintained parks and gardens across the city that reflects its growth and development and thus are beautiful places to admire and enjoy. So if you are planning a quick weekend trip, follow this list of must visit places in Hubli Dharwad.
Lists of 8 best places to visit in Hubli Dharwad
- Nrupatunga Betta
- Chandramouleshwara Temple
- Banashankari Temple
- Navagriha Teertha
- Unkal Lake
- Siddharoodha Maath
- Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden
1. Nrupatunga Betta
Explore Hubli’s natural beauty and floral extravaganza in this beautiful park created on the Hubli Dharwad hills. From bird watching to breathtaking views and even fun parks for children, this massive park can be explored by only paying some nominal fees. Since you have to climb quite high to admire the full view, you can even avail transport options if the stairs seem too difficult for you. During autumn and winters, this park becomes nothing short of a paradise, erupting in vibrant hues while misty soothing air calms your mind.
2. Chandramouleshwara Temple
Probably one of the most historically important monuments in the city, the Chandramouleshwara temple dates back to the Chalukya dynasty. Almost 900 years old, this magnificent and spectacular temple was built in the honour of Lord Shiva who is also known as Chandramouleshwara. Pilgrims from around the country flock to this temple and this religious space hold much importance in their hearts. However, it is also an architectural marvel, with the whole structure shaped out of granite and the walls decorated with intricate sculptures that resemble the artistic practices of the Chalukyas.
3. Banashankari Temple
This temple is perhaps the best example of the sheer artistry and expertise of artisans and craftsmen during the Chalukya period. Built around the 13th century, the temple is located in Amargol which is nearby Chandramouleshwara Temple. Designed with superbly crafted sculptures that will render you speechless, the magnificence of the architecture will leave you spellbound. Although a southern temple, it has northern influences that can be found in its implementation of ‘Nagara’ which is the very popular technique of carving pillars out of granite. A true masterpiece!
4. Navagriha Teertha
Get in touch with your spiritual self at the Navagriha Teertha which is a very significant place for the Jain community in this country. One of the most eye catching aspects of the place is the 61 foot high statue of Shri Bhagavan Parshvanath that it houses along with multiple other smaller statues of important Teerthankaras. If you are looking for peace and quiet and trying to meditate, then you must go to Navagriha Teertha for a soulful experience.
5. Unkal Lake
Enjoy some tranquil and romantic time with your loved ones while watching the sunset at the Unkal Lake. Spread around 200 acres, this spectacular lake has the clearest water that you can peek into to catch a glimpse of the vibrant aquatic life underneath. Surrounded by acres of greenery, the scenic view is out of the world. There’s even a statue of Swami Vivekananda in the middle of the lake. However, if you are an adrenaline junkie, you can indulge in multiple water sports and fun activities for that much needed rush.
6. Siddharoodha Maath
Built in honour of the respected pious saint, Swami Siddharoodha. This monastery is a spiritual, religious and holistic space for his followers as well as tourists from around the country. A car festival is also organised here every Maha Shivratri which is a major spectacle that you should not miss out on.
7. Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden
One of the city’s most well planned and maintained areas, this garden is the most ideal space for taking strolls, letting the photographer within flourish and also enjoying quiet time with yourself. In the very centre of this landscape garden is a marvellous glass house which is very popular for hosting the best exhibitions, shows, parties and other fun activities. The splashes of colourful floras, rich bountiful greenery and chirping of variety of birds, truly makes it look like Eden!
The cities of Hubli Dharwad loves to indulge in merriment and cultural activities that bring the people together. Several amazing festivals attract tourists from around the country like the Dharwad Festival that celebrates theatre, music, dance and other art forms. The Unkal Jatra Mahotsava is also renowned for attracting thousands of devotees to take part in cultural activities. These are some unique experiences that will become treasured memories.
Relax and Unwind in style
Hubli Dharwad has something to offer for all. No matter what kind of a traveller you are, you will not be disappointed. The city is always lively and warm and its hospitality will fill your heart with happiness. So plan your next trip here and you will never be short of things to do!