Monday, 30 November 2015

Hubballi- My home city

Hubli officially known as Hubballi is a city in the state of Karnataka. The name ‘Hubballi’ in Kannada literally means "Flowering creeper".

Hubli along with its twin city Dharwad, is the second largest city in Karnataka next to Bangalore with a number of emerging IT industries. This quickest developing city is also an educational, commercial and business hub of North Karnataka. Not to forget the city has various classy malls, KFC’s, Cinepolis, Dominos, McDonalds’, Pubs, lounges and best five star hotels and luxurious restaurants. This developing city under a smart city plan is soon going to be no less than Bangalore. 

Getting here:

Hubli Airport operated by Airports Authority of India serves the twin cities of Hubli- Dharwad. The airport is located at Gokul Road, Hubli. Being a significant city for Indian Railways, Hubli Railway junction is a major junction in North Karnataka. A good number of superfast express trains as well as express trains pursue amid Hubli and Bangalore on all days of the week. Being the busiest junction of the state next to the capital it connects the major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Tirupati, Solapur, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mysore and the like. Retiring rooms, tea stalls, ATM facilities, parking facilities and best restaurants are the major attractions. In addition to fresh south Indian foods, you may also enjoy North Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisines at these food outlets. Hubli lies on “Golden Quadrilateral”. It is around 7 hours from Bangalore via NH40 roads by bus where you can enjoy the scenic beauty all along your way.

Places to visit:

      Moorusavira Mutt, Hubballi- The Mutt, being located in the heart of the city is one of the ancient Mutt, built in 12th century during Shri Basavanna’s period. During Kalyana Kranthi or Kalyana Revolution moment, it is said that Basavanna along with his 3000 followers visited and resided here in this Mutt. Hence the name Moorusavira which in Kannada means 3000. Thousands of devotees from various places and nearby towns visit here during jathra celebrations. 

    The Unkal lake, Hubballi- If you are a nature lover, then this place is definitely for you! A refreshing place to visit and release your stress and burdens. The statue of Swami Vivekananda in the middle of the lake and the boating facility are a prime attraction.

    Nrupatung Betta- Being around 6 km away from the city, it is the highest view point of the twin cities. Again, if you love to spend some time with nature with your friends and family, then this place is all for you. The place also has a scenic beauty and provides an extensive view of the city.

    Gangubai Hangal Memorial Musical Museum-  Gangubai Hangal was a famous singer of Hindustani classical music from  Hubli-Dharwad. Her home in Hubli where she spent her childhood has been turned into a beautiful museum which is one of the famous spot that attracts music lovers.

    Other magnificent places which attract tourists are the ISCKON temple and ISCKON Akshaya Patra, Siddharoodh Mutt, Indira Gandhi Glass House and the Chandramouleshwara temple built by Chalukya dynasty. 
ISKCON temple, Rayapur, Hubli
Unkal lake, Hubli

Getting around:

The best way to get around the city is by hiring a taxi or by local buses. There are a good number of intercity buses as well as Hubli- Dharwad buses lingering around. As this city is well maintained there’s no need to worry about the driving. Since the city is all time crowded you may need a little more time to reach your destination. 

If you visit Hubli, then never miss to have its delicious traditional food-  Jowar and ragi roti, shenga (groundnut) chatni, curd, chilly chatni, badanekayi enegayi, hittina palya, butti (curd rice) and raw onion rings!

Traditional cuisine 

I was born and bought up here in this beautiful city and it has been more than 21 years I am residing and I love my place more than anyone else does! 

This post is written for #madeof great Zonal War organized by Tata Motors. And I am representing the South zone!