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Rani Chennamma Circle; Chandramouleshwara Temple
Chota Mumbai,[1]
Hubli is located in Karnataka
Location of Hubballi
Hubli is located in India
Hubli (India)
Coordinates: 15°21′0.78″N 75°08′15.45″E / 15.3502167°N 75.1376250°E / 15.3502167; 75.1376250Coordinates: 15°21′0.78″N 75°08′15.45″E / 15.3502167°N 75.1376250°E / 15.3502167; 75.1376250
Country India
 • MayorSri Sudhir Saraf
 • Metropolis213 km2 (82 sq mi)
671 m (2,201 ft)
 • Metropolis1,336,657
 • RankIndia : 50
Karnataka : 2nd
 • Metro
1,846,993 (Hubli-Dharwad Metropolitan Area)
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
580001 - 580064 (incl. Dharwad west end)
Area code(s)+91-0836
Vehicle registrationKA 25 (Navanagar RTO)
KA 63 (Gabbur RTO)
Official languageKannada

Hubli, officially known as Hubballi (Kannada: ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ) is a city located in the north western part of the Indian state of Karnataka. It forms a contiguous urban area with the city of Dharwad making it the second largest city in Karnataka after the capital, Bangalore. Hubli houses the largest number of government offices outside Bengaluru.[2] In 2016, Hubli-Dharwad was selected for solar city / green city master plans.[3] Recently, Hubballi-Dharwad City was selected for a smart city project.


The name Hubballi comes from the term Hoovina Balli which means 'Flowering Creeper' in Kannada. Hubli is the anglicized version of Hubballi.


Rayara Hubli, also called 'Eleya Purvada Halli' or 'Purballi', was the old Hubli, where there is a Bhavani Shankara temple and Jain 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.

Hubli's famous Moorusavira Matha is claimed to have been established by a Sharana of Basaveshwara's 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.[4]

The impressive Chandramauleshwara temple in Unkal are from Chalukyan times. The Sufi shrine, Sayed Fathesha Wali, was visited by Tipu Sultan.[5]



Hubli-Dharwad has a tropical wet and dry climate. Summers are hot and dry, lasting from late February to early June. They are followed by the monsoon season, with moderate temperatures and a large amount of precipitation. Temperatures are fairly moderate from late October to early February, with virtually no rainfall. Hubli is 640 meters above sea level. The average yearly rainfall is 838 mm.[6]

Climate data for Hubli
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.1
Average low °C (°F) 14.5
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0
Source: [7]

Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation[edit]

Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) was constituted in 1962 by combining the two cities separated by a distance of 20 kilometers. The area covered by the corporation is 202.3 km2 spread over 45 revenue villages and is the second largest city corporation in Karnataka after Bengalooru. The population of the city as per the 1991 census was 700,000. The present population is more than 1.2 million. Hubli Municipal Council was established under the Government of India Act of 1850, and the Dharwad Municipal Council first came into existence on 1 January 1856. Both were merged later.[8][8]


Hubli is one of the commercial hubs of Karnataka. It has a wide cluster of industries and has more than a lakh small and medium industries.[9] The Government of India has set up a Software Technology park of India on PuneBengaluru Road and Aryabhata 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 including cotton, groundnut and oil seeds, as well as manganese ore and granite.

The establishment of a new-generation diesel locomotive shed in the city by Indian Railways was another major boost for development of industries in this region, as it was first of its kind in Indian Railways history. The diesel locomotive shed at Hubli is the largest holder of EMD locomotives in India and was set up in 1880.[10]


B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology

Hubballi, along with Dharwad, its twin city, is a major education center in Karnataka, housing a number of renowned educational institutions including one of the sixteen IITs:



Hubballi Airport

Hubli Airport (IATA: HBX, ICAO: VOHB) is a Domestic airport serving the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad & North Karnataka in the state of Karnataka, India. It is situated on Gokul Road, 8 kilometres from Hubli and 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Dharwad. Hubli Airport is 3rd busiest airport in Karnataka and 45th busiest airport in India.


South Western Railway headquarters, Hubli railway station

The city currently has 4 stations and one Junction. The Hubli Junction railway station is the main railway station in the city with a built-up area of 161460 sq.ft. [1]. The other stations are Hubballi South, Unkal, Amargol and Navalur. Hubli is the headquarters of the South Western Railway zone. It was carved out as a zone from the current South Central Railway. It is the centre for the Hubli Division. The Hubli Division is one of the highest revenue-generating divisions in India. Hubli is well-connected by the Indian Rail Network. Several express, superfast and Jan Shatabdi trains ply between Hubli and Bangalore every day. Hubli, an important railway junction, has daily trains connecting with major towns across the country.[11]


Hubli lies on the "Golden Quadrilateral". Asian Highway 47 passes through Hubli. It lies on National Highway 63 (Ankola - Gooty) and National Highway 218 (Hubli - Humnabad) which connect Hubli with major cities in the region. NWKRTC (North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation) is a state-run corporation headquartered at Hubli. There is frequent inter-city transportation between Hubli and Dharwad. Buses from the twin-cities go to every part of Karnataka, neighbouring states, and other popular destinations. There are many private bus operators who render services for overnight travel between Hubli and other major cities within and outside the state. A semi-ring road is sanctioned to the city. This road connects NH-52 (Solapur road), NH-63 (Gadag road), Mumbai-Chennai N.H-4, and finally connects to Karwar road St Santosh Nagar area.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Raggi Mudde. "Hubli – The Commercial Hub Explored".
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  3. ^ "Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - Solar / Green Cities". Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Hubli | Sightseeing in Hubli | History of Hubli | How to Reach Hubli". 15 January 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
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  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ YR
  8. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "'Twin cities emerging as SME hub'". The Times of India.
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  11. ^ BS Reporter (12 September 2012). "Monorail proposed in Hubli-Dharwad".

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