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Dharwad is located in the north western part of Karnataka. Geographically, This place is surrounded by Gadag in the east, Belagavi in the north, Uttara Kannada in the southwest and Haveri in the south. Dharwad had been a part of many dynasties and kings including the Chalukyas, Bahmani Sultanate, Vijayanagara Empire, Adil Shahis, Mughals, Shivaji Maharaj, Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and finally the British East India Company.

It was merged with Hubballi (which is located around 20 kms apart) to form the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad. The Karnataka Government combined the twin cities of Dharwad (an academic and cultural hub) and Hubballi (a commercial and industrial hub) and formed the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) which is the second largest in Karnataka after Bengaluru. Dharwad is home to the Karnataka University and the University of Agricultural Sciences as well as numerous other colleges.

The district is synonymous for its distinct culture, cuisine and a strong penchant for art and creativity. Prominent names that have left an indelible imprint in the field of music, literature and art include Jnanapeetha awardee Dr. D. R. Bendre, classical Hindustani singers like Kumar Gandaharva, Gangubai Hangal, Mallikarjun Mansur, Pt. Bhimasen Joshi, Basavaraj Rajguru and Sangeeta Katti, have also made the district proud. The well-known artist Halbhavi also belongs to this place. Alur Venkata Rao who spearheaded unification of Karnataka, Pampa Mahakavi and writer Patil Puttappa all hail from Dharwad. When it comes to cuisine, Dharwad Peda takes the cake and is the most famous culinary item of Dharwad which has also got the Geographical Indications (GI) tag. The traditional food ranges from the simple meal of Jolada rotis served with lentils and tangy chutneys to holiges, mandgis and kadabus. This place is also famous for its mango and guava orchards. Other must take souvenirs from here is the GI tagged Navalgund Dhurrie (a kind of floor carpet) and Kasuti embroidery sarees.

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Heritage Sites
  • Chandramouleshwar Temple, Hubli: Chandramouleshwar Temple at Unkal is a Chalukya architectural monument dedicated to Lord Shiva. A unique feature of this temple is the presence of two Shivalingas, another unique aspect is one of the Shivalinga is a Chaturlinga (a linga with four faces carved on it), and two Nandi statues.
  • Amruteshwar Temple, Annigeri: Amruteshwar Temple at Annigeri is well-known for its architecture (with 76 pillars and mythological carvings) built by Chalukyas in the 11th century.
  • Banashankari Temple, Amargol: Banashankari Temple at Amargol is a fine architecture built in the 12th century by Chalukyas and is dedicated to Goddess Banashankari and Lord Shankarlinga.
  • Dharwad Fort: The remains (only two main gates) of, once a great fort, now lie in the center of Dharwad and was built by Dhar Rao in the year 1403.
  • Bhavani Shankar Temple, Hubli: Bhavani Shankar Temple is one of the oldest temples located in the Old Hubballi area built during Chalukya times and has the deity of Shiva Parvathi and Sri Narayana.
  • Shambulingeshwar Temple, Kundgol: Shambulingeshwar Temple at Kundgol built during the times of the Chalukya Empire is very attractive for its well-polished decorated pillars.
  • Kalmeshwar Temple, Kamadhenu: Kalmeshwar Temple is an ancient monument located at Kamadhenu village near Kalaghatagi town.
  • Basavanna Temple, Tambur: Basavanna Temple built during Chalukya times at Tambur village close to Kalaghatagi town has a finely carved bull inside the temple.
Art & Festivals
  • Chabbi Ganeshotsava: Red idol Ganapati installed at the Kulkarni family in Chabbi attracts people from across the districts during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Since 1827 people are visiting Chabbi during this festival to seek blessings from Lord Ganapati and fulfill their wishes.
  • Ramalingeshwar Kamanna, Navalgund: Ramalingeshwar Kamanna is famous for the Holi festival when people of all faiths visit this place to fulfill their various wishes by making vows to present silver articles.
  • Krishi Mela, Dharwad: Krishi Mela held at the Univerisity of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad is a mega event for the farming community which provides a platform to showcase and educate stakeholders on the agriculture and allied technologies released by the university and private enterprises. Each year Krishi Mela revolves around a unique theme.
Museums
  • Railway Museum, Hubli: Railway Museum at Hubli showcases the heritage of Indian Railways with exhibits and artifacts from past decades.
  • Museums at Karnataka University, Dharwad: Karnataka University being one of the oldest universities in Karnataka has facilitated various researchers with its Animals and Plants Museum, Geology Museum & Kannada Research Institute Museum in its premises.
  • Museum at Karnataka Arts College, Dharwad: Zoology Museum located at Karnataka Arts College is one of the largest museums in its category in the state, established in 1947 has many specimens of animals and birds among which some are rare.
  • Intach Heritage Museum, Dharwad: Intach Heritage Museum at Dharwad has a collection of rare stamps, coins, and original certificates & manuscripts of the works of eminent writers. The museum is a treasure of photographs and information on the achievements of prominent personalities in the field of literature, music, and social service.
  • D.R. Bendre Bhavan, Dharwad: Bendre Bhavan is the memorial built in memory of Jnanapeetha awardee Dr. D R Bendre, next to his home ‘Shree Matha’ at Dharwad. Exhibits in this Bhavan include rare photographs of the poet, portrait paintings, quotes, and extracts from his poems. It houses an auditorium and a library which keeps his legacy alive.
  • Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur Memorial, Dharwad: Legendary Hindustani Classical Vocalist Dr. Mallikarjun Mansur’s residence at Dharwad today houses a museum in his honor.
Educational Tourism
  • Regional Science Centre, Dharwad: Dharwad Regional Science Centre is located in the pristine Karnataka University Campus surrounded by natural green cover. This center will be an ideal place to engage the young and old in creative activities of the science center and for spreading scientific temper among the visitors. It provides a fun-filled experience in understanding science to the visitors.
Recreational Tourism
  • Nrupatunga Hill, Hubli: Nrupatunga Hill is covered with trees & colorful flowers. It is a famous picnic spot which is away from the crowd & pollution of the city. The hillock provides a panoramic view of the entire cityscape from the watch towers.
  • Unkal Lake, Hubli: Unkal Lake is well developed with a garden and recreational facilities for children. Lake offers stunning views of the sunset in the evening. Visitors can go boating and see the statue of Swami Vivekananda, which rests right in the middle of the lake.
  • Sadhankeri Lake, Dharwad: Sadhankeri Lake and Park which inspired Jnanapeetha awardee Dr. D R Bendre and made him live nearby, is a beautiful place surrounded by lush greenery and a serene atmosphere.
  • Sanjivini Tree Park, Dharwad: Sanjivini Tree Park is a very attractive garden situated in between the Hubli-Dharwad twin city surrounding a thick forest covered with many trees and medicinal plants. It is a place of relaxation for visitors.
  • Nature First Eco Village, Hallikeri: Nature First Eco-Village located at Hallikeri towards Dandeli road provides eco-education imparting knowledge on the importance of conserving the ecosystem along with entertainment activities for the visitors through boating, rain dance, swimming, rope games, indoor & outdoor games, fun-loving activities and provides ethnic food.
  • Tolankere, Hubli: Tolankere is a beautiful Lake Park with artificial islands. Recreational facilities for children, beautiful gardens, and many other things at this spot attract visitors and are especially appreciated by nature lovers.
  • Indira Glass House, Hubli: Indira Glass House located in the center of Hubli has various attractions - sculptures scattered throughout the beautiful gardens, a toy train, and recreational facilities for children the important spot of this park is Glass House where programs and exhibitions are held during special occasions.
  • Kelageri Lake, Dharwad: Kelageri Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Dharwad. Nice place to relax and enjoy the landscape, especially the beautiful shades of sunrise or sunset.
  • Kittur Chennamma Park, Dharwad: Kittur Chennamma Park popularly referred to as K C Park has recreational facilities for children, coconut plantations, water fountains, a statue of animals, and an obelisk in the memory of Thackeray, the British collector who was slain in a battle between Kittur Rani Chennamma’s army and the British forces.
  • Neerasagar, Dhummawad: Neerasagar is the largest lake in the Dharwad district, located near Dhummawad. The lake is built for water supply to some of the regions. It’s a pleasant scenic picnic spot for nature lovers.
  • Dori Lake: A beautiful Dori Lake located near Aravatagi is one of the best scenic picnic spots for nature lovers.
  • Neelammana Kere, Navalgund: Neelammana Kere (lake) situated at the center of Navalgund town has its history behind its existence. The surrounding lake is developed with basic amenities for the visitors to relax on the sides.
  • Dharwad Adventure Base: Dharwad Adventure Base located towards Alnavar road is a recreational center filled with exciting outdoor activities & indoor games. An ideal place to enjoy the entire day with several activities - traditional games, rope adventures, water games, going on rides, and various other games.
  • Country Club Water World, Anchatageri: Country Club Water World located at Anchatageri towards Kalaghatagi road is a water-based theme park that is a must-visit for recreational activities.
Religious Places
  • Chandramouleshwara Temple, Unkal: Chandramouleshwara Temple at Unkal is a Chalukya architectural monument and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located opposite the Nrupatunga Betta and near Unkal Lake. And in its backdrop, the temple looks very beautiful. A unique feature of this temple is the presence of two Shivalingas and two Nandi statues. Another unique aspect is one of the Shivalinga is a Chaturlinga (a linga with four faces carved on it). The temple is built in a very symmetrical design and has four doors in four directions. In total, the temple has twelve doors.
  • Muruga Math: Muruga Math is one of the most revered places for the Lingayats and was established by Sri Mrutyunjay Swamiji with the blessings of his Guru Sri Athani Shivayogi Swamiji in 1917. Apart from spiritual education, this Math provides free boarding and hostel facilities to thousands of needy students. There are four shrines inside the campus and all those visiting the Math are provided with free food. Since its inception, Math has helped a large number of students pursue college/ higher education at Dharwad.
  • Bhavanishankara Temple: One of the oldest temples in Dharwad, Bhavanishankara Temple is located in the Old Hubbali area and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvathi.
  • All Saints Church and Basel Mission Church: Two important churches in Dharwad city
  • Annigeri: Home to Amrutheshwara Temple (with 76 pillars and interesting mythological carvings built in Kalyana Chalukya style), Veerabhadra Temple, partly ruined Banashankari Temple, Hire Hanuman Temple, Mailara and Uma-Parvati Temple as well as a Jain Basadi. Several old wells and Chalukya-era inscriptions are also found in Annigeri.
  • Bhavani Shankar Temple: Oldest temple in Hubballi.
  • Jumma Masjid: Oldest mosque in Hubballi
  • Mastan Sofa Mosque: A recent (built-in 1980) mosque in Hubballi known for carvings and artistic beauty.
  • Ananthanatha and Parshvanatha Basadis: Ancient and historic Iain basadis in Hubballi city.
  • Vorooru: Vorooru (Varur) is a village 19 km south of Hubballi city, popular for Bhagwan Shri Parshwanath Digambar Jain Temple
  • Navalgunda: Navalgunda is a town 47 kms from Dharwad, popular for Ganapathi, Venkatesha, Navileshwara, Govindaraja, Veerabhadra and Nagareshwara temples.
  • Mukti Mandir: A pilgrimage center section of the society, promoting manava dharma (humanity)
  • Kundgol: Ancient site with Shambulingeshwara The 11th-century temple has an impressive figure of dancing Shiva.
  • Gudageri: Jain center with Mahaveera Basadi and home to many modern temples
  • Nuggikeri Hanuman Temple, Dharwad: Nuggikeri Hanuman Temple is situated across the lake on the outskirts of Dharwad city. It is believed here that the Pratima of Sri Nuggikeri Hanuman was consecrated and worshipped by King Janamejaya, the great-grandson of Arjuna. Later in the 16th century, Shri Vyasaraja Teertha did punar-pratishthapana of the moorthi. Sri Hanuman is holding a sougandhika pushpa, has a shikha on his-head, and has a yajnyopaveeta.
  • Siddharoodha Math, Hubli: Siddharoodha Math built-in 1929 is a very popular religious and spiritual place in Hubli. Shri Siddharoodha Swamiji taught philosophy here and took Samadhi to this place. During Rathotsava which happens during Maha Shivarathri, devotees gather to celebrate and seek blessings. Someshwar Temple and Shalmala
  • River Birth Place, Dharwad: Dharwad town has an ancient Someshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nearby Someshwar temple lies a pond which is the birthplace of River Shalmala. It is believed the river goes underground from here and flows in the west direction to meet the Arabian Sea.
  • Changdev Urf Raja Bagasvar Temple, Yamanur: Shri Changdev Urf Raja Bagasvar Temple attracts people of both Hindu and Muslim faiths. Hindus worship the deity Chang Maharaj and for Muslims, it is Raja Bagasvar. Near this temple is Benne Halla, here 1 km stretch of water has saline content believed to have miraculous properties. During Jatra which happens after Holi, devotees take a dip in this stream and visit Changdev Urf Raja Bagasvar Temple for Darshan.
  • Ajat Nagalingaswami Math, Navalgund: Saint Shri Nagalingaswamiji was a philosopher, pawada purusha (person with yogic power) who lived during the times of his contemporaries Shri Siddharoodha Swamiji of Hubli, Madiwala Swamiji of Garag and Shishunal Shariff. He attained Samadhi at Navalgund. Shri Ajat Nagalingaswami Math is well known for its communal harmony. Swamiji’s Leela evidence like Muslim Panjas and Christian Bible are worshipped here every day. Navagraha Teerth Kshetra Jain Temple, Varur: Navagraha Teerth Kshetra at Varur has a 61-foot monolithic idol of Shri 1008 Bhagavan Parshvanath installed along with the statues of eight other Tirthankaras. Moorusavira Math, Hubli: Moorusavira Math is one of the oldest historical spiritual hubs in this region. Samadhi of Shri Jagadguru Gurusiddeshwar Swamiji, the founder of this matha is at this place. During Rathotsava which happens during Sravana, devotees gather for the celebrations and to seek blessings.
  • Madiwaleshwar Math, Garag: Shri Jagadguru Madiwaleshwar Swamiji’s Samadhi situated in Garag is popular among the religious and spiritual centers in the district. During Jatra it attracts a huge crowd of devotees come to seek blessings and celebrate the fest.
  • Murugha Math, Dharwad: Murugha Math is one of the earlier spiritual and educational learning centers at Dharwad established in 1917 by Shri Mrutyunjaya Swamiji with the blessings of his Guru Shri Athani Shivayogi Swamiji.
  • Hazrath Sayed Fatehshahwali Dargah, Hubli: Hazrath Sayed Fatehshahwali Dargah at Hubli is a historical and popular religious place among the Muslim community. It is said that Tippu Sultan visited this shrine to pay his respects and to seek blessings.
  • Hazrath Sayed Sato Shaheed Dargah: Hazrath Sayed Sato Shaheed Dargah is a historical and highly visited religious place for the Muslim community located in the jungle areas of the Western Ghats towards Yellapur road situated 13.5 km from
  • Kalaghatagi town. Hebich Memorial Church, Dharwad: Basel Mission Hebich Memorial Church at Dharwad is the pride among the Christian community and is one of the oldest churches in Northern Karnataka.
  • All Saints Church, Dharwad: All Saints at Dharwad is famous for European architectural craftsmanship and brickwork.
  • Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Hubli: Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church established in 1890 is one of the biggest churches in Hubli. The church is popular for its Christmas celebrations.
  • Holy Name Cathedral Church, Hubli: Holy Name Cathedral Church is one of the oldest churches in Hubli and also being the Cathedral of Karnataka Northern Diocese has a major following of the Protestant community.
  • Basaveshwar Temple, Budanagudda: Budanagudda is a hill situated on the Hubli-Kalaghatagi highway. On the peak is Basaveshwar Temple, a deity of the Hindu community. The spot offers a panoramic view and one can come here to witness sunrise and sunset.
  • Tapovan, Dharwad: Tapovana founded by internationally famed Mahatapasvi Shri Kumara Swamiji in 1965 is a meditational and yoga center located on the outskirts of Dharwad. Rudhrabhoomi Cave Temple,
  • Amminabhavi: Around 45 years back Rudhrabhoomi cave temple was carved out by Avadoot Shri Ayyanajja alone is situated at Amminabhavi and is unique among the temples in the district.
  • Jain Basadi, Amminabhavi: Jain Basadi at Amminabhavi has an ancient idol of Neminath Tirthankara. The pillars at this basadi are beautifully carved and polished as well as the ceiling has decorated floral designs.
  • Siddappajja Math, Hubli: Shri Siddappajja lived during the times of Shri Siddaroodha Swamiji. The miracles he performed during his time are incredible. His Samadhi is situated at Unkal.
  • Bhagavad Gita Gnana Loka Art Gallery, Hubli: One of the biggest spiritual museums - Bhagavad Gita Gnana Loka by Brahma Kumaris located at Hubli is one of its kind. The philosophy and the way of life are showcased with the artistic sculptures and shlokas at this museum.
  • Iskcon, Hubli-Dharwad: Hare Krishnas are famous across the world for their unique way of practicing spirituality through an established organization Iskcon. Krishna Balarama temple at Rayapur is located in between the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad and is popular for its various cultural programmes, festivals, and devotional activities.
  • Other Historical Temples at Dharwad: are Durgadevi Temple, Mailarlingeshwar Temple, Ulavi Chennabasaveshwar Temple, and Dattatreya Temple.
Religious Places
  • Chandramouleshwara Temple, Unkal: Chandramouleshwara Temple at Unkal is a Chalukya architectural monument and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located opposite the Nrupatunga Betta and near Unkal Lake. And in its backdrop, the temple looks very beautiful. A unique feature of this temple is the presence of two Shivalingas and two Nandi statues. Another unique aspect is one of the Shivalinga is a Chaturlinga (a linga with four faces carved on it). The temple is built in a very symmetrical design and has four doors in four directions. In total, the temple has twelve doors.
  • Muruga Math: Muruga Math is one of the most revered places for the Lingayats and was established by Sri Mrutyunjay Swamiji with the blessings of his Guru Sri Athani Shivayogi Swamiji in 1917. Apart from spiritual education, this Math provides free boarding and hostel facilities to thousands of needy students. There are four shrines inside the campus and all those visiting the Math are provided with free food. Since its inception, Math has helped a large number of students pursue college/ higher education at Dharwad.
  • Bhavanishankara Temple: One of the oldest temples in Dharwad, Bhavanishankara Temple is located in the Old Hubbali area and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvathi.
  • All Saints Church and Basel Mission Church: Two important churches in Dharwad city
  • Annigeri: Home to Amrutheshwara Temple (with 76 pillars and interesting mythological carvings built in Kalyana Chalukya style), Veerabhadra Temple, partly ruined Banashankari Temple, Hire Hanuman Temple, Mailara and Uma-Parvati Temple as well as a Jain Basadi. Several old wells and Chalukya-era inscriptions are also found in Annigeri.
  • Bhavani Shankar Temple: Oldest temple in Hubballi.
  • Jumma Masjid: Oldest mosque in Hubballi
  • Mastan Sofa Mosque: A recent (built-in 1980) mosque in Hubballi known for carvings and artistic beauty.
  • Ananthanatha and Parshvanatha Basadis: Ancient and historic Iain basadis in Hubballi city.
  • Vorooru: Vorooru (Varur) is a village 19 km south of Hubballi city, popular for Bhagwan Shri Parshwanath Digambar Jain Temple
  • Navalgunda: Navalgunda is a town 47 kms from Dharwad, popular for Ganapathi, Venkatesha, Navileshwara, Govindaraja, Veerabhadra and Nagareshwara temples.
  • Mukti Mandir: A pilgrimage center section of the society, promoting manava dharma (humanity)
  • Kundgol: Ancient site with Shambulingeshwara The 11th-century temple has an impressive figure of dancing Shiva.
  • Gudageri: Jain center with Mahaveera Basadi and home to many modern temples
  • Nuggikeri Hanuman Temple, Dharwad: Nuggikeri Hanuman Temple is situated across the lake on the outskirts of Dharwad city. It is believed here that the Pratima of Sri Nuggikeri Hanuman was consecrated and worshipped by King Janamejaya, the great-grandson of Arjuna. Later in the 16th century, Shri Vyasaraja Teertha did punar-pratishthapana of the moorthi. Sri Hanuman is holding a sougandhika pushpa, has a shikha on his-head, and has a yajnyopaveeta.
  • Siddharoodha Math, Hubli: Siddharoodha Math built-in 1929 is a very popular religious and spiritual place in Hubli. Shri Siddharoodha Swamiji taught philosophy here and took Samadhi to this place. During Rathotsava which happens during Maha Shivarathri, devotees gather to celebrate and seek blessings. Someshwar Temple and Shalmala
  • River Birth Place, Dharwad: Dharwad town has an ancient Someshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nearby Someshwar temple lies a pond which is the birthplace of River Shalmala. It is believed the river goes underground from here and flows in the west direction to meet the Arabian Sea.
  • Changdev Urf Raja Bagasvar Temple, Yamanur: Shri Changdev Urf Raja Bagasvar Temple attracts people of both Hindu and Muslim faiths. Hindus worship the deity Chang Maharaj and for Muslims, it is Raja Bagasvar. Near this temple is Benne Halla, here 1 km stretch of water has saline content believed to have miraculous properties. During Jatra which happens after Holi, devotees take a dip in this stream and visit Changdev Urf Raja Bagasvar Temple for Darshan.
  • Ajat Nagalingaswami Math, Navalgund: Saint Shri Nagalingaswamiji was a philosopher, pawada purusha (person with yogic power) who lived during the times of his contemporaries Shri Siddharoodha Swamiji of Hubli, Madiwala Swamiji of Garag and Shishunal Shariff. He attained Samadhi at Navalgund. Shri Ajat Nagalingaswami Math is well known for its communal harmony. Swamiji’s Leela evidence like Muslim Panjas and Christian Bible are worshipped here every day. Navagraha Teerth Kshetra Jain Temple, Varur: Navagraha Teerth Kshetra at Varur has a 61-foot monolithic idol of Shri 1008 Bhagavan Parshvanath installed along with the statues of eight other Tirthankaras. Moorusavira Math, Hubli: Moorusavira Math is one of the oldest historical spiritual hubs in this region. Samadhi of Shri Jagadguru Gurusiddeshwar Swamiji, the founder of this matha is at this place. During Rathotsava which happens during Sravana, devotees gather for the celebrations and to seek blessings.
  • Madiwaleshwar Math, Garag: Shri Jagadguru Madiwaleshwar Swamiji’s Samadhi situated in Garag is popular among the religious and spiritual centers in the district. During Jatra it attracts a huge crowd of devotees come to seek blessings and celebrate the fest.
  • Murugha Math, Dharwad: Murugha Math is one of the earlier spiritual and educational learning centers at Dharwad established in 1917 by Shri Mrutyunjaya Swamiji with the blessings of his Guru Shri Athani Shivayogi Swamiji.
  • Hazrath Sayed Fatehshahwali Dargah, Hubli: Hazrath Sayed Fatehshahwali Dargah at Hubli is a historical and popular religious place among the Muslim community. It is said that Tippu Sultan visited this shrine to pay his respects and to seek blessings.
  • Hazrath Sayed Sato Shaheed Dargah: Hazrath Sayed Sato Shaheed Dargah is a historical and highly visited religious place for the Muslim community located in the jungle areas of the Western Ghats towards Yellapur road situated 13.5 km from
  • Kalaghatagi town. Hebich Memorial Church, Dharwad: Basel Mission Hebich Memorial Church at Dharwad is the pride among the Christian community and is one of the oldest churches in Northern Karnataka.
  • All Saints Church, Dharwad: All Saints at Dharwad is famous for European architectural craftsmanship and brickwork.
  • Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Hubli: Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church established in 1890 is one of the biggest churches in Hubli. The church is popular for its Christmas celebrations.
  • Holy Name Cathedral Church, Hubli: Holy Name Cathedral Church is one of the oldest churches in Hubli and also being the Cathedral of Karnataka Northern Diocese has a major following of the Protestant community.
  • Basaveshwar Temple, Budanagudda: Budanagudda is a hill situated on the Hubli-Kalaghatagi highway. On the peak is Basaveshwar Temple, a deity of the Hindu community. The spot offers a panoramic view and one can come here to witness sunrise and sunset.
  • Tapovan, Dharwad: Tapovana founded by internationally famed Mahatapasvi Shri Kumara Swamiji in 1965 is a meditational and yoga center located on the outskirts of Dharwad. Rudhrabhoomi Cave Temple,
  • Amminabhavi: Around 45 years back Rudhrabhoomi cave temple was carved out by Avadoot Shri Ayyanajja alone is situated at Amminabhavi and is unique among the temples in the district.
  • Jain Basadi, Amminabhavi: Jain Basadi at Amminabhavi has an ancient idol of Neminath Tirthankara. The pillars at this basadi are beautifully carved and polished as well as the ceiling has decorated floral designs.
  • Siddappajja Math, Hubli: Shri Siddappajja lived during the times of Shri Siddaroodha Swamiji. The miracles he performed during his time are incredible. His Samadhi is situated at Unkal.
  • Bhagavad Gita Gnana Loka Art Gallery, Hubli: One of the biggest spiritual museums - Bhagavad Gita Gnana Loka by Brahma Kumaris located at Hubli is one of its kind. The philosophy and the way of life are showcased with the artistic sculptures and shlokas at this museum.
  • Iskcon, Hubli-Dharwad: Hare Krishnas are famous across the world for their unique way of practicing spirituality through an established organization Iskcon. Krishna Balarama temple at Rayapur is located in between the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad and is popular for its various cultural programmes, festivals, and devotional activities.
  • Other Historical Temples at Dharwad: are Durgadevi Temple, Mailarlingeshwar Temple, Ulavi Chennabasaveshwar Temple, and Dattatreya Temple.
Others
  • Kasuti Embroidery: Kasuti, a form of embroidery practiced especially in the Dharwad district, is known for its intricate and stunning workmanship and has the Geographical Indications (GI) tag. Four kinds of stitches are commonly used in Kasuti, and the designs are many and intricate. These are influenced by the architectural patterns of temples and are symbolic of rituals and life around temples.
  • Navalgund Dhurrie:  The origin of this craft, which is today protected with the Geographical Indications (GI) tag, dates back to the 16th century when women belonging to the Muslim Sheikh community spun unusual patterns in bright yellow, red, blue, and green. Navalgund is a place in Dharwad and was famous for our national bird – the Peacock. The colors and designs of the Peacock are incorporated as a part of the pattern in the jamkhana, which are famous for their colorful designs of Peacocks. Jamkhana in the local language means floor mats which are widely used as floor coverings for decorations. It is a carpet made of twisted cotton yarn which is locally called durrie. These are placed on the floor during certain occasions like weddings, religious gatherings, and other special occasions. Famous motifs include the dice game board and geometric designs.
  • Kalaghatagi Cradle: Chitragara Oni at Kalaghatagi was once the area filled with artists who would engage their lives in making colorful wooden cradles and this craft has lived over 400 years till today. Art lives today in its authenticity only through a few artists who carry forward their dedication towards preserving this craft in this originality.
  • Khadi Gramodyog Kendra, Garag: Khadi Gramodyog Kendra at Garag manufactures and supplies hand-woven Khadi materials and products especially famous for the Indian flag across India.
  • Khadi Gramodyog Kendra, Hubli: Khadi Gramodyog Kendra at Hubli is famous for its production of Indian national flags.
  • Kumara Vyasa Birth Place, Koliwad: Kumara Vyasa was born as Narayanappa at Koliwad in the 14th century. His ‘Karnata Bharata Kathamanjari’ a version of Vyasa’s epic Mahabharata is well-known across the state. Poet’s 15th-generation descendants have preserved its palm scripts even today at the very house where Kumara Vyasa lived.
  • Deshpande Wade-Adikavi Pampa Birth Place, Annigeri: Deshpande Wade at Annigeri is happened to be the birthplace of well-known poet Adikavi Pampa.
  • Big Well, Amminabhavi: A huge well which is unique was once used to supply water to Amminabhavi village.
  • Kittur Rani Chennamma Park: This park is commonly known as KC Park, probably the biggest park in Dharwad. Within the park is a memorial of John Thackrey, the British Collector who was slain in a battle between Kittur Rani Chennamma's army and the British forces.
  • Sadanakere Lake and Park: One of the most popular places in Dharwad is the Sadanakere Lake and Park. This place is surrounded by lush greenery with a beautiful lake. A good place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Facilities like pedal and battery boating are available which is a big draw for children. The main attraction of this park is the musical fountain which is played on Saturdays and Sundays. It is said that the great poet and Jnanapith Award winner Dr. Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre (D R Bendre) was inspired by the green environs and serene atmosphere of Sadanakere. You can also visit his house and memorial Bendre Bhavana which is quite nearby.
  • Bendre Bhavan: Bendre Bhavan is the memorial built in memory of great Kannada poet and Jnanapith Award winner Dr. Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre (D R Bendre). Exhibits in Bendre Bhavana include rare photographs of the poet, portrait paintings, quotes and extracts from his poems, etc. It houses an auditorium, a photo gallery, a library, and a research center. Located adjacent to Bendre Bhavan is Dr. Bendre's home 'Shree Matha' which is also a place of memory of the great poet. Here, one can find various memorabilia associated with the poet like dresses, mementos, and the prestigious Jnanapith Award certificate.
  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Glasshouse: The Indira Gandhi Memorial Glasshouse is named after the late Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi. The main building is built like a glasshouse which usually hosts events and exhibitions inside. Surrounding this structure are beautifully laid gardens. A musical fountain show, a toy train, and sculptures scattered throughout the garden are some other highlights of this place.
  • Nrupatunga Betta: Nrupatunga Betta, situated at Unkal Hill, offers a breathtaking view of the entire city of Huaballi. The hillock provides a panoramic view of the entire cityscape amidst a green and serene atmosphere. A Devi Temple is situated on top of Nrupatunga Betta.
  • Unkal Lake: Unkal Lake is a popular picnic spot in the city. Spread over 200 acres, the lake is believed to be over 100 years old. The area around the lake has a lovely garden with recreational facilities for children. There is also boating here wherein you can go and see the statue of Swami Vivekananda, which is right in the middle of the lake.
  • Sun Ray Solar Museum:  Established in 2006, it is perhaps the first Solar Museum in the country. As the name suggests, the museum gives information regarding the growth and development of renewable energy/ solar energy. This museum was established with the main aim to create awareness and promoting the usage of renewable energy sources. The Museum has a vast collection of all solar energy systems like solar cookers, solar water heaters, pumps, lanterns, torches, mobile chargers, solar dryers, solar fencing systems, etc. Live demonstrations, seminars, and training courses are conducted regularly.
  • Dharwad Regional Science Centre: Dharwad Regional Science Centre is situated on the Karnataka University Campus and is surrounded by natural green cover. The Dharwad Regional Science Centre was set up by the National Council of Science Museums, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India with active support from the state government. This Centre acts as an ideal place to engage the young and old alike in creative activities and for spreading scientific knowledge among its visitors. It has been established in an area of around 4000 sq mts which houses a reception area, and 3 exhibition galleries. It provides a fun-filled experience in understanding Science to the visitors.
  • Dharwad Adventure Base: Spread within 14 acres of land and surrounded by mango orchards, Dharwad Adventure Base is a day activity center filled with exciting outdoor activities/ indoor games. These are particularly ideal for families/ corporate groups. An ideal place to unwind and celebrate special days; be it reunions, school picnics, or corporate outings. And it has a list of activities to keep you busy for the entire day which includes water-based activities, indoor games, rides, zorbs, rope activities, etc.
  • Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Museum: Situated on the premises of the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC), this museum has many valuable articles including stamps, coins, manuscripts, original certificates of many writers, paintings, etc. The museum is a treasure of photographs and information on the achievements of prominent personalities in the field of literature, music, and social service. It also has awards and citations of those personalities.
  • Maruti Waterpark: A privately operated theme park in Hubballi Dharwad Fort: Only two main gates are intact of the original fort built in 1043 covering 76 acres.
  • Mural Paintings at Hirematt: Worth visiting the Panchagriha Hirematha in Amminabhavi, 9 km North East of Dharwad. Amminabhavi also has Parshwanatha basadi from the Chalukyan
  • Museum of historical antiquities: Located inside the campus of Karnataka University

Tour Location

Dharwad is well connected by air, rail and road network from all over Karnataka. Dharwad is 429 kms North West of state capital Bengaluru.

Hubballi is the nearest airport, 20 kms from Dharwad.
Dharwad has a railway station and good rail connectivity.
Dharwad has excellent bus connectivity from major cities of Karnataka. Both KSRTC and private operators provide service to and from Dharwad
Taxis can be hired from Hubli, Dharwad, Navalgund, Alnavar, Kalaghatagi or Kundgol to explore regional attractions. Autos are best for local commutes.

Premium:

Dennissons Hotel, Airport Road, Dollars Colony, Hubli
Fortune Park, Opposite Hubballi Airport, Hubli
Hotel Naveen, Unkal Lake, Hubli
Hotel Ananth The Grand, Beside Deshpande Foundation, Near Hubballi Airport, Hubli
The Phlox, Opposite KH Patil College, Vidya Nagar, Hubli
The Ocean Pearl Resort and Spa, Opposite Sanjivini Park, Rayapur, Dharwad

Medium:

The Fern Residency, Airport Road, Beside Hosur Bridge, Hubli
Ananth Executive, Keshwapur, Behind St.Mary’s School, Hubli
The Hans Hotel, PB Road, Vidya Nagar, Hubli
The President Hotel, Unkal Lake, Hubli
Cubix Hotel, Beside Urban Oasis Mall, Gokul Road, Hubli
Ananth Residency, Station Road, Behind LIC Office, Hubli
Hotel Metropolis, Koppikar Road, Hubli
Mayur Aaditya Resort, Navalur, Dharwad
Hotel Dwarawata, Opposite Karnataka University, Belagavi road, Dharwad
Hotel Hoysala, PB Road, Near Kittel College, Dharwad

Budget:

Hotel Swarnaa Paradise, Near Railway Station, Hubli
Mantra Residency, Opposite Basava Vana, Rani Chennamma Circle, Hubli
Canara Hotel, Hosur Cross, Hubli
Hotel Inspira Aura, Opposite District Court, Dharwad
Hotel Brindavan Lodge, Station Road, Near Horticulture Office, Dharwad

Homestay:

Aranya Nest Homestay, Goa Road, Beside Village Honnapur Lake
Nature’s Loft Homestay, Goa Road, Beside Village Aravatagi Lake
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