For a commercial and business hub, Hubli’s name translates into sheer poetry. Hubli comes from ‘Hubbali’ which means flowering creeper, and from literature to industry, much has blossomed forth from this city. Hubli shares much of its spotlight with Dharward, its twin city. An upcoming industrial centre, Hubli enjoys the benefits of having been strategically located. Positioned exactly in between the Deccan Plateau and the forested hills of the Malenadu region, Hubli’s ideal locale is further whetted by Dharwad’s clout as a seat of learning. As much as it’s poised to take on a more significant role in the commercial world, Hubli’s proximity to some of Karnataka’s most scenic and wild neighbourhoods, makes it what you would call idyllic. The Sakrebyle Elephant Camp is one such stop. A remnant of the Chalukyan times itself, Hubli stands just a few hours away from Karnataka’s timeless niches – Hampi, Pattadakal, Bijapur, Aihole, Bidar and Badami. Don’t forget to taste the famous Dharward peda or pick up some fabric embellished intricately by Hubli’s signature Kasuti style of embroidery. Today, Hubli is famous for its cotton ginning and its various processing mills that make up the handloom textile industry. It is a major center of cotton and peanut trade in Karnataka as these are the major crops cultivated in the surrounding rural areas. Hubli is also the headquarters for South Western Railway Zone and the Hubli Division. Hubli has emerged as a prominent tourist attraction in Karnataka in recent years. The most famous tourist attractions in Hubli are the Bhavanishankar Temple, Asar, Siddharoodha Math, Unkal Lake, Nrupatunga Betta and Glass House. Hubli also offers trips to its twin city Dharwad, Navilteerth, Sathoda, Sogalla and Mathoda Falls, ISCKON temple, Sykes Point and Ulavia to its visitors. Excursions to destinations such as Bijapur, Bidar, Badami, Aihole, Patadkal and Hampi can also be taken. Best season to visit Hubli: The town, situated between Malenad and the Deccan plateau, offers a tropical wet and dry climate to its visitors, and October to February is the most suitable season to visit Hubli. Hubli can be easily reached as it is well connected to all the major destinations in Karnataka and the neighboring states by rails and roads. The Hubli Airport is a domestic airport and it caters regular flights to Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai.