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Dharwad district is a city and district 430 kms North West of Bengaluru, known for extremely delicious Dharwad Peda. Dharwad along with Hubballi are the twin cities known for industrial hubs, educational institutions and rich culture. Dharwad is referred to as “Chota Mahabaleshwara” for its pleasant and temperate climate throughout the year, akin to that of a mini hill station.
Dharwad is home to Karnataka University. Alur Venkata Rao who spearheaded unification of Karnataka, Pampa Mahakavi and writer Patil Puttappa also hail from Dharwad. Other prominent names that have highly contributed to fields such as music, literature and art are from Dharwad as well, bringing a great amount of pride to the district. The prestigious Jnanapeetha awardee Dr. D. R. Bendre of Dharwad, has contributed to the field of literature, to the extent of infinity. Renowned classical Hindustani singers like Kumar Gandaharva, Smt Gangubai Hangal, Mallikarjun Mansur, Pt. Bhimasen Joshi, Basavaraj Rajguru and Sangeeta Katti, have not only contributed to the field of music but have also made the district proud. The well-known artist Halbhavi also belongs to Dharwad.
Guava, mango, sapota and grapes are popular fruits grown in Dharwad district. Artistic cotton carpets from Navalagunda, silk sarees from Hubballi and Dharwad Peda are must buy products from Dharwad.
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- Kittur Rani Chennamma Park: A major park in Dharwad city with historical importance. Has memorials of two British officers who were killed in Kittur rising of 1824.
- Sadanakere: Sadhanakere is a lake & park in Dharwad with options for boating, toy train and other recreational activities. Musical fountain shows are also held on weekends and public holidays.
- Unakal Hill (Nrupathunga Betta): A hill north west of Hubballi, developed as a tourist Has a children’s garden, mini waterfall, stage for cultural performances, watch tower, water fountain, deer garden, restaurants and few temples.
- Unakal Lake: Lake and recreational facility in Hubballi.
- 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 kms North East of Dharwad. Amminabhavi also has Parshwanatha basadi from the Chalukyan
- Museum of historical antiquities: Located inside campus of Karnataka University
- Temples inside Dharwad city: Mailara Devi temple, Panduranga temple, Raghavendra Swamy Matha, Dattatreya Temple, Veerabhadra and Ulavi Basappa temple, Someshwara Temple, Nuggikeri Hanuman and Vyasaraja Hanuman T
- 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 kms 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 sections 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