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Dharwad or Dharwar city is in northern part of Karnataka state, in South India. It's known for its numerous world class universities and colleges.

Pune-Bangalore road


Dharwad and Hubli are twin cities of Karnataka. While Dharwad is educational and cultural centre , Hubbali is commercial hub. These cities have municipal corporation by the name Hubli Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC). Dharwar was part of Bombay Presidency during British rule of India. Dharwad is known as the 'Oxford of Karnataka' due to its universities and colleges.

Dharwad is the seat of learning with two universities, plenty of colleges and some very progressive schools. Hubli-Dharwad are the renowned seat of Hindustani music. Dharwad is also emerging as hub for automobile industry with big plants like Tata Construction (TELCON) & Tata Motors.

Get in[edit]

Map of Dharwad

By car[edit]

Dharwad is connected to Karnataka's state capital Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai which is the commercial capital of India by National Highway 48 (NH 48) which was previously known as Pune-Bangalore (PB) road.

Also National highway 52 (NH 52) connects Hubli Dharwad to National highway 66 near Ankola via Kalaghatgi and Yellapura. National highway 52 connects Hubli to Solapur via Navalgund, Naragund,Kerur, Bagalkote, Bilgi cross, Kolhar, Bijapur, Horti and Zalki on another side.

National highway 67 (NH 67) connects Hubli twin city of Dharwad to Proddatur in Andhra Pradesh state via Shiraguppi, Annigeri, Hulkoti, Gadag, Lakkundi, Koppal, Hosapete, Toranagallu, Kudtani, Ballari ,Guntakal, Gooty, Anikireddypalli, Kolimingudla and Jammalamadugu.

By bus[edit]

Buses run by Karnataka state government undertakings NWKRTC, NEKRTC, KSRTC connect Dharwad to various cities and towns of Karnataka , Goa and Maharashtra state. There are daily buses from Bengaluru, Mangalore, Udupi, Davangere, Karwar, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Hosapete, Ballari, Goa via Ponda, Mumbai, Pune, Satara, and Kolhapur to Dharwad city. There is a NWKRTC bus service at the frequency of 15 minutes from the city of Belgaum, Karnataka. Private buses also connect Dharwad to Bangalore, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Udupi.

By rail[edit]

By plane[edit]

Hubli airport is 15 km from Dharwad. Hubli is connected to Bengaluru and Mumbai by flights.

Get around[edit]

There are city buses running at the frequency of 2 minutes between Hubli and Dharwad. Also from Dharwad Central Bus Terminus (CBT) to various localities of Dharwad. One can hire autorickshaws to visit different places within city limits. Private taxis are also available.


Karnatak University
Karnatak College Dharwad (KCD)
  • 1 Dharwad Fort. Fortress ruin built in 1403. Dharwad Fort (Q115468802) on Wikidata
  • Muruga Matha
  • Nuggikeri Hamuman Temple. 4 km from toll gate towards Kalghatagi on bypass.
  • 2 Karnatak University campus, Pavte Nagar. Karnatak University (Q502336) on Wikidata Karnatak University on Wikipedia
  • Agriculture university campus on Belagavi road.
  • Someshwar Temple near S.D.M. College of Engineering and Technology (SDMCET).


Attend musical or cultural show held at auditoriums in the city.


Dharwad Peda's a unique and tasty sweet prepared by Thakur Peda shop at Line Bazaar. Local sweets and snacks at various sweet shops.


Girmit is the famous local snack made from puffed rice. Local vegetarian meal at Basappa Khanavali in front of District court. Also there are several Khanavali's which serve vegetarian lunch and dinner. There are good vegetarian restaurants which serve South Indian dishes like Upavan restaurant, Kamath, Brindavan, Megha Darshini.

Dharwad Peda's a unique and tasty sweet prepared by Thakur Peda shop at Line Bazaar. Local sweets and snacks at various sweet shops.


Tea at road side tea stalls.


  • Hotel Ankita Residency
  • Hotel Brindavan
  • Hotel Hoysala


Dharwad has connections to almost all the major network operators and fibre networks. If you don’t have an Indian phone number, it is strongly recommended that you get a pre-paid calling card if you plan on using your phone frequently. Public telephones are a good option and are available widely. Most shops that offer public phones sport easily visible "STD/ISD/PCO" signages. More often than not, public pay-phones are post-pay and there will be a person at the shop to take the payments. Check the bill generated from the machine and make the payment accordingly. Payments are always in Indian Rupees

Go next[edit]

  • Dandeliis just 56.3 km away. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, with its trails and dense forests, is home to animals including black panthers, monkeys and elephants, as well as many bird species. A temple stands at the entrance to the limestone Kavala Caves.
  • Goa. The state of Goa is just 120 km away from Dharwad, with beautiful costal lines and beaches.
  • Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park is a wildlife sanctuary, 93 km from Dharwad, on the way to Goa.
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