Hubli (also called Hubballi) is one of the largest cities in the state of Karnataka. It forms a continuous urban area with the city of Dharwad. It is the nerve centre for North Karnataka region & the fastest growing city after Bangalore and Mangalore in the state of Karnataka. The name "Hubballi" literally means "flowering creeper" in Kannada. While Dharwad is the administrative headquarters, the city of Hubli, situated about 20 km south-east of Dharwad, is the commercial centre and business hub of North Karnataka region. Crops including cotton, chili pepper and peanuts are grown in the surrounding rural agricultural areas, and Hubli is a major trading centre for these commodities. It is also an important city for the Indian Railways, as it is the headquarters for South Western Railway zone and the Hubli Railway Division. Hubballi is a major railway junction in North Karnataka. It is also the headquarters of North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation.
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