Coimbatore District is the Manchester of South India famous for textile industries which lies in the Western Part of Tamil Nadu. Here is the travel guide for Coimbatore which helps you with information on tourist attractions, Shopping Centres, Places of worship and about hotel accommodations.
Coimbatore (Kovai) The Manchester of Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore popularly known as 'Kovai' is the third largest city of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as 'Manchester of South India' owing to its large number of textile industries. Coimbatore houses a number of Schools, Colleges, industries, Universities and hotel facilities. Coimbatore gets travellers throughout the year as it is on the way to popular tourist place Ooty. The tamil language spoken by the people of coimbatore is referred to as 'kongu Tamil' which is very sweet to hear.
Tourist attractions in Coimbatore
Siruvani Dam and Reservoir:
It is one of the important places of visit in Kovai. The Siruvani dam is situated at a distance of 35kms West of Coimbatore in the Western Ghats. The water from Siruvani river is well known for its sweet taste and mineral properties and it is the main source of water for the people of Coimbatore. The construction of the dam was started in the year 1927 and ended up in the year 1931.
Perur: Perur is about 7kms from Coimbatore railway station. This place is the most visited ones by art lovers for its sculptural splendour. The other names of this is Aadhipuri, gyanapuri and Mel-Chidambaram. Pattiswarar temple at Perur is known as Mel-Chidambaram and the sanctum sanctorum was built by Karikal Cholan of 2nd century A.D. The presiding deity here is Pattiswarar and Godess Pachainayaki. But more importance is given to the deity Nataraja. The Kongu Cholas constructed the Maha Mandapam around 12th century and the Kanaga Sabha a hall which is built by Nayaks in the 16th century and the pillars are carved with beautiful images an unique stone sculptural carvings is worthy to mention here. There is a Tamil college and Santhalinga Adigalar Mutt is here to visit. Santhalinga Swamigal founded the Veera Saiva Cult who contributed a lot on religious works. Major festival celebrated at Pattiswarar temple is Panguni Uthram festival which is celebrated in a grand manner during March/April (Tamil month Panguni) where thousands of devotees throng to this place every year.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore:
It is most famous and best university in agriculture in Southeast Asia. First it was established as an agricultural school at Saidapet Chennai in Tamil Nadu but later it was relocated and established at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore on June 1st of 1971. The university offers 12 UG programs and 29 PG programs which covers Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Home Science, Basic Sciences and Humanities, Forestry and Fisheries.
Places Around Coimbatore
Sengupathi Waterfalls: Sengupathi Waterfalls is located 35kms from Coimbatore on Siruvani main road. It is a famous and pleasant tourist spot for the people of coimbatore and a large number of tourist comes here to bathe in the falls.
Monkey Falls: It is located 65kms from Coimbatore on Pollachi-Valparai highways and travellers of coimbatore would never miss this falls for its beautiful lush green scenic atmosphere. It is an ideal place for children to take bathe and they would really love this place. The entry ticket for Monkey Falls is as low as Rs.2.
Thirumoorthy Temple and Waterfalls: It is located 20 kms away from Udumalpet on the highways from Palani to Coimbatore and Thirumoorthy temple is at the foot of the Thirumoorthy hills. The presiding deity at Thirumoorthy temple is Ammanalingeswarar. You can find Thirumoorthy dam on the foot of the hills where boating facilities are provided.
Maruthamalai Temple: Maruthamalai Hills is situated at a distance of 12 kms north west of Coimbatore is the most popular temple dedicated to Lord Muruga. The hills have lush vegetation with medicinal herbs and hence it got the name Maruthamalai (Mountain of Medicines). The holy water of this temple is 'Marudha Thirtham' and 'Pambati Sunai' are the springs of this place and a dip in this is said to cure all kinds of diseases. The temple was built about 800 years ago and many inscriptions are found about this temple on the walls of Garbagraha of Thirumuruganpoondi. The sthala Vriksham (sacred tree of the shrine) of this temple is Marutham trees.
Avinashi: Avinashi is a temple town which is about 33 kms away from Coimbatore on Coimbatore-Chennai highways. This is one of the seven shivasthalams. The Avinashi temple was built by early cholas. In ancient times it was known as "Thirupukkaliyur". It can be called as well as cotton town of modernity as here you can see a lot of textile mills and agriculture is the major occupation for most of the people of Avinashi.
Vaideki Waterfalls: Vaideki waterfalls is at a distance of 30kms from Coimbatore and one can reach this spot via Narasipuram Village. It is a beautiful spot and trekkers would love to come to this place as it is suitable for trekking. But the tourists has to be cautious while trekking as elephants are the biggest threat in this forest area.
Tiruppur: Tiruppur is located at a distance of 50km away from Coimbatore. Tiruppur is the home of cotton a textile city. There are a number of ginning factories. Tiruppur is famous for it banian (undershirts)textiles and their production are reached to far off places and enjoy a vast market throughout the country and also overseas. Here tourists can visit Tirupur Kumaran Memorial the great freedom fighter is situated on Kumaran salai near Tiruppur railway station. He is popularly known as 'kodi katha kumaran' who died holding the national flag and saved the honour of the flag.
Singanallur: One can find many temples and shrines for various dieties. But it is rare to find and only few shrines are there for God Yama(the God of death) and Chitragupta (the one who keeps track of each person's sin). Singanallur is that special place where you can find both Yamadharmaraja and Chithragupta in the same temple which is situated at Vellalur main road in Singanallur of Coimbatore. The full moon day of Tamil month Chithirai is very special day and special puja is performed on this day called Chithra Pournami which usuall falls between April 14 to May 15.
Indira Gandhi National Park and Anaimalai Wildlife Sanctuary:
It is named after Indira Gandhi the first woman Prime Minister of India and this place is situated 65kms from Coimbatore and in 1962 it was declared as wildlife sanctuary. There is one forest research center here and read here to know more about information on Indira Gandhi National Park at Coimbatore.
It is located at 37Kms Southwest from Pollachi Topslip and West of Vetaikaranpudur. The Parambikulam dam which is the main source of irrigation for agricultural purpose is built across Parambikulam river which lies on Pollachi to Udumalpet road. Rivers like Aliyar, Sholayar, Thunakadavu, Palar and Parambikulam are the sources of water supply for agricultural lands and serves for power project. The dam is visited by tourists for scenic beauty and the reservoirs and canals of Aliyar Project add beauty of the terrain.
Black Thunder Mettupalayam: Mettupalayam is at the foot of the Nilgris and the Black Thunder at Mettupalayam is a water theme park which is 35 kms from Coimbatore and situated at 8kms from Mettupalayam. This theme park is said to be Asia's number one theme park which attracts thousands of tourists everyday. If you go further 10 kms from Mettupalayam on the Ooty road you can find Kallar and Burliar Fruit Stations.
Pollachi: Pollachi is a town of Coimbatore district which is famous for its weekly sandhai(Weekly market). It is a well established market where you get everything at one place. Here you get coconuts, fresh vegetables, pulses, paddy, groundnuts, all varieties of oils, fruits and also ready to wear garments. At Pollachi Fair you get anything and everything.
Where to Stay at Coimbatore?
Coimbatore is housed with a number of hotels, travellers bungalows, rest-houses, Guest houses and here we have given you some of the hotel accommodations in coimbatore where you can stay during your visit to coimbatore.
312 Bharathiyar Road
Ph: 0422 4317777
Ram Nagar Coimbatore.
Ph: 0422 4378888
Park Inn Hotel
37 Near Railway Station
Geetha Hall Road
Ph: 0422 2301283
739 A, Avinashi Road
Coimbatore - 641018.
Ph: 0422 2217133
Distances From Coimbatore
Here is the approximate distances of various important places from Coimbatore in Kms.
Chennai - 493
Bangalore - 320
Madurai - 200
Salem - 140
Palani - 105
Erode - 100
Ooty - 85
Udumalpet - 75
Tirupur - 50
Avinashi - 40
Pollachi - 40
Mettupalayam - 38
Karamadai - 30