Coimbatore is a major city in Tamil Nadustate of India. Located on the banks of the Noyyal River surrounded by the Western Ghats, it is the second largest city in the state after Chennai and 16th largest urban agglomeration in India. It is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and a major hub for textiles, industries, commerce, education, information technology, healthcare, poultry and manufacturing in South India. It is often referred to as the "Manchester of South India" due to its cotton production and textile industries. Coimbatore is also referred to as the "Pump City" and it supplies nearly half of India's requirements of motors and pumps. The city is one of the largest exporters of jewelry, wet grinders, poultry and auto components with "Coimbatore Wet Grinder" and "Kovai Cora Cotton" recognized as Geographical Indications by the Government of India. The city is also known for it's educational institutions. Coimbatore Agricultural University is renowned as one of the best colleges of it's kind in South Asia. In spite of it's industrial and technological growth, traditions and age old customs are still held in high esteem. The temples bear witness to the religiousness and love of art and architecture of the people. There are also a number of places of tourist interest around Coimbatore. Ootacamund (Ooty for short), is one of the most popular tourist spots in Coimbatore.
Places of Interest
The Dhyanalinga is a Yogic temple located 30 km from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The temple was created by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a profound mystic and yogi. It is the first-of-its-kind to be completed in over 2,000 years. The temple offers a meditative space that does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system.
The Siruvani Waterfalls and dam are located some 35 km to the west of Coimbatore city amidst the lush Western Ghats. The Siruvani River is the main source of water to the Coimbatore city and its water is famous for its sweet taste and mineral properties. The view from the Siruvani falls and the dam attracts tourists from around the world.
Subramaniyaswami Temple, Marudamalai is a 12th century temple dedicated to Hindu god Murugan, in Coimbatore. The temple is situated atop a hillock, 12 km west from Coimbatore city. There are various water bodies around the temple, namely Maruda Theertham and Snake charmer's spring, which is believed to possess medicinal properties.
PERUR PATEESWARAR TEMPLE
Perur Pateeswarar Temple is a famous Shiva temple located at Perur, in western part of Coimbatore. Lord Shiva, known as ‘Patteeswarar’, is the main deity of this temple. Dating back to the 11th century, this temple has several gopurams and halls, famous of which is the one with the golden statue of Nataraja. The pillars have carvings of the various manifestations of Shiva and the ceiling has a series of stone chains.
Ooty is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills, some 80 km north of Coimbatore. Ooty. Also known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, it is adorned with beautiful mountains, lakes, miles of tea gardens and forest. Ooty is also known as the ‘Blue Mountains owing’ to the indigo cover of the beautiful Kurinji flower that blooms on the slopes of the Nilgiris once every 12 years. Ooty is nature at its best with diverse flora and fauna.
At a distance of 18 km from Ooty, 71 km from Coimbatore, Coonoor is a beautiful hill station in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu. Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty and is home to variety of wildflowers, birds and lush environs. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway ride, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the midst of the Nilgiris, is an unforgettable travel experience.
Munnar is an exquisite hill station of Kerala with sprawling tea gardens (biggest in the entire South India), picturesque towns, exotic scenery, lush forests, and wild sanctuaries as its assets. Munnar is a much sought after tourist destination in Kerala. Experience popular attractions such as the Eravikulam National Park, home to endangered mountain goat species Nilgiri Tahr. Coimbatore to Munnar : 4 h 50 m
Kumarakom is an enchanting backwater destination of Kerala, offering visitors great holiday facilities. This little village is situated on the banks of Vembanad - Kerala’s largest lake. Kumarakom offers visitor exquisite sightseeing, houseboat cruising and fishing experience. The Kumarakom Bird sanctuary here, frequented with exotic migratory birds, is a paradise for bird watching. Coimbatore to Kumarakom: 5 h 30 m
Wayanad is one of the prettiest town of Kerala located in the middle of the Western Ghat Mountains. This verdant hill destination in Kerala is popular for its spice plantations, wildlife, gorgeous waterfalls, beautiful scenery, historical caves, lush green forests and so much more. Combined with pleasant climate, wilderness, history and culture, Wayanad is hypnotizing in the truest sense. Coimbatore to Wayanad: 6 hrs
Kochi is often referred to as the Gateway to Kerala and is a major port city by the Arabian Sea. Surrounded by Arabian sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east, Kochi is a enchanting seaside city. Kochi has intriguing historical influences to explore: giant Chinese fishing nets, old Jewish synagogue, and buildings and crumbling ruins dating from the Portuguese, Dutch and British empires. Coimbatore to Kochi: 5 h 30 m
One of the most stunning backwater destinations in Kerala, Alleppey also known as Alapuzzha is the hub of Kerala's backwaters and rightly earns the sobriquet “Venice of India”. This world-famous town is noted for its pristine blue lagoons, scenic palm-fringed canals, beaches, houseboats, waterside villages, Ayurveda, and the famous boat races. Alleppey is simply a splendid nature’s escapade. Coimbatore to Alleppey: 5 h 30 m
Thekkady is nestled with unending chains of hills, vast stretches of aromatic spice plantations and dense evergreen forests. This place is great for a jungle vacation, as India’s largest Elephant and Tiger Reserve - Periyar National Park is situated here. Blessed with salubrious setting, this tourist hot-spot is a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts, trekkers, nature lovers, backpackers, adventure freaks, and other interesting attractions. Coimbatore to Thekkady: 6 h 15 m