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Coimbatore

Coimbatore, also known as ‘Kovai’ is an exotic and fastest growing city of South India. It is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu, after Chennai. This place is also known as ‘Manchester of South India’ because of its vast textile and cotton-production industries. It is also called ‘Pump City’ because it is the supplier of almost half of the requirements of motors and pumps of India. With its huge industries of ‘Kovai Cora Cotton’ and ‘Coimbatore Wet Grinder’, Coimbatore serves as one of the largest exporters of wet grinders, poultry, jewellery and auto components.

Besides being an industrial hub, Coimbatore is also blessed with pleasing natural beauty. You can see numerous tourist places in and around the city. It is also a home of lot of magnificent temples, beautiful waterfalls, splendid dams, admirable churches and other interesting places. The unique culture of this city is inspired from the tradition of South India.

Location: It is located on the banks of river Noyyal and is surrounded by the Western Ghats.

Climate: Summers are very hot and humid while winters are normally cool.

Wear light cottons in summers and warm woollens in winters.

Best time to visit: July-March

How to reach:

By Air: Nearest airport is Coimbatore Airport which is around 15 kms from the city centre

By Train: Nearest railhead is Coimbatore Junction

By Road: Luxury and Volvo coaches are available regularly

Places of Interest

Marudhamalai Hill Temple

Location: 15 kms from Coimbatore

Timings: Open every day from 6.00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Marudhamalai Temple is a 1200 year old temple, which is situated on the hills of the Western Ghats. It is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya or Lord Murgan, who is the son of Lord Shiva. The temple is made according to Dravidian Style architecture that gives it a different look. It offers a wonderful scenic view of the exotic surrounding hills and the beautiful lush greenery. These hills are famous for the production of a huge variety of medicinal herbs. Lots of devotees visit this temple during the time of Tirukarthigai and Poosam Festivals.

Monkey Falls

Location: 65 kms from Coimbatore

Timings: Open all days of the week from 6.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Monkey falls is also known as ‘Perennial Waterfalls’. It is situated on the main road of Coimbatore-Pollachi-Valparai. It is an exquisite picturesque place, encompassed by lush greenery of Valparai Hills. It is a perfect place to enjoy in the lap of the nature. You can also do lots of adventure activities at this place. Playing and taking bath in the sparkling water of the fall is a remarkable experience. There are lots of naughty monkeys in the surrounding area, so be careful while visiting this place.

Perur Pateeswarar Temple

Location: 7 kms from Coimbatore Railway Station

Timings: Open all 7 days from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Perur Temple is an ancient temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located at the bank of Noyyal River. It was constructed by Karikala Cholan. The outer area of the main sanctuary was built in the 17th century, by the sawyers of Madurai. It is believed that the Shivlinga of this temple was self emerged. Every year in the March month, Panguni Uthiram festival is celebrated here on a grand scale. There is a place known as ‘Kanaka Sabha’ inside the temple, which is very famous among the tourists, as it is beautifully designed in Dravidian architecture. It also has a marvellous statue of ‘Nataraja’, which is gold-plated.

Siruvani Waterfalls

Location: 36 kms from Coimbatore Railway Station

Timings: All days open except Monday from 10.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.

How to reach: You have to trek through a trekking route, which is around 4 kms from the road. This place is well connected by roads, so you can use your private vehicle or any public transport to reach the waterfall.

Siruvani Waterfall and Dam is a wonderful place to visit in Coimbatore. It is famous for its splendid beauty and taste of the water. It is believed that the taste of the water of Survani River is amazing. Water of this river is the main water source of Coimbatore and the nearby areas. Siruvani Waterfall offers a marvellous view of elegant forests and fascinating surrounding areas. Visitors can do lots of interesting activities here like bird watching, trekking and wild life safari at this place.How to reach: You have to trek through a trekking route, which is around 4 kms from the road. This place is well connected by roads, so you can use your private vehicle or any public transport to reach the waterfall.

Velliangiri Mountains

Location: 30 kms from Coimbatore

Best month to visit: February to May

Velliangiri Mountains is a perfect place for the nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It is situated at the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of the Western Ghats. People also call this place as 'Kailash of the South'. At the highest point of this mountain, there is a famous Shiva sanctuary which is situated under a cave. Every year, in the month of February, numerous devotees visit this temple. The divine spiritual ambiance and the angelic sound of the temple bells are just magnificent. You can also see a huge variety of rare flora and fauna at these hills.

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