About Coimbatore

Country: India | State: Tamilnadu

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Coimbatore: Coimbatore

Best Time to Visit Coimbatore: October to March

Peak Season: December to January & May to June

At a distance of 491 Kms from Chennai, 209 km from Madurai, 383 km from Bangalore, 85 km from Ooty, 189 km from Kochi and 207 km from Mysore, Coimbatore (also known as Kovai) is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu with metro population of over 2 million.Coimbatore is also the administrative headquarters of Coimbatore district and also one of the top Tamilnadu tourist places.

Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River, Coimbatore is known as Manchester of southern India due to large number of textile industries located in the city. Coimbatore is also famous for its engineering firms, automobile parts manufacturers & educational institutions.

Coimbatore was ruled by several dynasties including Gangas, Cholas, Delhi Sultanates, Vijayanagara Kings & Madurai Nayaks when it was a small town of less than 3000 residents. It was the capital city of the Kongu Nadu and ruled by the Cheras as it served as the eastern entrance to the Palakkad Gap, the principal trade route between the west coast and Tamil Nadu. The Cholas conquered Kongu Nadu in the 10th century CE. The region was ruled by Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century followed by the Nayaks. In the later part of the 18th century, this region came under the Kingdom of Mysore and following the defeat of Tipu Sultan in the Anglo-Mysore Wars, the British East India Company annexed Coimbatore to the Madras Presidency in 1799.

The industrial development in Coimbatore was started in early 19th century when Sir Robert Stanes started new Spinning & Weaving mills. Now the city is home for some of the important textile industries and engineering firms.

Coimbatore is serving as a gateway to Kerala for rest of the south and it's close to several important tourist destinations like Ooty, Coonoor, Kodaikanal, Palani, Munnar, Athirapally, etc. It is the transportation hub to reach Ooty and Coonoor from Tamilnadu, Kerala & Andhra Pradesh. Patteeswarar Temple, Marudhamalai Temple, Siruvani Falls, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and Meenvallam waterfalls are the popular Coimbatore tourist places.

Coimbatore has excellent connectivity from all the major cities in India. It has an airport and a major railway junction. Coimbatore has several bus stations, the important one being Gandhipuram Central Bus Station (also called as Moffusil Bus Stand - 3 km from Railway Station) from where the long distance buses to Chennai, Bangalore, Tirupati, Pondicherry, Erode, Salem etc start. Buses to Ooty, Coonoor and Mettupalyam start from Coimbatore North Bus Station (also known as New Bus Station or Mettupalyam Road Bus Station). Buses to South-eastern cities like Madurai, Trichy, Thanjavur start from Singanallur Bus Stand (7.5 km from Railway Station). Town bus station is located near Gandhipuram Central Bus Station.

Coimbatore has a pleasant weather throughout the year.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 0422
Languages Spoken: Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, English & Kannada
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How to Reach Coimbatore

By Air

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore - Coimbatore Peelamedu Airport (13 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Coimbatore Junction (0 Kms)
Coimbatore North (2 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Gandhipuram Central Bus Station (3 Kms)
Singanallur Bus Stand (7.5 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

Pilgrimage

#1 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 15 Kms from Coimbatore Railway Station, Marudhamalai is an adobe of Lord Murugan located on a scenic hillock at a height of 600 feet.

Lord Murugan is worshipped here in the form of Dhandayuthapani. It is believed that the Marudhamalai Hills have several medical herbs and the holy shrine is said to have miracle powers to get rid of all afflictions. According to puranas, a siddha overcome by tiredness, take shelter under the shade of a Marudha tree and pray to God to help him to quench his thirst. Suddenly water sprinted out from the roots of the tree and leaped in joy, the saint worship Muruga and this place is called Marudhamalai.

It is said that a snake charmer who became a Siddha lived in Pambati Siddhar Cave near the main temple and worshipping Lord Muruga and attained salvation. There are two springs on the hill namely Marudha Thirtam & Pambatti Sunai which is believed to cure a number of diseases.

Timings: 6 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to 8.30 PM.

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Pilgrimage

#2 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 7 Kms from Coimbatore Railway Station, Patteeswarar Temple located in Perur (on the Siruvani road) is the oldest temple in Coimbatore region.

Built by the King Karikala Cholan, this temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. Situated on the banks of Noyyal River, the idol here is believed to be a Swayambu Lingam (self manifested). Several rulers of Chola, Hoysala and Vijayanagara dynasty contributed to the development of the temple. The greatest attraction of the temple is the 'Kanaka Saba' or the golden hall which is adorned by a gold plated statue of Nataraja bestowing blessings upon the two sages - Gowmuni and Pattimuni.

The carved out sculptures on gopurams and pillars of the temple demonstrate the uniqueness of Dravidian architecture. The Panguni Uthiram festival is celebrated in full spirit in the month of March.

Timings: 5 AM to 12 PM and 3 PM to 8 PM.

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Adventure | Waterfall

#3 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 36 Kms from Coimbatore Railway Station, 50 Kms from Palakkad & 535 Kms from Chennai, Siruvani Waterfalls (also called as Kovai Kutralam Falls) are located in Siruvani Hills in Tamil Nadu. These falls formed by Siruvani River are located in dense forest.

The falls can be reached by about 4 Kms trek from the nearest road point between Siruvani Dam and Madavarayapuram. The falls are best seen in monsoon season between June and October. The upper part of the falls is dangerous with deep cliffs and tourist usually enjoy the beauty and bathing at bottom of the falls.

These falls are very close to Siruvani Dam (5 Kms away) which provides drinking water for Coimbatore City. The water of the Dam is famous for its sweetness.

This place is usually evacuated before 5 PM due to its remote accessibility and darkness spread by the forest. Siruvani Dam is connected by frequent buses from Coimbatore.

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Adventure | Waterfall

#4 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 35 Kms from Coimbatore Railway Station & 533 Kms from Chennai, Vaideki Falls are located near Narisipuram town.

The falls is very beautiful and has a naturally formed slope. It is located inside the forest and one must obtain permission before entering the forest. Visitors are only allowed by being escorted by a forest guard into the forest. This area of forest has lot of animal movements; especially elephants. There are lot of incidents of elephants attacking humans, so it is always advisable to obtain permission and get some guards accompanying while entering the forest.

About 5 Kms trek through forest is required to reach the falls from nearest road point. One can get private vehicles to reach forest trek point from Narisipuram town.

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Nature

#5 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 41 km from Munnar, 70 km from Palani, 90 km from Idukki, 115 km from Valparai, 116 km from Coimbatore, 131 km from Dindigul, 164 km from Kochi, 168 km from Meghamalai, 172 km from Thrissur, 175 km from Kottayam, 190 km from Madurai, and 298 km from Trivandrum, Marayoor or Marayur is a scenic place situated in Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is one of the popular historical sites in Kerala and among the best places to visit as part of Munnar Tour Packages.

Nestled in the shadows of the Western Ghats, Marayoor is a pre-historic site and also the only place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. This scenic town claims to be a part of a Stone Age civilization that is as old as 10,000 BC. It is also home to a later period of large-scale dolmen-buildings. As per the history, people of Tamil Nadu have migrated to this area when the Madurai king Thirumalainaicker was defeated by Tippu Sultan in the 18th century AD. They created five villages - Kanthalloor, Keezhanthur, .....

Distance (From Coimbatore): 116 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coimbatore - Including Travel): Full Day
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Nature

#6 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 30 km from Udumalpet, 48 km from Coimbatore, 65 km from Valparai, 116 km from Munnar, 130 km from Dindigul, 163 km from Kochi, 191 km from Madurai, and 526 km from Chennai, Pollachi is a scenic town and a taluk headquarters in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in India. It is the second-largest town in the district after Coimbatore and among the stunning offbeat places to visit in Tamil Nadu as part of Coimbatore Tour Packages.

Located on the tip of the Annamalai hills and the plains of Coimbatore, Pollachi is a largely visited tourist hub known for its rich greenery and amazing landscape. The ancient name for Pollachi was 'Pozhil Vaitchi' meaning 'the land of natural wealth and prosperity' in Tamil. The town was also called Mudi Konda Chola Nallur during the reign of Kulottunga Chola III. Since ancient times, the Pollachi market called by the name of 'Pollachi Sandhai' has been considered as a prosperous bazaar that combines great natural wealth. The town markets .....

Distance (From Coimbatore): 48 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coimbatore - Including Travel): Full Day
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Wildlife

#7 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 5 km from Topslip, 40 km from Pollachi, 80 km from Palakkad, and 82 km from Coimbatore, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected tiger reserve located in Palakkad district of Kerala. Situated on Tamil Nadu - Kerala Border, it is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala and among the top places to visit in Pollachi.

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, formerly known as Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 391 Sq. km protected area in Chittur taluk of Palakkad district of Kerala. The wildlife sanctuary, which had an area of 285 sq. km was established in 1973. It is in the Sungam range of hills between the Anaimalai Hills and Nelliampathy Hills. The sanctuary was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 2010. Including the buffer zone, the tiger reserve has a span of 643.66 Sq. km. The Western Ghats, Anamalai sub-cluster, including all of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.

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Distance (From Coimbatore): 82 Kms
Trip Duration (From Topslip (5 km) - Including Travel): 3 Hours
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Wildlife

#8 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 35 km from Pollachi and 76 km from Coimbatore, Topslip is a protected tiger reserve located in the Annamalai mountain range of the Western Ghats in Tamilnadu. It is one of the must include places in Pollachi Tour Packages.

Situated at an altitude of 240 m, Topslip is the tourist zone and main birding area of the Annamalai Tiger Reserve, which is separated from the Nilgiri Hills by Palghat Gap in the north. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. The place got its name during the British era, as lots of its timber slipped down to the plains below. Topslip is blessed with a gentle altitude, a salubrious climate, and a variety of flora and fauna. Its picturesque location and fabulous scenery have made it a popular location for several movie sequences. It is also famous for the elephant camp.

It is the best gateway for a wonderful wildlife experience of the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. The unique teak forests, Bamboo forests, .....

Distance (From Coimbatore): 76 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coimbatore - Including Travel): 3 Hours
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Wildlife

#9 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 38 km from Pollachi and 76 km from Coimbatore, Annamalai Tiger Reserve is a protected area located in the Annamalai mountain range of the Western Ghats in Tamilnadu. It is one of the popular tiger reserves in India and among the must include places in Pollachi Tour Packages.

Annamalai Tiger Reserve was originally called Anamalai Wild Life Sanctuary notified in the year 1974 and established in the year 1976. Later, it was renamed as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in honor of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's visit in 1961. Located at an altitude of 1400 m, the sanctuary has declared as Annamalai Tiger Reserve in 2007 with an extent of 958.59 sq. km that encompassed the erstwhile IGWLS&NP or Aanaimalai Wildlife Sanctuary.

According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the Reserve presently includes a core area of 958.59 sq. km and a buffer area of 521.28 sq.km forming a total area of 1479.87 sq. km. The reserve is bordered with .....

Distance (From Coimbatore): 76 Kms
Trip Duration (From Topslip (3 km) - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Nature

#10 of 24 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 52 km from Coimbatore, 140 km from Kochi, 65 km from Thrissur and 336 km from Trivandrum, Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is a town and headquarters of Palakkad district in the state of Kerala. Palakkad, the Granary of Kerala, is one of the top Kerala tourist places.

Palakkad derives its name from the Malayalam words Pala (a tree Alsteria scholaris) and Kadu (forest), which goes to prove that this place was once a beautiful stretch of forests covered with the sweet-scented flowers of the Pala tree. Palakkad is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects. Palakkad is considered as the gateway to Kerala from the north.

The history of Palakkad dates back to the Paleolithic period; several megalithic relics have been found in the region. During the second and third centuries, the Pallavas of Kanchi probably invaded the present region of Palakkad. The Perumals and then .....

Distance (From Coimbatore): 49 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coimbatore - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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