About Coimbatore

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Coimbatore

Nearest City to Coimbatore: Coimbatore

Best Time to Visit Coimbatore: October to March

Peak Season: October to March

State: Tamil Nadu | District: Coimbatore

Coimbatore Weather: Maximum: 39.4°C
Minimum: 20.7°C

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
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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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 25 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 25 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 25 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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Wildlife

#4 of 25 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 55 Kms from Pollachi, 91 Kms from Palakkad and 96 Kms from Coimbatore, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Palakkad district of Kerala. It is under consideration by the UNESCO for selection as a World Heritage Site.

Sprawling over 285 Sq. Kms, it is situated adjacent to the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. Besides being an abode of elephants, wild boar, sambar, gaur, crocodiles and a few tigers and panthers, it has rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Anappadi is the entry point to Sanctuary (all bookings have to be made here). The headquarters for Sanctuary is Thunakadavu (8 Kms from Anappadi & 9 Kms from Parambikulam Dam). There is a tree-house in the Reserve Forest area in Thunakadavu & Parambikulam which has to be booked in advance. Watch towers are available at Anappadi & Zungam (5 Kms from Thunakadavu). Trekking is allowed with prior permission.

Thunakadavu is connected by Bus from .....

Distance (From Coimbatore): 83 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coimbatore - Including Travel): Full Day
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Wildlife

#5 of 25 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 108 Kms from Coimbatore, 67 Kms from Pollachi & 600 Kms from Chennai, Annamalai (or Indira Gandhi) Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 1,400 meters in the Western Ghats.

Spread across 958 Sq. Kms, it is bordered with Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. This park is home for varieties of fauna like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth-bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel, jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket-tailed drongo, red-whiskered bulbul, black headed oriole, etc.

This WLS is famous with several scenic waterfalls, grass hills, tea estates & reservoirs. The best gateway for the Sanctuary is Top Slip (70 Kms from Coimbatore & 30 Kms from Pollachi). Other gateways are Amaravathi (90 Kms from Coimbatore & 50 Kms from Pollachi), Sethumadai (5 Kms before Top Slip) and Valparai (92 Kms from Coimbatore & 52 Kms from Pollachi). The Gateways have limited stay .....

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Adventure | Hill Station | Wildlife

#6 of 25 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 76 km from Coimbatore, 30 km from Pollachi and 550 km from Chennai, Topslip is a popular place located in the Annamalai mountain range in the Western Ghats in Coimbatore district of Tamilnadu. It lies at an altitude of 2554 feet and is famous for its wildlife sanctuary and national park that are in proximity.

Topslip is the Tiger Reserve Forest in small part of Annamalai Tiger Reserve, which is separated from the Nilgiri Hills by Palghat Gap in north. It got its name during British era, as lots of its timber sliped down to the plains below. Being a medical plant conservation area, it is famous for the elephant camp, wildlife safaris, pleasant weather and beautiful views of Annamalai Hills.

It is the best gateway for wonderful wildlife experience of the Indira Gandhi WLS. The unique teak forests, Bamboo forests, rich exotic species of plants and wild animals are the major attractions of Topslip. It is also .....

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Hill Station

#7 of 25 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 65 km from Pollachi, 105 km from Coimbatore, 60 kms from Athirapally Falls and 600 km from Chennai, Valparai is a cute Hill Station and a municipality located in Coimbatore district of Tamilnadu. It lies at an altitude of about 3,500 feet on the Annamalai Hill Range of the Western Ghats and is also one of the top Tamilnadu tourist places.

This place has number of tea and coffee estates surrounded by thick forest. The climate of Valparai is most suitable for tea, coffee, cardamom and cincona trees. According to the earlier records, in 1846, Mr. Ramaswamy Mudaliyar started cultivating coffee in his private estate. Afterwards, in 1864, the Karnatic Coffee Company began their coffee plantation here but they could not make it profitable, hence they sold part of their land. In 1890, W. Wintil and Nordan bought a huge .....

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Backwaters | Nature

#8 of 25 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 90 Kms from Coimbatore, 50 Kms from Pollachi & 516 Kms from Chennai, Amaravathi Dam & Reservoir is located at Amaravathi Nagar in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. The dam is surrounded by Annamalai Hills & Palani Hills and offer wonderful view of the valleys.

The dam was built in 1957 across the Amaravathi River. The Reservoir and the Chinnar, Thennar and Pambar rivers that drain into it are known for South India's largest wild breeding population of Mugger Crocodiles. The Amaravathi Sagar Crocodile Farm is the largest Crocodile nursery in India with about 100 crocodiles. Established in 1976, Crocodile Farm is 1 km before the Amaravathy Dam.

There is a well laid-out park near the dam with tranquil surroundings. Amaravathi Nagar is connected by bus with Pollachi vial Udumalpet. More bus connections are available from Udumalpet.

Timings of the Park and Crocodile Farm: 9 AM to 6 PM.

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Adventure | Waterfall

#9 of 25 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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Waterfall

#10 of 25 Places to Visit in Coimbatore

At a distance of 67 Kms from Coimbatore, 27 Kms from Pollachi & 548 Kms from Chennai, Monkey Falls is a magnificient falls situated near Aliyar Dam between Pollachi and Valparai in the Anamalai Hills (24 Kms before Valparai).

With a height of about 60 feet, these falls are very close to the main road and easily accessible. Bathing is possible at bottom of the falls, though it's bit dangerous during monsoons when the water flow is high.

Best time to visit the falls is between October & March. This place attracts several thousands of tourists across the year and usually crowded on weekends. It is easily accessible by Bus from Pollachi. All the buses between Pollachi and Valparai stop here.

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