Coimbatore Travel Guide
Location : Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Area : 23.5 sq. km.
Attractions : Perur Temple, Marudhamalai Temple, Agricultural
Ideal Time to Visit : December to March
¤ Coimbatore, The Manchester of South India.
Coimbatore, the third largest city of Tamil Nadu, is one of the most
important industrial cities in Tamil Nadu. This old city existed even
prior to the 2nd century AD as the capital of a small tribal village.
Situated on the banks of the River Noyyal, Coimbatore is located in
the rain shadow region of the Western ghats, providing a very pleasant
climate, throughout the year. The fresh breeze that flows in through
the 25 km long Palakkad gap, refreshes your soul and mind on your
travel vacations in Coimbatore. The rich black soil of the region is a
major reason for Coimbatore's flourishing agricultural industry.
Coimbator is famous for its textile industry and is also called the
Manchester of the South The thriving growth of cotton has served as a
foundation for the establishment of Coimbatore's textile industry.
Coimbatore is the gateway to the neighboring Kerala and the popular
hill station of Udhagamandalam (Ooty).
¤ Attractions At Coimbatore
Coimbatore is snuggled near the Western Ghats and bestowed with a
pleasant climate throughout the year. One of the interesting tourist
spots of South India, Coimbatore is rich in flora and fauna.
Coimbatore's landscape is marked with glorious temples and is one of
the loved places by tourists. There many travel attractions, which
pull tourists in good number. One of the attractions here is the
Coimbatore Agriculture University. It is one of the most reputed
institutes of its kind in South Asia. Since the city is a rich
agricultural area, the university is a must visit. The VOC Park and
Zoo, an amusement park, is named after the famous freedom fighter V.
Another important attraction here is the Perur Temple, situated about
6 km from Coimbatore. It is one of the seven Kongu Sivalayams. The
temple has shrines to the presiding deity Patteeswarar and his consort
Pachainayaki. There are also some elegantly carved sculptures in the
Kanagasabai hall. The Marudhamalai Temple is well-known temple of this
area, located on a hillock about 12 km from Coimbatore Railway
Station. This temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. There's also the
Forest College, which is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in
the country. It is situated 3.5 kms. north of the Railway Station.
Other travel attractions at Coimbatore are the Black Thunder, a water
park located about 8 kms. from Mettupalayam - Ooty Ghat Road at the
foot hills of Nilgiris. The Vaideki Water Falls, located 30 kms. from
Coimbatore via. Narasipuram village, is a fine picnic spot for
¤ Nearby Excursions
offers a good number of interesting getaway destinations. The exotic
and calm environment, lovely locales and rich fauna enthrall
innumerable tourists. Some of these exciting travel places are
Siruvani Waterfalls, an enchanting site located 37 km to the west of
Coimbatore. Then there's the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary situated
about 90 kms away from Coimbatore. It is home to a wide variety of
animals and birds. The Thirumoorthy Temple is considered one of the
most sacred temples here. It is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy
Hills adjacent to the Thirumoorthy Dam. Bhavani around 121 kms away is
known for the Sangameshwarar temple. This is situated at the merging
point of the rivers Bhavani and Cauvery.
Coimbatore is not a popular shopping destination but one can surely
look forward to buy a few things. Coimbatore is an important
industrial city of Tamil Nadu renowned for its textile mills and
engineering industry. Some of the main places to shop in Coimbatore
are, Big Bazaar at Oppanakkara Street, Raja Street at Ranga Gownder
Street, Sukravar Pettai (for Handloom Saris), Poompuhar Handicrafts
Emporium, Co-optex, Khadikrafts and Tansi Sales Center.
¤ Reach Coimbatore
By Air : Peelamedu airport
is 10-km from the Coimbatore city, which operates regular flights to
Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Madurai.
By Rail : Coimbatore is a major railway junction on the
Southern Railways and has trains to Chennai, Rameswaram, Madurai,
Bangalore, Mumbai, Kanyakumari, Kozhikode, Mettupalayam, Kochi and
By Road : Coimbatore is connected by road with all major
places in South India.
Local Transportation : For local transportation, city buses,
taxis and auto rickshaws are available. State Transport Corporation
ply mini luxury coaches between various points in the city and