Places To See At Coimbatore
Coimbatore, the third largest city of Tamil Nadu, is situated on the
banks of river Noyyal. The western ghats situated nearby offers a
pleasant weather and scenic beauty. The city is also rich in flora and
fauna. It is one of the most interesting tourist spots of South India.
Apart from having natural beauty, there are many other worth visiting
¤ VOC Park and Zoo (Amusement Park)
The VOC park is named after the famous freedom fighter V. O.
Chidambaram. It is an interesting place to visit along with children.
The park is maintained by the Coimbatore Corporation. There are
several attractions for the young ones. Some of the main attractions
within the park include the aquarium, having a good collection of
different species of fish, a mini zoo and models of prehistoric
dinosaurs. Apart from these children can also enjoy themselves on
swing, slider, seesaw, toy train and other play equipment.
¤ Agriculture University
This University is definitely an interesting place to visit in
Coimbatore. It is situated about 5 kms away from the Coimbatore
railway station and is considered as one of the best institutions of
its kind in South Asia. The university includes a botanical garden
which is the main source of attraction here. It is located towards the
west of the city center and is sprawled over an area of 300 hectares.
The garden here owns a wide range of species of flowering plants and
¤ Perur Temple
Perur, a small town, situated about 6 km from Coimbatore is famous
for the holy Perur Temple. This temple is considered one of the seven
Kongu Sivalayams. The outer buildings of the temple was built by
Karikala Cholan, a ruler of Madurai in the 17th century but the inner
shrine is much older. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the
extraordinary features of this temple is the figure of a sepoy (Indian
soldier). The figure of the sepoy is loading a musket carved on the
base of the pillar near the entrance, wearing identical dress to that
of the Aurangzeb's soldiers. The significance of Perur temple in
earlier days is unfolded in the poetic creations of Arunagiri Nather
and Kachiappa Munivar.
¤ Marudhamalai Temple
The Marudhamalai Temple is located on a hillock about 12 kms from
Coimbatore Railway Station. The temple of Marudhamalai, dedicated to
Lord Subramanya, is one of the most visited temples in the region.
Large number of devotees flock the temple because it is believed that
the residing deity Dandayuthapani performed several miracles here.
Thai Poosam and Tirukarthigai festivals are celebrated with great pomp
and gaiety at this temple.
¤ Forest College
The Forest temple is located about 3.5 km north of the Coimbatore
Railway Station. The College is one of the oldest institutions of its
kind in the country. The museum of the College is a must visit. This
museum has an interesting collection of different minerals, rocks,
pests, snakes, insects and fossils of plants and animals. The museum
also has a special advisory counter offering service to promote
businesses related to plant husbandry. The college also trains forest