Coimbatore is originally derived from “Kovan Puthur”, it was named after the Irular Tribe named Kovan and his deity ‘Koniamman’. Coimbatore is famous for its climate and for its greenery particularly for a large number of coconut farms in the districts.
It is located in the western region of Tamil Nadu which shares boundaries with neighboring State Kerala and districts like Erode, Nilgiris, and Tirupur. Coimbatore is the hub of Textile and Engineering Industries which is registered in the Geographical Indication (GI) Map of India for Wet Grinders. The Siruvani Water present in the district is considered as the world’s second tastiest water.
It is also famous for the wildlife due to the presence of a vast area of forest lands near to the Western Ghats. The presence of Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) and Coimbatore Forest Division in the Coimbatore district is famous of Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Wild Dogs, Hornbills and other animals. Coimbatore also has the proximity to popular hill stations like Ooty and Kodaikanal.
Here is the list of 10 awesome places to visit in Coimbatore:
The city has quite a few museums explaining the history and cultural aspects of Coimbatore district.
G.D.Museum is in the Avinashi road which exhibits the impressive collection of electronic & scientific gadgets that has been in existence in early years to recent times. G.D. Naidu is an eminent inventor and industrialist from Coimbatore who has never completed primary education. He is called as ‘Edison of India’ for his inventions and scientific works. G.D. Naidu received the award from Adolf Hitler for his invention of Razor Blade in 1934 after displaying it in the exhibition held in Leipzig, Germany.
G.D. Car Museum in the city has 60 unique cars with the history which includes the replica of world’s first Benz Motorwagen (Motor Car) invented in the year 1886 and Ford-1908 (the first affordable automobile vehicle).
Gass Forest Museum is a government-run museum which exhibits the collections of one of the earliest conservators of forests in the western region of the state. This museum is one of the five exclusive forest museums in the country that has unique art exhibits with properly taxidermist animals of rare and endangered species. It also has an exquisite collection of heritage and weaponry of ancient and medieval India.
Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery is just 8km away from the Coimbatore Railway Station near Sitra which exhibits chronological portrayal of the textile industry. Kasthuri Sreenivasan, founder, and director of South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) founded this art gallery for knowledge and craftsmanship. Models of charkhas, spinning and knitting machines, a wide selection of stitches, weaves and knits, and displays donated by personal collectors were in the display of the museum.
#9. Valparai and Topslip
Valparai and Topslip are two famous tourists’ spots in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve Region. The travel between the Valparai to Topslip is a wonderful experience. It is famous for various wildlife and camping activities. It has many photographic spots where you can spot the number of wild animals including Nilgiri Tahr (state animal of Tamil Nadu), Malabar Giant Squirrel, Lion-tailed Macaque, Sambar Deer and etc.
The forest department also provides Elephant Safari rides. Just 2kms from Topslip, you can reach Parambikulam Dam which places a major role in generating the hydroelectric power through Contour Canal with Upper Aliyar Dam.
#8. Monkey Falls
Monkey Falls is a famous and popular place for the children and adults which is 69kms away from the city. It is present in between the Pollachi-Valparai route. It is both well maintained and a fun place to spend quality time with your family and nature.
#7. Aliyar Dam
Aliyar Dam is one of the best picnic spots within 65kms from the city and on the foothills of Valaparai. It is one of the largest dams in the state which is famous for its scenery and greenery. There are an aquarium and a park near the dam which are well maintained by the Fisheries Department of Tamilnadu.
The dam shows the terrific engineering skills of the irrigation project by the government. The Aliyar dam receives water from the upper Aliyar Reservoir through the hydroelectric power station in Navamalai.
#6. Maruthamalai Temple
Maruthamalai Temple is just 15kms away from the city on the Western Ghats. The temple’s chieftain is Lord Murugan (who is also considered as the god of mountains). Maruthamalai is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga including Palani, Thiruparangunram, Thiruchendur, Swamimalai, and Pazhmudhirsolai. You should visit this temple to look at its architectural wonders that too on the hills of the Western Ghats.
#5. Perur Pateeswarar Temple
Perur Pateeswarar Temple is a 2,000-year-old temple in Perur with the main deity as Lord Shiva. It has the enormous pillars, well – crafted sculptures, and ancient inscriptions that provides historical information about the ancient times and exhibits different stunning architectures. A trip to Coimbatore would never be complete without visiting this temple.
#4. Koniamman Temple
Koniamman Temple is exactly in the heart of the city, near the Town Hall. The main god of this temple is Goddess Koniamman, the sentimental deity of the people of Coimbatore. The Goddess is very powerful and she is close to the heart of the people due to the rich history that dates back to the origin of time.
#3. Koduveri Dam and Falls
Koduveri Dam and Falls is in 75kms from Coimbatore and it is on the banks of Bhavani River. It is a great place to spend your day with your family. It is known for its safety and a joyous place for children and women since it has a safe level of water to some limit where they can swim happily.
If you are planning a one-day trip, it is a beautiful spot for you to visit. If you travel 20kms from Koduveri Falls, you can visit Bannari Amman temple in Sathyamangalam in a few minutes from here. It is one of the famous temples with the main deity as Goddess Mariamman. After visiting that temple, you can also go to Bhavanisagar Dam which is one of the largest earthen dams in the world.
Here, you can find children’s play area and you can spend some quality time with your family. You can eat delicious fish fry and fish curry in the stalls along the dam which offers freshly caught fishes from dam and river.
#2. Isha Yoga and Poondi:
Isha Yoga has become one of the predominant tourist destinations in the district for its peaceful environment and structures made especially for medication and spirituality. The Guinness World Records recognized Isha Yoga for its 34.3-meter-tall ‘Adhi Yogi’ – Shivan Statue.
It is also famous for Dhyanalinga and Linga Bhairavi. Poondi is famous for ‘Velliangiri Andavar Temple’ which is on the foothills of Velliangiri Hills (Western Ghats). Lord Shiva is the main deity of this temple. The perfect time to visit this temple is during ‘Ammavasai’ (no moon day) of every month.
#1. Kovai Kutralam
Kovai Kutralam is a beautiful waterfall located 35kms away from the city into the Western Ghats in Coimbatore. It is the perfect place in the district to spend time with your family. It is just below Siruvani Dam. Kovai Kutralaam is well maintained and plastic-free environment under the control of Forest Department.