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Coimbatore Travel Guide
The history of Coimbatore dates back to earlier than 2nd century AD, when it was called Kongunad, a small tribal village. In the following centuries it was brought under Chola control. The name was later changed by the British to Coimbatore. In Tamil, it is also known as Kovai.
Coimbatore city is famous for being an entrepreneurship hub, particularly in the textile sector. There are more than 25000 industrial units in Coimbatore of varying proportions producing textiles and manufacturing goods. The city is popularly known as Manchester of South India. The rich black alluvial soil of the region is suitable for growing cotton, and this has led to the success of the textile industry in Coimbatore. Development of Hydro electricity in the 1930s has helped this city flourish and become one of the major work cities in South India.
Places of Interest in and around Coimbatore:
Perur Temple: The Temple was constructed by Karikal Cholan over 1500 years ago is located 7-km west of Coimbatore near river Noyyal. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are shrine to the presiding deity Patteeswarar and his consort Pachainayaki and some elegantly carved sculptures in the Kanagasabai hall. Devotees flock to this temple in hundreds during the Panguni Uthiram festival, which is celebrated in March every year.
Voc Park and Zoo (Amusement Park): Named after the freedom fighter V.O.Chidambaram, the VOC Park is the most appropriate place to go with children. The Coimbatore Corporation maintains the park. The Park houses a mini Zoo, models of prehistoric dinosaurs, Children' Train, Swing, Slider, Seesaw and other play tackle and is more like an fun park for the kids.
Agriculture University: One of the best institutions of its kind in South Asia, the Agricultural University was originally established as an Agriculture Farm in Saidapet, Chennai. The location was moved to Coimbatore in 1907 and the name was changed to Agricultural College, which later, came to be known as the Agricultural University. It is 5 kms away from the Railway Station.
Marudhamalai Temple: The temple is devoted to Lord Subramanya and is situated 12 kms from Railway station. This hilltop temple is one of the most visit temples in the region, the reason being that the residing deity Dandayuthapani is believed to have performs several miracle here. Thai Poosam and Tirukarthigai festivals are famous with great pomp and gaiety at this temple.
Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary: This asylum is situated at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the Western Ghats near Pollachi (about 90 km from Coimbatore). The area of the sanctuary is 958 sq. km. It has various kinds 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, re-whiskered bulbul, black headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, green pigeon, etc. The Amaravathy basin in the Anamalais has a large number of crocodiles. There are also many places of attractive beauty such as Karainshola, Anaikunthi shola, grass hills, waterfalls, groves, teak forests, estates, dams and reservoirs.
Bhavani: The Sangameshwarar shrine at Bhavani is situated at the confluence of the rivers Bhavani and the Cauvery. This place is called as "Tiruveni of South India". It is an important pilgrim centre. Lord Sangameshwarer with His consort Vedanayaki is the presiding deity. It is said that during the East India business regime the then Collector of Coimbatore and Salem Districts, William Garrow, who had his headquarters at Bhavani, worshipped the Goddess Vedanayaki. One night the Goddess directed him in his dream to vacate his bungalow immediately. The moment he vacated, the entire bungalow collapsed. In reverence of this miracle, he presented to the temple an ivory cradle, which is still in the holy place with his signature
Siruvani Waterfalls: This waterfall and the dam are located at a distance of 37 kms west of the city. The water of Siruvani is known for its minerals and taste. The panoramic view of the dam and the falls are of captivating beauty.
Thirumoorthy temple: It is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy Hills adjoining the Thirumoorthy Dam. This is about 20 kms from Udumalpet on the freeway from Palani to Coimbatore. A perennial stream flows by the wall of the Sri Amalingeswarar temple and nearby there is a waterfall. The Crocodile Farm at Amaravathi Dam is just 25 kms from here. This place is being developed as a locality Excursion Centre. Regular buses are available from Udumalpet.
Meenakshi Temple - Madurai (Distance 225 km from Coimbatore): The Meenakshi temple compound is a city temple in Madurai. It is one of the major and certainly one of the most ancient in Madurai. The soaring and exquisitely carved towers enclose the temple dedicated to Meenakashi temple in Madurai. The south gateway contains the twin temples of Shiva and Meenakshi and is regarding nine storeys high in Madurai. Fondly called Athens of the East, Madurai is bordered by several mountains. Three hills called Yanaimalai, Nagamalai, Pasumalai named after Elephant, Snake and Cow respectively serve as the state line of the city. The city is also noted for Jasmine Flowers which are transported to other parts of India. The travel goal of Madurai is a must for everyone willing to visit Tamil Nadu. Best Indian Travel offers a comprehensive Madurai Pilgrimage travel. The city offers a wide range of attractions. But it the grand Meenakshi Sundareswarar twin holy place which is the most dominant force in the life of this city. The region of the Temple complex calculate about 65000 sq m is one of the largest of its kind in India.
Best time to visit: Coimbatore located in the southern part of India shows idealism to visit all round the year. But one should never forget the scorching heat in this region and are compelled to sport summer gears usually.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: The Coimbatore city has an airport at Peelamedu (11 km from Coimbatore city) and an air-force base at Sulur (15 km). The Coimbatore airport caters to domestic flights to all the major Indian cities and international flights to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat, Sharjah and Colombo.
Nearest Railhead: The Coimbatore Junction is well connected to major Indian cities like Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai, besides to the neighboring State of Kerala. Broad gauge trains connect Coimbatore to all parts of India and Tamilnadu, with a meter gauge line connecting the city to Dindigul.
Road: Coimbatore is well connected by road network.
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