Tourist Attractions in CoimbatoreWatch out for Aliyar dam near Pollachi, Siruvani dam near Wallaiyar, Cholayar dam, Valparai or just catch a glimpse of the scintillating Monkey falls in Aliyar and Vaitheki falls in Narasi Palayam. Enjoy an excursion to Kovai Kutralum, Siruvani hills or pack your bags to venture out to Valparai hill station. Botanical Garden Tamilnadu Agricultural University, V.O.C. Park, Karamadai Range forest and Horticultural farms near Mettupalayam are for those who love flora and fauna. For the animal lovers, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Pollachi is the destination to vouch for.
If you are looking forward to a more adventurous and thrilling holiday, head for Black Thunder (water sports) or enjoy a day in Kovai Kurtallem (amusement park). Here, you can delight yourself by taking a bath under the waterfall, go trekking. indulge in a coracle ride or just sit back and derive pleasure amidst greenery and beautiful landscape of Bolambatti Forest range.
Places of Worship in CoimbatoreLike most other south Indian cities, Coimbatore too has a number of temples. Patteswarar temple in Perur, Arulmigu Echanari Vinayakar temple, Konniamman Koil temple, Munthi Vinayakar Koil in Puliakulam, Saibaba temple, Athar Jamad Mazid (Town Hall), Guruthvara (R.S.Puram), Jain temple (R.S. Puram), Kamachi Amman temple (R.S. Puram) and Thandumariamman temple (Avinashi road) are some places of worship in Coimbatore.
There are many more such places where you can pay your obeisance to the Almighty. These include Murugan temple, Thirumuru ganpoondi, Perur Patteeswarar temple, Vazhai Thottathu Ayyan temple, Karamadai temple and Echanaari Ganesh temple. Panchamuga Anjaneya temple has deity of Hamuman with five faces.
Other temples in Coimbatore are:
- Vana Bathrakaliamman Koil, Nellithurai, Mettupalayam
- Puliakulam munthi Vinayakar temple
- Masaniamman Koil, anaimalai, near Pollachi
- Balaji temple, Karumalai, Valparai
- Dhyanalinga Yogic temple
- Karamadai Aranganathar temple near Mettupalayam
- Bethesdha Prayer Centre, Karunyanagar
- Then Thiruppathy, Sirumugai, Mettupalayam
Churches in Coimbatore are Immanuel Church, Christ Church, Carmel Prayer Tower, Anthoniar Church (Puliakulam) and Jesus church established in 1831. CSI Immaneul Church at Avinashi road is one of the oldest churches in Coimbatore and is about 180 years old!
Shopping Centres in CoimbatoreIf you love shopping and are looking forward to go out to buy goodies and clothes for yourself and your loved ones, here is a list of shopping outlets in Coimbatore that can give you a good shopping experience.
Did you know that Coimbatore has the best of khadi (handwoven cloth) in Khadicrafts? International brands are available in huge malls such as Brookefields mall and Fun Republic mall. You can head straight to the famous Big Bazaar at Oppanakara street, Sukravarpettai (for handloom sarees), Raja street at Ranga Gownder Street, Chinthamani Supermarket, Co-Optex (Nehru Stadium Complex) and Tansi Sales Centre to enjoy a shopping extravaganza!
Automobile parts can be bought at really cheap prices in Coimbatore. Other shopping centres in Coimbatore are Loom World, Diwan Bahadur road (R.S.Puram), Cross-Cut road (Gandhi Puram) and Pompuhar Handicrafts Emporium (Town Hall).
Waterfalls and Lakes in CoimbatoreCoimbatore is also referred to as 'Kovai' and 'Manchester of South India'. Town Hall in Coimbatore is a heritage building built in 1882 in honour of Queen Victoria. Kasturi Sreenivasan Art Gallery is the perfect place for art lovers. If you are a nature lover, reach out for Noyyal river where you can witness interconnected tank and canal system built by Chalukya Cholas kings.
Coimbatore is surrounded by mountains on the west and reserve forests on the north. It is situated on the banks of river Noyyal. Vaideki falls, Sengupathi falls, Siruvani waterfalls and dam can mesmerise anyone. Lakes in Coimbatore include Valankulam lake, Krishnampatti lake, Singanallur lake, Seevagasintamani lake, Kuruchi lake, Sulur lake, Muthannan lake, Perur lake, Ukkadam Periyakulam lake etc. where you can bask in peaceful surroundings resting in nature's lap!
You will be surprised to know that around 125 resident and migratory birds such as painted stork, ibis, teal, black-winged stilt, spot-billed duck etc. throng around these lakes generally during the months of August, September and October.
Parks and Sanctuaries in CoimbatoreV.O.C. Park and zoo is especially an interesting place for children. There are models of Dinosaurs, a toy train and safari and golf swing for your entertainment. This park has been named after V.O. Chidambaram Pillai (freedom fighter).
Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National park is host to various endangered species, 250 varieties of birds and 315 species of butterflies.
Museums in CoimbatoreGass Forest Museum in Coimbatore was established in 1902 by Horace Arichibald Gass, a conservator of forests. Varied species of plants and animals can be seen in this museum. Other museums in Coimbatore include G.D. Naidu museum (collection of scientific devices and gadgets), Government museum (varied artifacts displayed here) and Ancient Industrial Artifacts Museum (antiques, stone tools, rare coins, jewellery displayed here). Gandhi museum is another place to proceed for comprehending the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The Regional Science Centre is a Science park in Coimbatore with mini planetarium, 3D theatre and fun science gallery.
Sports Sites and Amusement Parks in CoimbatoreFor the sports lovers, Kari Motor Speedway is a race track (3.2 kms. long) in Orratukuppai, Chettipalayam. 18 hole Coimbatore Golf Club in Chettipalayam is a venue for golf tournaments. Kovai Hills Golf Academy (KHGA) is the first Golf Academy in India with a 9 hole par 3 golf course.
Black Thunder (water theme park) is located in Mettupalayam, 40 kms. from Coimbatore city. It is surrounded by the scenic Nilgiri hills. Other amusement parks are Kovai Kondattam at Siruvani main road, Kalampalyam and Maharaja Theme Park in Avinashi road on NH-47.
Medical Tourism in CoimbatoreHealth care system in Coimbatore is one of the best in India. Be it health care professionals and experts in diverse faculties, para medical staff, infrastructure and medical equipments or specialized medical services, Coimbatore has become a sought after destination for medical tourism. Patients throng here from India as well as from far away foreign lands for availing advanced medical treatment. Alternative treatments such as Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Naturopathy also attract lot of patients here.
Your knowledge about Coimbatore will go a long way to inspire you to pack your bags and reach out for the pleasure in travelling. As Samuel Johnson has said, ?The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.?
Travel for travel's sake to cherish a lovely trail of memories later. Happy journey!
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