Places to explore in Coimbatore

 

October 1st weekend is a long weekend, so make sure to plan ahead and book your tickets also ahead of time… We are sure people from across the country will be making plans to hit Coimbatore, so plan wise and plan smart!! For those who are landing in Coimbatore a few days ahead of time, here are a list of places you could visit whilst there,

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Museums

If you love history and are always looking for places that would give you insight and stories, then museums are where you should start. Here are a few that are worth checking out,

G.D. Naidu Museum -

It has an excellent collection of various scientific devices and gadgets. It has collection of inventions by Gopalswamy Doraiswamy Naidu who is also referred as Edison of India. A must visit for all science history enthusiasts. One can also see the history of Industrialization in Coimbatore. 8 AM to 4.30 PM on all days except on Sundays. Entrance is free. Next to Spencers, near Anna Salai, Avanaish Road.

Gass Forest Museum -

A museum for forestry established in the year 1902 by the then conservator of Forests, Horace Arichibald Gass. It houses rare species of butterflies; birds ; animals embalmed. You can see cultivation methods; model houses; armour of soldiers; hunting equipments etc., Maintained by forest dept. entry with nominal fee during normal office hours.Located in forest department trg centre, Cowley Brown Road, BetweenTadagam and Mettupalayam link road.

Gandhi Museum-

Located in Varadarajapuram, this museum is situated inside the Kasturbai Gandhi memorial Siddha Hospital & Research institute. Set up in 1993, it houses over 60 photographs, taken during various stages of Gandhi’s life.

The Ancient Industrial Artifacts Museum

Located off Nanjundapuram road, you will find artefacts from the Old and New Stone Age displayed here. Priced collections include stone tools and gigantic “burial urns” from that era. The dead were placed in the urn along with their favourite objects and buried. The museum also houses antiquities excavated from Boluvampatti (copper bangles, stone beads), Vellalur and Perur (coins, jewellery & shell bangles). Another rare artefact is the stone slab inscription from Udumalpet that lists the rules and regulations to be followed as per the king’s order.

And if you would rather go out exploring the city, the temples and heritage sites, here are a few of those as well,

Marudhamalai Hill temple-

Marudhamalai Hill Temple is among the most renowned attractions of Coimbatore. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The 12th century temple is surrounded by numerous trees, plants and herbs with hills in the backdrop.

Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple-

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Dhyanalingam,about 30kms from Coimbatore.. Set amidst the wilderness, this is a Isha Yoga centre at the foothills of the Velliangiri mountains.  Dhyana, in Sanskrit, essentially means meditation, and Linga means, the form!!  Call it a religious place of worship, or just a place where one finds peace,  Dhyanalingam, and the palatial Spanda hall [spanning 64,000 square feet] has magical powers!! During our trip to Coimbatore nearly a decade ago, we had the pleasure of making this journey!! The entire family i remember piled into two cars and we drove down in search of this elusive spot.. Read more here

Velliangiri Mountains- 

Velliangiri Mountains, a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of the Western Ghats is located near Poondi, about 40 km from Coimbatore. This mountain is popularly known as the ‘Kailash of the South’, and is an important religious destination.

 

Reaching Coimbatore

Get There

Since Coimbatore is one of the major cities and a hub for industrial enterprises, therefore it isn’t surprising that it is extremely well connected with the rest of the country.

Air

The Coimbatore Airport is at a distance of 11 km from the city. There’s even an air-force base at Sulur, 15 km from the city. The Coimbatore Airport now even features an extended runaway that can even cope with wide-bodied aircrafts that are often used for international flights.

You can book tickets through Makemytrip, Cleartrip,easemytrip, ezeego1.co.in, yatra or any of the other airline websites as well.

Rail

The rail service first began in the year 1872 in Coimbatore with Pothanur, and since then trains from various parts of Tamil nadu and Karnataka offer train service to Coimbatore on a daily basis.

Check for ticket availablity via Indianrail.gov.in and book via irctc.co.in.

Road

Coimbatore has quite an impressive road infrastructure with six arterial roads and three National Highways. The NH 47 traverses from Cochin through Salem, NH 67 connect Mysore to Nagappattinam and NH 209 links Bangalore to Dindigul. There are several bus stands too that ply both intra city and inter city buses. The inter city buses operate from five bus stands primarily Gandhipuram Bus Stand, Singanallur Bus Stand, Thiruvalluvar Bus Stand and Ukkadam Bus Stand. Coimbatore is well connected to numerous cities and some of them include Erode (93kms), Tirupur (36kms), Salem (163kms), Ooty (98kms), Coonoor (100kms), Kodaikanal (170kms), Chennai (491kms), Kochi(193kms).

You can book on KPN, Redbus and the many other sites!

Kovai welcomes you!

Coimbatore or Kovai as it is called is a fairly small city in Tamil Nadu. But did you know it is one of the Top 10 fastest growing cities of India?   For those who have never been to this beautiful city, they are in for a treat. What sets Coimbatore apart from other places is that is the hub for nearly 25,000 small, medium, large scale industries, and quite a few textile mills. Over the past decade, it has also joined the league of cities that is home to the leading IT companies.

Located at a distance of  532 kms from Chennai, 330 kms from Bangalore, and 479 kms from Trivandrum Coimbatore is easily accessible by road, train or air from most metropolitan towns in the country.

The beauty of this city is that it is offers visitors plenty of amazing sights, delightful treats and pleasant weather through the year. Since it is situated at an altitude of 409 meters above the sea level, at the foothills of the Nilgiris, it is also fondly called ’The Manchester of South India” :-)

Coimbatore is also one of the fascinating tourist spots of South India. The city has a diverse range of flora and fauna and its landscape is speckled with magnificent temples. The city also has a major agricultural university. Some of the leading attractions for the visitor includes  Marudhamalai Temple,VOC Park, Perur Temple and Forest College.

Read on this series to know more about places to visit, things to do and what to eat while you are here….