Shopping in Coimbatore

Like most big cities, Coimbatore also has its share of stores and malls. If you have some time to kill and are here for the 1st time, we recommend you explore some of the stores here and purchase a few items as gift for your loved ones. To give you an idea on what is available read through this list,

Where should you head to?

Some of the areas famous for shopping venues are – Cross cut road, RS Puram and the Town Hall Area (Oppanakara St, Big Bazaar St, Raja St)

What do you get in Coimbatore?

Coimbatore is very famous for its textiles. There are many mills and factories that churn out beautiful fabrics here, which is sought after by those across the country. Some of the leading brands such as Arrow, Lee, United Colors of Benetton,  Reebok, Puma, Adidas, Crocodile  and so have outlets in this city, mainly on D B Road.  Apart from these, there are quite a few stores that retail traditional fabric  for salwar, skirts and sarees -RmKV, Pothys, The Chennai Silks, Sri Ganapathy silks,Shree Devi Textiles, and Kalyan Sarees. For those with a sweet tooth, Sri Krishna Sweets is where you should head to, and when you are there, do try their infamous Mysurpa [a sweet made using bengal gram flour and ghee).

Malls in Coimbatore:

Brookefields Mall is the newest and largest mall in Coimbatore. Located on Brookebond road, this mall houses some of the leading brands in textile, electronics, food, lifestyle products and others alike.  There are quite a few ATMs inside the mall, so there is no worry of running out of cash.  There is also a six screen multiplex cinema hall inside the mall.

Fun Republic is yet another mall and is located in Peelamedu [ Avinashi Road] in Coimbatore. There are stores such as Shoppers stop that is spread across 59000 sq ft and probably the largest McDonalds outlet as well. It is yet another mall with stores, food outlets and movie theaters. Ideal for families with children.

Local shopping

Nilgiris supermarket is found scattered across the town and provides all the basic items ranging from local fresh produce, dairy products, groceries, snacks, and so on.   You will also find exotic cheese varieties here, like Colby, Gouda,  Cheddar, Monterey Jack,  Haloumi, Camembert and Havarti, Feta. Some of these cheese come from Acres Wild Cheesemaking Farm in Coonoor.

Looking for anything specific, do let us know and we will provide you with the relevant information.

 

Places to see in and around Coimbatore

Continuing in our series of getting to know Coimbatore better, we now look at some of the places one can visit while in this beautiful city. Mind you, it is the 2nd largest Metropolitan city in the state of Tamil Nadu so there are quite a bit of things to do and see here.

Many of you might be arriving in Coimbatore a day ahead of the marathon or even earlier. You might have a few hours to kill or more than a day. Either ways, instead of sitting in your hotel room, you can get out and explore the town. Here are a few places you can visit to get to know the city better and soak in the atmosphere before gearing up for the run.

Nature & wildlife:-

Topslip: Situated within the Indira Gandhi National Park, it is an important tourist center and the only entry point to Parambikulam Wild Life Reserve Forest in Kerala. Drive down through Pollachi to reach Topslip, which is 35kms from Pollachi.  Visit the elephant camp at Chinnar (25kms) or the tropical rain forest of Karianshola, but a visit to Topslip will leave you wanting more. For adventure seekers, it is the ideal location for a trek, the most popular being the 12km stretch through Karianshola and Pandaravarai.

Anamalai wildlife sanctuary: Also known as Indira Gandhi National Park, this reserve is situated at a distance of 90kms from Coimbatore. Spread over an expansive area of about 958 sq kms, the sanctuary is home to the spotted deer, wild boar, Indian fox, leopard cat, stripped-neck mongoose, Indian porcupine, sloth bear, tigers, elephants and many more.  The sanctuary is home to over 300 species of birds, including red-winged crested cuckoo, frogmouth and peregrine falcon.

Aliyar Dam: Aliyar Dam is situated near Pollachi and is about 65kms from Coimbatore. Situated at the foothills of Valparai in the Anamalai Hills, the dam  offers spectacular views with mountains surrounding the reservoir. You can spend your day meandering through the park and garden, while there is a mini theme park for the children.

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Waterfalls:-

  • Kovai Courtralam: Another magnificent site of gushing cascades awaits you at this scenic locale called Kovai Courtralam. The scenic surroundings do make it an ideal picnic spot and there’s even a small observatory that allows you to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valley. The waterfall is truly spectacular and you can even choose to enjoy a cool dip.
  •  Siruvani Waterfalls: Siruvani water is supposed to be extremely delicious because it is rich in minerals, which obviously comes from Siruvani waterfalls and the dam. Situated at a distance of 37kms from the city, the falls surely enchant you with their majestic allure and the dam does put you in complete awe with its gorgeous scenic splendor.

Fun:-

Gass Forest Museum: Established by H A Gass in 1902, it is dedicated to wild life, forestry and other allied subjects, this Gass forest Museum is located in the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding.

 Black Thunder Theme park : 65 acres of sheer fun is what the theme park offers the visitors.  Exciting rides, water parks, and ample space to walk around, this theme park is situated 41 kms from Coimbatore and accessible from Ooty as well. Eat outs, shopping arcades; gaming arcades draws crowds, especially during holidays.

Day trips/ Getaways:-

Udumalpet: Surrounded by mountains on three sides, this scenic hill station is a popular summer retreat. The highlight of this retreat is the relaxing ambience combined with interesting attractions such as the beautiful Thirumoorthy Hills. The Thirumoorthy Hills is home to the famous Thirumoorthy Temple and Thirumoorthy falls.

Valparai: The quaint town of Valparai is at an altitude of 1300 meters, filled with forests. Come and surrender yourself to this enchanting beauty of this little town set against the backdrop of the Grass Hills.  The Balaji Temple owned by the Peria Karamalai  tea industries is 10kms from main town and a must visit for its sheer beauty and location.

 Ooty: This beautiful hillstation is within 2hrs drive from Coimbatore. Ooty or Udagamandalam is the capital of Nilgiri District in TN.  There is the Botanical garden, Doddabetta mountain peak, thread garden, lake with boating facility, Pykara Falls, The government Rose garden, and the Toda tribes to keep you occupied for a day or more. The weather is beautiful, the mountains are lush green and it is the perfect getaway to relax before the big marathon.

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 You can either hire a cab from Coimbatore, or drive down or use the public transport. All these places have buses that ply from Coimbatore bus stand. Just remember to note the bus number and timings so you don’t miss the ride back!

 

Where to stay while in Coimbatore

Continuing our series on Kovai aka Coimbatore, we now would like to give you a few options to choose from on accommodation! If you are coming into Coimbatore a day or few days ahead of the Marathon, you will need a decent place to stay at, and it makes sense to stay not too far from the Marathon venue.

For those who are unfamiliar with the town, the first trip sometimes gets overwhelming. People are often lost with no idea on where to go or who to ask for assistance! Don’t worry, we shall be here to guide you as you begin this journey…

Some of the hotels in and around that provide good comfortable rooms and easy access to anywhere in the city are,

1. Hotel Vishnu Priya

Located in Ram Nagar, which is just behind the Central Bus Stand. The Coimbatore Airport is 25 km from the hotel and the Coimbatore Railway Station is 3 km away. Hotel In all there are about 40 rooms divided between Single, Double, Family and AC. They have an in-house restaurant. The amenities available at Hotel Vishnu Priya are doctor on call, travel desk, car rental, car parking, laundry service, room service, deposit locker, STD/ISD/Fax, conference hall, internet surfing facilities, television in the rooms and hot water.

URL:  http://www.hotelvishnupriya.net/

Ph- 0422 422 8000

Tariffs -Rs 750 to Rs1200 per night

2. Park Inn

This is a very affordable and decent place to stay in and is quite close to Coimbatore station. They offer complimentary breakfast buffet with the room which is quite good.  The rooms are spacious and have TV and AC. Beds are clean and comfy.  There are restaurants within the hotel where one can dine for lunch and dinner as well.

Ph: 0422 230 1283

Tariff –  Rs1200 to Rs3000 per night

3. Park Plaza

Hotel Park Plaza in Coimbatore is located just a few minutes’ walk from the railway station and just behind Cheran Towers, on the same road as Hotel Park Inn. Coimbatore Airport is around 10 kms away from the hotel. For those who wish to visit the beautiful temples in Coimbatore, they are around 8 kms away. This hotel has a total of 50 rooms . The hotel offers a buffet breakfast, 24 hour front desk service and internet facilities for the guests. Laundry facilities are also provided. Shopping malls are located just 3 kms away from the hotel making shopping very convenient.

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Tariff: Rs2000 to Rs3250 per night

4. Hotel City Tower

This 3- star 9 storeyed hotel has 97 rooms and is located in Ram Nagar, which is less than 2kms from Nehru Stadium. Vegetarians can visit the pure vegetarian outlet by the name of Orchard, which serves Continental, North and South Indian, and Chinese fare. An Oriental fare can also be relished at Shanghai Restaurant.

URL: http://www.hotelcitytower.com/

Ph- 0422 223 0681

Tariff: Rs 1658 to Rs2600 per night

5. The Residency

Situated on Avinashi Road, it is one of the finest 4 Star hotels in the town. The hotel is 20 minutes drive away from the airport and about 2kms from Nehru Stadium. There are 135 centrally air-conditioned comfortable rooms to stay in. There are quite a few interesting restaurants within the Hotel – Pavilion Restaurant with Victorian-style furniture’s and an interactive kitchen, and many others as well.

URL: http://www.theresidency.com/residencycoimbatore/

Ph: +91 42222 41414

Tariff: Rs 3920 onwards per night

6. Heritage Inn

Located on Sivaswamy Road, this 3 Star, business-class hotel with 63 centrally air-conditioned rooms is less than a kilometer from the Nehru Stadium. People who stay here get to enjoy Diners can enjoy a scrumptious meal at the roof-top restaurant by the name of Apex Garden. Continental and Indian fare can also be relished at Paruvaa Restaurant

URL: http://www.hotelheritageinn.in/

Ph: +91-422-2231451 2230011 2239200

Tariff:  Rs 2800 onwards per night

 

Do let us know if you want more information!!

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….

Results & Certificates are here!

Now that the event is over and done with, it is time to announce the results and give you the certificates. Here goes,

5Km participants – you can download your certificates here

How to download certificate:

Visit the page, type in your BIB number, and you will see the certificate pop up on the page. You can save it to your desktop from there!

 

10Km and Half Marathon [21.1Km] runners, you can view the results and download your certificates here

How to view timing and download certificate:

Visit the page, type in your BIB number, and you will see the timing result appear below.

From there, click on the “certificate” button on top of the table

A new page will open with your certificate displayed on it.

Download and save your certificate!

 

2014 Event photographs are here!!

Ah, the rush, the excitment, and the experience… What a memorable day October 5th 2014 was.. And now we present the photographs taken on the Day of the Expo and the Race day for you to relive those fond memories.

The Expo- Album

 

 

Race Day- Album [ More pictures coming shortly]

 

We also invite you to share your experiences, which will get featured on the blog!!

See you on the other side of 2014…

The Routes

The wait is over, we are finally here unveiling the routes for the upcoming Vodafone Coimbatore Marathon on 5th October.. If you/your friends are running, do share this with them!

 

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10km 1 21Km 1

 

Happy running!!

Coimbatore Marathon 2015 team!

The Expo

The Expo

Hi There

With just a few days left for the event, we have sent out a mailer with information on the Pre Marathon exhibition [the Expo].  Sharing the information here in the post…

All registered participants need to visit the Expo to collect the marathon kit (bib, tshirt and a goody bag), you can also interact with fellow runners and visit stalls from various vendors at the Expo venue.

Free shuttle buses are available for participants to come to and from the expo venue. The pick up/drop point will be from the road adjacent to Jenny Club on Avinashi Road. [For directions: Google Maps

Date:  4th October 2014 [Saturday]

Time: 09:30 am to 05:30 pm

Venue:  Hall A- Codissia, GV Fair Grounds, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore- 641004.

 Terms & Conditions

Kindly bring the following while collecting the kit in person:

  • Copy of this email confirming you bib number or display it on your Smartphone
  • An original photo identity proof, preferably the one used during registration (Driving license, Passport, School/ College identity card, PAN card, Voters ID, Aadhar card)
  • A photocopy of your ID proof.
  • Students: Make sure to present a valid ID, if you fail to produce the valid ID, the special student discount will be cancelled and the bib will be issued only upon payment of Rs. 100/-

In case you are unable to attend and wish to send a representative to collect the bib, the following needs to be produced at the Expo,

  • An authorization letter signed by participant directing us to hand over the kit to the representative.
  • A photocopy of the representative’s ID proof (Driving license, Passport, School/ College identity card, PAN card, Voters ID, Aadhar card)
  • One photograph of the participant

Please note that your entry to VCM 2014 is non transferable…