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,
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.
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 Muruga. As the name suggests, the temple is situated on a hillock and the presiding deity is called Dhandayuthapani. The celebrations of this temple are ‘ Thaipoosam’ and ‘ Thirukarthigai ‘ in January and February. Pollachi, an important commercial centre about 40 Kms away from Coimbatore, is famous for it’s Mariyamman and Subramanya temples.The South Banaras or Avanashi Temple is the biggest temple in the district famous for it’s exquisite carvings & sculptures.
Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple-
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, 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.