Coimbatore Tourism
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Coimbatore Tourism

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Coimbatore Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 411 m
  • Pincode: 641001
  • District: Coimbatore
  • Language: Malayalam,Tamil
  • STD code: 0422
  • Weather: Summer 20 to 40°C, Winter 15 to 33°C
Coimbatore, the other name of which is Kovai, is the second biggest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is located at a distance of about 500 km from Chennai, on the banks of the Noyyal River because of which, it is also known as Koneyammanputhhur, signifying the 'birth place of the Goddess'.

It is one of the major centres for the textile and engineering industry not only in the state, but throughout south India. Coimbatore is also known as the ‘Manchester of South India’ because of its large number of textile industries. The education and health care industries are also growing here at a steady rate. The administrative headquarters of the Coimbatore District is also located at this place.

The history of the city dates back to the Sangam Age, when it was a part of the Kongu country and was inhabited by tribal people. Later the Rashtra Kutas seized the city, followed by the Cholas, Chalukyas, Pandayas and the Cysalas. Finally, it came under the rule of the Madurai Sultanets.

In the wars that were fought between 1377 and 1378, the kingdom was destroyed because of the battle between Muthu Veerappa Nayak and Tirumal nayak. In 1799, Hyder Ali of Mysore took over the place.

After the downfall of Tipu Sultan towards the end of the 18th century, the city came under the control of the British and remained under them till India’s independence. Coimbatore was earlier known as Kongunad and its present name was given by the British. Coimbatore played a major role in India’s struggle for independence.

Kongu Tamil, which is a unique dialect of the Tamil language, is the main language spoken in this city. People belonging to the Gounder and Kamma Naidu communities form the majority of the population. Keralites, mostly from Palakkad and Gujaratis also live in considerable numbers. The city also has a substantial Muslim population, while Christians and Sikhs live in small numbers.

Since some of the popular hill stations in India, including Ooty, Coonoor and Valparai, are at a close proximity from Coimbatore, it is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination. The Siruvani Waterfalls is also not very far away.

There are several attractions in Coimbatore, but the temples and the shrines are the most popular ones. Some of the most popular religious places in this city include Marudhamalai Hill Temple, Ayyappan Temple, Islam Safia Jamath Mosque, Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple, St Antony's Church, Lord Ganesha Temple, Infant Jesus Church, Ramar Temple, Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple, etc.

Some other interesting places to visit include Bhavani Sagar Dam, Black Thunder, Kovai Kondattam, Siruvani Falls and Dam, Thirumoorthi Dam, Aazhiyaar Dam (Aaleeyaar Dam), Amaravathi Dam, Sozhaiyaar (Solaiyaar) Dam, Monkey Falls, Kodiveri Dam, Vydehi Falls and Kovai Kutralam Falls.

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Sanjay Desai

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  • Sanjay Desai
  • Lives in Kolhapur
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  • 24 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
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"Cool City - nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is a nice place to visit. A city which has cool weather all the year round. Being a two tier city all locations are close by & easily accessible. Couple of things which one must not miss include :
1. Isha Yoga : This is an vast mediation place developed by Jaggi Vasudevji where you can go & meditate. Also this location houses three shivlingas made up of mercury & has a medicinal value.
2. Temple of Murugan on the hill Marudumalai : this temple can be visited as a spiritual location or else also can as a trekking as their are more than 1000 steps to climb up & both the sides are uphill. This is an most ancient temple & must visit. Here also they have a then wherein you can go & meditate.
3. Shopping of southern sarees : This is an hub for shopping south indian silk or cotton sarees. I indulged in south cotton sarees, as they offer unusual designs. Their are manufacturers of south cotton sarees which offer you vide varieties & thus must visit few of them.
4. Last but not list for foodies you can pamper yourself with traditional south indian chatnies, spices, sambhar masalas, hot chips of all kinds & last but not list pickles of anything & everything you can imagine of to taste.
I went by flight thus would recommend traveller to travel by train & travel light with minimum luggage.
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Uma nagarajan

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  • 2 Reviews
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"Indigo trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 14, 2016
Excellent trip to Coimbatore from Chennai by air. The flight was on time and reached destination as per scheduled time. The service provided inside was good. However like other flights lunch could have been provided for the paseengers. Needless to say that there was no jerks at the time of landing at Coimbatore
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Venkatesh Padmanabhan

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"Mr P Venkatesh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 14, 2016
Coimbatore is a cool city. It is situated at the foot hills of Nilgris. It is the gateway to paradise on Earth I. E Nilgris Mountains. Ooty is the hill station. It is a cool place. It is the queen of the hills. Coimbatore is surrounded by small hills. Anaimalai hiils. Kovai Kuttralam, Aliyar dam, Valiyar. Velliangiri hills, Siruvani Dam, Bhavani river, Siruvani river, Tirumurthi dam and so many get away places are abound in and around Coimbatore. It is multicultural society. There are 35000 Small, Medium and Big industries are there in and around Coimbatore. It is well connected by Road, Rail and Air. It has International Airport. Coimbatore Junction is well connected to all the places. Kerala, God's own Country is the neighbouring State. It is situated at the Kerala Border.
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Ramesh ta

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"My trip to Coimbatore"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 4, 2016
Manchester of Tamil Nadu. Yes, may be or may be not, but I like the culture and dignity of the people. One of the favorite place to visit to enjoy good whether and food. Very short distances to travel any place inside the city within 45 minutes. The city is carved with old and new buildings that will say its ancient itself. In Coimbatore, you must visit Brookefields Mall, Fun Mall, Marudhamalai temple. Especially, the temple at Marudhamalai in the midst of the nature is breathtaking and holiness of god. I had a shopping at RS puram, which was the favorite shopping destination, which is very near to center of the city. You can find every big brand showroom in one road as you like to shop and dine. I had a wonderful time eating at the restaurant in a Brookefields Mall called ID. This restaurant is South India's award winning restaurant, but many people find it costly, but filling your stomach, no problem of cost. The quality of the food is very good and neat. My sincere advice to those who is yet to visit Coimbatore is that you have trains from Chennai and from other parts of South India very frequently from morning to evening. By Roadways, you can always rely on Buses from other parts of the city. I suggest always prefer a train travel that will make you feel very good.
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Vaka rao

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"Good Destination"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Aug 29, 2016
A business place with the mixture of both the cultures of Tamilnadu and Kerala. The stay was good except the problem with language as very few people at the hotel even in the reception understand Telugu, English or Hindi. It was fun playing dumbsherads with unknown people to get the work done. Except for the business work there is no other places of importance which can keep us engaged in the free time.
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Padmarajan Anand

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  • Padmarajan Anand
  • Lives in Coimbatore
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"Very good place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 29, 2016
Since its my hometown ', always I would say it is a good destination for roaming... There are places in and around like Anaikatty, Topslip, Parambikulam, Ooty, Coonoor, Valparai, Pollachi, Kodaikanal, Kotagiri, all the places are very good place. Go enjoy have fun.
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Krishna Ved

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"Perfect city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 16, 2016
For a lot of us who believe in having a bit of every thing in life there can be no better place to think of than Coimbatore. While this town was always know for its textile and weather it's come a long way. Today if there is a small metro classification this city will top the list.
Climate that s better than Bangalore and the ease of commuting make this. City very desirable, education and medical facilities that are the finest make this place special.
A weekend getaway to Ooty or Kerala makes this place even more attractive.
This is clearly one of the best town in india if were to seeking quality of life. For the bike and car lovers this place is the first choice.
Overall Coimbatore tops the list of bustling growth with a subtle balance
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Rengarajan Srinivasan

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"Friendly City"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 31, 2016
Visitors are well respected in Coimbatore. Though it is a small city compared to metros, there are very good eateries, and decent shopping areas. Most of the main roads have a decent pavements which are reasonably safe to go for evening/morning walks. People interested in saree shopping, I recommend Tarakaram in Ramnagar, for their friendly attitude to shoppers and a home like shop.
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Jayanthi rozario

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  • Jayanthi rozario
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"Perfect place for shopping and dining"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted May 23, 2016
As all of us know Coimbatore is a city with many Machine Tool and Textile Industries. The people are warm hearted. Climate is not too bad. Comparing to other parts of India. Enjoyed few showers in May. There are quite a many temples to visit, Kovai Kutralam, Kovai Kondattam, the theme Park etc. We were quite interested in visiting BETHESDA in Karunya Nagar. Wow, It's a lovely place with so much of greenery around. Very peaceful place for meditation. Food is not all a problem for both Veg and Non vegetarians. You will get delicious food at Annapoorna and Junior Kannapa in the busy town of Gandhipuram. One can also shop precious and semi precious stone jewellery and Kanchi sarees at PSR and Kumaran Silks. Certainly value money. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Coimbatore and proceeded towards Coonoor and Ooty.
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Phanish nagaraj

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"A prominent city in South-India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 6, 2016
Coimbatore is a prominent city in south India and is very well know for Medium and large scale industries of all sectors but predominantly for machine tool manufacturing and textile industry. It is located bordering Palakkad District of Kerala to the West, Ooty and Mettupalayam to the North, Pollachi to the South, Pole Adam and Tiruppur to the East.

There are some good sightseeing places with in and close to Coimbatore. I will try to list down as many as possible along with the distance, although I have been to very few places in Tamil Nadu.

I had to get ready and reach Bharathiar University by 9AM. After completing my work at the University, I got the opportunity to visit "Maruthamalai" which is right behind the university campus on a hill top, I should say in "the middle of the hill" and you will understand why when you look into the maps and other details relating to this place.

I thoroughly enjoyed food at Anandas Veg restaurent on maruthamalai main road.

There is lot of construction work going on in an around Coimbatore. The highway from about 15kms to the city gets crowded and it is narrow at quite a few places. Please be careful while driving in this stretch on both ways.

During my previous visit, I stayed at Hotel Le Grand. and booked through Makemytrip as I got a good deal from them compared to the tariff put up on the hotel website.
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