Often termed as 'Manchester of South India', Coimbatore, the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, photographically situated on the banks of River Noyyal. It is an almost perfect tourist destination with array of natural attractions like temples, churches, other than being the sparkling hub of industry.
Coimbatore, also known as Kovai, is a welcoming area with the backdrop of hustle-bustle and charm of activity and industry. You can visit Monkey Falls, Vydehi falls, Kovai Kutralam falls and Siruvani Falls and Dam. Coimbatore is also the home to a rich culture of temples such as Ayyappan temple, Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple and numerous more. The area also has the Infant Jesus Church and Dhyanalinga Yogic temple. You can also visit a number of important dams here such as the Kodiveri Dam, Amaravathi dam and more.
You will find a lot of budget hotels near the railway station and bus stand with single room between 150-350/day. Hotel City Tower, Dunag Springs Service Apartments, Hotel Prince Gardens are known for providing excellent services and a comfortable stay.
Hotel Grand Tree
Staring from INR 2,190
Radisson Blu Coimbatore
Staring from INR 4,250
Easy to reach. Culturally rich.
The summers can be dry and scorching hot. The condition of the roads in the city is not so good. They worsen after the monsoon season as they are filled with potholes.
Coimbatore is a great place for pilgrims and tourists alike.
Day 1: Start your trip by visiting the temples of Coimbatore on the first day. Begin with Marudhamalai Murugan Temple located in the highland on the Western Ghats. Next, take a trip to the Perur Patteeswara Swamy temple on the banks of Noyyal River. In the evening while returning to Coimbatore City, pay a visit to one of the ancient temples of Coimbatore, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple.
Day 2: Spend the second day among the flora and fauna of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. Next, you can head towards the Monkey falls and spend some time besides the refreshing waterfalls before heading back to Coimbatore City in the evening. End your trip with a lip-smacking dinner at Bike and Barrel Restaurant which serves several European and Indian cuisines.
Popularly known as the "Manchester of South India", it is situated at the Nilgiri foothills of and ranks among the top Indian tourist destination. There are various temples and pilgrimage sites here that pertain to Jain and Buddhist religions.
Coimbatore was a part of Kongu, and it served as the primary route between the west coast and Tamil Nadu. The purpose behind the city's name is that a Kongu King called Kovan ruled this area and thus the name Kovanpudur which developed and became anglicized as Koyambuthur, Koyamuthur and Coimbatore. The history of the city dates back to the 12th Century during the Sangam Age. Under the rule of the Sangam Cheras, the area was largely inhabited by tribes called Kosars, and later they came under the rule of Rashtra Kutas. Coimbatore was also the birthplace of the Cholas, and it was conquered by the Cholas in the 10 century BC. Later, Vijayanagar Dynasty ruled the region during which the city became popular with a large group of settlers from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This city also witnessed the Anglo- Mysore War. The British troops took over of the entire city in the year 1768.
Coimbatore is known for its diverse culture with a host of people from different parts of the country settled in the city. The city is now considered as a cosmopolitan hub. The city is a home to "Swamikannu Vicent" who gave the concept of 'Tent Cinema'. It also holds art, music and dance concerts in September and December. One can find many museums and art galleries that display the heritage of the city that was acquired from its colourful history. The "Mariamman" festivals at the city's numerous temples, devoted to the Goddesses of the Hinduism, are among the major festivals celebrated by the people. Rice is the staple food for the residents of the city. Most restaurants server their meals on a giant banana leaf because it is considered as a healthy way to eat food. It is also believed that the banana leaf renders its distinctive flavour and enriches the taste of the dishes.
The official language that is spoken in Coimbatore is Tamil. However, the majority of the residents in the city speak a dialect of Tamil that is known as Kongu Tamil. Languages like Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Urdu are also spoken by the natives of the city. English is less prevalent language among the natives in comparison to the official languages.
Coimbatore is an urban hub where you can relish traditional South-Indian preparations, as well as indulge in the western influences over the food here. So while you can enjoy a South-Indian platter which has essentials like Idli, Dosa, Chutney, Rice, Vada, Sambhar, Rasam, Upma, Sweet Pongal, Payassam and more, you can also make the most of a number of coffee pubs and fast food joints here. Other popular items here are Halwa, Biryani, Mysorepa (a sweet dish) as well as delicacies of North-Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. Have a meal at Shree Annapoorna restaurant to get the taste of authentic Tamil cuisine.
- Ensure that you have money stashed with you as the number of atm's are considerably low.
By Pallavi Siddhanta
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