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In and Around Coimbatore

Coimbatore is 498 kms from Chennai. The third largest city of the state, Coimbatore the headquarters of a district of the same name, is one of the most industrialized cities in Tamil Nadu. The city is situated on the banks of the river Noyyal and is known as the textile capital of South India or the Manchester of the South. Coimbatore existed even prior to the 2nd century AD as a small tribal village capital called Kongunad until it was brought under Chola control in the 2nd or 3rd century AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. Among its other great rulers were the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara kings. When Kongunad fell to the British along with the rest of the state, its name was changed to Coimbatore and it is by this name that it is known today, except in Tamil, in which it is called Kovai.

Located in the shadow of the Western Ghats, Coimbatore enjoys a very pleasant climate the year round, aided by the fresh breeze that flows in through the 25 kms long Palakkad gap. The rich black soil of the region has contributed to Coimbatore's flourishing agriculture industry and, it is in fact that the successful growth of cotton that served as a foundation for the establishment of its famous textile industry. The first textile mills came up around 1888 and there are now over a hundred mills. The result has been a strong economy and a reputation as one of the greatest industrial cities in South India.
Coimbatore serves as an entry and exit point to the neighbouring state of Kerala and the ever-popular hill station of Udagamandalam (Ooty) in Tamil Nadu. It is the disembarking point for those who want to take the Mountain train that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty that is just 35 kms from Coimbatore. There are also regular bus services from Coimbatore to Ooty.

General Information
Area 23.5 sq. kms.
Population 9,23,085 (2001 census)
Altitude 43.2 mts.
  Max. Min.
Summer 39.4 ºC 23.3 ºC
Winter 32.8 ºC 20.7 ºC
Rainfall 92.2 mm - Average
Season Throughout the year
Clothing Tropical
Languages spoken Tamil, English, Telugu and Malayalam
Industries Textile, Textile Machinery, Automobile spares Motor, Electronics, Steel & Aluminium Foundries.
STD Code 0422
Kutrallam It is 37 km. from Coimbatore and 5 km.away from Alandurai village. It is perennial waterfalls located in the Western Ghat forest. It is also known as Sengupathy waterfalls. It is surrounded by a thick forest and is full of flora and fauna.
Noyyal River   It flows near the Perur temple. Many religious ritual are being performed here.
The Siruvani Waterfalls and Dam  The waterfalls and the dam are about an hour's drive from Coimbatore. The water of the Siruvani is known as for its good taste. The panoramic views of the dam and the falls are enchanting.
Velliangiri Hills  These mountains are known as the kailash of the south. Located in the outskirts of Coimbatore, it is one of the sacred hills. Lakhs of people undertake the arduous 8 km trek during Maha Sivarathri and Chitra Pournami every year. Rare medicinal herbs can be found on these mountains. The exotic flora and fauna add to the mystical colors of the pilgrimage.

Temples  Perur Temple  This temple is situated 7 kms from Coimbatore Railway station and was constructed by Karikala Cholan. There are shrines to the presiding deity Patteeswarar and his consort Panchainayaki. Elegantly carved sculptures are in the Kanagasabai hall. Devotees flock to the temples during Panguni Uthiramfestival that is celebrated in the month of March.

Maruthamalai Temple  Dedicated to Lord Subramanya this hilltop temple is one of the most visited temples in this region. The reason being that the presiding deity Dhandayuthapani is believed to have performed several miracles here.  Thai poosam and Thirukarthigai festivals are celebrated with great pomp and gaiety in this temple. Maruthamalai is 12 kms. from the railway station.

The Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary This sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 1,400 mtrs. in the Western Ghats near Pollachi. The area of the sanctuary is 958 Sq.Km. It has various kinds of exotic fauna like the elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, pangolin, black-headed oriole, green pigeon and the civet cat. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Anamalais has a large number of crocodiles. There are also many places of scenic beauty such as the Karain shola, grassy hills, waterfalls, groves, teak forests, estates and dams.Arrangements are available at Topslip to take tourists around the sanctuary on elephant back or by van.
Palani This temple of Lord Muruga is located on the Palani Hills. The presiding deity is Dandayuthapani. The idol is made of medicinal herbs.It is believed to be one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga and one of the major pilgrim centres in South India. It is next only to Thirupathi. An electrically operated winch carries the pilgrims to the top. It is 105 kms. from Coimbatore.
Parambukulam-Aliyar Dam Project This project consists of a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals for harnessing the waters of the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Thekkadi and Palar rivers, flowing at various elevations, for irrigation and power generation.
The scheme is an outstanding example of engineering skill. It is located in Anamalai range and is ideal as a picnic spot. Overnight stay is possible in the forest rest house. A treetop house provides accommodation for the adventurous.

Tiruppur: It is an important textile centre in Coimbatore district; it is also famous for hosiery products. Tiruppur is also closely associated with Thiruppur Kumaran  a valiant freedom fighter. It is 50 kms. from Coimbatore.

Vaidehi falls: It is located 30 kms. from Coimbatore through the Narasipuram village. It is a fine picnic spot for trekkers. The perrennial waterfall is a major attraction.

Kodumudi It is 40 kms. from Erode and 105 kms. from Coimbatore. Special to this place are the shrines for Siva, Vishnu and Brahma that are located in one temple complex. Siva is known as Muchukundeswarar, Vishnu as Veera Narayana Perumal. The temple is one of the important temples in Periyar district.

Top Slip A picturesque locale in the Anamalai Hills. It is about 37 kms from Pollachi and about 90 km from Coimbatore. Bungalows are available within the sanctuary. For thrill seekers, accommodation is also available in a tree house.