Coimbatore or Kovai, the second-largest city in Tamil Nadu, is famous throughout the country for its extensive textile industry and hence is dubbed ‘Manchester of the South!’ Okay, but what does this place have in store for the tourists? This city situated on the banks of the Noyyal River has got everything that you think can make your holiday a great one – from historical, natural, religious, and spiritual places to colorful markets, interesting museums, adventurous and fun-filled destinations, wildlife reserves, and much more. Check out here the top six places to visit in Coimbatore!
Marudhamalai Hill Temple:
Marudhamalai Temple, an important religious destination to visit in Coimbatore, is situated about 15 km north-west of the city on top of a hillock which stands 500 feet tall. Lord Muruga is worshipped at this hilltop temple. What utterly amazes the visitors is the temple’s exquisite Dravidian architecture and the surrounding views of the Western Ghats! Moreover, this hill possesses several medicinal herbs used in the making of Ayurvedic medicines, and its two springs are said to contain medicinal properties that can cure diseases.
Adiyogi Shiva Statue:
Isha Yoga Center and its Adiyogi Shiva Statue occupy a top spot among the best places to visit in Coimbatore. Standing at 112 feet against the backdrop of the verdant Velliangiri mountains of the Western Ghats, this shining black statue of Hindu God Lord Shiva is recognized as the ‘world’s largest bust sculpture’ by the Guinness Book of World Records. The statue’s height symbolizes the 112 ways of attaining moksha (liberation) and the 112 chakras (energy points) in the human body. Adiyogi (the first Yogi – Lord Shiva) statue is built to inspire people to delve into the inner self through traditional yogic practices. Visit this serene place and experience its mystic aura!
Kovai Kondattam Amusement Park:
Brighten up your holiday with lots of fun and thrill by visiting Kodai Kondattam, an eco-friendly theme park located 3 km away from Perur. Besides being the most popular picnic place in Coimbatore among families and friends, Kodai Kondattam is also known to host parties, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and corporate conferences too. A great number of exhilarating rides and water slides will ensure that both kids and adults have a blast at Kodai Kondattam!
Monkey Falls, situated near Aliyar Dam on Valparai Road, is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Coimbatore. The picturesque beauty of the waterfalls encircled by thick greenery and rolling Anamalai Ranges is sure to leave you speechless! Water gushes down the rocks into the pool with great force, creating a white froth below. Unwind in the lap of nature listening to its melodies, or trek uphill if you feel adventurous. Click the beautiful views of the waterfalls along the way uphill.
Gedee Car Museum:
Are you an automobile freak? Then, you would rather not miss visiting a place where you can see a vast collection of vintage cars manufactured in different countries (India, Japan, Britain, France, Spain, America, and Germany) and also learn every detail about them. Besides the vintage cars, Coimbatore’s Gedee Car Museum also showcases a few modern and rare cars – all in great condition! From Benz Motorwagen, Ford T to Volkswagen Beetle and Morris Mini, this museum houses more than 50 such iconic vintage cars.
Located about 9 kilometers from the city on the banks of the Noyyal River, Patteeswarar Temple is one of the biggest and most famous temples in Coimbatore and a must-visit for tourists. Patteeswarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Patteeswarar Swamy) is admired for its outstanding Dravidian architecture and the finely carved sculptures on its pillars and gopurams. The golden statue of Nataraja is another major attraction of this temple, which is said to be older than 1500 years. If you are visiting Coimbatore in March, taking part in Panguni Uthiram festival celebrations is a must! Book your flight tickets in advance as it helps you grab the cheapest airfare!