The third largest city of Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore, is one of the most industrialized cities in Tamil Nadu. It is known as the textile capital of South India or the Manchester of the South. The city is situated on the banks of the River Noyyal. Coimbatore existed existed even prior to the 2nd century AD as the capital of a small tribl village.
Konguned, until it was broght under Chola control in the 2nd - 3rd century AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. Among its other great rulers wre the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoysalas and the Vijaynagara kings. When Kongunad fell to the British alon with th rest of the state, its name was changed to Coimbatore and it is by this name that it is known today. In Tamil the city is called Kovai.
Located in the rain shadow region of the Western ghats, Coimbatore enjoys a very pleasant climate all the year round, aided by the fresh breeze that flows in through the 25 km long Palakkad gap. The rich black soil of the region hs contributed to Coimbatore's flourishing agricultural industry.
The flourishing growth of cotton has served as a foundation for the establishment of Coimbatore's famous textile industry. The first textile mill came up as far back as 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 of South India.
Coimbatore serves as an entry and exit point to neighboring Kerala and the ever popular hill station of Udhagamandalam (Ooty). It is the disembarking point for those who want to take the Muntain train that runs from Mettupalayam, just 35 kms from Coimbatore. There are also regular bus services from Coimbatore to Udhagamndalam, popularly known as Ooty.
Places of interest
Built by Karikala Cholan, this temple is situated 7 Kms west of Coimbatore near river Noyyal. It is dedicated to Lord Siva. The presiding deity of the temple is known as Patteeswarar and His Consort, Pachai Nayaki. The exquisite sculptures in the hall , Kanagasabi, attract on e and all. It is also known as Mel Chidambaram.
Dedicated to Lord Murugan, the presiding deity is known as Dandayuthapani. This temple located on a hillock is 12 Kms from Coimbatore Railway Station and Bus Stand.
About 5 Kms from the Coimbatore Railway Station, this is the sixteenth Farm University in independent India. Though it came into existance on June 1, 1971 its ancestry is much older than that of the earliest started Agricultural University in the country. The nucleous was an Agricultural Demonstration Farm started in 1868 in Saidapet, Madras, which was later shifted to Coimbatore in 1907 and became one of the internationally reputed Agricultural Colleges that has been converted into the present Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.
One of the oldest institutions of its kind in India, the Forest College is situated 3.5 Kms north of the Railway Station. The College Museum is worth a visit.
Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
This Sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 1,400 mts in the Western Ghats near Pollachi ( about 90 Kms from Coimbatore ). The area of the sanctuary is 958 sq. kms. It has various kinds of fauna like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel, jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket tailed drongl, red whiskered bulbul, black headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, green pigeon etc. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Anamalais has a large number of crocodiles. There are also many places of scenic beauty such as Karaishola, Anaikunthi shola, grass hills, waterfalls, groves, teak forests, estates, dams and reservoirs.
It is a picturesque locale in the Annamalai Hills. It is about 37 kms from Pollachi. This small town is an ideal picnic spot.
It is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy Hills adjoining the Thirumoorthy dam. This is about 20 Kms from Udumalpet on the Highway from Palani to Coimbatore. A perennial stream flows by the side of the Sri Amalingeswarar temple and nearby there is a waterfalls. The crocodile Farm at Amaravathi Dam is just 25 Kms from here. This place is being developed as a District Excursion Centre. Regular buses available from Udumalpet.
Siruvani waterfalls and Dam
The waterfalls and the dam are located at a distance of 37 Kms west of the city. The water of siruvani is known for its taste. The panoramic view of the dam and the falls are of enchanting beauty.
Parambikulam - Aliyar Multipurpose Project
The project consists of a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals for harnessing the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Thekkadi and Palar rivers, lying at various elevations, for irrigation and power generation. The scheme is an outstanding example of engineering skill. It is located in the Anamalai range.
Erode, Headquarters of Periyar District, is the birth place of periyar E.V. Ramaswamy affectionately called Thanthai Periyar by the people of Tamil Nadu. There are two ancient temples - one dedicated to Lord Siva and other to Lord Vishnu. There are some interesting inscriptions in these temples. The handloom products of Erode are very famous. It is about 92 Kms from Coimbatore.
Located 83 kms from Coimbatore and 10 Kms from Bhavanisagar has the famous Mariamman temple which attracts thousands of Pilgrims.
It is important Handloom Weaving centre. It is 30 Kms from Erode and 80 Kms from Coimbatore.
It is 40 kms from Erode and 105 Kms from Coimbatore. A special feature of this place is the shrines of Siva, Vishnu and Brahma are located in one temple complex.
How to get there ?
Coimbatore has an airport. Flights connect it with Chennai and other important cities.
Coimbatore is connected by rail to Chennai, Trivandrum, Delhi and other cities.
It is also connected with all important cities and places of interest by road.