Coimbatore is a major industrial town in Tamil Nadu and also known for its rich culture, history and places of tourism importance. It is the second largest city in the state in terms of area. The city has witnessed major developments in the last few years in areas of education and industrialization. Coimbatore is located at 365 kms from Bangalore and can be reached within 6.5 hours via a reliable car hire in Bangalore.In the past era, it was ruled by major dynasties of Southern India including the Cheras, the Cholas, the Pandyas, the Vijayanagra Kings and also by the Madurai Nayaks. These empires built various temples and monuments during their rule. Here is a list of top attractions in and around Coimbatore.
Kovai Kuttralam: It is a very popular picnic spot near Coimbatore renowned for a cascading waterfall that originates from the Siruvani Hills. Kovai Kuttralam is at a 35 kms from the Coimbatore city and easily accessible by road. Siruvani Dam has been builtjust above the waterfall. The Forest Department manages the areas surrounding the dam including the waterfall. Visitors are required to take special permission from the department to visit the Kovai Kuttralam Falls. Make sure to visit the area before 5 pmasentry gets closed after the mentioned time. It is an ideal place to have an enjoyable time with your family amidst the lush greenery and scenic views.
Marudhamalai Temple: Sitting on top of Marudhamalai Hill, this famous temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. In ancient times it was the private property of the Kongu Vettuva Gounder Kings. The temple has been mentioned in many scriptures and inscriptions onits walls are believed to be 1200 years old. It is located at 15 km from the city centre.
Singanallur Lake: It is located in the Singanallur area of Coimbatore and is a very famous picnic spot. You will find wide variety of flora and fauna found surrounding the lake. It is a heaven for bird watchers as more than 100 species of birds have made the area near the Lake their home. Birds species that can be sighted here include spot egrets, herons, ibis, storks, spoonbills, kites, harriers, peafowls and teals.
Patteeswarar Temple: Located in Perur near Coimbatore, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped in the form of ‘Patteeswarar’. The Pallayakarar Kings constructed the temple during their time and it is very popular among the locals and tourists alike. The temple also finds mention in the writings of legendary poets Kachiappa Munivar and Arunagiri Nather.
Parambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary: Located at 100 kms from Coimbatore, it is part of the Western Ghats and is bordered by the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The protected area is spread across 285 square kilometres and is home to many endangered species. It is is also a designated tiger reserve and a must visit for wildlife enthusiasts.
Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore form the travel triangle for South India as these are famous cities for business and tourism. Affordable Bangalore to Chennai cabs as well as cabs from Bangalore to Coimbatore can be easily booked online.