|Maruthamalai Temple||12 km from the main Railway Station of Coimbatore and about 15 km from the centre of the city|
|Perur Siva Temple||Situated 6 km west from Coimbatore city|
|Tamil Nadu Agricultural University||Situated 5 km from the Coimbatore railway station|
|VOC Park||Very near to the Town Bus Stand, at Gandhipuram|
|Forest College||Situated about 3.5 km from the Coimbatore Railway Station|
|Bhavani Sagar Dam||Situated about 80 km away from the Coimbatore city|
|Ayyappan temple||Situated in Coimbatore on Sree Ayyappan road of New Siddhapudur|
|Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple||Situated at the footings of the popular Velliangiri hills in Coimbatore city|
|The Siruvani falls and dam||Located 40 km from Coimbatore towards west|
|Vellingiri Hill Temple||Just 40 km of traveling from Coimbatore|
|Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple||Located in Sathyamoorthy Road, Ramnagar of Coimbatore city|
|Eachanari Vinayagar Temple||Located at 10 kms from Coimbatore on the way to Pollachi|
|Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary||90 km away from Coimbatore|
|Thirumoorthi Dam||Just 20 km from Udumalpet|
|Avanashi Temple||Situated 40 km from the Coimbatore city|
Embedded nearly 12 km from the main Railway Station of Coimbatore and about 15 km from the centre of the city, ‘Maruthamalai Temple’, also spelled as ‘Maruthamalai’, is a very auspicious shrine. It is said that this temple is more than 1200 years old.
The great Lord Subramanya, also worshipped as the Lord Muruga is seated in this temple. Lord Muruga is given the title of ‘Dhandayuthapani’ – the God of prosperity here. Devotees believe that the Lord Dhandayuthapani had performed many miracles in olden days. Thaipoosam and Thirukarthigai are the two famous festivals celebrated at Maruthamalai temple. Thaipoosam is celebrated in the month of January and Thirukarthigai is celebrated in February every year.
As suggested by its name, the Maruthamalai temple is located at the highlands of the Western Ghats, at the elevation of 500 feet. The hill is christened as Maruthamalai after the ‘Marutha’ trees found in bounty here. The Maruthamalai hill is renowned for the ayurvedic medicinal herbs that naturally grow here.
Special buses that travel between the hill top and the foothills are made available by the Devasthanam for the conveyance of the devotees at this temple.
Perur Siva Temple
A very important pilgrim place of Coimbatore, the ‘Perur Shiva Temple’ is situated 6 km west from Coimbatore city. Also known by the name of ‘Mel Chidambaram’, this shrine is one of the 7 Kongu Siva temples. It is said that this temple is more than 1000 years old. Situated on the banks of the river Noyyal, the Perur Shiva temple was set up by a King of Chola dynasty - Karikala Cholan. Chola, Hoysala and Vijayanagara Kings contributed to the construction of this holy temple. The architecture circling the main temple was built during 17th century by the rulers of Madurai.
The Perur Shiva temple is conferred upon Lord Shiva and a Swayambhu Shiva Linga’ is revered here. The god seated in this temple is known by the name of ‘Patteeswaras’. Pachai Nayaki the companion and the better half of the Lord Shiva is also seated beside him.
The very unique feature of the temple that makes it popular near and far is the ‘Kanaka Sabha’. As the name itself implies, Kanaka Sabha means the golden hall. In this golden hall a sublime statue of Lord Nataraj, plated in pure gold is placed. Nataraja is seen showering the blessings on two of his prominent devotees namely Sage Gowmuni and Sage Pattimuni.
The glorious avenue of the temple is protected by the statues of soldiers designed here. Exquisite sculptures and delicate carvings of the main hall and the pillars supporting it, amplify the grandeur of the framework. The architectural style of the temple is purely Dravidian. People believe that the mortal remnants of human beings turn into white stones after 144 years. And so swarms of pilgrims alight here to pay tribute both to the Lord Shiva as well as to their ancestors.
The temple is situated on the river banks of the Noyyal River. Three temples known by the name of ‘Arasambalavanar temple’, ‘Pattivinayaga temple’ and ‘Kailasam temple’ are also situated in compound. Two auspicious trees ‘Irava Panai’ (immortal plam) and ‘Pirava Puli’ (birthless tamarind) are standing here for years.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Situated 5 km from the Coimbatore railway station, the ‘Tamil Nadu Agriculture University’ is celebrated as one of the foremost Agriculture Universities and Research Institutes of South Asia. Tamil Nadu Agriculture University is regarded as the 16th Indian Farm University. This university was officially registered as a University and Research Center on 1st June, 1971.
The roots of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University can be traced back to a place named Saidapet in Chennai.
A peculiar feature of this university that allures the horticulturists and nature lovers is the well known botanical garden. Affluent in its collection of plants and tress and noteworthy for its rich floral variety, this botanical garden covers the vast area of 300 hectares.
VOC Park, named after a legendary freedom fighter of south – ‘V. O. Chidambaram’ is the perfect picnic spot for kids. A must visit amusement station in Coimbatore; the VOC park is like your dreamland came true. An opulent aquarium, a mini zoo, and a toy train please children to no extent. The affluent aquarium houses an exceptional collection of variety fish of different shapes, sizes and colors. The joy ride in the toy train is like bliss to the children. The enormous replicas of dinosaurs take us back to the pre historic age. This recreational park is also equipped with swings, sliders, see – saws and other fun games. Both young ones and adults enjoy in this park.
The Forest College of Coimbatore is counted amongst the oldest educational institutes in India. Situated about 3.5 km from the Coimbatore Railway Station, this residential institute offers a two year degree program in forestry. The students who are trained here and pass out are directly posted as rangers in the government forest departments. Later they are promoted as DFO (Divisional Forest Officer) and Conservator.
One of the major attractions of this place includes the museum set up by the Forest College. Notable for its expansive collection of rocks, minerals, pests, insects, snakes, fungus, etc. this museum is both educating and entertaining.
Bhavani Sagar Dam
Constructed after India got independence, the ‘Bhavani Sagar Dam’ is one of the largest earthen dams in India. Situated about 80 km away from the Coimbatore city, this dam is built over the Bhavani River. And that’s the reason why it is named ‘Bhavani Sagar’. A wonderfully preserved garden specially designed for children is stationed just next to the dam. Kids really love rejoicing in this park. The Bhavani Sagar Dam is approximately 16 km from Satyamangalam and 36 km from Mettuppalayam in Tamil Nadu.
Bhavani village is situated nearly 121 kilometers from Coimbatore. This is the ‘Sangama’ place (Meeting point) of the Cauvery River and the Bhavani River. Respected as the ‘Triveni of South’, Bhavani is a sacred pilgrim place and a carries an important religious heritage. Hailed for the ‘Sangameshwarer temple’ located at this place, Bhavani village also served as the central office of Willizim Garrow. He was a British Collector who worshipped both Sangameshwar and Vedanayaki very devoutly.
Located in Coimbatore on Sree Ayyappan road of New Siddhapudur, this temple is revered as an extremely sacred religious seat. The magnanimous Ayyappan temple was constructed by a committee named ‘Sri Dharma Sastha Baktha Jana Sabha’ in the year 1976. The Ayyappan Temple of Coimbatore is fashioned after the popular Ayyappan Temple of Sabarimala. Because of that all the religious practices performed here and all the ‘Poojas’ offered at this temple are precisely similar to those performed in Sabarimala Temple. The temple can be visited between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm. Two Poojas are performed at this temple everyday. One is the morning Pooja and the other is the evening Pooja. And when it is Ayyappan Season, special Poojas are offered. The temple is very overcrowded by the devotees during the Ayyappan Season.
Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple
Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple is situated at the footings of the popular Velliangiri hills in Coimbatore city. Distinguished both for its mastery of architecture and tranquility & serenity of ambiance, the temple provides a very peaceful environment. In this placid and energizing temple one can sit for hours and meditate. The moment you enter the premises of the temple, the complete stress of your body is released and both your mind and soul experience relaxation. The soothing and pleasing natural surroundings contribute to creating a refreshing impact.
Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple is very much esteemed as a foremost religious site in this area. The gigantic mercury Shiva Lingam placed in this temple is an extraordinary element of this temple. Countless names of sages and siddhas who performed strict penance at this center are linked with this temple. Embellished with glossy granite, this temple was constructed with bricks, sand, lime, mud and mortar. An exclusive feature of this construction is that some herbal additives were also added in the construction material to multiply the tranquil effect. People say that it took around 2000 years to build the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple.
The temple is open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.
The Siruvani falls and dam
Located 40 km from Coimbatore towards west is the famous Siruvani Falls and Dam. Siruvani water is regarded the second tastiest water in the whole world. Situated in the Anamalai Mountain ranges of Western Ghats, Siruvani Falls and Dam is the major source of water for the whole Coimbatore district. This dam is interlinked with seven rivers named Parambikulam, Aliyar, Sholiyar, Nirar, Palar, Thekadi and Thunakadavu through canals and tunnels. They fulfill the purposes of irrigation and power generation. Blessed with panoramic natural surroundings and abundant tasty water, this dam is one of the best examples of master engineering and a pride to Coimbatore.
Vellingiri Hill Temple
Just 40 km of traveling from Coimbatore will reach you to the Vellingiri Hill Temple. Situated at the elevation of 6000 feet, this Shiva temple is one of the most sought after pilgrim destinations. Other than the religious significance of this place, Vellingiri Hills are very much esteemed for their rich natural resources. Extremely rare herbs used for medication naturally grow in the woods covering Vellingiri Hills. The enchanting spectacle of the lush green mountain ranges appeals the adventure lovers to trek all the way up to the temple afoot. This kind of trek requires both devotion and venture
Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple
You have not visited Coimbatore unless you pay homage to the great Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple of Coimbatore. Notable for its divine and miraculous aspects, Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple beckons both devotees and curious tourists. The temple is very popular all over the map for the natural water flow that is constantly draining through out the year. Also known by the name of Chinna Thadagam, the way to Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple is not very smooth. If you want to take the Darshana of Lord Subramania, it is compulsory to climb more than 100 steps. Because there is no substitute way to reach the temple and the path that leads to the doors of Lord is not motorable. But the pilgrims when drenched with devotion and faith don’t feel it difficult to climb the hill. As per the belief of natives, the God seated in the sanctum of this temple fulfills all your wishes.
Another temple situated at the footing of the same hill is known as Lalithambikai temple. Tourists visit both the temples same day. Quite frequently wild elephants are sighted on the way to temple and it is not at all recommended to visit the Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple after it is dark.
Eachanari Vinayagar Temple
Recognized as another important pilgrimage of Coimbatore, the Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is one of the most ancient religious shrines. Constructed in 1500 AD, this temple is dedicated to the Lord Vinayagar. Lord Vinayagar means Lord Vinayaka i.e. Lord Ganesha. The idol of the God is about 6 feet in height and 3 feet in width. The ‘Moolavar’ seen in this temple was actually engineered for the famous Perur temple of Coimbatore. But on its way from Madurai to Perur, at this very place somehow the Moolavar got spanked. So the Moolavar was dropped at the same place and not taken to Perur. Devotees believe that the Lord Vinayagar himself had chosen to dwell at that place and he has made Eachanari his abode. In this way Eachanari Vinayagar Temple became a sacred pilgrim place. The latest ‘Kumbabishekam’ of the Eachanari temple was organized in 1990.
Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Nearly 90 km away from Coimbatore, Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is named after Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the first and only as yet Lady Prime Minister of India. Situated near Pollachi village in Anamalai Mountain Ranges of Western Ghats, this sanctuary is perched at the alitude of 1400 meters. The total area that is covered by Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is about 958 sq. kilometers. This sanctuary is the domicile of a wide range of exotic species of animals and birds.
Animals housed in this protected area are tiger, panther, elephant, gaur, deer, wild bear, sloth bear, wild dog, jackal, pangolin, porcupine, flying squirrel, civet cat, and many more. Birds sighted here include re-whiskered bulbul, black-headed oriole, rocket-tailed drongo, spotted dove, green pigeon, tree pie, etc. Birds and animals are seen dwelling happily in their natural habitat.
The Amaravathy reservoir is extremely popular for crocodiles. The beautiful Anaikunthi shoal, Karainshola, teak forests, grass hills, groves, waterfalls and reservoirs present the extravagance of nature and decorate the sanctuary. The best season to visit Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to February and May to June.
From ‘Topslip’, the tourists can book themselves a ticket for a van safari or an elephant ride through the sanctuary and enjoy wildlife sighting. From Coimbatore you can take a bus to Pollachi. And from Pollachi sanctuary buses or rental vans will reach you to the sanctuary. The tourists are advised to wear dull colored clothes so that they will prove to be a good camouflage in the wild. The only thing that the tourists have to make sure is that they have no right to disturb the natural life of the birds and animals.
Thirumoorthi Dam is located just 20 km from Udumalpet. To reach Udumalpet one will have to take the Coimbatore – Palani highway. Situated just next to the Thirumoorthi Hills, Thirumoorthi Dam is acclaimed far and wide for the spectacular scenic beauty of its natural surroundings. Thirumoorthi Dam together with Siruvani Dam provides water supply to entire Coimbatore district. Other than that it also generates electricity and serves irrigation purposes. Thirumoorthi Dam is an outstanding paradigm of proficient engineering.
The famous Thirumoorthi temple is located very close to the dam. A natural stream issuing from here and the waterfalls gushing down with full energy increase the beauty of this place.
Situated 40 km from the Coimbatore city, Avanashi temple comprises one of the most important religious destinations of the whole Coimbatore district. Acclaimed as ‘Banaras of the South’, Avanashi is renowned for the Avanashilingeswarar temple set up here. Avanashilingeswarar temple is the biggest temple of Coimbatore. This temple was constructed by the Kings of Chola dynasty far back in 12th century AD. The sculptures of this temple are gracefully shaped and the carvings are minutely engraved.