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Coimbatore is an important industrial city, in the state of Tamil Nadu. An important textile-manufacturing centre, it is also known as the Manchester of South India. There are more than a hundred textile mills in and around Coimbatore apart from a number of other manufacturing units, which produce engineering equipment and electronic items. Today it is also known for its educational institutions, medical care and software industry. Coimbatore lies at the foot of the quaint Nilgiri Hills. Its vicinity to the Nilgiri hills gives Coimbatore a pleasant climate.

History of Coimbatore
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There are interesting versions as to how modern Coimbatore got its name. Historical evidences from the 8th Century AD point to a particular tribal community called the irulas who lived in the jungles and led a life in harmony with nature. As their population grew, little hamlets and villages sprouted alongside the jungles and rivers. Legend has it that people chose kovan as their king. Down the ages, puthur, the area that became kovan capital was called kovan pudur. Over time, it came to be known as Coimbatore. Another version of the name draws its story from the tale of Koniamman, the ruling deity of Coimbatore. It is believed that Koniammanpudur has today become the city it is.




General Information

Getting to Coimbatore

  • By Air Coimbatore has an international airport connected to most metropolitan cities in India and the UAE.
  • By Rail Coimbatore is well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Chenai, Madurai, New Delhi, Thirupathi, Trichy, Ooty and Palghat by rail.
  • By Road Coimbatore is easily accessible by buses. Taxis at reasonable prices are also available
Restaurants in Coimbatore
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  • KFC : The KFC restaurant is situated in three place one is in Avinashi road and in RS Puram and Brookfields. They are specialized Veg Snacker, Veg Strips with Salsa Chicken Snacks , Veggie selections, Toasted Wraps, Burgers, Chicken delight, Popcorn chicken and deserts etc.,
  • Why Food : That Y Food was set up in Coimbatore in 2002 as a fine-dine North Indian restaurant Thats Y Food is a fine-dine restaurant serving primarily North Indian cuisine located in RS Puram, Coimbatore The restaurant opens for the guests at 12.30 in the afternoon and closes at 3.30, to reopen in the evening at 7, till 11. The restaurant has a weekly off on Wednesdays. Since the Restaurant usually remains busy hence request booking We like our guests to reserve tables and arrive, since the restaurant usually remains busy.
  • My place : My place is situated in, P N Palayam, Coimbatore. It is Multi Cuisine Non-Vegetarian Restaurant.
  • Pizza Hut is one of the flagship brands of Yum! Brands, Inc., which also has KFC, Taco Bell, A&W and Long John Silver under its umbrella. It is situated at DB Road RS Puram.
  • Chin Chin: This specialty restaurant at The Residency on Avinashi Road offers a wide variety of Chinese cuisine Located in Avinashi Road, Coimbatore
  • Coffee Pot: The 24 hours Coffee Shop at The Residency, overlooking the pool offers a variety of cuisine including a buffet for break fast, lunch & dinner, and a la carte dining too.
  • Mangala International: Multi-cuisine restaurant with a roof top garden restaurant serving delicious food of all varieties - located at Nehru street, Ram Nagar.
  • Cloud Nine - Multicuisine restaurant attached to Hotel City Tower, Ram Nagar Gandipuram.
  • Annalakshmi for vegetarian South Indian dishes. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snacks.
  • Annapoorna Park - Situated directly behind Nehru Stadium, this vegetarian restaurant is known for its multi-cusine specialities.

Fast Food Joints and Pastry shops

  • Little Italy - Italian Cuisine
  • Serves speciallity Italian and Mexican Cuisine, Serves Vegetarian Indian Cuisine, It is located Trichy Road, Near Sungam Junction
  • The J & M Sons : J&M Bake World offer beautiful, delicious cakes for all occasions. They offer an array of cakes such as Birthdays cakes, Anniversaries cakes, Weddings cakes, Baby Showers cakes, Baptisms cakes
  • KR Bakes : K R Bakes innovative fast food counters set a trend. Now K R Hot chicken is the perfect evening fast food counter in many cities. It offers a wide variety of fresh chicken delicacies to its customers. All mouth watering items are prepared by using ultramodern machinery to keep the district taste and freshness. Bakers Corner - In-house confectionary at The Residency offers a wide choice of products ranging from gateaux, pastries, assorted savories, breads and chocolates.
  • Drive Inn - A popular drive-in restaurant in Hotel Aarvee, serves snacks and light fare.
  • Hot Breads - Fast food restaurant and pastry shop located in R.S.Puram is a favourite haunt for the city teen crowd.
  • Dominio Pizza - Situated at Nehru Stadium a place exclusively for hot pizzas.
  • Boomerang in RS Puram with italian gelato ice creams. Gelato have pure milk and natural ingredients. sugar free gelato also available. gelato have 10 flavours. At west Venkitaswamy road RS Puram (opp spencers daily) behind rajasthani sangh.
  • Baskin Robbins is a well known ice cream parlor situated at Coimbatore with two galleries, one in DB Road and the other in Arts College Road. It offers special American ice creams, available in 31 flavors and introduces a new flavor each and every month. Bulk orders are also undertaken for marriages, functions and other parties. The galleries are open from 11 am to 11 pm.
Places to Worship
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Marudhamalai Temple

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Marudhamalai Shri Murugan Temple is a small natural hill lying about 12km to the west of Coimbatore. More than 800 years old, the presiding deity is Lord Subramaniaswamy. The temple dedicated to Lord Murugan is at a height of 600 feet from the foot of the hill. The flight of steps are interspread with attractive mandapams. Though shorn of all sculptural and architectural glories, the hilly background of this temple compensates for their absence and makes it an attractive picnic spot even from the point of view of an holiday - maker. Thai Poosam and Tirukarthigai festivals are celebrated with great pomp and gaiety at this temple.



Dhyanalinga

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Minutes within the sphere of Dhyanalinga is enough to make even those unaware of meditation to experience a state of deep meditativeness and feel the divine energy that overflows from this glorious form. The Dhyanalinga Multi-Religious temple situated at Vellingiri foothills about 30kms from Coimbatore is very much a part of this glorious tradition. Dhyanalinga was consecrated by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a realized master, Mystic and Yogi, after three years of intense process of prana prathista. Measuring 139, Dhyanalingam is the largest mercury based live linga in the world.

Perur Patteeswara Swamy Temple

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It is located 7kms away from the city and is said to be built by Karikala Cholan before 1500 years. The temple is dedicated to Lord Patteeswarar and his better half Pachainayaki. Devotees gather during the festival occasions. The kanagasabai hall has some exciting sculptures. This is one of the ancient temples of this region. The temple stands on the banks of the holy river Noyyal called Kanchi Manadi by the locals. It is believed that the mortal remains of the dead turn into white stones after about 144 days. Pilgrims from all over visit this spot to pay homage to their ancestors. The greatest attraction of the temple is the Kanaka Saba or the golden hall which is aborned by a gold plated statue of Nataraja bestowing blessings upon the two sages - Gowmuni and Pattimuni. The gopurams and pillars of the hall display exquisitely carved out sculptures highlighting Dravidian architechure.

Then Thirumala Balaji Temple

This temple is a model of the one at tirupathi and is located on the outskirts of Coimbatore city, in beautiful hilly surroundings. The total distance between Tirupati to Coimbatore is 393 KM (kilometers) and 830.85 meters. The mile based measurement distance is 244.7 miles. Tirupati is located nearly north side to Coimbatore.

Mundhi Vinaykar temple in Coimbatore

Coimbatore Mundhi Vinayakar temple in Tamil Nadu has the largest Ganesh idol in Asia. The presiding deity in the temple is 10-foot tall idol, which has been carved out of single block stone. Weight of the Idol is 110 tons. It is situated at Puliakulam road.

Eachanari Vinayagar temple

The temple is at Pollachi Main Road, Eachanari. The idol that is 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide was being transited from Madurai to Perur, during which the wheel of the conveyance gave away at Eachanari. The Moolavar at this temple was actually meant for Perur Patteshwarar temple and since it got stuck on its way from Madurai, Eachanari became the blessed place. This is one of the oldest temple in Coimbatore and dates to 1500 A.D. Lord Vinayagar is the residing deity of Eachanari Temple.

Arulmigu Bannari Amman Temple

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To the Southern side of the temple located is Coimbatore,on the Eastern side is Erode and to the southWestern side we have Mettupalayam railway stations.By buses,from Sathyamangalam to Samaraj nagar,Kollegal will lead to the temple.Other than this we can get the buses from BavaniSagar(via Coimbatore,Tirupur,Tarapuram,Metupalayam) and reach the temple via Kothamangalam. Other than this on every Sunday,Monday,Friday and on no moon days there are special buses to the temple from Sathiyamangalam and Coimbatore

Shopping
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Coimbatore offers an array of products for anyone with an aesthetic eye. Of course, it is the woven cottons and fabric that rule. Shopping as relatively hassle free if one already knows what to buy, there are specific streets that cater to specific demands. The city is demarcated into 3 distinct commercial hubs and each is a beehive of activity - Oppanakara street, which offers everything from groceries to clothes; the Cross Cut Road, a criss cross road of commercial complexes and magastores and RS puram, the place that houses hip brands with as much ease as locally fashioned accessories.

Sightseeing in and Around Coimbatore (Kerala Area)
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Ooty

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capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means Blue Mountains. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots and used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the British during the colonial days. An added attraction for tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which begins at Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels begins at the train chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens. With an influx of modern development surrounding it, the old Ooty still retains its charm and appeal. At an elevation of 2,333 m, Ooty makes for a great escape from the heat of the plains below. Hiking, horseback riding and rowing are the main attractions. There is also a large botanical garden on the edge of the town, and peaceful St. Stephen Church that has views out over the town. The best way to get to Ooty is on the toy train (Blue Mountain Express) from Mettupalayam, which is 40 minutes from Coimbatore.

There are tourist cruises available from Allepey to Kollom running daily. You can choose to go one way only or return to where you started. A more extravagant option is to hire a houseboat, definitely worth the cost.

Ayurvedic Resorts

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A real treat for your body and mind is a trip to an Ayurvedic resort An Indian style health resort. Ayurveda (meaning life knowledge) is the traditional health science of India. At the resort you can choose from a variety of treatments including a general massage, hot oil treatments, a medicated steam bath and a facial. There are also 7 to 28-day treatment packages designed for different illnesses or for general health care. Yoga classes are also held.

One such resort is the Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort located south of Kovalam. Set upon the hill overlooking a wide beach and the Arabian Sea are traditional style Kerala houses with Western amenities. A private beach and excellent restaurant are also available.

Theme Park

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Asia Number one Theme Park - Black Thunder, is sest at the foothills of the gigantic Nilgris. It is a thrilling and adventures water park as Mettupalayam. The water theme park is spread over 65 acres of land with green hill as backdrop and full of coconut and arecanut trees is a pleasant atmosphere. This park has adventurous water games and land games. Another such one is the Maharaja Multiplex and Theme park situated at Nilambur.

Thirumoorthy Dam

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This is located about 20kms for Udumalpet on the highway from Palani to Coimbatore. A perennial stream flows by the side of the Amaralingeswarar temple and near by there is a water fall. Thirumurthy Dam is built adjoining the Thirumurthy Hill.




Top Slip

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Top Slip is a national park and a medical plant conservation area in Annamalai hills. It is famous for its elephant camp and its wildlife at Kollikamuthi. It got its name during British era, as lots of its timber sliped down to the plains below. For thrill seekers accommodation is also available in a tree house. There are bungalows available within the Sanctuary in order to view natural sceneries and its wildlife.

A picturesque locale in the Anamalai Hills. It is about 37 Kms. from Pollachi (about 90 Kms from Coimbatore).There are bungalows available within the sanctuary. For thrill seekers, accommodation is also available in a tree house.

Monkey falls

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which is situated some 65 km away from Coimbatore city and it is some 27 km away from Pollachi on Coimbatore-Pollachi-Valparai main road. The Monkey Falls are the most famous and popular tourism spot. People making their travel in the area of Coimbatore or Pollachi district will never miss to visit Monkey falls are they have an outstanding scenic attraction. This Monkey falls is an ideal place for the little children to take bathe.

The entry ticket fee is very low and it just cost Rs.2 to enter inside the falls. It lies on the foothill of Valparai. It is about 5 km from Aaliyar. It is continuing waterfalls, one can relax their mind and body by taking Ayurvedic bath in this falls.

Valparai

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There are many waterfalls, stream, dams and many dense forests in the Anamalai range. This hill station is 102 kilometers from Coimbatore. The main plantation here is tea. The place looks green all over. One can travel to Kerala from Valparai through the mountain route.

Kovai Kutralam

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This falls is amidst a thick forest, hence visitors are not allowed after 5pm. The Kovai Kutralam waterfalls are located in the Siruvani Hills. It is situated in the dark forest area of the outer part of Coimbatore. The Siruvani River, which flows in the Siruvani Hills, makes the famous Kovai Kutralam waterfalls.


Maharaja Water Theme Park

Maharaja Water Theme Park is situated about 12 km from the city, on the Avinashi Road. It promises fun and variety in entertainment - lots of games, movies, and food courts. Water games are the main crowd puller and children are the target visitors. The entry fees are 300 to 350 for adults , while children get a discount of Rs 50-100 per head.

Malampuzha Dam

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Location: 10kmfromPalakkadtown,NorthKerala. Attractions: Dam, amusement park, boating facilities, rock garden and ropeway. Malampuzha, a little township on the foothills of the Western Ghats takes its name from the River Malampuzha. Nurtured by this tributary of Kerala longest river, the Bharathappuzha, Malampuzha is a lush green town is a major tourist attraction for its trekking trails and the large irrigation dam.

Around the reservoir of the dam are beautiful gardens and amusement parks. Boating facilities are available on the lake. Other attractions in the Malampuzha garden are the beautiful rock garden, the fish-shaped aquarium, the snake park, the ropeway which takes you on an aerial tour of the park, and the gigantic Yakshi (an enchantress) sculptured by Kanai Kunhiraman, a renowned sculptor of Kerala.

The most interesting feature of the rock garden is that the whole place is made of unwanted and broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other waste materials. The garden is a master work of sculptor Padmasree Neck Chand Saini. His rock garden in Chandigarh is world famous and attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Aliyar Dam

Aliyar lake receives water from Upper Aliyar Reservoir through the hydroelectric power station inNavamali and the Parambikulam .

Aliyar Dam is located at a distance of 24 kilometers from Pollachi, Coimbatore District Aliyar is easily Accessible from Coimbatore (TN) and Palakkad (Kerala). Near Aliyar dam, a good-looking park, an aquarium and a mini theme park is being maintained by Tamilnadu Fisheries Corporation.