The second most important city in the southern state Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore serves as a getaway to several other important tourist destinations. The city itself is surrounded by the Western Ghats and is a major hub for textiles, industry and manufacturing. Friendly people, great amenities and a good number of hotels and eateries have made this place a tourist hotspot. But Coimbatore offers more than that. Beautiful temples with intricate carvings, rare species of birds throughout the year, and jaw-droppingly scenic locales just outside the city, makes it special too. And we tell you the best 7 things to do here that will make you fall in love with the city.
#1 Marudhamalai Murugan Temple
There are several temples in and around Coimbatore, many have lovely sculptures, but if I were to choose just one it would be the Marudhamalai temple complex on top of a hill. The place is around 15 km from Coimbatore city, a number of buses ply between the two places. The temple complex also runs a charitable hospital and school. Overall, the temple offers a peaceful, scenic location for praying, perfect for those with a spiritual bent of mind. Not too far from Coimbatore lies Vattamalai Murugan temple which also happens to be the shooting spot for Chennai Express.
Once you leave the city of Coimbatore, the scenic beauty will mesmerize you. Valparai is by no means very close to Coimbatore, more than a 100 km. But if you have a car at your disposal, the trip is a must. There are a number of tea estates in Valparai. Don’t forget to have a cup, when you are there. The Monkey Falls, Aaliyar Dam are the key attractions in this area. But mostly what attracts is the lush green tea gardens and winding roads.
#3 Kovai Kutralam Waterfalls
Only 35 km west of Coimbatore lies this pretty picturesque waterfall on the Siruvani hill ranges. The dam is just above it. The place is surrounded by forest and is perfect for families to have fun together. Water flows more on rainy days. Remember every Monday this place is closed for maintenance, so plan accordingly.
#4 G.D Naidu Car Museum
A small, interesting museum on vintage cars and more is what you will find in G. D. Naidu Car Museum. A great place for teenagers to know more about cars and how they work. The gift shop attached to the museum has model cars from Germany. Perfect place to indulge for the young and young at heart.
#5 Codissia Trade Fair Complex
If you are in town, try to find out if there is any EXPO going on at Codissia Trade Fair complex. It is a huge complex with multiple exhibition halls. The building itself is a notable landmark in the city of Coimbatore, hence, worth a visit.
#6 That’s Y On The Go
One of the best restaurants with contemporary decor in Coimbatore, That’s Y On The Go should be on your hotlist when visiting Coimbatore. The eclectic menu adds to the aura of the place. Our secret tip: Go early and have the Ferrero Rocher Smoothie.
We keep the best for the last and that is no secret! Is it surprising then, that we kept water, as a reason to fall in love with Coimbatore? Water in Coimbatore is mainly sourced from Siruvani Dam. The taste of water is the best in the country, many claims. It is said that the rocks and trees that fall on its way, make the water sweet.If you are here and not drinking local filtered water, and buying bottled ones instead, then you are seriously missing out on something!