It’s time we talk about Coimbatore; a fast developing economic hub that has been around for while. The place is home to some enticing temples. These sites of religious & historical importance are surrounded by the natural attractions of the Western Ghats that ensure that there are enough places to visit in Coimbatore and around for the locals & the tourists.
So, in case you are planning to book tour packages to one or more South Indian destinations, you might as well want to visit this city. Reasons? Read on about the top tourist places in Coimbatore to be inspired.
I. Religious places to visit in Coimbatore
Temples in Coimbatore are undoubtedly the highlights of the city; some of them dating all the way back to the 9th century. While most of these beautifully built temples are the Shaivism sites, there are also some religious Coimbatore tourist places that are dedicated to other gods.
1. Perur Pateeswarar Temple: The Chola-age temple of Lord Shiva
It was in the 9th century that the rulers of the Chola dynasty got the Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple built around the place that was believed to be the spot where Lord Shiva himself performed the Tandav dance. Its golden statue of Lord Nataraja, if not its stone carvings and fine specimens of art, is what puts the temple right among the top places to visit in Coimbatore.
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2. Marudamalai Temple: Atop the hill of medicinal plants
Of all the temples in Coimbatore, the Marudamalai Temple – dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan or Kartikeya – is one of the religious tourist places in Coimbatore. The 1200 years’ old temple also has a colorful gopuram that amazes the guests. And that’s not all! The temple complex, built in a unique Dravidian style, is set in the picturesque surroundings of the of the Western Ghats. These hills are, in fact, considered to be a home to various medicinal herbs.
3. Eachanari Vinayagar Temple: Famed for its 6-feet-tall idol of Lord Ganesha
For those looking for Coimbatore attractions of religious importance, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is one place to be. The temple dedicated to Lord Vinayagar or Lord Ganesha is famous for one of the biggest idols of the deity in South India that it houses. While no Coimbatore sightseeing tour is complete without a visit to this place, it is during the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi that the temple sees maximum footfall.
Other religious tourist places in Coimbatore and around: Ashtamsa Varadha Anjaneyar Temple, Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple, Adiyogi Shiva statue, Masani Amman Temple, Arulmigu Koniamman Temple, Thirumurthi Swami Temple, Puliakulam Vinayagar Temple, and Velliangiri Andavar Temple
II. Historical places to see in Coimbatore
From the Sangam Cheras to the Cholas and the Vijayanagara Empire to the Kingdom of Mysore; a string of rulers have reigned over the present-day city of Tamil Nadu. And the British only joined in the long list of rulers here. As a result, it is possible to find some amazing tourist places in Coimbatore, in addition to the several age-old temples, that the history buffs are surely going to love.
4. Victoria Town Hall: The erstwhile center for city municipal meetings
Spread across 3,000 sq feet, the Victoria Town Hall has been a landmark building to the city of Coimbatore. Any list of the top tourist places in Coimbatore is incomplete without the stone-and-lime-mortar building that has been around since 1882. Then built in the honor of Queen Victoria for city municipal meetings and other important gatherings, the heritage building is now a part of the Coimbatore Corporation Administrative Buildings.
Timings: 10 am – 5 pm; Open all days
5. Ancient Industrial Artifacts Museum: Displaying artifacts from Old & New Stone Ages
Stone tools, gigantic burial urns, and other prized collections from the old-stone age and the new-stone age are housed under the Ancient Industrial Artifacts Museum. There are also antiquities – copper bangles, stone heads, coins, jewelry, and shell bangles – excavated from Boluvampatti, Vellalore, and Perur. But the highlight here has to be the stone slab inscription from Udumalpet that lists the rules and regulations to be followed as per the king’s order. Definitely, no history buff would even think of skipping the museum while sightseeing in Coimbatore.
Timings: 10 am – 9 pm; Open all days
Other museums that can be covered in a Coimbatore sightseeing tour: G.D. Naidu Museum of scientific devices & gadgets, Gedee Car Museum, Gass Forest Museum, Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery & Textile museum, and Regional Science Center
III. Fun-filled tourist places in Coimbatore and around
In addition to the religious and the historical places to visit in Coimbatore, there are some other fun-filled places that the city has to offer. While no single Coimbatore sightseeing tour would include them, one can’t ignore the importance of these attractions in the city’s tourism and commerce. Theme parks, clubs, golf academies, stadiums, racing circuits, and even shopping malls; the city has them all. Some of the prominent ones include:
- Shopping malls: Brookefields Mall, Fun Republic Mall, Prozone Mall, Unitea Mall, and TVH Mall
- Centers for sports: Kari Motor Speedway racing circuit, Race Course, Coimbatore Golf Club, Kovai Hills Golf Academy, Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore Cosmopolitan Club, and Coimbatore Flying Club
- Theme parks: Black Thunder water park, Kovai Kondattam amusement park, and Maharaja Theme Park
IV. Coimbatore tourist places for the nature lovers
Yes, the city is full of spectacular man-made marvels. But there are also many tourist places in Coimbatore and around that are heavenly for the nature lovers. Waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and even forest covers – which have now been converted into national parks – can be found within a 100 km radius of the city center. Some of these beautiful places to see in Coimbatore & its vicinity are listed below:
- Waterfalls: Money Falls, Vaideki Falls, Sengupathi Falls, and Siruvani Waterfalls
- Lakes: Valankulam, Krishnam Patti, Singanallur, Seevaga Sinthamani, Perur, Sulur, Ukkadam Periyakulam, and Muthanna
- National parks: Silent Valley National Park and Anamalai National Park
- Rivers: Noyyal river and its canals, tanks, and rivulets
Oh! And did we mention that Coimbatore attractions can be clubbed with some of the destinations covered in your customizable Kerala tour packages? Encouraging, isn’t it?
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