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Coimbatore is synonymous with temples and waterfalls. Some of the popular attractions are Monkey Falls, Siruvani Falls, Marudhamalai temple, Amaravathi Dam, Adiyogi Shiva statue among others. The city is dotted with a large number of Hindu temples and also surrounded by a good number of gardens and museums. While GD Naidu Museum features an eclectic range of automobiles, the Gass Forest museum boasts of over 8000 exhibits that includes a 456-year-old cross section of a teak tree , timber library, samples of rock, minerals and soil formation from all over the world and more. This government run natural history museum is one of the popular sightseeing locations in Coimbatore.
The textile capital of South India, Coimbatore city is the main shopping centre for for textiles and one can find a wide range of South Indian sarees like the Kanchipuram silk, Mysore silk etc. The city is dotted with many shops and the popular haunt among shopaholics here is the Town Hall Area, located near to the Coimbatore railway station. The streets in and around the area such as Oppanakara Street, Raja Street and Big Bazaar Street are good to buy sarees, jewels and accessories. Some of the other shopping areas in and around the city are Sukravar Pettai street, 100 Feet Road, Gandhipuram and RS Puram.
A culinary tour to the city’s restaurants and popular food joints will help you discover the local delicacies and some seriously, lip-smacking southern delicacies. Some of the popular restaurants that can be included in a food tour are Kannanan restaurant, Central Mess, Nanjai, Sri Mookambika Mess, Abitha Biryani Hotel, Chettinad Anandas and HMR. For some wholesome and cheap best, head over to Gandhipuram where you can find umpteen number of eateries. To savour the idlis with a twist, visit the DMF restaurant located at Thiruvalluvar Nagar, near Alwarnia School, Ramanathapuram. The hotel staff here serve Chicken tikka idli, egg idli, mutton curry dosa, and chinthamani dosai among other unique dishes.
It takes more than a day to explore the temples and religious attractions in Coimbatore as there are plenty of them. The most popular are undoubtedly, the Sree Ayyappa temple, Sri Jayamangala Anjaneyar Thirukoil and Arulmigu Chokkalingeshwar Aalayam. The Ayyappa temple built in the 19th century gets crowded during festivals and tourists from different parts of country visit. This temple is open from 5 in the evening till 9 pm. Sri Jayamangala Anjaneyar Thirukoil is considered as one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu and of the country as well. Marudhamalai hill temple is another popular pilgrimage spot in Coimbatore and worth seeing.
The wide roads surrounded by Western Ghats make Coimbatore a perfect choice among cyclists. Cycling tours are one of the best method to explore the streets and tourist attractions such as Velliangiri mountain, Maruthamalai temple and more. Kovaipudur , a large township at the foothills of the Western Ghats is a great place to go for cycling, owing to its cool and serene ambience. Often known as the Little Ooty, Kovaipudur is a home to Perumal temple, Nagapillayar, Kasi Visalakshi, Sundara Vinayagar, Sri Gopalaswamy, Sri Ragavendraswamy and Lord Ayyappa temple. A cycling tour from Coimbatore to Dindigul via Oddanchatram - Dharapuram Road is highly recommended and a popular cycling option among tourists.
The historic Town Hall is considered to be one of the popular heritage spots in Coimbatore. Built in 1882 in honour of Queen Victoria, the heritage structure has been constructed with stone and lime mortar. Now a part of the Coimbatore Corporation Administrative Buildings, the building features a high ceiling, panelled shutters for the windows and Mangalore tiles for the roofing. Gass Museum maintained by the Tamil Nadu Forest department is another iconic heritage structure. Established during the English period, the museum houses old collection of materials used by tribals and their traditional hunting objects. Another place worthy of including under heritage tour in Coimbatore is an 18th century colonial building that can found along Valankulam, off Tiruchi Road.
A three-hour drive from Coimbatore will land you in one of the most serene and lush tea valleys of South India - Anamala or Anaimalai Hills. Also known as the Elephant Hills, the place spans the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The lower slopes of the hills house a collection of wonderful coffee and tea plantations. The dense monsoon forests including rosewood, sandalwood, teak, and sago palms in and around the region aids in the growth of coffee and tea plantations. Another popular tourist attraction among tea lovers is Coonoor which is about two-hour drive from the city. Coonoor is excellent place to explore the tea plantations and the exotic Nilgiri tea.
Acres of greenery filled with varied species of flora and fauna at Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park makes it an ideal destination among travellers to camp over. There are many resorts and accommodations in and around the place that offer an array of camping options. The park located at Thuvaipathy village has a 250-seater covered amphitheatre in which they show films, a cafe that offers tea and snacks and two hiking trails. One can also pitch tents and camp over along Bharathapuzha River side that is located close to the park. Anaikatti Hills is another great location for camping and relishing the nature views.
The rich heritage, lush greenery and umpteen number of tourist destinations at Coimbatore lures a number of corporates and holiday tourists every year. The most popular destinations ideal for corporate outing includes Dutch Palace, Rajamalai National Park, Town Hall and Velliangiri mountain. For a fun filled holiday, visiting Black Thunder, a water theme park is the best option. Strengthen your bond with team colleagues by taking part in the fun rides at the water park situated at the foot of Nilgiris near Mettupalayam. Monkey Falls, a natural waterfall leaves the team refreshed and a great place to unwind. One can consider trekking at the falls under the guidance of guided treks available during favourable season.
Experience an adventurous and enthralling wildlife tour by visiting Anamalai Tiger Reserve. A protected area, the safaris inside the reserve is sure to leave tourists spell-bounded. Spot the threatened and rare wildlife species such as the endangered Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, Asiatic wild dog, Nilgiri tahr and Lion-tailed macaque along with bird species. Besides tiger safari, one can watch elephants and get close with the four-legged creatures during an elephant safari. One can stay at the accommodation provided by the Tamil Nadu forest department. The accommodation options include treetop, bamboo hut, Chital house, Bison house and more.
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