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One of the most industrialised cities in the state, Coimbatore, is known as the textile capital of South India or the Manchester of the South. The headquarters of the Nilgiri region, the city is located in the shadow of the Western ghats. It enjoys a pleasant climate the year round, aided by the fresh breeze that flows in through the Palakkad gap, The centre of textile manufacturing in the state, Coimbatore is primarily a business centre with a strong economy.

History : Kuttralam - a famous waterfall, Coimbatore Travel GuideCoimbatore existed even prior to the 2nd century AD, as a small tribal village capital, called Kongunad, until it was brought under Chola control in the 2nd or 3rd century AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. Among its other great rulers were the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara kings. When Kongunad fell to the British along with the rest of the state, it was renamed as Coimbatore except in Tamil, in which it is called Kovai. How to Reach
Air, rail and road connect Coimbatore and serves as an entry and exit point to the hill station of Udagamandalam (Ooty). By air, Coimbatore has an airport and is on the international circuit connecting it to Sharjah. On the domestic front, it is connected to Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and other important cities. By rail, Coimbatore is well connected to Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Trivandrum and other cities. It is well connected to all the important cities and places of interest by road. There are regular services to Trichur, Cochin, Mysore, Tirupati and other places in the state and around

Places to See :

Perur Temple : Located 7 kms from Coimbatore Railway Station, this Temple was constructed by Karikal Cholan, over 1500 years ago. There are shrines to the presiding deity Patteeswarar and his consort Pachainayaki and some elegantly carved sculptures in the Kanagasabai hall. Every year In March devotees flock to this temple in hundreds during the Panguni Uthiram festival.

Marudhamalai Temple : Dedicated to Lord Subramanya, this hilltop temple is one of the most visited temples in the region. It is believed that the residing deity Dandayuthapani has performed several miracles here. Thai Poosam and Tirukarthigai festivals are celebrated with great pomp and gaiety at this temple. Marudhamalai is located 12 kms from the Railway Station.

Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary : Tiger, Annamalai Wildlife SanctuaryThis Sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the Western Ghats near Pollachi (about 90 kms. from Coimbatore). The area of the sanctuary is 958 sq. kms. It has various kinds of fauna like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel, jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket-tailed drongo, re-whiskered bulbul, black headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, green pigeon, etc. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Anamalais has a large number of crocodiles. There are also many places of scenic beauty such as Karainshola, Anaikunthi shola, grass hills, waterfalls, groves, teak forests, estates, dams and reservoirs. Close to it is Valparai, in the Western ghats of the Anamalai range, with tea plantations and a picnic spot.

Black Thunder : A water theme park named "Black Thunder" is located about 8 kms. from Mettupalayam - Ooty Ghat Road at the foot hills of Nilgiris. It is a fine amusement park and said to be Asias No 1 theme park. Numerous tourists visit this place.

Udhagamandalam (Ooty) : The queen of hill stations, Udhagamandalam (Ooty) is in the Nilgiri mountain ranges in Tamilnadu. At a height of 2,268 metres, Ooty is known for its salubrious climate and scenic beauty. It is a delightful place for the people down south to escape from the oppressive heat and for the people of North India to avoid the cold in winters.

Palani : The temple of Lord Muruga is located on the Palani Hills. The presiding deity is Dandayuthapani. The idol is made of medicinal herbs, it is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga and one of the major Pilgrim centres is South India next only to Thirupathi. An electrically operated winch takes the pilgrims to the top. It is 105 kms. from Coimbatore.

THE SANGAMESHWARAR TEMPLE - Situated at the confluence of the rivers Bhavani and the Cauvery, The Sangameshwarar temple is called as the Tiruveni of South India. An important pilgrim centre, Lord Sangameshwar with his consort Vedanayaki is the presiding deity.

THE SIRUVANI WATERFALLS & DAM - Located at a distance of 37 kms west of the city, the Siruvani waterfalls and the dam command a panoramic view of the area. On the other end, the panoramic view of the dam and the falls are of enchanting beauty.

THIRUMOORTHY TEMPLE - It is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy Hills, adjoining the Thirumoorthy Dam. This is about 20 kms. from Udumalpet on the highway from Palani to Coimbatore. A perennial stream flows by the side of the Sri Amalingeswarar temple with a waterfalls nearby.

THIRUPPUR - An important textile Centre in Coimbatore district, it is also famous for hosiery products. Thiruppur is also closely associated with Thiruppur Kumaran one of the valiant freedom fighters. It is 50 kms from Coimbatore.

FOREST COLLEGE - One of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country, the Forest College is situated 3.5 kms north of the Railway Station. The College Museum is worth a visit.

PARAMBIKULAM - ALIYAR MULTIPURPOSE PROJECT - This project consists of a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals for harnessing waters of the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Thekkadi and Palar rivers, lying at various elevations, for irrigation and power generation. View of Ooty, Coimbatore Travel GuideUDHAMANDALAM (OOTY) - The queen of hill stations, Udagamandalam (Ooty) is in the Nilgiri mountain ranges in Tamilnadu. At a height of 2,268 meters, Ooty is known for its salubrious climate and scenic beauty. It is a delightful place for the people down south to escape from the heat.

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