Maruthamalai Temple

Situated approximately 12 km from the Coimbatore Railway Station and about 15 km from the heart of the city, ‘Maruthamalai’, also spelled as ‘Maruthamalai’, is a very scared religious shrine. The temple is believed to be more than 1200 years old.
In the temple is seated the great Lord Subramanya (Muruga). Here, Lord Muruga is called ‘Dhandayuthapani’ – the God of prosperity. It is believed that the Lord Dhandayuthapani had performed many miracles in the past. The Marudhamalai temple is famous for its two festivals Thaipoosam and Thirukarthigai, celebrated in January and February respectively.
The temple, as the name implies, is located at the headlands of the Western Ghats, at the altitude of 500 feet. This hill is named Marudhamalai after the ‘Marutha’ trees found in bounty here. The Marudhamalai hill is famous for its natural cultivation of ayurvedic medicinal herbs.
Special bus service is made available by the Devasthanam for the conveyance of the devotees here. The buses travel between the hill top and the foothills.

Perur Siva Temple

A renowned pilgrim place of Coimbatore, the ‘Perur Shiva Temple’, also called ‘Mel Chidambaram’, is about 6 km west from Coimbatore city. Counted as one of the 7 Kongu Siva temples, this temple is believed to be more than 1000 years old. Situated on the banks of the river Noyyal, this temple was set up by the King Karikala Cholan. Cholas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagara Kings had contributed to building this holy temple. The outer buildings were raised during 17th century by the rulers of Madurai.
The Perur Shiva temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and a Swayambhu Linga’ of Shiva is worshipped here. The god seated in this temple is known by the name of ‘Patteeswaras’. Pachai Nayaki is the companion of the Lord seated beside him.
The most important feature of the temple, which makes it known world wide, is the ‘Kanaka Sabha’. As the name suggests, Kanaka Sabha is a golden hall where a sublime statue of Nataraj, plated in gold is placed. The Lord Nataraja is showering blessings on two of his devotees Sage Gowmuni and Sage Pattimuni.
The grand entrance of the temple is guarded by the sculptures of soldiers. Delicate carvings and exquisite sculptures of the hall and the pillars add to the grandeur of the architecture. The temple is built in Dravidian Style. Pilgrims believe that the mortal remains of human beings turn white stones after 144 years. And so myriads of pilgrims arrive here to pay homage to the Lord Shiva as well as to their ancestors.
The temple is grounded on the banks of the river Noyyal. Other three temples namely ‘Arasambalavanar temple’, ‘Pattivinayaga temple’ and ‘Kailasam temple’ share the same compound with the main ‘Perur Siva Temple’. Two sacred trees Irava Panai (immortal plam) and Pirava Puli (birthless tamarind) stand for years beside these temples.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Situated about 5 km from the main railway station of Coimbatore, the ‘Tamil Nadu Agriculture University’ is honored to be one of the foremost Agriculture Universities and Research Institutes of South Asia. The origins of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University can be traced back to Saidapet in Chennai.
A distinctive feature of this university that appeals the nature lovers and horticulturists, is the famous botanical garden housed here. Rich in its collection of variety plants and tress and noteworthy for its affluent floral breeds, this botanical garden is spread over the vast area of 300 hectares.
Tamil Nadu Agriculture University is acclaimed as the 16th Indian Farm University. This university was officially registered as a University and Research Center on 1st June, 1971.

VOC Park

VOC Park, where fun is personified is the perfect picnic spot for kids. Named after V. O. Chidambaram, the legendary freedom fighter of south, this park is a must visit amusement center in Coimbatore. A classy aquarium, a mini zoo, and a toy train amuse children to no extent. The aquarium is brimming with an exceptional collection of variety fishes of different colors, shapes and sizes. Kids enjoy looking for their Nemo in the aquarium. Every child that enters the park fancies a joy ride in the toy train. The enormous replicas of dinosaurs take us back to the pre historic age. This recreational park is also equipped with swings, sliders, see – saws and other fun games.

Forest College

The Forest College of Coimbatore is one of the oldest educational institutes in India. Situated 3.5 km from the Coimbatore Railway Station, this residential college provides a two year training degree program in forestry. The students who pass out from here get the posting as forest rangers in the forest department of state governments. Later they are promoted as DFO (Divisional Forest Officer) and Conservator.
The museum set up by this college is amongst the major attractions here. Noteworthy for its wide collection of rocks, minerals, pests, insects, snakes, fungus, etc. this museum is both entertaining and educating.

Bhavani Sagar Dam

Constructed after the independence from colonization, the ‘Bhavani Sagar Dam’ is acknowledged as one of the largest earthen dams in India. Approximately 80 km from Coimbatore, this dam is built over Bhavani River. A well maintained garden specially engineered for children is situated just next to the dam. Kids really love spending time in this park. The Bhavani Sagar Dam is about 16 km away from Satyamangalam and 36 km from Mettuppalayam in Tamil Nadu.
The Bhavani village is situated about 121 km from Coimbatore. This is the place where the Cauvery River and the Bhavani River meet. Glorified as the ‘Triveni of South’, Bhavani is a pious pilgrim place. Saluted for the ‘Sangameshwarer temple’ located here, Bhavani was also the central office of Willizim Garrow, a British Collector. Willizim Garrow worshipped Sangameshwar and Vedanayaki.

Ayyappan temple

Located in New Siddhapudur at Sree Ayyappan road in Coimbatore, this temple is regarded as an extremely sacred religious place. This magnanimous temple was constructed by the Sri Dharma Sastha Baktha Jana Sabha in 1976. This Ayyappan Temple is fashioned after the popular Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple. So all the religious ceremonies and practices performed here are absolutely similar to those performed in Sabarimala Temple. The temple is open between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm. Every day both in the morning and in the evening Poojas are performed. And at the time of Ayyappan Season, special Poojas are offered. The temple is very much crowded during the Ayyappan Season.

Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple

Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple is placed at the footings of the famous Velliangiri hills in Coimbatore city. This temple is widely famous both for its mastery in architecture and serenity and tranquility of environment. The atmosphere here is very peaceful, placid and full of positive energy. One can sit here for hours and meditate. This temple provides a comfort and relaxation to the mind and the soul. The calm and pleasing natural surroundings contribute to creating the refreshing effect.
Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple is very much adored and hailed as a foremost religious hub in this area. The hugest mercury Shiva Lingam placed here is an extraordinary feature of this temple. Innumerable names of saints and siddhas who did penance at this center are connected with this temple. Decorated with granite, this temple was constructed with bricks, sand, lime, mud, mortar and herbal additives were the special addition. According to folklore, it took around 2000 years to construct this temple.
The Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple is open from 6 in the morning to 8 in the evening.

The Siruvani falls and dam

About 40 km trip from Coimbatore towards west will reach you to the famous Siruvani Falls and Dam. Siruvani water is the second tastiest water in the world. Situated in the Anamalai ranges of Western Ghats, Siruvani Falls and Dam is the major source of water for entire Coimbatore district. This dam is interlinked with Parambikulam, Aliyar, Sholiyar, Nirar, Palar, Thekadi and Thunakadavu rivers through canals and tunnels for the power generation and irrigation purposes. Blessed with panoramic and picaresque natural surroundings and profusion of water, this dam is one of the best examples of master engineering.

Velliangiri Hill Temple

Situated just 40 km from the city, the Vellingiri Hill Temple is one of the most sought after pilgrim destinations. This Shiva temple is situated at the elevation of 6000 feet above sea level. Apart from the religious importance of this place, Velliangiri Hills are most noteworthy for their rich natural resources. Rare herbs used for medication grow in the jungle covering these hills. The beautiful view of the lush greenery appeals the adventure seekers to climb all the way up to the temple on foot which involves both venture and devotion.

Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple

You cannot call it a trip unless you have visited the Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple of Coimbatore. Renowned for its spiritual and miraculous qualities, this temple attracts both devotees and curious travelers. The temple is extremely popular for the natural water flow that is continuously oozing through out the year. Also known as Chinna Thadagam, the Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple is not easy to reach. More than 100 steps must be climbed before you alight at the doors of the Lord Subramania. There is no alternative way to reach the temple and the path is not motorable. But the devotees don’t feel it difficult to climb the hill as they are full of faith. It is believed that the God seated in this temple fulfills all your wishes. Lalithambikai temple is situated at the footing of the same hill and one can visit both the temples same day. Wild elephants are frequently sighted here and it is not advisable to visit the Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple after evening.

Eachanari Vinayagar Temple

Reckoned as a very important pilgrimage, the Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is amongst the oldest and ancient religious shrines of Coimbatore. Constructed in 1500 AD, this temple is devoted to the Lord Vinayagar. The idol of Lord Vinayagar is about 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The ‘Moolavar’ of this temple was originally designed for the famous Perur temple. But when it was being brought from Madurai, at this place the Moolavar got spanked. So it was not taken to Perur Temple but kept at the same spot. Thus Lord Vinayagar made Eachanari his abode and Eachanari became a sacred pilgrim place. The latest ‘Kumbabishekam’ of Eachanari temple was organized in the year 1990.

Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Approximately 90 km away from Coimbatore, Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated near Pollachi in Anamalai ranges of Western Ghats. This wildlife sanctuary is named after Indira Gandhi, the first and only as yet Lady Prime Minister of India. Perched at the elevation of 1400 meters above the sea level and spread over the area of 958 sq. km., this sanctuary shelters a wide range of exotic species of birds and animals.
Animals sighted in this protected area include tiger, elephant, panther, gaur, deer, sloth bear, wild bear, jackal, wild dog, pangolin, porcupine, civet cat, flying squirrel and many others. Birds like re-whiskered bulbul, rocket-tailed drongo, black-headed oriole, spotted dove, tree pie, green pigeon and many more are housed here. Birds and animals dwell happily in this natural habitat.
The Amaravathy reservoir of Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for crocodiles. Extravagance of nature can be seen in the beautiful Anaikunthi shoal, Karainshola, grass hills, teak forests, groves, reservoirs and waterfalls that decorate the sanctuary. The best time to pay a visit to Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is from May to June and October to February.
From ‘Topslip’, the tourists can get a ticket booked for an elephant ride or a van safari through the sanctuary. From Coimbatore you will have to take a bus to Pollachi. And from Pollachi there are sanctuary buses or rental vans available. The tourists are recommended to wear dull colored clothes that will serve as a camouflage in the wild.

Thirumoorthi Dam

Adjoining the Thirumoorthi Hills, Thirumoorthi Dam is located 20 km from Udumalpet on Coimbatore – Palani highway. Acclaimed for the scenic beauty of its natural surroundings, Thirumoorthi Dam is an outstanding example of master engineering. Thirumoorthi Dam along with Siruvani Dam provides water supply to Coimbatore district. Apart from that it also serves irrigation purposes and generates electricity.
Just next to the dam is situated the famous Thirumoorthi temple. A natural stream flowing from here and cascading waterfalls add to the glory of this place.

Avanashi Temple

About 40 km from Coimbatore, Avanashi is a most important pilgrim destination of entire Coimbatore district. Also known as Banaras of the South, Avanashi is celebrated for the Avanashilingeswarar temple, the biggest temple of Coimbatore. This temple was set up by the Kings of Chola dynasty in 12th century. The sculptures and carvings of this temple are minutely engraved and gracefully shaped.