Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River and surrounded by the Western Ghats, lies the city of Coimbatore, the second largest city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Well known for its cotton and textile industry, it has also evolved as a major tourist destination for thousands of travellers, owing to a wide array of experiences it promises. What’s more, it is accessible by road, rail and air. So, if you are thinking of heading on a vacation, make sure to include in your plans, this amazing place.
We have compiled a list of the five best places you can visit in and around Coimbatore, so you don’t miss out on any of the delightful pleasures this city has to offer, making your holiday a memorable one.
A visual treat for history lovers and a spiritual satisfaction for devotees, the Perur Pateeswarar Temple gives you a glimpse of this land’s glorious past. Built by the ancient Chola kings, this centuries old structure is dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, known as “Patteeswarar”. It stands as a living testimony to the architectural splendour and expertise of the ancient Tamilians. The temple features a golden Nataraja statue, which depicts Lord Shiva in the dancing pose. It also has a shrine at the place where Lord Shiva is thought to have performed his Tandava. Located in the neighbourhood of Perur, it is a must visit.
James Bond films are famous for the cars they showcase and so is this museum located on Avinashi Road. Set up in 2015, by the son of an industrialist cum motor enthusiast, as a tribute to his father, the Gedee Car Museum houses a wide collection of vintage cars. It showcases the evolution of cars, with accompanying information on the evolving technologies and the men behind them. It also undertakes car restoration work which involves reinstating a degraded car back to its original condition. One would not find too many places like these in this country. A motor enthusiast’s fantasy, this museum will appeal to anyone looking for a unique and inspiring experience.
Located at just over 100 KMs from the city of Coimbatore, the Anamalai Tiger Reserve is a welcome escape for having some adventure in the jungle. Once here, you can expect a rendezvous with macaques, spotted deer, leopards, and of course, the tigers. That is not all. Field Trips, Bird Watching, and Elephant rides are some other fun things one can indulge in. The reserve also has lodging facilities. And if you decide on an overnight stay, there’s no better place to sleep in the nature’s lap, than here. This wildlife adventure is one mesmerizing experience, you will never forget.
If you are looking for a fun filled day, then the Aliyar Dam Park is the ideal place to be. Located at a distance of around 65 KMs from Coimbatore, it houses a garden, a mini theme park, an aquarium and a play area. It is hugely popular as a picnic spot owing to its picturesque surroundings. One can also enjoy boat rides in the reservoir. With the Anamalai mountain range and the Anamalai tiger reserve in close proximity, there is an air of peace and tranquillity in the environment. Aliyar Dam Park is a perfect location for anyone wanting to have fun as well as enjoy nature’s serenity at the same time.
Do you know where is the largest bust sculpture in the world located, as per the Guinness World Records? Yeah, you guessed it right. It’s in Coimbatore. Completed in 2017, the statue of the Hindu God, Lord Shiva, rises to a height of 112 Ft. and is located at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains near Coimbatore. It was designed by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It is believed that Lord Shiva was the originator of Yoga and hence the name Adiyogi, which means, the first yogi. Casted in steel, this statue is an imposing presence. This monument merits a visit to witness the sheer amount of architectural effort that went into its construction.
Now that we have told you where you need to go, it’s time to pack your bags and begin your journey. Bon Voyage!!
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