Coimbatore Travel Guide

 


places to visit

The city has several major temples: Marudamalai, Perur, Annur, Sidhapudur Ayyappan Kovvil, Karamadai, Kooniamman Temple, Bathrakali Amman Kovil and Arulmigu Vazhai Thottathu Ayyan Temple,Thandu mariamman kovil.


Marudamalai



The word "Marudhachalapathy" or "Maruthamalai Andavar" means Master of Hills, abounding in Marudha trees. The name has also a legendary origin. A Siddha, overcome by excessive thirst and tiredness, sought shelter under the shade of a Marudha tree and prayed to the mercy of the Lord Muruga for a shower of water, which sprang at once as though by a miracle from beneath the tree. As water gushed out from the roots of the marudha tree, the Siddha leaped in joy, glorifying Muruga as the Lord of "Marudha" and "Jalam" (water) with the passage of time, "Marudhajalapathi" became "Marudhachalapathy".

According to the epic, while sitting under a marudha tree, a saint prayed to God for help quenching his thirst and exhaustion. Soon he noticed water springing from beneath the tree. Overwhelmed, he pronounced Lord Muruga as the Lord of Marudhajalapathi. In due course it became 'Marudamalai'. History has it that Pambatti Siddhar, was originally a snake charmer and was initiated into the world of philosophy by a Siddhar by name Sattai munivar. Pambatti Siddhar is said to have performed several miracles, and written extensively on herbal medicine. His songs are addressed to snakes.

Location of the temple: Sri Subramanyasami temple is located at Marudamalai, 13 km North - West of Coimbatore, Industrial city of Tamil Nadu, India.

Perur

The Garbagraha of this temple was built by Karikala Chola in the early Hindu era. It is a Shiva shrine with a Swayambumoorthy.

The Sthalapuranam (local folklore) states that when the calf of divine cow Kamadhenu was playing in the forest of arasu trees, its' legs plunged into a hard object from which blood gushed out. It was discovered that the object was nothing but a sacred Siva Lingam. This led a temple to be built here. It was built over the Moolasthanam and worshipped by the Saivaites. The place became a Vaipu Sthalam in Saivalore. It is one of the few temples in Kongunadu which figures in the Devaram by Saint Appar and Saint Sundarar. The temple is located in Perur, 6 km from Coimbatore on the Siruvani main road, on the banks of the Noyyal river.

Lord Nataraja and His Natya Sabha is worth seeing here. The statues in this mantapam are very beautiful.The veins of the dancers in the statues can be seen. Nataraja's festival, Arudhra Dharsanam, is one of the important festivals celebrated here. It occurs on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Marghazhi (Dec-Jan).

Sri Santhalinga Mutt, also known as Arulmigu Santhalingar Thirumadam, is one of the ancient Virasaiva mutts established by Sri Santhalinga Swamigal. The mutt now provides quality education, religious services and services to the poor and needy. It has done yeoman service for development of Tamil and use of Tamil in temple worship.

Annur

The Manneswara Temple is located here. This Temple of Shiva was built by a Chera King around 1000 years ago. It is believed that a hunter was digging the roots of a tapiaco tree to pull it down. He was surprised to see blood gushing out of the root. He later found a 'Lingam' beneath the tree. On hearing this, the King built a temple here. The uniqueness of this temple is that it faces was 'Markandeya', a staunch devotee worshipped the 'Linga' enshrined here, it is believed. And this Linga is 'Suyambu Linga' that means natural one.

Karamadai

Dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, this is the second oldest temple in Coimbatore. It was built by the Vijayanagara Kings. The Temple attracts a large concourse of people from throughout the land.The famous Ranganathar temple in karamadai is an easy destination for the people of Coimbatore, Tirupur, Annur, Ooty, Metupalayam etc.

The 'Thottiyars' clan of people lived at Karamadai. A cow of one of the thottiars failed to yield milk all of a sudden. He found out that the cow was shedding milk at a bush. Enraged, he started to cut it and heard an exploding sound and saw blood gushing from inside. On hearing this, the other people in the village came there and found a 'Suyambu Lingam' inside the bush. The same night God appeared in the dream of him and asked him to adorn the 'Lingam' with 'Chandana Kaapu'.and it is very near to periyanayakkan palayam.

Vellalore

Vellalore Has old and big temples such as Theneeswarar temple , Thiru Karavaratharaja perumal temple , Periya vinayagar temple e.t.c.This is the second largest Village in India.

Vana Bathrakali Amman Koil (Kali Temple)

This is one of the oldest temples in Coimbatore. It is on the banks of the Bhavani River. The goddess' name is "Vana Bhadrakali Amman".

This temple attracts lot of devotes on newmoon days (amavasayai). Thousands of devotees gather here during these days.

 

 

get there and around

Air

The city has an airport (Coimbatore Airport) at Peelamedu (11 km from the city) and an air-force base at Sulur (15 km). The Coimbatore airport caters to domestic flights to all the major Indian cities and international flights to Sharjah and Singapore. The Extended Runway is now ready at Coimbatore airport. It now runs to 9,760 feet (2,970 m) and is capable of handling wide-bodied and “fat-bellied” aircraft, such as are used for international flights. With the extended runway, airlines can operate aircraft types such as 747 SP, A 330, 747-300B, 747-300 ER, 747-400 and 747-200.

Rail

Trains first began serving Coimbatore in 1872, upon construction of the Podanur (Coimbatore South) -Madras line connecting Kerala and the west coast with the rest of India[citation needed]. Broad gauge trains connect Coimbatore to all parts of India and Tamil Nadu. Meter gauge line existed between Podanur and Dindigul got closed on May 2009 and is under gauge conversion. The Coimbatore Junction is well connected to major Indian cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, New Delhi and Mumbai, besides the neighbouring State of Kerala. It is second highest revenue yielding station in the Southern Railway division of Indian Railways The Coimbatore Junction comes under the Jurisdiction of the Salem Division and contributes 42.17% of its divisional income. The facilities and projects however, have to be improved. Coimbatore North Junction is another important railway junction in the city.


Road



The city has six major arterial roads and three National Highways,

* NH-47 (cochin–Salem),
* NH-67 (Mysore–Nagappattinam) and
* NH 209 (Bangalore–Dindigul)

A new bypass highway built by Larsen and Toubro completed in 1998 has helped reduce truck traffic in the city.

Coimbatore has major bus stands. They are:

* Gandhipuram Bus Stand (Buses going to Erode, Tirupur, Namakkal ,Dharapuram, Mettupalayam, Ooty, Salem, Bangalore, Chennai and other distant places)
* Singanallur Bus Stand (Buses going to Madurai, Rajapalayam, Karur, Trichirapalli, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam and nearby towns)
* Town Bus Stand (Local Buses)
* Thiruvalluvar Bus Stand, Gandhipuram (SETC, Karnataka State RTC Buses, Kerala State RTC Buses and Pondicherry State Buses)
* Ukkadam Bus Stand (Buses to Palakkad, Pollachi, Udumalpet, Palani, Dindigul, Kodaikanal and other nearby places)
* Omni Bus Stand in Sathy Road, Gandhipuram (Luxury Buses to Bangalore, Chennai and Prominent Overnight Locations in Tamilnadu and Kerala)
* Mettupalayam Road Bustand - Under construction (being constructed by Bhuvana Constructions Limited, Coimbatore)

The city has a very high vehicle-to-population ratio. Town buses started operations in 1921. Town bus services serve most parts of the city, as well as other towns and villages in the district. Buses also connect the district with all towns in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, South and West Karnataka, Pondicherry and Tirupathi (Andhra Pradesh). The number of mofussil routes operated by Coimbatore division is 119 with a fleet of 500 buses. The number of town buses in the city is around 800 in 228 different routes. The city is also served by auto rickshaws. However, rickshaw drivers have had a reputation for fleecing passengers, resulting in competition from call taxis.




 

get there and around


Transport


Air

The city has an airport (Coimbatore Airport) at Peelamedu (11 km from the city) and an air-force base at Sulur (15 km). The Coimbatore airport caters to domestic flights to all the major Indian cities and international flights to Dubai, Muscat, Sharjah, Singapore and Colombo. The Extended Runway is now ready at Coimbatore airport. It now runs to 9,760 feet (2,970 m) and is capable of handling wide-bodied and “fat-bellied” aircraft, such as are used for international flights. With the extended runway, airlines can operate aircraft types such as 747 SP, A 330, 747-300B, 747-300 ER, 747-400 and 747-200.[11]


Rail

Trains first began serving Coimbatore in 1872, upon construction of the Podanur (Coimbatore South) -Madras line connecting Kerala and the west coast with the rest of India[citation needed]. Broad gauge trains connect Coimbatore to all parts of India and Tamil Nadu. Meter gauge line existed between Podanur and Dindigul got closed on May 2009 and is under gauge conversion. The Coimbatore Junction is well connected to major Indian cities like Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai, besides the neighbouring State of Kerala. It is second highest revenue yielding station in the Southern Railway division of Indian Railways The Coimbatore Junction comes under the Jurisdiction of the salem Division and contributes 42.17% of its divisional income. The facilities and projects however, have to be improved. Coimbatore North Junction is another important railway junction in the city.



Road
Main thoroughfare in Coimbatore

The city has six major arterial roads and three National Highways,

* NH-47 (Kanyakumari–Salem),
* NH-67 (Mysore–Nagappattinam) and
* NH 209 (Bangalore–Dindigul)

A new bypass highway built by Larsen and Toubro completed in 1998 has helped reduce truck traffic in the city.

Coimbatore has 6 major bus stands. They are:

* Gandhipuram Bus Stand (Buses going to Erode, Tirupur, Mettupalayam, Ooty, Salem, Bangalore, Chennai and other distant places)
* Singanallur Bus Stand (Buses going to Madurai, Trichirapalli, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam and nearby towns)
* Town Bus Stand (Local Buses)
* Thiruvalluvar Bus Stand, Gandhipuram (SETC, Karnataka State RTC Buses, Kerala State RTC Buses and Pondicherry State Buses)
* Ukkadam Bus Stand (Buses to Palakkad, Pollachi, Udumalpet, Palani, Dindigul, Kodaikanal and other nearby places)
* Mettupalayam Road Bustand - Under construction (being constructed by Bhuvana Constructions Limited,[12] Coimbatore)

The city has a very high vehicle-to-population ratio. Town buses started operations in 1921. Town bus services serve most parts of the city, as well as other towns and villages in the district. Buses also connect the district with all towns in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, South and West Karnataka, Pondicherry and Tirupathi (Andhra Pradesh). The number of mofussil routes operated by Coimbatore division is 119 with a fleet of 500 buses.[13] The number of town buses in the city is around 800 in 228 different routes.[14] The city is also served by auto rickshaws. However, rickshaw drivers have had a reputation for fleecing passengers, resulting in competition from call taxis.

 

 

History

Information about the origins of Coimbatore is scarce. During the early period it was inhabited by only Irulas - forest dwellers. A second Chola empire arose in the mid-9th century, and gained the territory encompassing Coimbatore. They established a planned layout, with the Koniamman temple in the center. It is also found that in early days this area was ruled by tribals, Kosars tribe being the prominent one among them. They had their headquarters at Kosampathur, which probably later became the present Coimbatore.
The Sugarcane Breeding Institute at Coimbatore, 1927

Coimbatore was also the trading zone for the early visitng Romans[citation needed]. Vellalore near coimbatore is a trading hub. By the early 14th century, the region was ruled by the Muslim rulers of Madurai under the Delhi Sultanate[citation needed]. The Muslim rule in Madurai was ended in the late 14th century by the newly formed Vijayanagara Empire. The Vijayanagara reign brought new settlers from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. In the 1550s, the military governors (Telugu -speaking Nayakars) of the Vijaynagara Empire took control of Madurai, with Coimbatore belonging to their territory. After the downfall of Vijayanagara Empire, the Madurai Nayaks established their state as an independent kingdom, with other Vijayanagar offshoots forming new kingdoms in Vellore, Tanjore, Gingee, Chandragiri and Mysore. The Nayaks introduced the Palayakkarars, who were military governors of their respective regions. By the 1700s, frequent fighting between Madurai and Mysore forces in the Coimbatore region resulted in the region being ruled by Mysore. At this time Coimbatore was still a village of around 3000 people.

In the 1760s, the Mysore throne was usurped in a coup by General Hyder Ali. Ali was hostile to the British, who were gaining a foothold in the area with the help of Arcot Nawab. A series of wars between the British and the Mysore forces continued till Tipu Sultan's death in 1799, when the Mysore throne was handed over to the earlier Mysore rulers. At that time the British annexed the Coimbatore region into the Madras Presidency. When Hyder Ali acquired Coimbatore, the population was around 3000. The village dwindled to 1500 by Tipu's death.

Coimbatore played a prominent role in the Second Poligar War against the British in 1801, when the first attack was done against the British Columns stationed in Coimbatore by the legendary Kongu Chieftain Dheeran Chinnamalai, one of the most famous Palayakkarar of Tamilnadu along with some Malabar and Mysore allied forces.

In 1804 Coimbatore was established as a capital for the newly formed Coimbatore district and in 1848, it was accorded the municipality status. Sir Robert Stanes, a British entrepreneur and philanthropist, became the first Chairman of the Coimbatore City Council and also founded the Stanes School in 1862, a major higher secondary school that is still a prominent educational institute of the district.

In 1981 Coimbatore became a corporation with annexation of the Singanallur municipality. The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University is located in Coimbatore. In 2005, the University celebrated its centenary with the opening of the Research Institute building



places to visit


Cityscape
Parks

Coimbatore City has a lot of parks.
VOC Park
The entrance of VOC Park in Coimbatore.
A water fountain in VOC Park.
Birds in the Zoo in VOC Park.

Named after the famous freedom fighter V.O.Chidambaram, the VOC Park is an interesting place to visit in Coimbatore City, especially if you are accompanied by kids. For the young ones, the main attractions within the park include a roller stakes training ground, mini zoo and a toy train for joyrides.
Agricultural University Park

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural university houses a botanical garden. It is located towards the west of the city centre and is spread over an area of 300 hectares. The garden has a good collection of different species of flowering plants and trees.
[edit] Race Course Childrens Park

This is an oval shaped park with lots of tress and flowers.
Lakes

Coimbatore City has many lakes. The prominent among them are:
Singanallur Lake
Kuruchi Lake
Valankulam Lake
Krishnampathy Lake

Temples

he city has several major temples: Marudamalai, Perur, Annur, Sidhapudur Ayyappan Kovvil, Karamadai, Kooniamman Temple, Bathrakali Amman Kovil and Arulmigu Vazhai Thottathu Ayyan Temple.

Marudamalai Temple

The word "Marudhachalapathy" or "Maruthamalai Andavar" means Master of Hills, abounding in Marudha trees. The name has also a legendary origin. A Siddha, overcome by excessive thirst and tiredness, sought shelter under the shade of a Marudha tree and prayed to the mercy of the Lord Muruga for a shower of water, which sprang at once as though by a miracle from beneath the tree. As water gushed out from the roots of the marudha tree, the Siddha leaped in joy, glorifying Muruga as the Lord of "Marudha" and "Jalam" (water) with the passage of time, "Marudhajalapathi" became "Marudhachalapathy".

According to the epic, while sitting under a marudha tree, a saint prayed to God for help quenching his thirst and exhaustion. Soon he noticed water springing from beneath the tree. Overwhelmed, he pronounced Lord Muruga as the Lord of Marudhajalapathi. In due course it became 'Marudamalai'. History has it that Pambatti Siddhar, was originally a snake charmer and was initiated into the world of philosophy by a Siddhar by name Sattai munivar. Pambatti Siddhar is said to have performed several miracles, and written extensively on herbal medicine. His songs are addressed to snakes.

Location of the temple: Sri Subramanyasami temple is located at Marudamalai, 13 km North - West of Coimbatore, Industrial city of Tamil Nadu, India.

Perur temple

The Garbagraha of this temple was built by Karikala Chola in the early Hindu era. It is a Shiva shrine with a Swayambumoorthy.

The Sthalapuranam (local folklore) states that when the calf of divine cow Kamadhenu was playing in the forest of arasu trees, its' legs plunged into a hard object from which blood gushed out. It was discovered that the object was nothing but a sacred Siva Lingam. This led a temple to be built here. It was built over the Moolasthanam and worshipped by the Saivaites. The place became a Vaipu Sthalam in Saivalore. It is one of the few temples in Kongunadu which figures in the Devaram by Saint Appar and Saint Sundarar. The temple is located in Perur, 6 km from Coimbatore on the Siruvani main road, on the banks of the Noyyal river.

Lord Nataraja and His Natya Sabha is worth seeing here. The statues in this mantapam are very beautiful.The veins of the dancers in the statues can be seen. Nataraja's festival, Arudhra Dharsanam, is one of the important festivals celebrated here. It occurs on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Marghazhi (Dec-Jan).

Sri Santhalinga Mutt, also known as Arulmigu Santhalingar Thirumadam, is one of the ancient Virasaiva mutts established by Sri Santhalinga Swamigal. The mutt now provides quality education, religious services and services to the poor and needy. It has done yeoman service for development of Tamil and use of Tamil in temple worship.


Annur temple

The Manneswara Temple is located here. This Temple of Shiva was built by a Chera King around 1000 years ago. It is believed that a hunter was digging the roots of a tapiaco tree to pull it down. He was surprised to see blood gushing out of the root. He later found a 'Lingam' beneath the tree. On hearing this, the King built a temple here. The uniqueness of this temple is that it faces was 'Markandeya', a staunch devotee worshipped the 'Linga' enshrined here, it is believed. And this Linga is 'Suyambu Linga' that means natural one.


Karamadai

Dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, this is the second oldest temple in Coimbatore. It was built by the Vijayanagara Kings. The Temple attracts a large concourse of people from throughout the land.The famous Ranganathar temple in karamadai is an easy destination for the people of Coimbatore, Tirupur, Annur, Ooty, Metupalayam etc.

The 'Thottiyars' clan of people lived at Karamadai. A cow of one of the thottiars failed to yield milk all of a sudden. He found out that the cow was shedding milk at a bush. Enraged, he started to cut it and heard an exploding sound and saw blood gushing from inside. On hearing this, the other people in the village came there and found a 'Suyambu Lingam' inside the bush. The same night God appeared in the dream of him and asked him to adorn the 'Lingam' with 'Chandana Kaapu'.and it is very near to periyanayakkan palayam.


Bathra Kali Amman Koil (Thekkampatti)

This is one of the oldest temples in Coimbatore. It is on the banks of the Bhavani River. The goddess' name is "Vanabhadra Kaliamman".This temple attracts large crowds and also it is a very good picnic spot.It is very famous in pournami days.thousnds of devotees gathering during the days.