Coimbatore City (Kovai in Tamil language) is one of the top 10 fastest growing cities of India. Coimbatore is the district capital. It is situated on the banks of river Noyal, a tributary of river Cauvery. There are more than 25,000 small, medium, large scale industries and textile mills.Coimbatore has six taluks namely Coimbatore(North), Coimbatore(South), Mettupalayam, Sulur, Pollachi and Valparai and two revenue divisions of Coimbatore and Pollachi.
Coimbatore is famous for Universities, Engineering Colleges, Medical, Textiles-Yarn, Knitted Garments, Handlooms, Textile Machinery, Motors, Pumps, Industrial goods, Cotton, Tea, and Software. The shopping malls like Brookefields and Fun Republic are popping up in Coimbatore.Existence of Coimbatore can be traced back to 2nd Century AD as a small tribal village capital called Kongunad.
Marudamalai Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan or Kartikeya and is situated atop a hill of the same name. The hills are a part of the Western Ghats and the surroundings are picturesque to look at. The Temple complex is built in a unique Dravidian style which is 1200 years old and its colorful gopuram is amazing to look at. It is also considered that the hills are a home to various types of medicinal herbs.
Lord Vinayagar or Ganesh is the main deity of the temple. Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is considered to be consecrated in 1500 AD. Temple is famous to its massive 6 foot tall idol of lord Ganesha and is one of the biggest idols of the deity in south India. The best time to visit the temple is during the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
Located near the dam built on the Siruvani River, the Siruvani Waterfalls are located 35 kilometers west from Coimbatore. The Siruvani River’s water is considered to be one of the best tasting in the world and is one of the top most attractions in Coimbatore.
Parambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the Western Ghats and is bordered by the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The protected forests are spread across 285 square kilometers. Parambikkulam Wildlife sanctuary is also a tiger reserve and a protected habitat of several endangered species. The forests are also a home to 4 tribes which are indigenous to this area.
Perur Pateeswarar Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and was built by the Cholas and is considered to be thousands of years old. The stone carvings inside the temple and its pillars are breathtaking and are few of the finest specimens of the art. The temple is said to be located at the spot where Lord Shiva himself performed the ‘Tandav’ dance. The golden statue of Lord Natraja (Shiva) is also one of the major attractions here.
At a distance of 64 Kms from Coimbatore,Aliyar Dam is a charming location surrounded by Annamali Hills with wonderful natuarl views. It is located between Pollachi and Valparai.Built across Aliyar River between 1959 and 1969, the primary purpose of the dam is to support irrigation. The height of the dam is 81 meters. There is a well maintained park built at bottom of the Dam.