Coimbatore Travel Guide

Coimbatore Travel Guide

Coimbatore Travel Guide

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Introduction

Coimbatore is an industrial city that most know for its textile production. As such, it doesn’t feature highly on many Southern Indian itineraries.

However, with a wealth of temples and proximity to the Western Ghat Mountains, perhaps it should. That’s okay – it’ll be our little secret!

Come check out our Coimbatore traveller guide as we cover the best things to do in Coimbatore, India.

Top Attractions

Begin your time in the Coimbatore area by getting a photo op with the Adiyogi Shiva Statue. It constructors built it 112 feet tall and of solid steel. As a result, this steel Shiva statue has been certified by Guinness as the world’s biggest bust.

Completed in 2017, the Isha Foundation commissioned this statue to build awareness for the art of yoga. The height of this statue (112 feet) was symbolic, as it represents the 112 ways to reach spiritual liberation through yoga.

Even if you aren’t into the craft, this immense monument and its mountainous surroundings make this attraction a must-see.

But, what if you are into yoga? If so, stick around and take in a few sessions at the Dhyanalinga Temple. Located north of the Shiva Statue, this place is more of a meditation centre than an actual temple.

Its lead yogis hold mediations and rituals in the central dome – well-lit and boasting a powerful linga, it is said even non-believers feel a sense of peace within. The complex is open from 6 am to 8 pm each day. However, if you have the chance, attend Mahashivratri. Held on an early March night from 6 pm-6 am, it’s one of the most powerful events of the year.

Want to check out a proper Hindu temple in the Coimbatore area? Make room in your schedule for the Perur Pateeswarar Temple. Built to honour Shiva, its origin is unclear, but the poet Sundarar mentioned it in the 7th century.

Peur Pateeswarar is known for its Tamil-influenced architecture. Within the complex, you’ll find intricate statues and reliefs carved into its pillars. You’ll find many Shivas, but you’ll also see statues of deities such as Ganesha and Saraswati.

If you are in the Coimbatore region during the Tamil month of Panguni, attend Panguni Uthiram here. If you do, you’ll get to witness devotees parade ornate “temple cars” through the streets.

Marudhamalai Hill Temple is another holy place of note within day-trip distance of Coimbatore. Built in the 12th century to honour Murugan, the Hindu god of war, it is a small but powerful place. It sits upon a 600-foot high granite hill, nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats.

When you aren’t snapping photos of its picturesque surroundings and the temple itself, check out the Pambatti Siddhar cave. Back in the 12th century, a man called Pambatti Siddhar took refuge in the cave that bears his name.

During his stay, he claimed Lord Murugan visited him in the form of a snake. After receiving the blessing on Murugan, Siddhar took it upon himself to build a place of worship to honour the lord. Soon after, he and others constructed the temple seen today.

Other Attractions

Mighty in scale, you’ll find the Western Ghat Mountains within visual range of Coimbatore. Outdoor lovers would be remiss if they didn’t spend some time in the Velliangiri Mountain Range during their stay. While they can be spectacular to admire from a distance, many come to climb Mount Kailash.

There’s a catch, though – this peak is the most sacred in Hinduism, as it’s said to be Shiva’s home. As such, several restrictive rules are in place – for starters, authorities encourage hikers to climb barefoot. Second, NO women between the ages of 15-45 are allowed on the mountain. This prohibition is due to the uncleanliness attributed to menstruation – their rules, not ours.

Finally, take care as you make your way through this wilderness area. Terrain risks aside, wild elephants are in the area and may attack if startled. Also, temperatures vary greatly – it can get near freezing at night, and above 40 degrees Celsius during the day.

If you’re suffering in the humid hot season heat, cool off at the Kovai Kutralam Waterfalls. This attraction is a series of cascading waterfalls popular among locals. You can stand beneath some and let the water flow over you. You can use others as water slides, as they flow over sloped rocks.

However, do note that it can get crowded on weekends and holidays. Also, authorities limit hours of operation to between 10am-3:30 pm – don’t be late!

Do you have a gearhead in your travel party? Pop by the Gedee Car Museum for a visit. From Model Ts straight through to Nanos, you’ll get a sense of the evolution of the automobile over its life. This museum is closed on Mondays and holidays, so plan appropriately.

If the heat of Coimbatore is too much for you to bear, cool off in Brookefields Mall. Apart from its stores, you’ll find an international food court, a multiplex, and a theme park called Fun City.