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Coimbatore also known as Kovai, is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu.It is the administrative headquarters of Coimbatore District. Known as Manchester of southern India, it is also a part of the Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu.

Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River, Coimbatore is known for its textile factories, engineering firms, automobile parts manufacturers, health care facilities, educational institutions, pleasant weather, hospitality and for its Kongu Tamil.

Coimbatore is the third largest city in Tamilnadu, With a population of more than 15 lakhs. There are more than 30,000 tiny small, medium and large industries and textile mills. The city is known for its entrepreneurship of its residents. The climate is comfortable round the year.

The city is situated on the banks of the river Noyyal. Coimbatore existed even prior to the 2nd Century AD as a small tribal village capital called Kongunad until it was brought under Chola control in the 2nd or 3rd Century AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. When Kongunad fell to the British along with the rest of the state, its name was changed to Coimbatore and it is by this name that is knoen today, except in Tamil, in which it is called Kovai.

The rick black soil of the region has contributed to Coimbatore's flourishing agriculture industry and, it is in fact, the successful growth of cotton has served as a foundation for the establishment of its famous textile industry.

There are more than 25,000 small, medium, large scale industries and textile mills. Coimbatore is also famous for the manufacture of motor pump sets and varied engineering goods, due to which it has earned the title " Detroit of the South". The Development of Hydro electricity from the Pykara Falls in the 1930s led to a cotton boom in Coimbatore. The result has been a strong economy and a reputation as one of the greatest industrial cities in South India.
Places Of Interest
VOC Park and Zoo (Amusement Park)

Named after the famous freedom fighter V. O. Chidambaram, the VOC Park is an interesting place to visit in Coimbatore, especially if you are accompanied by kids. For the young ones, the main attractions within the park include the aquarium, which has a good collection of different species of fish, a mini zoo, and a toy train for joyrides.

Kovai Kutralam / Siruvani Water Falls

Situated at Siruvani Hills at a distance 37 km away from Coimbatore, Kovai Kutralam is an enchanting waterfall, known for its magnificence. The visitors are not allowed to see the falls after 5 pm as it located in the center part of a dense forest. The Siruvani river that makes this beautiful waterfall is the main source to supply water to Coimbatore city. The water in this river is famous for its taste and it is typically known to be the second sweetest lake water in the world. With an outstanding panoramic view, the Siruvani dam is extremely beautiful and breathe taking. The dam is interlinked by canals and tunnels for confining Aliyar, Parambikulam, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Palar, Thekadi rivers for the purpose of generating power and irrigation.

Vaideki Waterfalls

Located in Narasipuram village at a distance of 30kms from Coimbatore is the Vaideki Waterfalls. There is a naturally formed slope in this stunning fall, where one can glide as in water theme park. It is an excellent picnic spot for adventurous tourists mainly for trekkers. Prior permission and escort from a forest guard is needed for visiting this place, as it is located inside the forest full of animals, especially elephants.

Sengupathi Waterfalls

Located on the Coimbatore - Siruvani main road, 35 km away from Coimbatore, Sengupathi waterfalls is a known tourist spot. The calm, beautiful location is the favorite amog the locals and the tourists. The waterfalls here, offer a breath taking view of the surrounding nature.

Black Thunder

Asia's No.1 Water Theme Park is nested in natural beauty with the green hills of the Nilgiris for a backdrop and the cooling shelter of trees. An idyllic hideaway? Wait! Look around again... and you see people everywhere screaming and shouting with excitement. Jumpin'n slidin', swimmin'n floatin' over 65 acres of thrilling and adventurous rides. Black Thunder is situated 41km from Coimbatore and 40km from Ooty. The nearest railway stations are Mettupalayam, Coimbatore and Tiruppur and the airport is Coimbatore. It is well connected with all parts of the country through road and rail.
Tamilnadu Agricultural University
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) came into being on June 1, 1971.However, it had its genesis from establish-ment of an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, as early as 1868 and it was later relocated at Coimbatore. In 1920 it was affiliated to Madras University. TNAU assumed full responsibilities of Agricultural Education and Research and supported the State Agricultural Department by delivering research products. Till 1946, the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Coimbatore, was the only Institute for Agricultural Education for the whole of South India. In 1958, it was recognized as a Post-graduate Centre leading to Masters and Doctoral degrees. The Agricultural College & Research Institute, Madurai was established in 1965. These two colleges formed the nucleus of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University while it was established in 1971.
Sri Vasavi Kannika Parameswari Amman Temple

This temple, situated in Vysial Street is dedicated to Goddess Sri Vasavi (an incarnation of mother Goddess). The Garbha Griha (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple is unique in many ways. It is made of ruby red granite in three dimensional Khalasam (celestial vessel) . Apart from the main deity, the temple houses the deity of Lord Rama with Devi Sita, Sri Lakshman, Sri Hanuman, Sri Raja rajeswari, Sri Murugan, Sri Ganesh and Navagrahas.

The temple is open From 6.00 am to 5.00 pm; but will kept closed at noon. Navarathri festival that falls in the month of September is celebrated here with much enthusiasm.

Perur Patteeswara Swamy Temple

Located 6 km towards the west of Coimbatore on the Siruvani road, Perur Patteeswara Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here the presiding deity is known as 'Patteeswarar' and his consort Goddess Parvati is known by the name 'Panchanayaki'. Perur temple is closely related to Shiva’s cosmic dance and the 'Swayambu Lingam' is the idol worshipped here. This ancient temple stands on the banks of the holy river Noyyal called 'Kanchi Manadi' by the locals is one of the best known Shivastalams of the Kongu region. The temple is also known by the name Arulmigu Patteswarar Thirukoil.

Perur temple is a unique blend of fine sculpture and exquisite architecture. There is a legend behind the constrution of this temple. According to that, a calf of Kamadhenu while playing in the Arasu trees forset. hit on a hard object and blood gushed out from it. Later a sacred ‘Siva Lingam’ was discovered from that place which led to built a temple here. The Garba graha, i.e the sanctum sanctorum that enshrine Lord shiva in the form of Shivalingam is believed to be built by the Chola monarch, Karikala Cholan. Chola, Hoysala and Vijayanagara rulers have gave architectural contributions to this temple during their time in power. Images of Kamadhenu and Bhoga Shakti are enshrined in the walls of the sanctorum. The inner circumambulatory passage that surrounds the sanctum sanctorum has images of 63 Saivite saints, Sahasra Lingam, Bhairavar, Surya and Chandra.

The major attraction of the temple is the Kanaka Sabha or the ‘golden hall’, supposed to be built in the 17th century by the ruler Alagadri Nayaka of Madurai. It is exquisitely garnished with a gold plated statue of Nataraja showering blessings upon two sages namely Gowmuni and Pattimuni. The gopurams and pillars of the hall have beautifully carved out sculptures highlighting the Dravidian architecture.

At the entrance, the temple has prominent figures of the Indian soldiers. Holy palm tree Irava Panai (the deathless palm) and a holy Tamarind called Pirava Pule (the unborn Tamarind) can be seen within the temple compound. Pilgrim from all over visit this temple to pay homage to their ancestors, as it is believed that after about 144 days the mortal remains of the dead turn in to white stones. On the bank of the temple tank, there are two additional temples to Shiva and one of these temple is known as Arasambalavaanar temple. Besides these, there are also shrines dedicated to Bhairavar and Nataraja.

Perur temple celebrates the festival 'Panguni Uthiram' in its full spirit during the month of March. The annual temple festival is celebrated in the tamil month of Pankuni. During September, Perur Natyanjali dance festival is held where dance programs by leading artistes are hosted within the precincts of the temple. Chitrai (Tamil New Year), Aadi (Pooram and Ammavasai), Purattasi (Navarathri), Ayppasi (Soora Samharam), Karthigai (ThiruKarthigai), Margazhi (Aarudra Dharisanam), Panguni (Uthram) are some of the auspicious occasions celebrated in the temple.
The temple is kept open for worship
From 5.00 AM to 12.00 PM and 3.00 PM to 08.00 PM.
Contact Address :
Arulmigu PatteswararThirukoil
Siruvani Main Road, Perur
Coimbatore - 641 010
Phone: 0422 2607991

Marudhamalai Murugan Temple

Dedicated to Lord Murugan, Marudhamalai Murugan Temple located on a scenic hillock at a height of 600 feet, is about 12 Kms from Coimbatore railway station. Murugan in the form of Dhandayuthapani is enshrined in the sanctum and worshipped. Marudhamalai Hills also known as Marundhumalai is abound with shrubs and bushes of medicinal properties. Due to this, the holy shrine is said to have miracle power to get rid of both physical and mental afflictions and attachments. The name Marudhamalai has a legendary origin and according to that, a siddha overcome by tiredness, take shelter under the shade of a Marudha tree and pray to God to help him to quench his thirst. Suddenly water sprinted out from the roots of the tree and leaped in joy, the saint worship Muruga as the Lord of Marudhajalapathi. With the passage of time, the place came to known as Marudhachalapati and later marudhamalai.

On the south east slope of the temple, there is a shrine called 'Pambati Siddhar Cave'. It is said that a snake charmer who became a Siddha used this cave for worshipping Lord Muruga and attained salvation. A naturally formed rock image of a snake is a prominent feature of this temple. There are two springs on the hill namely 'Marudha Thirtam' and 'Pambatti Sunai' which is believed to cure a number of diseases.

Apart from Thaipoosam and Thirukarthigai falls in the month of January and February, other festivals like Navarathri, Aadipperukku, Tamil New Year, Vaikasi Car festival, Karthigai Deepam, Margali pooja and Aruthira Darisanam are also celebrated here.
Temple is opened
From 6.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00pm to 8.30 pm. Daily four different poojas are conducted here.
Contact Address :
Arulmigu Subramaniyaswamy Thirukoil
Marudhamalai, Coimbatore-641046
Phone: 0422 2422490

Velliyangiri Temple

The beautiful Velliyangiri is located on the way to Siruvani on the sacred Velliyangiri hill in the western ghats at a distance of 40kms from Coimbatore. It is one among the five hills symbolically representing the five different faces of Lord Shiva. It is only in this temple that the devotees can have the darshan of Panchalinga. During May, the pilgrims trek to the top of the hill from Maha Shivaratri to Agninakshatram period.

Avinashi Lingeswarar Temple

Avinashi Lingeswarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the celebrated Shaivite temple, located 40 km away from Coimbatore and 5 km from Tiruppur. The word Avinashi means indestructible and the sanctum sanctorum of the presiding deity stands as the indestructible force here.Dating back to the 15th century, this temple believed to be built by Sundarapandiya is regarded as the first of the 7 Thevaram Sthalams in the Kongu region. The temple is also known by the names, Karunaiyaaththaal temple and Dakshina Varanasi.

The temple has some exquisite stone carvings and inscriptions. Several inscriptions reveal that the Cholas, Pandyas and the Hoysalas have made extensive endowments to the temple. The temple has 2 prakarams (ramparts) and the inner prakaram is adorned with Navaranga Mandapam. There is a separate shrine for Goddess Karunambika (Ambal) which is located to the right of the main sanctum. It is believed that worshipping the scorpion symbol sculpted behind the Goddess, one will get relief from the fear of poisonous bites, bad dreams etc.

Earlier known as Pikkoigul, the place has a history that is closely related to Shiva saint Sundaramoorthy Nayanar. The saint on his way to Tiruvanchikulam is said to have miraculously rescued a boy from the clutches of a crocodile, in a tank called Tamaraikkulam. On the shore of tank, there is a shrine dedicated to the saint and this event is commemorated during the 'Mudalai Vaai Pillai' Utsavam on Panguni Uththiram.

Several festivals are celebrated here. One among them is the 12 day long Brahmotsavam held in the month of Chittirai (mid April - mid May). This festival symbolizes the penance of Brahma on Lord shiva and the holy padhiri tree in the temple compound blossoms only during this festival. The car festival, conducted during the month of Chithirai called the Chithirai Thiruvizha, is celebrated with great pomp and pageantry. The temple's car is known for its fine wooden carvings and it is one of the biggest cars in South India.

Avinashi Lingeswarar Temple is opened from 5:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The temple is protected as a monument by the Archeological survey of India.

Velliyangiri Temple

The beautiful Velliyangiri is located on the way to Siruvani on the sacred Velliyangiri hill in the western ghats at a distance of 40kms from Coimbatore. It is one among the five hills symbolically representing the five different faces of Lord Shiva. It is only in this temple that the devotees can have the darshan of Panchalinga. During May, the pilgrims trek to the top of the hill from Maha Shivaratri to Agninakshatram period.

Masani Amman Kovil

The highly revered shrine Arulmigu Masani Amman temple alias Anaimali Masani Amman temple, situated between Pollachi (15 km south- west) and Palakkad, is about 45kms from Coimbatore. The temple is nestled amidst emerald grassland interlaced with criss-cross pathways and rivulets against the backdrop of Anaimalai Hills at the joining of Aliyar River and the Uppar stream.

Goddess Arulmigu Masani is the presiding deity here with four hands of which two of them are placed on the ground and two are raised above and the 15 feet high idol is seen in a lying posture. The two right hands of the deity hold a skull and a snake while the left hands hold a tiny drum and a trident. Apart from the main deity, Neethi Kal and Mahamuniappan are other deities worshipped here. Neethi Kal is a stone image in the temple representing the Goddess of justice with the body of a serpent. It is believed that by applying grinded red chilly paste on this deity, the lost valuables of the devotees will be restored.

Legend has it that, Lord Ram stayed in a graveyard here while he was wandering in search of Sita. The temple is always crowded with devotees, especially women, during Tuesdays and Fridays. The 18 day long annual temple festival named 'Kundam Thiruvizha' commence with flag hoisting on the new moon day of the Tamil Month Thai.
Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple,
Anaimalai - 642104,
Pollachi Taluk,
Coimbatore District.
Phone : (04253) 282337

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