Known as Kovai today, it has been dubbed as the Manchester of the South. With a presence of more than 100 textile units and over 25,000 engineering industries, two special economic zones and aviation spare parts manufacturing facilities, Kovai competes with the state capital - the City of Chennai.
So, it’s no surprise that Coimbatore City, the second largest in the state, is the District Headquarters of Coimbatore District.
Coimbatore is special from a geographical perspective. It is located near the Palghat Gap – a low mountain pass in the Western Ghats. By virtue of this location, winds sweep through this city and it enjoys a pleasant climate most parts of the year.
Historically it was called Kongu Nadu, and it is now locally called Kovai in short. In the earlier times it was a village, ruled by the tribal chieftain called Koyan or Kovan. It was then ruled by Karikala Cholan, and later by the Kings of Rashtrakudas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoyasalas and Vijayanagar.
This perennial waterfall is located in the Siruvani zone along the Western Ghats. Since it’s inside a dense forest, visitors are not permitted after 5 p.m. There’s limited transport available.
It starts from Velliangiri Hills and was originally called Kanchinadi. The village of Noyyal is situated on the banks of the Noyyal and Cauvery, where they merge. It is considered a sacred river, and it flows by close to the Perur Temple where rituals are performed.
Siruvani Waterfalls and Dam:
The reservoir at Siruvani was built by the Government of Kerala, funded and used by the Government of Tamil Nadu. It’s a very romantic place and is a prime tourist spot, especially for young couples. The entry point to these falls is at the Sadivayal Check Post.
It is called the Dakshina Kailash, meaning it is the Kailash south of Kailash. The seven hills of Velliangiri symbolically represent the seven energy centres of the human body. There are rare and special medicinal herbs and exotic fauna in these hills.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University:
Imparting agricultural education started as early as 1868, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University was set up in 1971, with Coimbatore as its headquarters. With UG, PG and Research Courses, it is graded as one of the best of its kind in South Asia.
Forestry College and Research Institute:
The Forest College and Research Institute [FC& RI] is located at Mettupalayam in the Jakanari Reserve Forest. Various basic and applied aspects of forestry are taught here.
Industrial Exhibition G.D. Naidu:
Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu, popularly called as G.D. Naidu, was an Indian inventor and engineer. He was a versatile genius for his simple, innovative and effective engineering inventions which earned him the title “Edison of India”. He was a wealth creator and the pride of Coimbatore.
G D Naidu was a wizard of his times. With only primary education he independently developed an internal combustion four stroke engine. In 1937, India’s first indigenous motor rolled out of his factory.
Among his other inventions were a super-thin shaving razor, a fruit juice extractor, a tamper proof vote recording machine and a kerosene run fan. He rolled out a 2-seater petrol engine car costing Rs.2000/- in 1952.
Awards, Medals and Trophies won by him are displayed here.
Places of worship
The sanctum sanctorum of this temple was built by Karikala Cholan, and the famous Kanaka Sabai was built by Alagadri Nayak of Madurai around the 17th Century. The Roman coins, found during excavations in this region, suggest a historical connection with the Romans in those early times.
Eachanari Vinayaka Temple:
Travellers stop by at this temple as it is believed that Lord Vinayaka protects them from any obstacles.
Here the Perumal is known as Aranganathar and also as Venkatesaperumal, and the Goddess is called Ranganayaki.
Masani Amman Temple:
45 kms from Coimbatore, between Pollachi and Palakkad, Masani Amman, the Village God, is the family deity for many. Masani Amman is an avatar of Shakti and is highly revered. The deity is seen in a reclining posture, and measures 15 feet from head to toe.
The temple is located in the backdrop of Anamalai; it is hence called as Anamalai Masani Amman Kovil. It is believed that Masani Amman cures the diseases of those who circle around her trident.
This temple was built in 1996. The 110-ton idol of Mundi Vinayaka that’s 10 feet tall, is the main attraction.
Muthumariamman is worshipped as a virgin deity, a child.
This temple, with a 100-foot Raja gopuram, is also known as Dakshina Varanasi and Tiruppukkozhiyur. Saivite Saint Sundaramurthi Nayanar, through his “Thevaram”, restored the life of a young boy killed by a Crocodile in this place.
While dhyana means meditation, linga is the form. This Dhyana lingam, measuring 13 feet 9 inches, is the largest mercury-based lingam in the world. It was consecrated with the power of Prana Prathista, through which all seven chakras were energised and locked. It is a doorway to enlightenment and spiritual liberation.
Sri Ammanalingeswarar Temple:
This temple is located on the hillock of Tirumurthi Hills and closer to the Tirumurthi Dam. It has a wonderfully perennial stream.
Also known as Carpet City, Bhavani is famous for its blankets and carpets. The Sangameshwar Temple is set at the confluence of three rivers, which is why it is also called Thirukooduthurai.
It is said that in 1804, William Garrow, the British Collector of Coimbatore, was woken up by a small girl and forced to move out of the bungalow in which he was staying. Just as he moved out, the bungalow came crashing down. He looked around to find the little girl missing. Later, the next day, he was informed by the priest that it was Bhavani Vedanayaki Amman who saved his life. Filled with gratitude and reverence he donated a gold plate to the goddess with his signature on it, which can still be seen at the temple.
These are also called the Narasimhapuram Falls, its early name used to be Tholayiram Murthi Kandi [900 manifestations of the Lord in a pot].
Known as the Knitwear Capital that accounts for 90% of India’s cotton knitwear exports, it is close to the Noyyal River. It has industrial parks and spurs India’s textile industry.
Bethesda International Prayer Center:
Situated at the foothills of the Siruvani, this prayer centre was established with the vision that when people pray with faith, Lord Jesus would show them miracles. It is set in very tranquil surroundings.
|1.Big Mosque, Oppanakara Street.
||1.St. Michael's Church [Cathedral], Big Bazaar.
|2.Big Mosque, Kottaimedu.
||2.St. Antony's Church, Puliakulam.
|3.Mosque, First Street, Gandhipuram.
||3.Christ King Church, Dr. Nanjappa Road.
|4.Tippu Sultan Jamath, Poomarket [flower market] Bus stand.
||4.Fathima Church, Gandhipuram 5th Street.
|5.Attar Jamath, Oppanakara Street.
|6.Junglipeth Durga, Tiruchi Road.
Built in the 9th Century by Cheran King Cheraman Peruman, it stands at a height of 150 meters and has 693 steps. Known as Arulmigu Dandayithapaani Swami Temple, it is one of the most sacred shrines of Lord Murugan. The idol of the lord here was created and consecrated by Sage Bogar, one of 18 great siddhas, out of an amalgam of navapashanam or nine-herb combination. The temple celebrates Thai Poosam and Panguni Uthram and is visited by more than 7 million pilgrims each year.
The Magudeswarar Temple is also known as Trimurthy Kovil as it houses the shrines of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. It contains 7 main shrines and is connected to sage Agastya. Due to the temple’s associations with Pandya kings, it is also called Tiruppandikodumudi.
This town was known as Pozhil Vaitchi, meaning gifted with beauty. Due its proximity to the Western Ghats, the climate here is always pleasant and easy. From here, tender and ripe coconuts are sent to different parts of India. Hence it is called as Coconut City. This place also houses Asia’s largest jaggery market.
Link to spiritual and use Para1 of Avinashi Lingeshwar
Valparai is hill station located at an altitude of 3500 feet, on the Anamalai Hills Range of the Western Ghats. Landscaped with tea plantations, it remains a pristine, virgin forest zone.
Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary:
This place became the Anamalai Tiger Reserve when Project Tiger was launched in 2008. The sanctuary is a total of 989 sq. kms. with a core area of 108 sq. kms.
This is the second largest rock dam in Asia. It is actually split into two reservoirs. One is called the Upper Solaiyar dam, and the other called the Lower Solaiyar Dam which is deep in the jungle.
The Parambikulam Dam is one that ranks among India’s top 10 embankment dams in the world. This is a showpiece of engineering excellence.
There is a famous waterfall situated near this dam, which resembles the Silver Cascade Waterfalls in Kodaikanal. The dam augments the natural beauty of the region.
These natural waterfalls, located on the uphill ghat road, flow from the Azhiyar Dam. There are interesting trek routes to explore.
Located 800 feet above sea level, Topslip is a pollution free, picturesque, green paradise with unique teak and bamboo forests. It has a wide variety of flora and fauna in its enchanting landscape.
It is located 10 kms from Valparai, built and maintained by Peria Karamalai Tea Industries. Pujas are formed as per Tirupati Balaji Temple traditions.
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