List of tourist attractions in Coimbatore

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With its historic landmarks and buildings, wildlife reserves, cultural and art centers and parks, Coimbatore offers many interesting locations to visitors.[1]

Parks[edit]

  • The Botanical garden was established in the year 1925 and administered by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU). The botanical garden is spread over 300 hectares and exhibits many varieties of plants.

Museums[edit]

Gedee Car Museum, one of the first vintage and classic car meuseums in India
  • Ancient Industrial Artifacts Museum is located off Nanjundapuram road. Artifacts from the Old and New Stone Age are displayed. Prized collections include stone tools and gigantic burial urns from that era. The museum also houses antiquities excavated from Boluvampatti (copper bangles, stone beads), Vellalore and Perur (coins, jewellery and shell bangles). Another rare artifact is the stone slab inscription from Udumalpet that lists the rules and regulations to be followed as per the king's order.
  • G.D. Naidu Museum – It has an excellent collection of various scientific devices and gadgets. It has a collection of inventions by Gopalswamy Doraiswamy Naidu, who is also referred as the Edison of India. This is a must visit for all science history enthusiasts. One can also see the history of industrialization in Coimbatore. Open 8 AM to 4.30 PM on all days except Sunday. Entrance is free.
  • Gass Forest Museum – A museum for forestry established in the year 1902 by the then conservator of forests, Horace Arichibald Gass. It houses embalmed specimens of rare species of butterflies, birds, and mammals. One can see cultivation methods, model houses, armour of soldiers, and hunting equipment. It is maintained by forest department. Entry costs a nominal fee during normal office hours. It is located in forest department trg centre, Cowley Brown Road, Between Tadagam and Mettupalayam link road.
  • Government Museum showcases many artifacts.
  • Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery & Textile museum – The facility houses an Art gallery, a Textile Museum, an auditorium and a library. It is located on Avinashi road.
  • Regional Science Center is a science park spread over 6.71 acres (near the road leading to CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex). It has a 5,000 sq ft textile gallery showcasing the textile industry's evolution, a 5,000 sq ft Fun Science Gallery, a 3D theatre for children, a giant globe and a portable mini planetarium.[2]

Heritage buildings[edit]

  • Town Hall is a heritage building in Coimbatore city, built in 1882 in honor of Queen Victoria, with stone and lime mortar. It is now part of the Coimbatore Corporation Administrative Buildings. It has more than 3000 sq feet built up area, a high ceiling, paneled shutters for the windows and timber trusses covered with Mangalore tiles for the roofing.

Nature and wildlife[edit]

  • Noyyal river – The township of Coimbatore once was surrounded by the Noyyal river and its canals, tanks, and rivulets. The Noyyal river and its interconnected tank and canal system, believed to have been originally built by the Chalukya Cholas kings.
  • Lakes in Coimbatore – Coimbatore's lakes include Valankulam Lake, Krishnampatti Lake, Singanallur Lake, Seevagasintamani Lake, Kuruchi Lake, Perur Lake, Sulur Lake, Ukkadam Periyakulam Lake and Muthannan Lake amongst others.[3]
  • Vaideki Falls is a waterfall situated in the outskirts of Coimbatore city about 35 km from Coimbatore.
  • Sengupathi Falls is located 35 km (22 mi) from Coimbatore.
  • Siruvani Waterfalls and dam are located 49 km from Coimbatore city. The dam was built in 1927. The reservoir at Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government to meet the drinking water requirements of Coimbatore city.
  • Anamalai National Park is a protected area located in the Anaimalai Hills of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks of Coimbatore District and Tirupur District. The park and the sanctuary are under consideration by UNESCO as part of the Western Ghats World Heritage site. It has numerous species of animals (including 5 endangered species), 250 species of birds and 315 species of butterflies.
  • Silent Valley National Park is located about 60 km from Coimbatore. It represents one of the last patches of undisturbed rain forest in India.
  • Baralikkadu is located about 70 km from Coimbatore. The best for Nature lovers for one day picnic. Best season to visit is from July to October.

Places of worship[edit]

Marudamalai Murugan temple of the 12th century
Sri Naga Sai at Sai Mandir in Mettupalayam Road

Temples[edit]

Sports[edit]

Kari Motor Speedway is India's second modern racing circuit.

Amusement parks[edit]

  • Black Thunder is a water theme park located in Mettupalayam, 40 km north of Coimbatore city. The park is spread over 65 acres and offers over 49 rides. It is located 40 km from downtown Coimbatore on the Ooty Road.[11] The park is surrounded by natural beauty of the Nilgiris hills.
  • Kovai Kondattam is an amusement park located at Siruvani main road, Kalampalyam.
  • Maharaja Theme Park is a theme park with multiplex situated at Neelambur, NH47, Avinashi Road.

Shopping malls[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.coimbatore.tn.nic.in/tourism.html
  2. ^ V. S., Palaniappan (12 April 2012). "Regional Science Park inauguration in May". Coimbatore. The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  3. ^ "Eight Coimbatore lakes to get commercial touch-up". Coimbatore. TNN. 16 Mar 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
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  7. ^ "To Kari, With Love". Coimbatore. The Hindu. 1 Dec 2003. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  8. ^ Rozario, Rayan (2 Feb 2011). "Coimbatore gears up for golf championship". Coimbatore. The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  9. ^ Principal Correspondent (28 Jul 2010). "Coimbatore Golf Club gets a new 'home'". Coimbatore. The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  10. ^ Rozario, Rayan (25 Jun 2011). "Kovai Hills Golf Academy plans big". Coimbatore. The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  11. ^ "Black Thunder sizzles with Exciting Attractions!". Coimbatore. The Hindu. 27 Sep 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-26.