Coimbatore popularly known as “Manchester of South India” is a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore.
The Historical temples, picturesque mountains, delectable cuisines and the pleasant weather throughout the year makes Coimbatore a perfect holiday experience. Coimbatore offers numerous activities, out of which here are the best things to do in Coimbatore.
Coimbatore is 363 kms away from Bangalore, you can take an overnight bus from Bangalore or a train which is more convenient and affordable, Coimbatore also has a Domestic airport connecting all major cities, It will be a 6hrs drive from Banglore if you prefer to self-drive.
The Marudhamalai temple is located at a towering height of 500 ft on the Western Ghats. Its 15 kms away from Coimbatore city, the temple has an excellent invigorating atmosphere. The hilltop offers an amazing view of the entire Coimbatore city. The major feature of this hill is it grows important medicinal herbs, which is used extensively in making ayurvedic medicines. There are plenty of buses to Marudhamalai from Gandipuram bus stop, the main city bus stop where you can find a bus to all the places within the city.
Located at famous Isha foundation, Dhyanalinga is set amidst the lush dense forests at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains, the first of its kind to be completed in over 2000 years. Created by a profound mystic and yogi, it embodies the distilled essence of yogic science. This powerful meditative space does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system nor does it require any ritual, prayer, or worship
Located at Isha foundation this gigantic 112 feet tall, and 147 feet long statue dedicated to Lord Shiva, is not only a symbol of inner peace and, self-transformation but has also been featured in the Guinness Book of world records.
4. Gedee Car Museum
The museum displays a variety of Indian, German, British, Japanese, French, and American cars which have been maintained in the best motorable condition. Its a must visit place if your an automobile lover or not.
In the same place, there is also a Gedee science museum which displays the evolution of various electronic machinery.
5. Perur Pateeswarar Temple
The Perur Siva Temple is situated at around 6 km away in the west of Coimbatore. The temple was built by the Karikala Cholan and has been constructed marvelously on the banks of the river Noyyal.
The Perur Siva Temple is has been dedicated entirely to Lord Siva and the deity in the shrine is called as Patteeswaras and his Consort, Pachai Nayaki. The buildings in the outer edge were constructed by the sawyers of Madurai during 17th century. The inner place of worship dates back to being centuries old and the temple has eye-catching figures of the Indian soldiers in the avenue. The temple is also called as Mel Chidambaram.
6. Mundhi Vinayagur Temple
Mundhi Vinayagar Temple is on the Puliyakulam Main Road close to Gandipuram bus stop. The 9 feet 10 inches tall Ganesha idol here is the largest in whole Asia.
7. Gass Museum in the Forest College vicinity
Located within the premises of the Forest College campus, the Gass Forest Museum is a government-run natural history museum. You can witness the level of creativity of minds that reflects from the various specimen kept inside the museum such as the stuffed Gaur, stuffed peacock, and stuffed Chinkara.
8. Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery & Textile Museum
Named after Kasthuri Sreenivasan India’s most well-known textile technologists and industrial sociologists, this historical museum which displays the growth of the textile industry from the era of spinning wheel to the modern-day sewing machines.
Coimbatore is famous for their authentic non-veg cuisine, your trip would be incomplete without trying their best Biryani’s, below are few restaurants I tried, they were suggested by one of my friend who is from Coimbatore.
Shree Annapoorna is famous for their breakfast items, Tag-lined “The Pride of Coimbatore”, this place serves the best south Indian tiffin and meals. Make sure to try their coffee and Idle sambar.
Venu biriyani is one of the famous and must try restaurant in Coimbatore, they are famous for authentic “Dindikul thalpakatti Biryani”, they have branches all over the city which makes it impossible to miss.
Srinidhi Ammayi Veedu Pot Cook, It’s a small restaurant very famous among the localites, here all the items are cooked and served using “Mud Pots”, make sure to try their special item of the day, I tried a Rabbit fry which was the best I had ever tasted.
Valarmathi Kongunaatu Samayal, this restaurant is near race course road, be ready to wait for min 10-15 mins to get a table, make sure to try their “Pichipota chicken” which is mouthwatering.
Brookfield mall is what you hear when comes to shopping in Coimbatore, but its again the same thing which you find in most of the famous cities, if you like to buy some good saree’s, ethnic wear or gold coverings then “Townhall” is the one for you, you can find all the famous names in ethnic wear in this shopping street.
Good to know
- The places listed here are the ones I visited. since it was just a weekend trip I planned to visit most of the places within the city if you have time you can plan for hill stations nearby.
- Coimbatore is well connected, the commute will never be a problem, you will find a bus from Gandhipuram bus stop to all the places listed above.
- I stayed at “Sai Residency” a PG for ladies where you can rent a bed for INR 450 per night with food(all three times).