Leisure Places

Vaideki Falls is a waterfall situated in the outskirts of Coimbatore city about 35 km from Coimbatore. The nearest village is Narasipuram. This waterfall used to be called "Tholayira Murthi Kandi", in Tamil Tholayiram stands for the number nine hundred, word Murthy has several interpretations, one is The Lord, another means Manifestation. Kandi is the word for (water)fall. The waterfall derives the present name after the movie "Vaithegi Kathirunthal" by director R._Sundarrajan. The location is now a popular tourist spot in the City of Coimbatore.Vydehi Waterfalls is counted among the beautiful places of the region. The place is famous for smooth sloppy rocks, which also provide beautiful sight of serene mountain ranges.

Siruvani Waterfalls and the dam named after them are located 35 km west of Coimbatore City in the Western Ghats. The reservoir at Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government to meet the drinking water requirements of Coimbatore city. It is also called as Kovai Kutralam which is well knownto locals. The gateways on either side of the road across the dam are typical of the Kerala and Tamil architectural styles. Siruvani is also home to certain tribals like the Mudugars and Irulars.. Water from Siruvani River is renowned for its taste and mineral properties, and the view from the falls and the dam is a great tourist attraction. The falls are 6 km from Karunya University.The sweetness has been attributed to the vegetation and rocks through which the water flows through in the Attapady area.

VOC Park and Zoo is among chief amusement centres in the region. The recreational centre maintained by corporation of Coimbatore is named after famous freedom fighter, V.O. Chidambaram.

Among the highlights of the amusement park are aquarium and mini zoo, housing contrasting aquatic species and animal life. Models of dinosaurs, Golf swing, Slider, Train safari, See-saw and other playing equipment for children are featured in the recreational park.A large number of reptiles, birds and mammals are housed in the zoo.

The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary also a declared Tiger Reserve lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills about 150 km north-west of Coimbatore.It shares its boundaries with the states of Karnataka and Kerala. The sanctuary is divided into 5 ranges are Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota.The protected area is home to several endangered and vulnerable species dinging Indian elephant, Bengal Tiger, Gaur and Indian Leopard. There are at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary including critically endangered Indian White-rumped Vulture and long-billed vulture.

The Mudumalai Sanctuary is as an important wildlife habitat due to its strategic position as a Wildlife corridor between several other protected areas that are a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. To the north is the Bandipur National Park and Nagarhole National Park. To the west is the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and in the south are Mukurthi National Park and Silent Valley National Park. To the east is the Sigur Plateau which connects to the Sathyamangalam wildlife sanctuary and Reserve forests and Biligirirangan Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. These parks,sanctuaries and the adjoining Reserve forests cover over 3,300 square kilometres of forest supporting a population of 2300 elephants.The elevation of the sanctuary varies from a minimum of 960 metres to a maximum of 1,266 metres.

Top slip is a part of Western Ghats is located above 300 meters from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain ranges, which is the Hills of elephants. It is an important centre in Indra Gandhi National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in the Coimbatore District at the southern part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Topslip is located above the 900 feet from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain range and in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. The unique teak forests, Bamboo forest also located near Topslip. The Sanctuary is highly diverse in its topography, altitude, rainfall, climate and temperature. Therefore, it naturally supports a wide variety of flora and fauna including several rare, endemic and endangered species of plants and animals.

Kovai Kondattam is an exciting family part, where people can make an adventurous visit to enjoy and have great fun. The Kovai Kondattam is an amusement park situated in Perur road, Perur of Coimbatore city and it is a prominent place to have full day amusement along with the family. Kovai Kondattam has quite exciting water rides and slides, which are really stunning and breathe taking. Kovai Kondattam is an exciting theme park that makes every individual to enjoy. It has an open air theatre to perform several different events. The theme park includes magical fountain, spiral tower, water pool, pirate ship and lot more events to make the visitors drench in ultimate fun.

Black Thunder is a water theme park located in Tamil Nadu, India. It is situated at the foot of Nilgiris near Mettupalayam, in Coimbatore 40 km north of the city and occupies an area of about 75 acres. The park offers about 49 rides, Surf Hill and the Wild River Ride notable among them. The park has a hotel situated within its premises.It is owned by LA Group.

Maharaja World is one among the best equipped theme parks of Coimbatore. Being the best place for the whole family to have fun, Maharaja World holds a prominent place among the other theme parks around the city. Theme park is famous not only for the amusement park and water theme park but also for the other entertainment activities available here. Apart from having the common entertainment facilities, Maharaja World has a multiplex with two theatres, a mini golf course, an auditorium, and a food court.The innovative entertainment activities at the Adventure Fort, Aqua Terrain and Kids Kingdom are quite popular with everyone. Other activities in this park are the Giant Sumo Coaster and the Leaping Frog.



Museums & Art Galleries

Forest College is counted among the academic centres in the region. Chief attraction of the Forest College is it's museum, which houses numerous minerals, rocks, pests, snakes and microorganisms. Rarest species of dead plants and animals are the attractions of the museum. The museum is situated in the Forest College Campus, situated on Cowley Brown Road in the heart of Coimbatore city. . In 1912, the Madras Forestry College (currently the Tamil Nadu Forest Academy) was established in the museum grounds to train foresters. During 1942-47, the museum was closed and the buildings used as shelters for World War II evacuees from Malta and Greece. After Indian Independence in 1947, the museum came under the Government of Tamil Nadu. It is currently administered by the management of Institute for Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), which is also situated in the same campus as the museum.

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Saturday /Sunday /Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM

G. D. Naidu (Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu) (23 March 1893 – 4 January 1974) was an Indian inventor and engineer who is also referred to as the Edison of India. He is credited with the manufacture of the first electric motor in India. His contributions were primarily industrial but also span the fields of electrical, mechanical, agricultural (Hybrid cultivation) and automobile engineering. He had only primary education but excelled as a versatile genius. G.D. Naidu was born at Kalangal, Coimbatore on March 23, 1893 in "Kalangal" village of Coimbatore district .He was the son of a farmer. G.D. Naidu developed India's first indigenous motor in 1937 along with D. Balasundaram. It was the motor's success that resulted in the founding of Textool by Balasundaram and, later on, Lakshmi Machine Works (LMW) Naidu's 'Rasant' razor incorporated a small motor operated by dry cells, was made at a factory in the German town called Heilbronn. Among his other inventions were super-thin shaving blades, a distance adjuster for film cameras, a fruit juice extractor, a tamper-proof vote-recording machine and a kerosene-run fan. In 1941, he announced that he had the ability to manufacture five-valve Radio sets in India at a mere Rs 70/- a set. In 1952, the two-seater petrol engine car (costing a mere Rs 2,000/-) rolled out. But production was stopped subsequently, because of the Government's refusal to grant the necessary license. His inventiveness was not confined to machinery alone. He researched and identified new varieties in Cotton, Maize and Papaya Through Naidu's efforts and donations India's first Polytechnic college, the Arthur Hope Polytechnic and the Arthur Hope College of Engineering were set up. Later the college moved to its present location and is now known as Government College of Technology (GCT), the college was named after the then Madras governor Arthur Hope. In 1945, GD Naidu was the principal for the college. Naidu died on January 4, 1974.

Monuments

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) came into being on June 1, 1971.However, it had its genesis from establishment 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 University is offering Thirteen Undergraduate Degree Programs, Forty Graduate Degree Programs and Twentysix Doctoral Programs in 11 Colleges distributed in eight campuses all over Tamil Nadu. Besides, the University has 36 Research Stations for agro technology development and 14 Farm Science Centers for outreach. The milestones of growth and development of TNAU in transforming lives of Farmers.

Places of Worship

Marudamalai is a popular temple of the Hindu god Murugan, situated top a hill of the same name in Coimbatore Tamil Nadu,Marudamalai temple was managed by kongu vettuva gounder kings in early periods, Tamil Nadu, Of all the temples of Murugan it is next only in importance to the Arupadaiveedu temples ("The six Fort-Houses of Muruga"), for the god's devotees. Some people consider Marudhamalai to be the unofficial seventh Padaiveedu of Muruga, along with a few other contenders for the spot, including Kunrakudy, Sikkal and Vayalur.This is an ancient temple. References to this temple are found in inscriptions in the Thirumuruganpoondi temple. Thirumuruganpoondi temple is a "Tevarapaadalpetrastalam" and is at least 1200 years old. So we can surmise that the Marudhamalai temple is older than 1200 years.

There is a shrine called the "Paambaatti Sitthar Kugai" (Paambaatti Sitthar cave) that is in proximity to the Murugan temple. Legend has it that a Sitthar referred to as the Paambaatti Sitthar lived here in Marudhamalai. Paambaatti Sitthar is one of the most notable 18 Sitthars. Pambaatti Sitthar as his name indicates that he was associated with snake charming. As is the custom of the Sitthars of Tamil Nadu, he too, in the interest of mankind, has written extensively on the medicinal values and applications of plants.This temple is under the control of Religious endowments department of Government of Tamil Nadu.

One of the most visited Churches in Coimbatore city is the Infant Jesus Church. It was set up in 1984 to cater to the growing demands of the Catholic families and has become a prominent church due to the belief in cures and miraculous healing. The Church is open on most days while Mass are held on Thursdays and Sundays.

Velliangiri Mountains, a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of the Western Ghats is located near Poondi, about 40 km from Coimbatore. This mountain is popularly known as the Kailash of the South, and is an important religious destination.On the top of the Velliangiri Mountains, Shiva is worshipped as Swayambu, one who is self-created and in this form, he graces the devotees. In the past, many Siddhas, Siddhar and Sages have practiced severe austerities Asceticism, Tapas and attained Self-realization on these mountains.Lots of devotees visit the mountains during the annual pilgrimage season in February.The main attraction here is a Lord Shiva temple atop the mountain, under a natural cave. This mountain is also known as Seven hills because while climbing there are seven undulations which gives a feeling like crossing seven hills. Velliangiri Mountains is an ideal destination for the adventurous, nature lovers and devotees alike. These hill ranges are rich in natural flora and fauna, which include rare herbs. The last hill peak is totally wind- blown and nothing except grass grows here. The trek is 8 km long and steep at some places.

The Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is located at a distance of 13 km from Coimbatore on the Pollachi road. Built in 1500 AD, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers dedicated to Lord Vinayaga. The idol at the Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is one of the largest ones and measures up to 6 ft in height.Though open on all days throughout the year, the best time to visit the Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is during the Hindu festivals like Vinayaka Chathurthi, Thaipoosam, Saraswathi Pooja, Deepavali, Tamil New Year Day and Karthika Deepam when offerings like Homam, Abhishekam, Alangaram, and Deepaaradhanai are done here.

Eachanari Vinayagar Temple is also known for its special vahana pooja conducted on new vehicles. As Lord Vinayaga is considered as the obstacle remover, a lot of devotees bring their vehicles here.Mahalakshmi Temple can also be visited while at Eachanari. It is said that when the Vinayaga idol measuring 6 feet high and 3 feet in diameter was being transported from Madurai in a cart for installation at Patteeswarar Temple, Perur, the axle of the cart broke and it became scated in the place where it is now. Efforts to remove the idol to perur did not materialize and this place where the Lord Graces is popularly known as Eachanari Vinayaga Temple.

Perur Siva Temple is a landmark temple in Coimbatore. This Hindu temple was built by the Karikala Cholan ,dedicated to Lord Siva is located 7 kilometers to the west of Noyyal River. The deity of this temple is considered 'Swayambu Lingam' that is, self emerged. However, the greatest attraction here is the 'Kanaka Sabha', built in Dravidian architecture and adorned by a gold plated statue of Nataraja.

The buildings in the outer edge were constructed by the sawyers of Madurai during 17th century. The inner place of worship is quite very old and the temple has prominent figures of the Indian soldiers in the entrance. The temple is also called as Mel Chidambaram.Families or a person who enjoys architecture and history will enjoy the visit to the Perur temple. However, the best time to visit the temple would be during the festival of 'Panguni Uthiram'. The festival is celebrated in its full spirit during the month of March. The temple is open to devotees for worship from 05.00 AM to 12.00 PM and 03.00 PM to 08.00 PM every day.

The Dhyanalinga is a Yogic temple located 30 km from Coimbatore, India. The temple was consecrated by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a yogi and mystic. The temple is consecrated using prana prathista and is dedicated for meditation. Silence is maintained inside the temple. Dhyana in the Sanskrit language, means meditation and linga means form. Dhyanalinga is claimed by the owners of the temple to be a powerful and unique energy form created from the distilled essence of yogic sciences and the first of its kind to be completed in over 2,000 years.The Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple offers a meditative space that does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system.

A large ellipsoidal dome covers the sanctum sanctorum. The dome was constructed using only bricks and cement stabilized mud mortar without, steel or concrete.The dome is 76 ft (23.2 m) in diameter and 33 ft (10.1 m) in height. The lingam is 13 ft (4 m) in height made of high density black granite.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement, is a Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organization. This is a temple for Lord Krishna.It is a practice recognized by the ancient Vedas, steeped in the Vaishnava religion. This society has been founded in 1966 in New York City by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. This movement of mercy has spread to all continents of the world. Within 40 years it has established centers in most countries and important cities. The objective of this educational non-profit organisation is to make Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's sankirtan movement available to every town and village. In Coimbatore ISKCON is found at Codissia Trade Fair Complex Rd, Nehru Nagar.