Places to Visit Near Coimbatore

Coimbatore has a special status in South India, historically as well geographically. Also known as Kovai, Coimbatore is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu and is surrounded by the Western Ghats. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in the country and has been selected to be developed as a smart city under the Prime Minister project. It is often called the ‘Manchester of South India’ as the textile industry is huge and has historic importance. The Kovai Cora Cotton is, in fact, a recognised Geographical Indicator of the city. For the traveller, Coimbatore is not just a great place to visit but also a great staging area for further travel. Primarily an industrial city, Coimbatore has seen its fair share of war and consequences. Initially, under the rule of the Cholas, Coimbatore was then part of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th Century and has since been captured and recaptured several times over history. In recent history, Coimbatore was annexed by the British East India Company in 1799 after the defeat of Tipu Sultan. When the production of cotton in Mumbai was affected, Coimbatore stepped up to supplement the needs and this marked the industrial futures of the city. All this is visible in the various monuments and museums in the city and would be a traveller’s delight to visit. Being surrounded by the Western Ghats, trekking and camping are one of the best things to do when in the city. Several trekking routes are available on the city outskirts including a number of peaks. There is a massive statue of Lord Shiva at Coimbatore known as the Adiyogi Shiva Statue. At 112 feet, this statue has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for its height and is a prominent tourist destination. Coimbatore is also a must visit if you are looking to indulge in some traditional Tamil fare including sambhar, dosai, idlis, vada and pongal. As an industrial and business hub, Coimbatore has a lot more to offer than traditional Tamil fare as well. A must visit destination on most traveller’s list, Coimbatore would never disappoint you.read more