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Tourist Places

V.O.C. PARK, Nehru Stadium- 2 KM

PERKS PYRAMID

G.D. NAIDU INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION- 6 KM

KASTHURI SRINIVASAN ART GALLERY & TEXTILE MUSEUM

CODISSIA :

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY- 7 KM

FOREST COLLEGE MUSEUM- 7 KM

BHARATHIYAR UNIVERSITY

BOTANICAL GARDEN- 7 KM

BOAT HOUSE, Singanallur- 5 KM

BOAT HOUSE, Sulur- 20 KM

SENGUPATHI WATERFALLS

SIRUVANI DAM- 35 KM

KOVAI KUTRALAM WATER FALLS-30 KM

VAIDHEHI WATER FALLS- 30 KM

KOVAI KONDATTAM, Siruvani Rd- 10 KM

TIRUPUR- 55 KM

ERODE

BANNARI

BHAVANI SAGAR DAM- 75 KM

BHAVANI

CHENNIMALAI

KODUMUDI

YERCAUD, Salam- 220 KM

POLLACHI

PARAMBIKULAM - ALIYAR DAM- 60 KM

ANAIMALAI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY- 60 KM

MONKEY FALLS

VALPARAI

TOPSLIP- 60 KM

AMARAVATHY DAM, Near Udumalai- 90 KM

THIRUMOORTHY MALAI DAM, Near Udumalai- 90 KM

CROCODILE FARM:

UDUMALAI NARAYANAKAVI MEMORIAL

OTHER ECO TOURISM CENTERS

KODAIKANAL- 170 KM

JOLLY WORLD, Press Colony- 20 KM (phone : 2672857)

METTUPALAYAM

BLACK THUNDAR- 45 KM

KALLAR- 45 KM

COONOOR, Sims Park- 75 KM

OOTY- 105 KM

KOTAGIRI

MUDHUMALAI NATIONAL PARK- 155 KM

MAZHAMPUZHA DAM, Palakkad- 61 KM (Kerala)

V.O.C. PARK, Nehru Stadium

The park, maintained by the Coimbatore Corporation, is dedicated to the memory of V.O. Chithambaram Pillai, one of the Indian stalwarts in Tamilnadu, who fought against British imperialism. The mini zoo, Children train, Children Play Ground Equipments, Garden with pre historic Dinosaurs etc attracts visitors. Sports meet, Foot ball matches etc., are conducted in the Nehru Stadium adjacent to the park.

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PERKS PYRAMID

This is a wonderful place to visit and relaxing. The Pyramid is located inside the quiet Perks school campus is ideal for meditation.

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G.D. NAIDU INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION

The industrial exhibition was established by that visionary industrialist, the late G.D.Naidu. A legend in his lifetime, he made valuable contributions to the field of electronics and the mechanisation of agriculture. This permanent exhibition is a testimonial to these achievements.

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KASTHURI SRINIVASAN ART GALLERY & TEXTILE MUSEUM

It is a cultural center run by Kasthuri Srinivasan Trust, Coimbatore. The Art Gallery and Museum is located in Avinashi road is near to Coimbatore airport. The Art Gallery comprises of many traditional and modern original paintings, sculptures and objects of art. The Art gallery also has good reproductions of European, Asian and other overseas art. The Art Gallery also exhibits current artists creativity regularly.

The Textile Museum has a large historical collection of textile technology. Textile technology developments are well illustrated through drawings, charts and working models. Interesting are models of handlooms, different yarns and fabrics. The museum also houses historical costumes of India very well illustrated through drawings.

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CODISSIA

CODISSIA Trade Fair complex located in Avinashi Road, near Civil Aerodrame has largest pillar free halls. Various national level fairs on Engineering, Textile, Foundry, Agriculture, Transport and Consumer Goods are regularly conducted here.

Victoria Town hall

Coimbatore Airport

Railway Junction

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AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (5 Kms from Cbe)

The state Agricultural University is situated about 5 Kms from Coimbatore Railway Station. Originally an Agricultural College, it had its beginning in the Agricultural Demonstration Farm that was started in 1878 in Saidapet, Chennai. This was shifted to Coimbatore in 1906, the foundation for the college building was laid by Sir. Arthur Lawley the Governor. The Building was opened by him in 1909, and became an Agricultural College of repute in the course of time. Today, it is the Tamilnadu Agricultural University, one of the sixteen major Agricultural Universities in the Country and one of the best of South Asia, from where students come to it in large numbers.

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FOREST COLLEGE

This College came into being 1912 and it was known first as Madras Forest College Coimbatore. In 1951, Forest Rangers Course was supplemented by regional forester’s School (1952) for training forester’s deputed by the Southern States. This college is now called the Southern Forest Rangers’ College. It is one of the Country’s prestigious Institutions. Inside the Forest College, there is “GASS Museum” which is worth visiting.

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BHARATHIYAR UNIVERSITY

Bharathiyar University was established by the govt. of Tamilnadu in February 1982 with jurisdiction over the districts of Coimbatore, Periyar and the Nilgiris. The University, named after the Great National Poet Subramania Bharathiyar is enshrined with the motto “Educate to Elevate”. The University is located at the foothills of the Maruthamalai in the Western Ghats range, in sprawling 1000 acres of land, 15 KMs from Coimbatore. The Postgraduate Centre of the University of Madras which was functioning at Coimbatore before 1982 formed the core of the Bharathiyar University. In May 1985, the University received the recognition from the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi for the purpose of grants. The School of distant education was established in the University during the year 1991-1992. As of now, the University has 18 Departments and a full-fledged computer Centre.

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BOTANICAL GARDENS (7 Kms)

The South Indian Textile Research Association (SITRA),

Boat House - Singanallur (5 Kms),

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SENGUPATHI WATERFALLS

It is situated 35 Kms from Coimbatore on the Siruvani road. The location is pleasant and beautiful.

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SIRUVANI (37 Kms from Cbe)

The Siruvani is perennial stream which rises in the Attapadi valley and fed by the Muthikulam water falls and also by some streams, flows north and falls into the Bhavani. For supplying drinking water to Coimbatore city, a Dam was constructed across the Siruvani. The water is the second tastiest water in the world. It is the source of drinking water for the residents of Coimbatore. The panoramic view of the dam and the falls are of enchanting beauty.

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KOVAI KUTRALAM (37 Kms from Cbe)

Kovai Kutralam is a water falls at Siruvani. It is 37 Kms from Coimbatore and is quite magnificent. This falls is amidst thick forest, so visitors are not allowed after 5 P.M. Tree houses are also provided for people whom love adventure and thrill.

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VAIDHEHI WATER FALLS (30 Kms from Cbe)

It is located near Narasipuram village. A perennial water falls is a major attraction here. People who go on trekking and picnics would surely love this place.

Velliangiri Hills

Sulur Lake

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WATER THEME PARKS

Kovai Kondattam - Located in Siruvani Road near Perur.(15 KMs)

Black Thunder - Located at Mettupalayam in Ooty Road.(45 KMs)

Maharaja Theme Park - Located in Avinashi Rd, Neelambur( Kms)

Jolly World – Located in Mettupalayam Rd, (35 Kms)

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TIRUPUR (50 Kms from Cbe)

An important Garment Export centre. ‘Tirupur Kumaran’, a valiant freedom fighter belonged to Tirupur. He died holding the national flag in his hands and never let it fall down. There is a Kumaran hall and a pillar with Kumaran Statue.

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ERODE (92 Kms from Cbe)

It is the headquarters of Erode district. It is birth place of Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, who is affectionately called “Thanthai Periyar” by the people of Tamilnadu. He was a great social reformer, rationalist and politician. There are also two ancient temples, one dedicated to Lord Shiva and the other to Lord Vishnu. There are some interesting inscription in these temples. The handloom products of Erode are very famous.

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BANNARI (83 Kms from Cbe)

Located in Erode district and 10 Kms from Bhavani Sagar. The Mariamman temple here is very famous and attracts thousands of pilgrims.

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BHAVANI SAGAR DAM (80 Kms from Cbe)

BHAVANI (121 Kms from Cbe)

The Sangameswar Temple at Bhavani is situated at the confluence of the Rivers Bhavani and the Cauvery. This place is called “Tiruveni of South India”. It is an important pilgrim centre. Lord Sangameswarar with his consort Vedanayaki is the presiding deity. It is said that during the East India Company regime the then collector of Coimbatore and Salem Districts, William Garrow, who had his headquarters at Bhavani, worshipped Goddess Vedanayaki. One night the Goddess directed him in his dream to vacate his bungalow immediately. The moment he moved out, the entire bungalow collapsed. In wonder at this miracle, he presented to the temple an ivory cradle, which is still in the temple, with his signature.

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CHENNIMALAI (80 Kms from Cbe)

It is an important handloom weaving centre in the Erode district. It is 30 KMs from Erode. There is a temple on the top of the hill. The original idol of Lord Muruga is not there anymore. It has been replaced by another idol of the same deity, with six faces.

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KODUMUDI (104 Kms from Cbe)

It is 40 KMs from Erode. A special feature of this place is that shrines for Siva, Vishnu and Brahma are located in one temple complex. Siva is known as Muchukundeswarar and Vishnu as Veera Narayna Perumal. This is one of the important temples in Erode district.

KODUMANAL

It is 40 KMs away from Erode. It is a small village on the banks of the Noyyal river. It is an archaeological site dating back to the 2nd century BC. Here lie the remains of a Megalithic settlement where the inhabitants were highly skilled craftsmen, specialised in making beads and high quality steel.

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YERCAUD

Popularly known hill station near Salem, in the Servarayan range of hills (anglicized as Shevaroys) in the Eastern Ghats. It is at an altitude of 1,500 meters from mean sea level.

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POLLACHI (40 Kms from Cbe)

This is the second Commercial centre of the Coimbatore District. A temple dedicated to Lord Mariamman and another to Lord Subramanya are located here. There are beautiful stone carvings of a five hooded serpent, a yali with a chain hanging from its mouth and zodiac signs in the Subramanya temple.

Thirumurthymalai Dam

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PARAMBIKULAM - ALIYAR DAM (14 Kms from Pollachi)

The project consists of a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals for harnessing the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunakkadavu, Thekkadi and Palar rivers, lying at various elevations, for irrigation and power generation. The scheme is an outstanding example of engineering skill. It is located in Anamalai range and is ideal for picnics. Overnight stay is possible in forest rest houses. A tree-top house provides accommodation for the lovers of adventure.

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ANAIMALAI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (65 kms from Cbe)

The Indira Gandhi Wild life sanctuary and National Park (popularly known as “The Anamallais”) is one of the hot spots of Bio-diversity in the Western Ghats. The faunal diversity in the sanctuary offers the best asylum for many rare and endangered species of birds and mammals including many endemic. The richness of wild life in this area is one of the major attractions for a wild life enthusiast and tourists alike.

This sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 1,400 meters above MSL in the Western Ghats near Pollachi. The area of the sanctuary is 958 Sq. KM. It has various kinds of wild fauna like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, porcupine, sloth bear, pangolin, black headed oriole, green pigeon, Nilgiri longur, lion tailed macaque and civet cat. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Anamalai has a large number of crocodiles. There are also many places of scenic beauty such as Karain Shola, Anaikunthi Shola, Grass hills, waterfalls, Groves, Teak forests, estates, dams and reservoirs. Arrangements are available at Topslip to take tourists around the Sanctuary on elephant back or by van.

Season Periods : From February to June.

Some important sanctuaries in Tamilnadu are Anaimalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Karunguli Bird Sanctuary, Mundanthurai Tiger Sanctuary, Mudhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary, Vedanthaangal Bird Sanctuary.

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MONKEY FALLS

This is a wonderful waterfall that is located just some km on the hill enroute to Valparai. Many tourists visit this falls on the way to Valparai, the queen of Anamalai Hills.

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VALPARAI (102 Kms Cbe)

It is in Western Ghats on the Anamalai range. It is a Pollution free hill station located 3500 feet above sea level. It is famous for its tea plantations which are surrounded by evergreen and thick forests. This place is also full of elephants. There are two peaks, aptly called Akka Malai (Elder Sister) and Thangachi Malai (Younger Sister) as the gardener of Valparai. Anamalai range has 56 estates of which Valparai is the head of the 50 estates. The spot is just 16 Kilometer away from the hill station Munnar, but it is 300 Kms by road.

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TOPSLIP (90 Kms from Cbe)

This perfect set natural spot located on of the Anamalai Hills, which is about 37 Km from Pollachi. Top Slip is a National Park and a Medicinal plant conservation area in the Anamalai Hills. It is famous for its elephant camp at Kollikamuthi and its Wildlife Sanctuary opened to the public in 1976. There are bungalows available within the Sanctuary. For thrill seekers, accommodation is also available in a tree house. It got its name during the British era, as lots of timber slipped down to the plains below.

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AMARAVATHY RESERVOIR

This is in the Anamalai hills. This has a large number of crocodiles in it. There are many other places like Karainshola, Anaikurthi Shola, grass hills, water falls, groves of coconut and palm, teak forests, tea estates, dams and reservoirs that have to be visited.

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CROCODILE FARM

This is located in Amaravathi Dam which is 25 Km from Udumalpet. This place is at present being developed as a District Excursion center. (closed ?)

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UDUMALAI NARAYANAKAVI MEMORIAL

Narayanakavi was born on 1899. He was a drama actor, a musician and he achieved great fame due to these talents that he possessed and excelled. He brought in awareness among the people through his lyrics. Public can find the life history and photographs displayed in this memorial house of Narayanakavi.

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OTHER ECO TOURISM CENTERS

Equally attractive in the sanctuary are Monkey Falls at Aliyar, Crocodile breeding centre at Amaravathi,Gran hills, Attakatti, Nirar, Kullipatti, Manompally, Chinnar, Thirumoorthy, Varagaliyar and Majampathy. Trekking sheds are available at Majampathy and Varagaliyar. While a wild life interpretation centre is at Aliyar, a medicinal plant interpretation is at Topslip. Vedathri Maharishi’s ‘Temple of knowledge’ is situated near Aliyar Dam.

Kadamparai Power House, Valparai

Karamadai Range Forest eco-tourism, Karamadai

Horticulture Farms, Kallar, Near Mettupalayam.

Mettuppalayam Black Thunder

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METTUPALAYAM: (52 Kms from Cbe)

This small town is just placed at the foot hills of the Nilgiris. The unique railway line between Mettuppalayam and Ooty is adventurous and joyous as it passes through green hills tea plantations and forests.

Mettuppalayam is the starting point for two of the Ghat Roads into the Nilgiri Hills. Subsequently it has established itself for the trade of fresh fruits & vegetables coming down from the hills and also for produce that grows in the plains and is destined for the hills. Fresh produce from here is supplied to most parts of Coimbatore district.

For a magnificent view of the hillside covered with forests, a train journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty is recommended. This narrow gauge mountain train winds through 46 km of forests, tea plantations, 16 tunnels, and more than 250 bridges, starting from Mettupalayam on the plains. Moving at a pace little faster than walking, the journey takes four and half to five hours, but is more compensated by stunning views. Black Thunder a water theme park located 3 km from the town that attracts many tourists.

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COONOOR : (71 Kms from Cbe)

This is the second largest hill station next to Ooty in the Nilgris. It is 19 km from Ooty. The altitude is 1839 meters above mean sea level. The climate in Coonoor is milder than Ooty. People can visit Sim’s Park, Law’s fall, Ketti Dolphin’s Nose, Lamb’s Rock, Lady Canning’s seat, The Droog, Ralliah Dam, Catherine’s fall, and some beverages plantations.

Coonoor, a beautiful and sceneric hill station of Tamil Nadu, lies in the Nilgiri Hills. Coonoor derives its name from the Coonoor hill tribe of the region. The main attraction of Coonoor is the Sim’s Park. Tea bushes, Grassy meadows, arrecknut trees, profusion of Sunflowers, Marigolds and Rhododendrons characterize Coonoor. Coonoor is basically a small tea estate town where the weather remains pleasant all through the year. Based on its relief, the town is divided into upper and lower Coonoor. Coonoor is one of the three popular hill stations in the Nilgiri Hills, the other two being Ooty and Kothagiri.

The road to coonoor is the same till Mudumalai and Masinagudi. It is another 35 km to Udhagamandalam, better known as Ooty and 18 more to Coonoor. The drive beyond Masinagudi entails 35 hairpin bends and though these are very enjoyable drives, the trouble is, everyone else seems to think so too. Watch out therefore for maniacs coming tearing down from the opposite side. Masinagudi used to be an elephant corridor. So don’t be too surprised if you do see some wild tuskers on the road. Apart from the scenic beauty of the road, the drive through Masinagudi is charming in itself.

The road between Ooty and Coonoor is quit forested with hills looming in the distance. Again, there are blind turns and you have to be very careful around the corners. Coonoor town seems as crowded as Ooty but, a little distance away from the centre of the city peace descends again. Coonoor is more charming as it has many quaint houses, old churches and not too many visitors as compared to its more famous neighbouring city. Ooty and its rolling hills give way to snarling traffic in the centre of town which is thankfully bypassed for a smooth drive on the way to Coonoor.

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OOTY (82 Kms Cbe)

Ooty renamed as Udhagamandalam, is also known as “QUEEN OF HILLS” is situated on the Nilgiris (Blue Mountain) range at an altitude of 2268 meters (7,500 feet) above the Mean Sea Level. It was discovered in the early 18th Century. The entire plateau is full of splendid green downs and lofty hills of extraordinary scenic beauty and is endowed with a salubrious climate similar to the English summer. It was the summer capital of the British rulers in India. The British collector of East India Company who ruled over Coimbatore district discovered Ooty in 1882. He was none other than John Sullivan. The misty blue haze of Nilgiris and the fragrant rain forests lure millions of tourists to Ooty every year. Whether travelling by hill train or road, the scenery is breath taking. Waterfalls and wild flowers dot the countryside. The “Shola” forests which can be seen in the higher reachers are very important ecologically.

The Botanical Garden is built exactly of that of the English Style. It is a series of terraced gardens, found by Marquis of Tweed Dale in to 47. Every year the agro-horticultural show is held here during April and May and many tourists visit the flower show.

The Places to see : Botanical Gardens, Raj Bhavan, Tamizhagam Palace, Ooty Lake, Doddabetta Peak, Pykara Dam, Dolphin’s nose, Lamb’s rock, Sim’s Park, Kallar.

The Nilgiris is known for its coffee and tea plantations, while potato, chincona products, and eucalyptus oil are some of its other products. Among the tourist attractions, the Botanical Gardens established by the Marquis of Tweeddale in 1847, presents a variety of exotic and ornamental plants. Both the annual Flower Show of the Horticulture Department and the Dog show of the South India Kennel club are held here. Trout fishing is a popular sport at Avalanche, 24 Kms away from Ooty. Close by are two smaller and quieter hill resorts Coonoor and Kotagiri in the same range.

There is a lake which was built between 1823 and 1825 by the then Collector John Sullivan. One can row the boats into the lake with joy to find the green tops alongside. To go with the boating there are Lake Garden and toy train tides which influence children and older people too.

The stone house in Ooty was also built by the collector, John Sullivan. This is the first ever bungalow constructed in Ooty. Apart from these three spots there are Government Muscums, Raj Bhavan Doddabetta, Mukurti Peak, Pykara Dam and Wenlock Donons. From Ooty it is just 60 km to travel to the Mudumalai animal’s sanctuary.

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KOTAGIRI (105 Kms from Cbe)

This hill station too lies in the Nilgiris. This is 28 km from Ooty. This is the ancient and the oldest hill resort of the Nilgris hills. The British started their building activities early in 1819. This place too is surrounded by tea plantations.

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MUDHUMALAI NATIONAL PARK

Mudhumalai, an important wild life sanctuary, situated in Nilgiris on Ooty - Mysore National High way at an elevation of 1000 meters extending over an area of 324 Sq.KM. The Moyar river drass the border line at Bandipur in Karnataka State and on the other side it extends up to the Kerala Border at Wynad. The sanctuary is abundant with the animals. Herds of elephants are very commonly seen in the bamboo forests along the watercourses. Chittals, Sambar, Gaur, Wild bear, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild dog, Porcupine are there in the sanctuary. Panthers and Tigers can occasionally be seen. This sanctuary is also a paradise for bird watchers.

Athuirappally Falls- Kerala

Malampuzha Dam- Kerala

Munnar Lake- Kerala