A Travel Guide to Coimbatore

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Coimbatore is one of the stunning destinations in South India with Nilgiris hills, rain forest, crystal clear river making it an ideal escape for nature lovers. Besides that, the city is blessed with many temples that are of Dravidian-style architecture that display intricate design. While here, make sure to indulge in the local cuisine, try different dishes and also interact with the local people. 

The city is also known as the Manchester of South India for its textile industry. The city is brilliantly located on the way to scenic hill stations such as Ooty and Coonoor—friendly enough and very liveable, with an unhurried pace. There are many tourist places near Coimbatore that you can visit on your trip. Drop by soon before the rest of the country cotton on. 

Best time to visit Coimbatore

The best time to visit Coimbatore is between the months of September to March. It is an excellent time to visit the city since the weather remains relaxed and comfortable to explore attractions.

How to reach Coimbatore

  • By air: You can book your flights to Coimbatore with IndiGo. The Coimbatore airport lies about 15 km from the centre of the city. IndiGo operates non-stop weekly flights between Coimbatore and Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai.
  • By train: Coimbatore Junction is the prime railway station in the city that connects the city with the rest of India.
  • By bus: The state has an extensive network of government buses and private-owned buses, connecting it to the other parts of the country.

Getting around Coimbatore

A vast network of buses run by the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) and other private operators running within the city. Auto-rickshaws are also a popular mode of transport along with private cabs.

Spoken languages in Coimbatore

  • Kongu 
  • Tamil
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Places to visit in Coimbatore

  • Flower Market: Coimbatore's biggest draw is its beautiful flower market at RS Puram. Flood the senses with irresistible blooms, by the bucketful flowers that range from every day to the exotic. It's chaotic, but then the beauty of the flowers calms you down. Head there at 6am when the vendors begin trickling in and don't forget to take a bag of rosebuds back home.
  • Kari Motor Speedway: Next on the tourist circuit is Kari Motor Speedway. This racing circuit plays host to the National Championship races for a range of vehicles, from go-karts to motorcycle road racing and even formula racing events. 
  • Contemplate Art Gallery: In the mood for some art of the silent kind? Check out paintings, installations and photographs at Contemplate Art Gallery, an initiative that incubates and supports up-and-coming artists and hosts exhibitions by them.
  • Gass Forest Museum: Take a walk back in time, visit the Gass Forest Museum, off Cowley Brown Road. Housed in an imposing British-era limestone building, it displays—in an oddly appealing way— some intriguing exhibits to catch your eye, including some rare collections of endangered stuffed animals and birds, tribal clothes, animal skins and skeletons including a 456-year-old cross-section of a teak tree weighing 1.75 tonnes.

Places to eat in Coimbatore

On the Go, Race Course Road
On the Go, Race Course Road

A chic and turquoise little restaurant on Race Course Road. They offer global cuisine and are known for their mushroom risotto and their delicious Oreo cookie tart. Try and snag a table on one of their supper theatre nights, for some added drama to your fine dining experience.

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Sree Annapoorna, multiple locations
Sree Annapoorna, multiple locations

Life is too short for bad coffee. And the filter coffee at any of the Annapoorna restaurants in Coimbatore is excellent; the owners take their coffee as seriously as the French do. Other reasons to visit are the rose milk and the south Indian tiffin, particularly at the RS Puram outlet if you can; it’s been impossible for anyone to replicate their menu.

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Chin Chin, Race Course Road
Chin Chin, Race Course Road

Chin Chin does unabashedly Indo-Chinese food. Their fried ice-cream is sensational: it’s quite simply rock-solid, frozen ice-cream dipped in a crazy batter and deep fried. Possibly the most decadent dessert you can ever have.

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Valarmathi Mess, Race Course Road
Valarmathi Mess, Race Course Road

This little restaurant serves authentic Kongunadu cuisine, so good that Narain Karthikeyan is a regular. The simple biryani, has been elevated to an art form here, and guests must also spare some appetite for the pallipalayam koli, kothu parota together with a sprinkling of Eno salts.

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Shopping places in Coimbatore

  • VKR Woman, Kamaraj Road: From handwoven kurtas to organic cotton and hand-picked handlooms sourced directly from weavers across India, the environmentally-conscious shopper will feel at home here. Explore their mind-boggling range of beautiful fabrics: Ajrak, Kalamkari and Matka silks, to name a few. Your Mom, back home, will be thrilled with this unexpected addition to her collection.
  • Ramraj Cottons, Mangalam Road: Everyone knows Ramraj Cotton does the best dhotis. What isn't well-known is that they stock the crispest cotton fabrics. Ask for their whites. And then make a shirt out of it from your neighbourhood darzi.
  • PSR Silks, Ram Nagar: This is the kind of store most of us would open if only we had half a conscience or at least six yards of it. The owner, PS Rangasami, had humble beginnings, he began as a weaver. Years later, he brought several villages under his fold by training master weavers and giving back to his community. The result is an exquisite range of sarees, the kind that makes a trousseau brilliant and heartfelt.
  • A-1 Chips, multiple locations: When you're in Coimbatore, you can forget about Pringles and Lays. Stock up on chips from any one of the A1 outlets in Coimbatore. Tapioca, banana, potato—they do them all. Take a few bags back home, but pack them well if you don't want them to break before you return home.

Where to stay in Coimbatore

the-residency-towers

The Residency Towers, Avinashi Road Centrally located to almost everything, The Residency Towers is as friendly as the town itself. It is one of the best hotels in Coimbatore. The main draw is the food whether it’s Afghan Grill’s North-West Frontier fare or the Kongunadu cuisine at Pavilion. The hotel is popular with relatives of patients admitted to Ganges Hospital - one of the country’s most famous orthopaedic hospitals.

Aloft-Coimbatore-Singanallur

Aloft Coimbatore Singanallur This is the closest luxury hotel to the airport and to the city’s IT hub, TIDEL Park. The clientele here is a well-heeled mix of locals as well as textile buyers and business travellers from abroad. Come dinner time, try the hummus and fried pita at Estia, the Mediterranean restaurant.

vivanta-by-taj

Vivanta by Taj – Surya, Race Course Road Shards of stone are laid out at the entrance to bring the sun inside the hotel. It’s a nice take on the name, Surya. The Dalai Lama and Shah Rukh Khan are some famous personalities who have been guests at Vivanta by Taj - Surya. Guests mustn’t leave without sampling Latitude’s idlis, which are fantastic. Red Pearl gives Coimbatore an authentic Chinese experience.

Zone

Zone by the Park, Avinashi Road This funky, contemporary hotel describes itself as a hotel that’s ‘Social by Design’. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, iPod docks and minibars. They’re all controlled by smart technology which saves your preferences whether it's the temperature or your choice of television channels. Loyalists can also save these for future visits across any Zone hotel in other cities.

Le-meridian

Le Méridien Coimbatore, Avinashi Road The Tamil Nadu suite at Le Meridien, inspired by Chettinad architecture, is where Prime Minister Narendra Modi stayed while campaigning in this part of the country. The hotel has 55,000sq ft of banqueting space, ideal for all those endless conferences. When it comes to dining, there’s Peacock for Indian cuisine, Ponzu for Asian fare, Favola for Italian and a cigar lounge too.

Nightlife in Coimbatore

  • Black Box
  • Pitstop
  • Latitude 11
  • Tease
  • Flames
  • Underworld Bar

More reasons to visit Coimbatore

  • Marudhamalai Hill Temple: Among Coimbatore's tourist places, you can visit famous temples that date back to 1500AD. One such renowned temple is Marudhamalai Hill Temple, located at 500 feet on the Western Ghats. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, the temple boasts Dravidian style architecture and a visual treat for the eyes. Other temples include Perur Siva Temple, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, Anubhavi Subramaniar Temple and Vellingiri Hill Temple.
  • Monkey Falls: Coimbatore is also home to incredible waterfalls. Among all, the stunning Monkey falls a must-visit. Falling from a height of 60feet, it's a popular spot for trekking and picnic. You can also visit Kovai Kutralam Falls, which is equally famous stunning.
  • Camp Splendour: The adventurist should check into Camp Splendour near Udumalpet and sign up for a visit to the crocodile farm, a spot of hot-air ballooning, try coracle rafting or experience a dinner with friends around a campfire.
  • Isha Yoga Center: The average Coimbatorean maybe a picture of calm—undoubtedly because he visited the transcendental Isha Yoga Center—but he does indulge in a nocturnal activity or two. One of them is dining in a natural cave at Kurumba Village Resort, an hour or so via the Nilgiri mountain railway, in Coonoor. Eerie but this is as close to wild dining as you can get.

Places to visit near Coimbatore

  • Ooty: Situated at a distance of 89km from Coimbatore, Ooty is considered one of India's best hill stations. It's a great escape from the city if you want to explore a picturesque picnic spot.
  • Coonoor: It is just 18 km away from Coimbatore boasting a wide range of birds, wildflowers and Nilgiri tea. One of the must thing to try is the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Toy Train) which is worth an experience as the train run amidst the Nilgiris.

Festivals in Coimbatore

Koniamman Car Festival: Koniamman Car Festival is celebrated in Koniamman Temple every year on 1st March. Many devotees come here to pull the car through the eminent streets of Coimbatore. The procession starts from the temple, and the chariot is drawn through Big Bazaar Street, and is finally parked at Raja Street in its parking space.

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