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Coimbatore

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Coimbatore

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Coimbatore is a one of the major industrial cities in Tamil Nadu and is called the Manchester of South India.The towns that are adjacent to Coimbatore are : Tirupur, Hosiery town;Palakkad, gateway to Kerela state, Ooty, a world-famous hill-station;Pollachi, an agricultural town

Understand

Overview

Coimbatore is known for its various industries, engineering goods, textile mills, educational institutions, health care facilities, pleasant weather, friendly culture and hospitality. There is a significant minority of people of North and West Indian origin in Coimbatore which gives it a cosmopolitan outlook. The Tamil spoken here is called Kongu tamil. Other languages spoken include English, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. Very friendly & courteous people in South India. Except for early summer it otherwise has a very pleasant climate throughout the year, similar to a resort town. It's one of the upcoming Information Technology Hub with new initiatives from the State Govt.

Get in

By plane

Coimbatore has a domestic airport which has regular flights from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sharjah. Air Sahara, Indian Airlines, Air Deccan and Jet Airways operate flights out of Coimbatore Airport.

Coimbatore Airport is approximately 15 kilometers from the center of the city. Mode of transport from the airport to the city includes taxi and autos.

By train

Coimbatore Junction is well connected by trains from all major cities including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Hyderabad, Kanyakumari, Jammu, Mumbai and New Delhi. Other nearby train stations include Podanur Junction and North Coimbatore.

  • Southern Railway [7]
  • Indian Railway reservations [8]

By bus

The state transport corporation and a lot of private bus operators ply bus from Coimbatore to major cities in Tamil Nadu and also to the neighboring Kerala and Karnataka states.

Get around

Getting around Coimbatore is easy. There are public transport buses, auto rickshaws and call taxis available in plenty.

Auto rickshaws are not advised as they charge whatever they feel like, if they find that you are an outsider. Call taxis are the best as they have digital meter installed which will tell you the cost. Minimum charge is Rs. 35/- .There are many call taxi operators here, you can get the number from your hotel or railway station, airport etc.

Car Rentals

  • Kumar Tourist [9] - A tourist agency in Coimbatore

See

  • Coimbatore is surrounded by hill ranges and hence several picnic spots for one-day drive and back exist around Coimbatore.Some of them are-Kovai Kutrallam water falls(45 kms), Monkey falls(75 km), Athikadavu stream (40km), Kallar river banks(55 kms),Topslip town (90 kms),Malampuzha dam (60 km),Thirumurthy waterfalls (90 km), Esha Yoga centre(55 km),Vellingiri hill temple(65 km), Marudhamali Hill Temple(20 km) , Vydehi Water falls (35 km),Bhavani Sagar (55km), Kodiveri (75 km) etc.
  • Most of them are not very well known to outsiders and if you go on a working day , the tranquility would be an added advantage .And most of these roads are good, compared to Indian standards.
  • There are two good water theme parks -Black Thunder Near Ooty foot hills and Kovai Kondattam enroute Siruvani Dam.The entry fees are 300 to 350 for adults , while children get a discount of Rs 50-100 per head.
  • Temples in and around Coimbatore are - Eachanaari Vinayaga Temple in Pollachi road, Marudhamalai Hill Temple, Anubhavi Subramniar temple which has a natural spring that spurts water throughout the year, Perur Siva Temple, Asia's biggest status temple in Puliakulam. Other temples are Ayappan Pooja Sangam in Ramnagar and Ayyappan temple in New Siddhapudur, Sringeri Saradha Koil, Saibaba temple in Saibaba colony, Koniamman temple and Ramar temple in Ramnagar near Gandhipuram bus stand.And the famous Palani temple devoted to Lord Muruga is 100 kms from Coimbatore.
  • Dams are Siruvani (World's Second tastiest water which is the source of drinking water in Coimbatore), Amaravathi, Aazhiyaar(Aaleeyaar), Sozhaiyaar (Solaiyaar), Bhavani Sagar, Thirumoorthi Dam.
  • Waterfalls include Monkey falls on the way to Vaalpaarai hills, Kovai kutralam near siruvani and others are on the way to Vaalpaarai hills and Ooty hills.
  • Hill stations are Ooty(80 km), Vaalpaarai near Pollachi, Kodaikanal(180 km).
  • Sanctuaries are Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary(150 km), Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary(100 km), Top Slip.

Coimbatore is lush green barring the core summer month of March to Jun, and is relatively unexplored by outside tourists.And rainy season is also mild compared to the heavy rainfall that the neighbouring Kerala state witnesses.Hence people looking for an economy travel with peacfeul motoring (bike/car) could explore Coimbatore and the surrounding hills.

Do

Try tasting Siruvani Water(of late the water has lost its sweeness as the civil authorities mix Siruvani water with another source called Athikadavu water) & drinking before heading towards your destination.


While Coimbatore lacks the pavement shop culture of Chennai where you bargain and get rock bottom prices, the town has some good shops in terms of clothing and jewellery.Unless you are very keen to buy something , shopping may be avoided . The shopping areas are RS Puram(DB Road/CB Road), Gandhipuram(Cross Cut Road) and Town Hall Area(Big Bazaar St, Raja Street)

Coimbatore is an ideal stop if you want to take some rest while on the way to Ooty, Bangalore or Kerala. Don't forget to taste the best of south indian Dosas, Vada, Chutney and vegetarian rice meal. Try Krishna Sweets too, the sweets chain had their origins in this town.

Learn

Tamil is the mother tongue of the natives-picking up few word would be helpful. .Telugu and Malayalam would qualify as the other languages.English is also spoken among the educated .

Work

Business cotton mill, or engineering mechanical or anything with spare parts,or jewellery business like diamond or gold, coconut business, etc.

Buy

Buy Jewellery and Cotton.

ATMs

State Bank of India, Trichy Road, RS puram, Gandhipuram, TNAU, Vadavalli

Punjab National Bank, Dr. Nanjappa Road, Gandhipuram

HSBC, Race Course

corporation bank, trichy road

oriental bank of commerce, trichy road

Icici bank, Several across the city

HDFC, RS puram

ANZ, RS puram

citibank, avinashi road

UTI bank, RS puram

Eat

When you vist Coimbatore don't forget to taste the Food & Siruvani Water



Budget

  • Annapoorna-Veg Hotel chain, has around 10 outlets in Coimbatore
  • Annalakshmi-A veg chain run by a Religious trust, excellent veg food,Race Course road
  • Chicken Sampoorna ,Gandhipuram-Serves biriyani and Chicken the Chettinadu(Southern Tamilnadu) way
  • Dakshin Restaurant, Nanjundapuram road, next to Parsons apartment complex.

Mid-range

Cloud 9 Roof top restaurant( on 6 th floor Hotel City Tower), offering a good view of Coimbtore. Ideal dinner spot.

  • Nilgiris-Nest,Avinashi Road

Splurge

  • Pavilion at The Residency-Lawns
  • Chin Chin at The Residency-Chinese Restaurant
  • Afghans Grill at The Residency .

Drink

Budget

  • Hotel Kalliapas, situated in gandhipuram cross cut road, offers a rooftop bar, the beverages are cost effective, though the crowd is noisy the place per se offers a cool ambience with lots of plants around, must visit if you prefer to be among locals.
  • Ramba Bar ,opposite to Railway station which has the same traits as Kaliappas.Could help if you want a fast one before catching the train

Mid-range

The Courtyard at Rathna Regent (OROIN), this place is on the main Avinashi Road opposite to Hotel Residency, .

Splurge

House of lords at Residency offers plush and tastefully done cocktail lounge [10]

Sleep

Budget

There are no neat budget hotels in Coimbatore. You've got to settle for a Mid-Range or star hotel if you want a comfortable stay.

Mid-range

  • Hotel City Tower [11] - standard A/C double room Rs.1250/- deluxe A/C double Rs.1500/
  • Hotel Alankar Grand Days

Splurge

  • Hotel Heritage Inn
  • The Residency
  • Nilgiris Nest
  • CAG Pride

Contact

Stay safe

Stay healthy

Cope

Beauty parlors & hair salons

The Residency

Gyms

Fitness One India Ltd 133/82, West Sambandam Road, R S Puram Coimbatore Ph:- 2551222

Laundry

Shoe repair

Post & telegraphs

Get out



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