Coimbatore is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and this large metropolitan city is known for being the textile, industrial, commercial, educational, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu. Considered to have existed before the 2nd Century AD, Coimbatore had once been a small village called Kongunad. Known for its flourishing agriculture business and textile mills, Coimbatore is currently an upcoming Information Technology Hub of Tamil Nadu. This city is also referred to as the "Manchester Detroit of Southern India". Coimbatore is surrounded by the Western Ghats and is positioned on the banks of the Noyyal River.
Budget Hotels in Coimbatore
There are great hotels near the bus stand in Coimbatore. They are Hotel Sree Murugan (Tariff – Rs. 1,685) and Metro Park Inn (Tariff – Rs. 2,150).
Tamil is the local language in Coimbatore. There are many inhabitants from other states settled in this cosmopolitan state and the languages spoken include English, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.
Events in Coimbatore
The Mariamman festival is a major event in summer and also the Koniamman temple car festival attracts a lot of populace to the city.
Places to See in Coimbatore
Lot of people visit Coimbatore for its pleasant weather and hospitality. The interesting tourist spots include Kovai Kutralam falls (35 kms from the city), Vydehi Water falls(35 km),Monkey falls(75 km), Malampuzha dam(60km), Thirumurthy waterfalls(90 km),Bhavani Sagar(55km).Dhyanalinga Yogic temple & Isha Yoga centre (35 km), Vellingiri hill temple(37 km), Marudhamali Hill Temple(13 km from Gandhipuram BS), and Vydehi Water falls(35 km).
How to Get There
Coimbatore International Airport is located at Peelamedu (15 kms) from the city. The Coimbatore International Airport offers domestic flights to major Indian cities, while international flight services are only limited to Sharjah and Singapore.
Coimbatore Junction is also referred to as Kovai Junction. This major railway junction is the busiest railway station in Tamil Nadu. Many trains from different states connect via Coimbatore Junction.
Currently there are 3 mofussil bus stands at Gandhipuram, Singanallur and at Ukkadam. Besides these, the Government bus stand and Town Bus Stand is also situated at Gandhipuram. The three leading bus operators which include KPN Travels, KMP Travels and Kings Travels. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.
Kanchipuram also known as “Kanchi” is a popular city of Tamil Nadu. It is a household name amongst the ladies of the country for the city’s most popular products – Kanchipuram Silk Sarees. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the state capital of Chennai, at a distance of 69 km east on the Bay of Bengal coast. Temple, cuisine as well as Saree-lovers must visit this place once in Chennai.
Places to Stay
There are a lot of budget hotels in the city; some of the options which are worth trying out are Sree Sakthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700), Baboo Soorya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), S.S.K Inn (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. Hindi and English are also understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places worth visiting in the area are the Varadharaja Perumal Temple, where Brahmotsava is the main festival. Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple celebrates Uthiram as an important festival every year in the month of March-April. Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary are Muttukkadu are other places worth a visit. A Kanchipuram tor would be incomplete without a visit to the local market place.
How to Get There
The Chennai International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 62 km
Kanchipuram Railway Station is a major station, which connects the place to other popular Indian as well as regional cities.
Buses, both state-run as well as private, to the area are readily available from Chennai. Ticketgoose.com’s bus booking online service is the best way to buy your bus tickets.