If you are thrilled about South India and want to try the cuisine, temples, hills, cultural diversity, Ettimadai is one of the places where you need to be in. The sub-urban area is considered to be an outskirts area of Coimbatore. The heart of Coimbatore lies at a distance of 21 km north of the area. Ettimadai is also known for its greenery.
Places to Stay
Being a small place, naturally there will be no places to put up for the night. One is forced to venture into Coimbatore for lodging. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Raamus Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Vinayak Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Sri Krishna Vilas (Tariff – Rs. 900), KK Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The place does not have anything interesting to offer other than its greenery, unlike Coimbatore where some of the must-see sites include TNAU Botanical Gardens, Gass Forest Museum, Government Museum, Siruvani Waterfalls, Vaideki Falls, VOC Park and Zoo, Marudamalai Murugan Temple, CSI Immanuel Church among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore International Airport at a distance of 29 km.
Coimbatore Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 19 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are available from Coimbatore. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.
Well-known for Turmeric and Handloom textiles, Erode is situated on the banks of the Bhavani and Cauvery rivers. Also referred to as the Textile valley and Loom city of India for its huge production of handloom, power loom and readymade products. Erode is also known as Manjal Maanagaram (Turmeric city) for its cultivation of turmeric. The best time to visit Erode is during June, July and August.
Budget Hotels in Erode
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Erode. Some of them are Metro Altis Lodge (Tariff – Rs44 5), Hotel Meridien ( (Tariff – Rs.990), Hotel Iswariyaa (Tariff – Rs 1300) and Hotel Royal Park (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Erode is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Erode
Some famous festivals and events of Madurai include Mariamman Festival (April - May), Aadi Peruku (August) and Pooja Festivals (October).
Places to See in Erode
There are several places of tourist attraction in Erode. Some of the places include Thindal Murugan Temple (7 km from Central bus stand), Vellode Bird Sanctuary (15kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The only nearest International Airport from Erode is the Coimbatore International Airport.
Erode Junction Railway Statiion is aptly located 3kms away from Erode Central Bus Terminus. This railway line is considered to be the most important since it connects to all the regions of Tamil Nadu. Erode has daily trains that connects to New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Ahmadabad, Jaipur, Patna and Gaya.
The Central Bus Terminus is one of the most important and busiest bus station complexes in the city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include PNK SRT Travels, Kallada Travels and Kesineni Tours & Travels. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.