City Central - Coimbatore

Kochi, Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Chennai, and Madurai are few of the biggest cities in southern India. And believe it or not, Coimbatore is at the epicentre of these cities. However, Coimbatore is not just the heart of the South, it is also the centre of learning.  Unofficially, it could well be called a student town. It has an abundance of engineering colleges, educational institutes, and universities. This tryst with learning has transformed Coimbatore from a small city to a land of the future – ushering wave after wave of start-ups.

Coimbatore: A Quick View of the state 
State Tamil Nadu
Official Language Tamil, Kongu Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada
Dial Code 422
Population 1.928 Million
Currency Indian Rupee (INR)
Time Zone UTC+05:30 (IST)
Area 7,469 sq km

Highlights: Verdant Escapes

Treks and Trails: After days of hard work, tap into your hobbies of photography and trekking. At Coimbatore, the best paths to hike are at Anamalai Tiger Reserve. Trail through the forest and capture candid shots of nature at its best. For an easy-going journey, take an elephant ride or slide into a van and plunge into the jungle’s leafy embrace. The Tiger Reserve is home to winged creatures too. So, grab your binoculars and hit the muddy road to explore the majestic birds. One of the charms of India is the elephant. The reserve has an elephant camp that takes you behind the scenes. See first-hand the daily life of the pachyderms.

Theme Parks: When the weather is hot, a theme park always seems like the best option. Let loose at either of these theme parks in Coimbatore - Kovai Kondattam Amusement Park, Black Thunder, and Maharaja Theme Park. From splashing around to uncovering your wild side – these parks have it all. Water rides that end with a big splash and fun-filled activities such as dashing car, dragon coaster, giant wheel, and many more. The theme parks are a great way to celebrate birthdays, weddings anniversaries, and special occasions.

Places of Worship: Southern India sparkles with a variety of temples. The ornate places of worship spark wonder and reverence at the same time. Likewise, the temples in Coimbatore are designed intricately and planned thoughtfully. This city has a temple at every corner that evokes devotion as well as admiration. Go temple hopping starting with Marudhamalai, Perur Pateeswarar Temple, Arulmigu Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, Masaniamman Temple, Koniamman Temple, Sri Naga Sai Temple, ISKCON Coimbatore, Thirumoorthy Temple, Thandu Mariamman Temple, and Karivaradharaja Perumal Temple.

Gardens: Special moments are formed when families come together to share laughter and joy. One of the best places to do so is at the TNAU Botanical Garden - a slice of greenery in Coimbatore. It is a safe place for children to run around among different types of trees and bushes. If you fall in love with a plant, you can make it your own. Pick up the plant at the botanical’s nursery. This environment also is a quiet and cheerful place for friends to hang out and talk at length.

Nearby Hill Stations: Some of the best ways to forget your worries and enjoy life, is to visit a hill station. People of Coimbatore are blessed with a number of hill stations. The best ones within 200 km are Ooty, Coonoor, Topslip, Valparai, Munnar, Devikulam, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, and Sulthan Bathery.


Interesting Facts

  • Drinking water is sweet. Yes, in Coimbatore, the taste of drinking water is unlike any other. The city gets its aqua from Ukkadam Lake. It is replenished with flowing water from the sweet Siruvani River.
  • For the sake of sambar, get to Coimbatore. The best sambars are served at Annapoorna Gowrishankar Hotels.
  • This city is called the Manchester of South India. It gets its name because the city has an extensive textile industry just like in Manchester.
  • Coimbatore has a lot of engineering institutes. This has given rise to plenty of start-ups.
  • It is one the safest place in India. It is not been affected by natural disasters so far and is by and large a safe haven for women.
  • It is home to finest health care centres in the field of Ayurveda, allopathy, siddha and traditional medicine.
  • Narain Karthikeyan, ace racing driver is from Coimbatore.


Location: Cradled in Nature's Arms

Rarely do we consider a city to be a thriving place for plants, birds, and animals. Furthermore, most cities crave clean air. In Coimbatore, you have both in abundance. Its proximity to the Western Ghats, the gushing Noyyal River and its nine lakes create a life-supporting environment for people, flora, and fauna.

Topographically, to the north of Coimbatore is the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and to the west lies a shield of mountains. The taluka of Sulur lies to the east and the Mettupalayam taluka embraces Coimbatore in the south.

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Timings: Winter is the best month

Like most South Indian states, Coimbatore sizzles in summer. The temperature races to 40 degrees Celsius. However, the winds of change blow strong here. Cool breeze rolls through the city from the high mountain sides, blunting the edge of the sun’s sharp rays.

Thanks to the hilly environs, it attracts thick rain clouds from June to November. However, the best time to visit the city is in winter. The weather is at a pleasant 15 degrees Celsius. This amazingly refreshing weather lasts until March.


How to reach Coimbatore: A well connected network

By Air: The Peelamedu Airport is your ticket to Coimbatore. The airport is not too far from the city - around 25 minutes from the city centre. The airport serves all domestic airlines, which makes it an easily accessible city. As it is an international airport, it also caters to flights from UAE, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and other countries.

By Rail: As it is the nucleus of the south, Coimbatore serves several trains coming from different major cities. The main station is Coimbatore Main Junction, but trains also halt at Coimbatore North Junction, Podanur Junction, and Pilamedu.

By Bus: Coimbatore is well connected to other cities in South India and the neighbouring hill stations. Within few hours your feet are grounded at Coimbatore.


History: Tough fight

Wondering how the city has a peculiar dialect called Kongu Tamil? Well, it can be traced to the time when this area was part of the Kongu country. Back in the days, Coimbatore was inhabited predominately by tribes. One of the most powerful tribes was Kosars, but they did not stand tall for long. First the Rashtrakutas, then Cholas, the Chalukyas, the Pandyas, the Madurai Sultanate, Vijayanagar, the Madurai Nayaks, Tippu Sultan of Mysore, and finally, the British colonists vanquished the Kosars.

Language Spoken

Tamil, Kongu Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada

Currency used:

Indian Rupee (INR)


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Coimbatore Tourism Guide

Known as the Manchester of South India, Coimbatore is a cultural and historical city full of wonderful locations. To avail the best Coimbatore holiday packages, consult your travel agent. You can also grab Coimbatore tourism guide brochure online to look into the details properly before planning your trip. You can find a complete list of Coimbatore Tours online.

It is important to take a tourist guide who can give you the details of the places you are planning to visit all in advance. The Coimbatore tours that you arrange should be planned so that you can enjoy a hassle free and relaxed trip to the places.

Nestled in the state of Tamil Nadu, the city of Coimbatore is a sight to behold. Located on the banks of the Noyyal River and surrounded by the Western Ghats, Coimbatore has beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, wildlife and numerous lakes making it a tourists’ paradise. A number of Coimbatore tour packages are available online, along with individual Coimbatore tours schemes as well.

Coimbatore houses one of the first formula one race tracks, making it a thrill to visit. The Kari Motor Speedway, a Formula 3 Category circuit, is a famous tourist attraction in the area and is open for tourist participation as well. The Coimbatore Golf Course, an 18-hole golf course and even the Coimbatore Cosmopolitan Club, a 100 year old club, is popular in the city. Coimbatore Flying Club is a must visit for flying enthusiasts. Amusement parks and water parks like Black Thunder are also a popular attraction in the area. A number of Coimbatore tour packages list these places as a part of their packages. One can also take individual Coimbatore tours to explore the area.

According to Coimbatore tourism, the Best time to visit Coimbatore is considered to be between the months of September and March, when the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing. The summer season is not considered ideal for it tends to get warm making it uncomfortable for sightseeing and picnics. Winter months are still pleasant and can be considered for a visit. A number of Coimbatore tour packages are available during this time period, making it easier for the tourists. Other seasonal packages are also available online.

Thomas Cook offers comprehensive Coimbatore tour packages along with a number of other tour packages as well. Travel locally or internationally with our specialized tour packages. One can also customize these tour packages according to their convenience, making them highly flexible and affordable for the tourist. We also offer singular Coimbatore tours as well. Additional services like flight booking services are available as well. We also have reliable forex services, like converting EUR to INR and even INR to EUR. These additional services can be easily availed online.

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