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Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

No time is a bad time to visit the city of Coimbatore, the third largest in Tamil Nadu. The city is counted among important industrial hubs in the state. The city sprawls along the banks of the River Noyyal and falls in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats. Due to its flourishing textile industry, Coimbatore is also fondly referred to as the Manchester or the Detroit of southern India. For travelers, the city offers to see a number of temples, churches, parks and some wonderful options of excursion tours. Coimbatore occupies a strategic position if whether you want to enter the neighbouring state of Kerala or wish to visit the closely located popular hill station of Udhagamandalam, famously known as Ooty.

Things to Do in Coimbatore
Make a visit to the VOC Park and the Zoo in Coimbatore. Located in the Western Ghats, the place is also home to a pristine flora and fauna. Also get to feast your eyes upon the many wonderful landscapes the travel destination boasts of.

As mentioned above, Coimbatore serves as a wonderful gateway to many popular travel destinations. Undertake a road drive of 37 km west of the city to visit the Siruvani Waterfalls. It is a regular haunt of both foreign tourists and locals.

If you are an animal lover, you can head straight to the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, a few hours drive from the city. The sanctuary shelters a wide variety of both animal and bird species. Covering an area of 958 sq km, the sanctuary is also popular as the Indira Gandhi National Park. Both jeep safari as well as elephant safari options are available inside the sanctuary.

Being an important industrial centre in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore has some good shopping opportunities in store. Big Bazar (Oppanakkara Street), Raja Street and Sukravar Peettai are popular shopping places for buying textile products and items of art and craft.

In and Around
There are numerous temples in and around the city of Coimbatore. The Eachanaari Vinayaga Temple stands on the Pollachi Road. The Anubhavi Subraminar Temple is popular for its natural springs which runs continuously all the year round. Next to visit is the 1000-year-old Perur Siva Temple. At a distance of 100 km from the city is located the much frequented Palani Temple, standing in dedication to Lord Muruga. Taking a road drive along the Vaalpaarai Hills, you come across the Monkey Falls. If you are planning a wildlife safari, you can choose to visit the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, which spreads at a distance of 150 km from Coimbatore. There is also a Crocodile Park closeby. The park lies near Udumalpet (65 km). There is a lot more.

Where to Stay
If you are looking for budget stay in Coimbatore, you can choose to book your stay at hotels like Hotel Vinayak, Sri Krishna Vilas, Hotel Vijay Paradise, Hotel City Tower, Nilgiris Nest, Annapoorna Hotel etc.

Coimbatore Air/Rail/Road Link
At just 10 km from Coimbatore is the Peelamedu Airport. You can catch a flight to the airport from key destinations like Kochi, Madurai, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore. Being a major railway station, Coimbatore connects to all the major cities in southern India. Road connectivity is also quite good. You can enter the city by road from all the major cities of southern India.