GIVING TIME A BREAK

Coimbatore Travel & Shop|CBE May

GIVING TIME A BREAK
Kodaikanal, Pollachi, Valparai, Wayanad, Mysore...

If you’ve never been to these places around Coimbatore, you have not met the right tour guide. There’s the Crocodile Farm in Amravathi Dam that is worth a dekko. Not to mention a stay in the many tree houses in Annamalai wildlife sanctuary. If you are a fan of hilly weather, nothing like Valparai and its streams, waterfalls and dense forests. But of course, who can miss the Queen of Hills, Ooty. Visit it during MAY and MAY and don’t forget to watch the annual flower show at its terraced Botanical Gardens. The list is endless... read on.

POLLACHI

At a distance of 40 km away from Coimbatore lies Pollachi. It is the second commercial centre of Coimbatore district. The Mariamman temples and Subramanya temples are famous here. The five-hooded cobra, a Yali with a chain inside its mouth and the Zodiac signs are some of the sculptures in the temple stones.

Distance — 40 Km

TTDC — 230-3176

Best time to visit — MAY-Jan.

TIRUPUR

This is a textile city. Hosiery centres are aplenty in this city. Just 50 km from Coimbatore, T-shirts and other banian materials are stitched here and sold overseas. There are thousands of banian textiles in Tiruppur. This is the place where the great Kumaran, who fought for the country’s freedom, lived. He died holding the national flag in his hands.

Distance — 50 Km

TTDC — 230-3176

Best time to visit — all through the year

METTUPALAYAM

This small town is just placed at the foot hills of the Nilgiris. It is about 52 km from Coimbatore. The unique railway line between Mettupalyam and Ooty is adventurous and joyous as it passes through green hills, tea plantations and forests.

Distance — 52 Km

TTDC — 2303176

Best time to visit — Dec-Mar

MONKEY FALLS This is a wonderful waterfall that is located just some 65 kms from Coimbatore enroute to Valparai. Many tourists visit these falls on the way to Valparai, the queen of Annamalai Hills.

Distance — 65 Km

TTDC — 230-3176

Best time to visit - Oct-MAY

PARAMBIKULAM-ALIYAR

The place is known for the Aazhiyaar dam, situated 24 km from Pollachi and 84 kms from Kovai. The Aazhiyaar dam was built during the period of 1959 to 1969 on the banks of the river Aazhiyaar. The ultimate objective of constructing this dam is irrigation and power generation. The dam comprises several small dams that are interlinked with tunnels and canals for restraining the rivers, Aliyar, Sholiyar, Nirar, Thunakadavu, Parambikulam, Thekkadi and Palar. The Aazhiyaar dam is an excellent illustration for engineering masterwork. The dam stands tall at 81 metres and makes for a great picnic spot. Timings: 9am-6pm; Tel: 661-1268.

Distance — 84 Km

TTDC — 230-3176

Best time to visit — Oct-Mar

BANNARI

This town is 83 km from Coimbatore and 10 km from Bhavanisagar. Large numbers of devotees come to the famous Mariamman temple located here. The town is near the Western Ghats known for its massive, thick forests.

Distance — 83 km and 10 km from Bhavanisagar.

TTDC — 230-3176.

Best time to visit — Oct-Mar

BARALIKADU ECO TOURISM

Organised by Forest Department, this promises to be a fantastic one-day tour experience. The package includes a coracle boat ride in Piloor Dam, followed by a traditional Adivasi lunch by tribal women along with welcome drink, trekking along the Athikadavu river and a river bath. Start from Coimbatore at7.30am and reach back by 7pm. Book in advance with the Forest Officer. Trips only on weekends and public holidays, excluding festival holidays. Route – Coimbatore-Karamadai-VelliankaduAthikkadavu-Baralikadu

Distance from Coimbatore – 70 km

Forest Dept – 0422-230-2925, 90470-51011

Best time to visit – All through the year

VALPARAI

Rolling greens are a highlight of this choicest spot in the Annamalai range of 56 estates. A fine picnic spot, Valparai is the head of all these estates. Only 102 kms from Coimbatore, the main plantation here is tea. Dotted all over are several waterfalls, streams, dams and dense forests. One can travel to Kerala from Valparai through the mountain road. Distance —102 Km

TTDC — 230-3176

Best time to visit — Sep-MAY

KOTAGIRI

This hill station lies in the Nilgiris. This is 105 km from Coimbatore and 28 km from Ooty. This is the ancient and the oldest hill resort of the Nilgiris hills. The British started their building activities early in 1819. This place too is surrounded by tea plantations.

Distance — 105 Km

TTDC — 230-3176

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