Industrial visit to the second largest city of Tamilnadu i.e. Coimbatore will be an interesting experience, Coimbatore is called the “Manchester of South India” due to its extensive textile industry, fed by the surrounding cotton fields. The city’s primary industries are engineering and textiles. Some of the prominent industries in Coimbatore include Coimbatore Murugan mills, Somasundaram mills, Om Parasakthi Mills, Cambodia Mills, Kishnaveni Textile Mills, L&T, BOSCH, PSG, Sakthi group, Lakshmi Machine Works (LMW), Premier Instruments & Control Limited (PRICOL), Premier Evolvics, Janatics, LGB, Revathi Equipment Ltd, ELGI Equipments, Craftsman Automation Pvt Ltd, Shanthi Gears, Roots Industries ,Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant Technology Solutions, IBM, Robert Bosch GmbH, Tata Elxsi, Dell, Aditi Technologies, CSS Corp and KGISL. Wind Energy major Suzlon has set up a foundry & machine shop in Coimbatore. For students there are two more industrial attractions other than the usual Industrial setups namely, G.D Naidu Industrial Exhibition and Agricultural University.
Coimbatore, an ancient city, was the capital of a small tribal village, Kongunad, before the 2nd century AD until it was brought under Chola control in the 2nd-3rd centuries AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas.
Among its other great rulers were the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara kings. When Kongunad fell to the British along with the rest of the state, its name was changed to Coimbatore.
Today, Coimbatore (Kovai in Tamil) is a commercial city of considerable importance; it is home to over 60 spinning and weaving mills and textiles is its main industry. It is also well known for motor sports with regular events being held at the Kari Motor Speedway.
Sights to See
Perur Patteeswarar Temple
Built by Karikala Chola, this temple dedicated to lord Shiva is situated near river Noyyal. The presiding deity of the temple (Shiva) is known as Patteeswarar and his consort Pachai Nayaki; the sculptures in the hall called Kanagasabai are exquisite. This hall is also known as Mel Chidambaram. This temple is at its colourful best in March, when the Panguni Uthiram festival is celebrated.
This temple, located on a hillock, is dedicated to lord Murugan and the presiding deity is known as Dandayuthapani.
Though it came into existence only in 1971, its ancestry is much older and can be traced back to an agricultural demonstration farm started in Saidapet Madras in 1968. This farm was shifted to Coimbatore in 1970 and the agricultural college was later converted into the Tamil Nadu agricultural university as it is known today. This is the 16th agricultural university in independent India.
There are several scenic waters located around Coimbatore: Monkey Falls (65 km, Sengupathi Falls (35 km), Siruvani Falls (37 km) , and Vaidehi Falls: (30 km via Narsipuram village).
Dyanalingam (30 km)
Located at the foot of Velliangiri mountains, the site features a linga in the form of a single black granite stone 13.9 ft tall with seven copper rings, corresponding to the seven spiritual chakras embedded in it. The linga does not ascribe to any particular faith, but is the distilled essence of yogic science. Isha Yoga Centre, Velliangiri Foothills, Semmedu PO, Coimbatore 641014 Tel: 0422 2515345 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.ishafoundation.org
Kodumudi (104 km)
The speciality of this place is that shrines dedicated to the trinity (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) are located in the same temple complex. Shiva is known as Muchukundeswarar and Vishnu is known as Veera Narayana Perumal here.
- Lakshmi Machine Works Limited
- Larsen & Tubro Limited
- Pricol Limited
- Tamilnadu Co-operative milk producers’ Federation Ltd
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A temple dedicated to Mariamman and another to Subramanya are located here. There are beautiful stone carvings of a five-hooded serpent, a ‘yali’ with a chain hanging from its mouth and zodiac signs in the Subramanya temple.
Erode (92 km)
The headquarters of Erode district and the birthplace of Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, a great social reformer, rationalist and politician. There are two ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Top Slip (90 km)
Top slip is a picturesque locale in the Anamalai hills. It is about 37 km away from Pollachi. This small town is an ideal picnic spot. The best season to visit the Anamalais is between April and June. The nearest railway station is Pollachi.Accommodation: Forest rest houses are available at Top Slip, Mount Stuart, Varagaliar, Sethmadai and Amaravathinagar. Reservation: District forest officer, Coimbatore South division, Mahalingam nagar, Pollachi.
This is a dam site near the Anamalai Hills.Accommodation: Sholayar Agam, Reservation: The executive engineer, Valparai division, Sholayar Nagar division, Coimbatore dist.
This temple is situated at the foot of Tirumurthi hills adjoining the Tirumurthi dam, about 20 km from Udumalpet on the highway from Palani to Coimbatore. A perennial stream flows by the side of the Amalingeswarar temple and there is a waterfall nearby. The crocodile farm at Amaravathi is also close by. Grey and brown monkeys along with thousands of birds are found deep inside the forest of sal, teak, sandal, eucalyptus and deodar. A variety of butterflies, owls, pythons, cobras and rat snakes are also found. The best seasons are from February to April and September to October. The best time is from 0600-0800 hrs and 1600 to 1800 h
Valparai (102 km)
Situated in the Western Ghats on the Anamalai range, Valparai has many tea plantations and is a picnic spot. Other eco tourism centres are Monkey Falls at Aliyar, crocodile breeding centre at Amaravathi, Gran Hills, Attakatti, Nirar, Kullipatti, Manompally, Chinnar, Tirumurthy, Varagaliar and Majampathy.
Bhavani (121 km)
The Sangameswarar Temple at Bhavani is situated at the confluence of the rivers Bhavani and Cauvery. Also called ‘Triveni of South India’ it is an important pilgrim centre. Lord Sangameswarar with his consort Vedanayaki is the presiding deity. It is said that during the East India Company regime, the then Collector of Coimbatore & Salem districts, William Garrow, who had his headquarters at Bhavani, worshipped Goddess Vedanayaki. One night the Goddess appeared in his dream and directed him to vacate his bungalow immediately. The moment he moved out, the entire building collapsed. In wonder at this miracle, he presented to the temple an ivory cradle, which is still in the temple, with his signature.
Bhavani Sagar Dam (80 km)
This dam has been built on the Bhavani river. Permission to visit the dam may be obtained from the local officer-in-charge. Accommodation: Bhavani Rest house. Reservation: Assistant Engineer, P.W.D, Ghavanisagar.
Chennimalai (80 km)
It is an important handloom weaving centre in the Erode district. Close to this town there is a temple on the top of a hill. Originally there was an idol of Subramanya with six faces here. When it was damaged the idol of Dandayuthapani was installed as the presiding deity. It is 30 km from Erode town.
Coonoor (70 km)
Only 19 km from Ooty, this is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris. It stands on a lower ridge of the plateau at an altitude of 1,858 m (6,100 ft). Coonoor is a railway station on the Mettupalayam – Ooty route. There are regular bus services from Ooty and Coimbatore to Coonoor.
How would you like to travel?
- Chennai (532 km,
- via Ranipet, Krishnagiri),
- Ooty (98 km),
- Yercaud (259 km,
- via Bhavani, Avinashi, Salem),
- Vellore (363 km),
- Velankanni (350 km),
- Palani (via Pollachi, 108 km),
- Tanjore (285 km),
- Trichy (via Karur 204 km),
- Kanniyakumari (457 km),
- Thekedy (357 km),
- Thuthukudi (438 km),
- Mysore (230 km),
- Mudumalai (135 km),
- Madurai (via Palani Dindigul, 227 km),
- Kodaikanal (168 km),
- Kochi (190 km),
- Bangalore (via Salem, Krishnagiri, Hosur, 330 km).
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