Have you decided to make your next family trip or solo vacation an excursion to India? If so, you should consider a visit to Coimbatore. Coimbatore is one of the biggest cities of Tamil Nadu in South India. It is home to both history and modernity with a stunning mix of ancient temples and innovative new architecture.
And all this is set among cascading waterfalls and vast mountains. Add to that flavorful cuisine that will awaken your taste buds and comfortable weather all year round, and you’ve got everything you need to make this your next travel destination.
If you’ve never been to India, much less south India, check out the following things to do for in Coimbatore for an epic trip.
Go Hiking or Camping
Outdoor activities such as hiking and camping are some of the most popular things to do in Coimbatore, and for good reason. There are a plethora of hiking trails in the area with stunning natural views. Some of the best places to go hiking around Coimbatore include:
Dhoni Hills: Dhoni is located just 15 km from Palakkad town in Kerala, and is known for its breathtaking waterfalls and lush forests.
Perumal Peak: If you’re looking for a bit of a climb, head to one of the highest peaks at Kodaikanal in the Perumalmalai hills, with an elevation of 2,440 m.
Vellari Mala: This mountain range stretches from Kerala to the Wayanad district and is known for its lush green landscapes, small streams and stunning waterfalls.
Thalaiyar Falls: Also known as Rat Tail Falls. It is the sixth highest waterfall in India, and a must see for breathtaking views and photos
Visit a Temple
If you really want to dedicate your trip to visiting temples, then you may want to visit temple hub Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, and then hop on one of the many flights from Chennai to Coimbatore to see Coimbatore’s temples.
Coimbatore is often visited because of its breathtaking architecture, most times displayed as part of their many temples. Check out the following temples to make sure you get the most out of your visit:
Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple: This famous temple was built in honor of Lord Shiva, by Karikala Chola from the Chola Dynasty. It is one of the older temples in Coimbatore, actually dating to prehistoric times. You’ll be delighted by intricate stone carvings, wood carvings and pillars depicting Shiva himself, not to mention an array of stunning colors.
Dhyanalinga Temple: If you are into yoga then you can’t miss this one. The Dhyanalinga temple is perhaps one of the most notable yogic temples in Coimbatore, consecrated by the honorable yogi Sadhguru Jaggi. Take some time to calm your inner being by taking some time to meditate while you’re there.
Eachanari Vinayagar Temple: This is considered to be one of the most mystical temples in Coimbatore. Legend has it that when Lord Vinayaka was being taken from Madurai to Patteesawarar Temple, his cart broke down and so he became forever fixed in the spot where the temple stands.
If you are in Coimbatore, you absolutely must make sure you immerse yourself in the rich culinary traditions. In Coimbatore, you’ll find everything from trendy modern dining that turns tradition on its head, to street food that has been prepared the same way for thousands of years, because it’s too good to change. Have a look at some of the following restaurants and treat your taste buds:
Haribhavanam: Enjoy top-notch Chinese and Indian Cuisine in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
Yari: Traditional Indian cuisine and a great ambiance for families.
Bird On Tree: Enjoy fine dining located in the heart of Coimbatore.
Shree Anandhaas: A favorite of locals and many travelers, this restaurant combines traditional South Indian cuisine with innovative ideas from the modern culinary world.
India is a great option for your next trip, especially if you are looking to save money on your vacation to India. If you are looking to take a trip to India, but want to try something a bit different, head to Coimbatore in South India and Tamil Nadu. You’ll see stunning temples that seem almost too beautiful to be real and you’ll have the opportunity to calm your spirit by hiking through lush forests with views of cascading waterfalls.
Not to mention you’ll have the chance to experience some of the most complicated, flavorful and overall delicious cuisine that the world has to offer.