Avinashi (40 km)
The Avinashi Lingeswarar temple, dating back to 12th Century AD and built by the Cholas is located here. This place was earlier known as Pikkoigul.
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 protected] 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.
Bannari (83 km)
Located in Erode district, it is about 10 km from Bhavanisagar. The Mariamman temple here is very famous and attracts thousands of pilgrims.
Pollachi (40 km)
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.
This small village located on the banks of the Noyyal river is home to an archaeological site dating back to the 2nd century BC. The remains of a megalithic settlement are also found here.
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.