Encircled by the mighty Western Ghats and nestled on the banks of river Noyyal, Coimbatore is a major city in Tamil Nadu. Due to the production of cotton and numerous textile industries, it is sometimes known as the "Manchester of South India".
The name Coimbatore has evolved from the word Kovanputhur, which means new town of Kovan. Coimbatore is the anglicisied version of the former name. In 2015, Coimbatore was rated as one of the safest city for women to live in India.
While living in such a beautiful and peaceful city is a boon, weekends are for those eager wanderers who love to explore. If you live in Coimbatore or anywhere closer to the city, then these are the 6 best getaways that you can travel to on a long weekend.
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When all you want is to breathe clean, fresh air amidst immaculate nature and please your eyes with lush greenery and cool climate, then Coonoor is your quickest escape. Located at a distance of 69 km from Coimbatore that takes 2-3 hours to be covered, Coonoor is a haven for nature lovers.
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Sometimes known as Palghat, Palakkad is a quaint city that acts as the gateway of Kerala. Travel back in time with a visit to the regal Palakkad Fort that is located in the heart of the city. Rebuilt by Hyder Ali, the Palakkad Fort which was first built in 1766 AD is one of the well preserved forts of Kerala.
Malampuzha Dam and gardens, Kalpathy temple are some of the other places that you can visit in Palakkad. It is located 53 km from Coimbatore that takes 1.5 hours to be completed.
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Popular for the glorious Mysore Palace and boisterous festival of Mysore Dasara, Mysore is one of the most important tourist destination of Karnataka. Located 195 km away from Coimbatore, the journey takes about 5 hours to be completed. Mysore's popular points of interest includes the Mysore Zoo, Chamundi hills and Chamundeshwari temple, Karanji lake, to name a few.
Ooty, the most popular hill station of Tamil Nadu, is located just 85 km from Coimbatore that takes 3-4 hours to be covered. This hill stationis known as Queen of the Nilgiris, and is a picturesque location that is covered with tea estates and enormous Nilgiris ranges, all of which can be witnessed at leisure through a toy train ride.
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Kotagiri is a small town located 65 km from Coimbatore. It is a relatively offbeat destination that is perched at a height of 5882 ft. Nestled in the laps of the Western Ghats, Kotagiri is known for mesmerising places such as the Elk falls, Catherine falls, etc.
Trek to the Kodanand view point that offers a breathtaking view of the town, and also overlooks Dolhpin's nose and the Catherine falls.
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Wayanad is a relatively underrated destination, that is spread with pleasant greenery and during winter or monsoon, the climate tends to be balmy and perfect for a vacation. It is located 240 km from Coimbatore, in Kerala.
Some of the places you cannot miss in Wayanad includes Banasura Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary,Pookot Lake, to name a few. Trek to the famous Chembra peak or just relax in the scenic beauty of Wayanad.