When I told my mom I am writing a blog on Coimbatore, her first reaction was, “On textiles?” When I said no, she assumed with confidence “Aaah! Educational institutions! I see.” Well, who can blame her? For many in her generation, the word Coimbatore means two things – clothes and colleges. If you live in the southern part of India, you most likely have a cousin or a friend who is doing an engineering course in Coimbatore. And almost every family has that proverbial uncle who went all the way to Coimbatore, that too with his entire family, to shop for wedding clothes. If you too, like my mom, think that finding tourist places in Coimbatore is as difficult as making Sheldon Cooper give up his favorite spot, here’s news for you. The city has everything to make a lasting impression on the minds of travelers.

Tracing its existence to before the second century, this city in Tamil Nadu effortlessly bridges the gap between the past and the present. Also known as Kovai, it ticks the boxes for everything that your heart may desire for a great holiday experience. If you are planning a trip to Coimbatore on your next long weekend, do not miss out on visiting these 20 incredible tourist places in and around the city.

Popular Attractions in Coimbatore

1. Gass Forest Museum

Kite Museum | tourist places in Coimbatore

Gass Forest Museum | # 1 of the 20 best tourist places in Coimbatore (img source:shutterstock.com)

The Gass Forest Museum holds a special attraction in Coimbatore for tourists of all ages. Once inside the museum, you will come across a number of stuffed animals and birds, such as gaur, leopard, peacock, chinkara, etc. Located within the campus of the Forest College, this natural history museum is a one-of-its-kind destination that you mustn’t miss visiting.

  • Location: RS Puram
  • Timings: 09.00 am to 01.00 pm and 02.00 pm to 05.30 pm
  • Entry Fee: 
    Adults – ₹ 10 per person
    Children – ₹ 5 per person

2. VOC Park and Zoo

When you take a count of tourist destinations in Coimbatore that holds an equal attraction for people of all age groups, the VOC Park and Zoo is on the top of the list.  It is a nature park that features a zoo having 900 animals. More than 100 mammals, 300 birds, and about 50 reptiles call this place their home and enthrall visitors.

  • Location: Gopalapuram
  • Timings: 
    04.00 am to 07.30 pm; Monday to Saturday
    10.00 am to 07.30 pm; Sunday and public holidays
  • Entry Fee: 
    Adults – ₹ 3 per person
    Children – ₹ 2 per person

3. Ukkadam-Valankulam Lake

Ukkadam-Valankulam Lake | tourist places in Coimbatore

Ukkadam-Valankulam Lake | # 3 of the 20 best tourist places in Coimbatore (img source:shutterstock.com)

Fancy witnessing the sunset with your partner beside a serene lake, even as flocks of birds head towards their nests? Ukkadam-Valankulam Lake offers you such an experience that you will cherish in this life and the next. For a nature enthusiast, the place offers a fine opportunity to spot a variety of birds like purple moorhen, little grebes, etc. Don’t forget to take your camera; you don’t get to see such a picturesque place every other day.     

  • Location: Highways Colony, Ramanathapuram
  • Timings: No specific timings
  • Entry Fee: Free Entry

4. TNAU Botanical Gardens

TNAU Botanical Gardens | tourist places in Coimbatore

TNAU Botanical Gardens | # 4 of the 20 best tourist places in Coimbatore (img source:shutterstock.com)

If you are a nature enthusiast, you will definitely love visiting the TNAU Botanical Garden. This huge garden is situated within the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Campus and features an astounding variety of trees and plants. The Covai Flower Show that is hosted in the campus in January every year is a great draw for the people.

  • Location: Pappanaicken Pudur, Lawley Road
  • Timings: 08.00 am to 11.30 am and 02.00 pm to 04.30 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 10 per person

5. GeDee Car Museum

One of the most interesting places to visit for car freaks in Coimbatore is the GeDee Car Museum. This exemplary car museum resulted from the efforts of GD Naidu, a visionary and an industrialist. You can have a look at various German, Japanese, Indian, British, American, and French cars that have been kept in excellent condition. The place also has a science museum that highlights the contributions of the legendary inventor and industrialist G.D. Naidu. You can even witness various famous electronic gadgetry and scientific inventions from the 1950s to date.

  • Location: Avinashi Road
  • Timings: 
    09.00 am to 05.00 pm; Tuesday to Saturday
    10.00 am to 06.00 pm; Sundays
    Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
  • Entry Fee: 
    Adults (individuals, above 13 years) – ₹ 50 per person
    Adults (group of 20 or more) – ₹ 40 per person
    Children (Individuals) – ₹ 20 per person
    Children (group of 20 or more) – ₹ 15 per person
    Children below 6 years – Free

6. Perur Pateeswarar Temple

Perur Pateeswarar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple that traces its origin to the reign of King Karikala Chola. This centuries-old temple boasts of an eye-catching architecture in the Dravidian style and is quite popular among the devotees and tourists alike.

  • Location: Perur
  • Timings: 07.30 am to 09.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free entry

7. Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery and Textile Museum

As I already said, Coimbatore carries the moniker ‘Manchester of South India’ due to its textile industries and cotton production units? At Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery and Textile Museum, you will be able to have a glimpse of the growth of the textile industry in the city. It will be an interesting journey to discover how people progressed from spinning wheels to the new-age sewing machines.

  • Location: Avinashi Road
  • Timings: 10.00 am to 06.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 20 per person

8. Infant Jesus Church

Set up in 1984, the Infant Jesus Church in Coimbatore is among the most visited churches in the city. The church attracts tourists due to its grand exterior and beautiful interior. Masses are held every week on Sundays and Thursdays.

  • Location: Thirupathi Nagar
  • Timings: 06.30 am to 06.30 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free entry

9. Kovai Kondattam

Adventure and fun lovers out there, here’s good news for you. When you want to visit an amusement park and have a bash, Black Thunder is not your only option. For a short and sweet day trip, you can also visit Kovai Kondattam, a small amusement park packed with wonderful rides and water slides.

  • Location: Kalampalayam
  • Timings: 10:30 am to 06:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee:
    Adults – ₹ 600 per person
    Children – ₹ 550 per person

10. Eachanari Vinayagar Temple

The 16th century Eachanari Vinayagar Temple draws scores of devotees and tourists to its premises every day, thanks to its splendid architecture and serene ambiance. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the temple stands as a major spiritual landmark of the area and is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting the city.

  • Location: NH-209 Road, Eachanari
  • Timings: 05.00 am to 09.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free entry

11. Marudhamalai Temple

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Marudhamalai Temple | # 11 of the 20 best tourist places in Coimbatore (img source:shutterstock.com)

Nestled in a lush green milieu on the Western Ghats, Marudhamalai Temple is one of the most popular religious destinations in Coimbatore. Built in the 12th century, this hill temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan aka Subramanya and hence also known as Subramanya Swami Temple. It is believed that the two springs found on the hillock, namely Marudha Thirtam and Pambatti Sunai, contain medicinal properties and can cure many diseases.

  • Location: Marudhamalai
  • Timings: 06.00 am to 08:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free Entry