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Coimbatore

Coimbatore is an industrial city in the state of Tamil Nadu

tmpleSometimes called Kovai. Sometimes known as the Manchester of South due to its extensive textile industry fed by the surrounding miles of cotton fields; Coimbatore is the second largest city and one of the wealthiest cities in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Don't be surprised to see the latest European cars and other signs of wealth in Coimbatore alongside the poverty. Besides textiles, engineering and technology play a vital role in the economy making Coimbatore a more diverse and cosmopolitan centre than other cities in Tamil Nadu.

South India is conservative

It is not proper to hug, show affection and hold hands in the south. Women's shoulders and knees should never be exposed and its best to wear long, ankle length, skirts while men are expected to wear shirts and trousers.  This dress code applies mostly when visiting temples and official places.

In many restaurants, meals are served on banana leaves and eaten with the fingers of your right hand - never the left. But most restaurants have forks and spoons although you may need to ask.

Coimbatore has its temples, but its music festivals, art, dance and music concerts held annually during the months of September and December are gaining an international reputation.

One of the latest attractions is the Dhyanalinga, a Yogic temple located 30 km from Coimbatore. The temple was consecrated by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a yogi and mystic.diwalii

Yogi, mystic and visionary Sadhguru Vasudev is a spiritual master with a difference. He presents an arresting blend of profundity and pragmatism. His life and work serves as a reminder that yoga is a contemporary science that is vitally relevant to our times.

A travellers guide to the Isha Centre


Explore nature

Coimbatore city is ideally placed to explore nature as it sits at the foot of the The Velliangiri Mountains. (Part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and the Western Ghats). Here you can explore the wilderness and see some amazing wildlife.  The trekking season is between March–May and one must be careful of wild elephants.

Day trips can be taken from Coimbatore city to see the Siruvani Falls and Malampuzha Dam or the Velliangiri hills west of the Isha Centre.

If you want to climb the 6000 ft Mt Siruvani, be prepared to take your tent and sleeping bag as the nights are cold in the hills.

Chinese visitors to the Isha Centre

Valparai is a hill station 104kms from Coimbatore, 64kms from Pollachi and 110kms from Ernakulam(Cochin).  Refreshingly cool in contrast to the hot and dusty plains, this is a lovely place where you ca see tea being grown and take forest walks.  There are good accommodation and restaurant facilities available.

Coimbatore is well connected by air, rail and road. Airlines operate regular flights to Coimbatore from Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Train and bus services are available from all major cities in India.

Tamil Nadu

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