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ANAMALAI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY :
This Sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the western Ghats near Pollachi (about 90 kms. from Coimbatore). The area of the sanctuary is 958 sq.kms. It has various kinds of fauna like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth, bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel, jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket-tailed drongl, red whiskered bulbul, black headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, green pigeon, etc. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Anamalais has a large number of crocodiles. There are also many places of scenic beauty such as Karainshola, Anaikunthi shola, grass hills, waterfalls, groves teak forests, estates, dams and reservoirs. Arrangements are available at Topslip to take tourists around the sanctuary on elephant back or by van.

TOPSLIP
It is a picturesque locale in the Anamalai Hills. It is about 37 kms. from Pollachi. This small town is an ideal picnic spot.

THIRUMOORTHY TEMPLE :
It is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy Hills adjoining the Thirumoorth Dam. This is about 20 kms. from Udumalpet on the Highway from Palani to Coimbatore. A perennial stream flows by the side of the sri Amalingeswarar temple and nearby there is a waterfalls. The Crocodile Farm at Amaravathi Dam is just 25 kms. from here. This place is being developed as a District Excursion Centre. Regular buses are available from Udumalpet.

SIRUVANI WATERFALLS AND DAM :
The waterfalls and the dam are located at a distance of 37 kms. west of the city. The water of Siruvani is known for its taste. The panoramic view of the dam and the falls are of enchanting beauty.

PARAMBIKULAM- ALIYAR MULTIPURPOSE PROJECT :
The project consists of a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals for harnessing the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Thekkadi and Palar rivers, lying at various elevations, for irrigation and power generation. The scheme is an outstanding example of engineering skill. It is located in the Anamalai range.

ERODE :
Erode, Headquarters of Periyar District, is the birth place of Periyar E.V. Ramaswamy affectionately called Thanthi Periyar by the people of Tamil Nadu. There are two ancient temples- one dedicated to Lord Siva and the other to Lord Vishnu. There are some interesting inscriptions in these temples. The handloom products of Erode are very famous. It is about 92 kms from Coimbatore.

BANNARI :
Located 83 kms. from Coimbatore and 10 kms. from Bhavanisagar has the famous Mariamman temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims.

CHENNIMALAI :
It is an important Handloom weaving Centre. It is 30 kms. from Erode and 80 kms. from Coimbatore.

KODUMUDI :
It is 40 kms. from Erode and 105 kms. from Coimbatore. A special feature of this place is the shrines for Siva. Vishnu and Brahma are located in one temple complex.

POLLACHI :
This town is about 40 kms. from Coimbatore on the way to Parambikulam-Aliyar Project. Next to Coimbatore it is the leading town of the district and an important commercial centre. A temple dedicated to Mariamman and another to Subramanya are located here. There are beautiful stone carvings lime a five hooded serpent, a Yali with a chain from its mouth and carved zodical signs in the Subramanya temple.

PALANI :
The temple of Lord Muruga is located on the Palani Hills. The presiding deity is Dandayuthapani. The idol is made of medicinal herbs. It is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga and one of the major pilgrim centre in South India next only to Thirupathi. An electrically operated winch takes the pilgrims to the top. It is 105 kms. from Coimbatore.

AVINASHI :

The Avinashi Lingeswarar temple located her is about 40 kms. from Coimbatore. Avinashi is also known as South Varanasi. Dating back to the 12 th century A.D. this is the biggest temple in Coimbatore District built by the Cholas. There are some fine stone carvings in this temple.

THIRUPPUR :
An important textile centre in Coimbatore district, it is also famous for hosiery products. Thiruppur is also closely associated with Thiruppur Kumaran, one of the valiant freedom fighters. It is 50 kms. from


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