Showcasing the knit city's travel spots

L N Revathy | Updated on February 15, 2011

In full flow: The Panchalingam falls.

A file picture of Amaravathy dam. Photo: M. Balaji   -  THE HINDU

While most of us associate Tirupur with the knitwear cluster, not many know that the district has lot more to offer the tourists. Pristine locations such as the cascading waters of Chinnar river to the historic temples, churches and mosques – the district offers enjoyable getaways for those who wish to take time off from their hectic schedule.

The Amaravathi dam located in Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Crocodile Park, noted for the significant population of Mugger crocodiles – also known as Marsh/Persian crocodiles has over the years emerged as a district excursion centre for tourism.

The boat safari offered at the dam as well as at the Aandipalayam irrigation tank situated on the outskirts of Tirupur city, the Amaravathy Sagar Crocodile Farm, established in the mid-70s is a kilometre before the Amaravathi dam site are other ideal tourist spots.

Not to forget the Panchalinga falls located 3 km from Thirumoorthy temple – a pilgrim centre.

Thirumuruganpoodi near Avinashi is known for stone sculptures. The statues depicting Hindu Gods/Goddesses are despatched to various parts of India and foreign countries.

Other tourist destinations include the Grass hill forest located 15 km from Valparai of Coimbatore district. It is a picturesque spot in the Valparai – Anaimalai range. Efforts are on to preserve the flora and fauna of this location, which is 2,400 metres above MSL.

Grass hill forest is an ideal place for trekking from Chinnar via Eravikulam national park of Munnar, Kerala

Tourists are now flocking these hideouts, while educational institutions find such locations ideal for study tours and excursion.

Published on February 15, 2011

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