The Kurumbas, who live in the mid-ranges of the Nilgiris or blue-mountains, entertain a confusing and mysterious identity. Several factors add to the popularity of these tribal people. Like the mountain ranges, the word kurumba is found in the adjoining states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala. The tribes themselves are sometimes called Kuruba and sometimes confused with other tribes of similar names like Kuruman.
The Kurumbas are generally believed to be the descendants of the Pallavas whose rule was at its grandest in the 7th century. Losing power to the Kongus and the Chalukyas, the Pallavas were finally driven out and dispersed by the Chola king Adondai. They settled in scattered settlements in the Nilgiris and Wynad, in Coorg and Mysore. It is the Kurumbas of the Nilgiris whom we refer to when we say Kurumba. The tribe is divided into several groups. In the many ethnographic accounts on the tribe the numbers vary from as few as three to as many as seven. The various groups are the jen (or shola nayakkars), mullu, urali, beta and alu or palu. The most populous of who are the Alu Kurumbas.
Name Coimbatore, Nilgiris and Ooty comes to our mind. Coimbatore by itself has a lot to offer for tourists and here we are covering it for you. Plan a trip to Coimbatore to be among tribals, go for a Coracle ride, eat tribal food and more.. Coimbatore Forests have something for your kids too. Read on..
Kovai or Coimbatore, is surrounded by the mountains on the west, and the reserve forests on the northern side. The entire western and northern part of the district borders the Western Ghats with the Nilgiri biosphere as well as the Anaimalai and Munnar ranges. A western pass to Kerala, popularly referred to as the Palghat Gap provides its boundary.
Because of its close proximity to the Western Ghats, the district is rich in fauna. Coimbatore is situated on the banks of river Noyyal. Many lakes and ponds were constructed near the river during ancient periods.
The Coimbatore Urban wetlands harbours more than 125 species of Resident and migratory birds, August – October being the peak season. Spot-billed Pelican, Painted Stork, Open Billed Stork, Ibis, Spot-billed Duck, Teal, Black Winged Stilt are some of the migratory birds that visit Coimbatore wetlands regularly.
Places to see in the Coimbatore Forest Division