It was Pongal, Makara sankranti, the day Sun sets its feet into Makaram (Capricorn) . Tamilnadu celebrates this day as harvest festival and beginning of the month ‘Thai’, the month considered to start the beginning of everything auspicious. Our breakfast included the day’s special ‘Sakkarai Pongal’. We set about travelling west from Tirunellveli to Sankaran Kovil, the temple that spells the culmination of Shiva and Vishnu as one in the form of Sankaranarayanar. There were multiple routes to reach the place and we took the help of our navigation system in the SUV to guide us and we were so happy we did it because it was travel through the villages displaying a show of rural festivities, an unplanned bonanza of our trip.
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