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COONOR- KOTAGIRI- OOTYThere is something fascinating about South India. For a perfect getaway with the family, here is a route that will leave you refreshed, re-rejuvenated and totally connected with the nature. This route forms an inverted triangle. One starts the journey from Coimbatore to Coonoor, proceeds at an elevation to Kotagiri and then finally reaches Ooty, which is located parallel to Kotagiri. You may also choose to visit Ooty first and then Kootagiri.Recommended Itinerary-One may opt to stay for 2 nights at Coonoor, and 2 nights at Kotagiri, with a day tour to Ooty. This is recommended for travelers who wish to stay away from the mainstream hillstation- Ooty. The other option is 2 nights Coonoor and 2 nights Ooty, with a day tour of Kotagiri.Distance-• Distance between Coimbatore to Coonoor is 71km (2.5hrs).• Distance between Coonoor to Kotagiri is 21km (40mins).• Distance between Coonoor to Ooty is 19km (30mins)• Distance between Kotagiri to Ooty is 30hour (1hr).• Distance between Ooty to Coimbatore is 85km (3hrs).How to Reach-• By Bus: Coonoor is well-connected by many National Highways and smaller roads.• By Train: Coonoor is well-connected with the railway system. Trains to Coonoor are available from all major railway stations in India.• By Flight: The nearest airport is Coimbatore International airport, which has well-connected flights from all over India.
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This is the most important temple of the city of Madurai and also the most popular attraction. This temple complex shares space with the Sundereshwarar Temple and it is said that the life of Madurai revolves around these two temples. The original name of this temple is the Meenakshi Amman Kovil and the temple dates around 2000 years back. There are about 12 big and small shrines inside this temple complex and the Golden Lake is also situated inside the temple complex. The name golden lake was because the very rare, rather supernatural golden lotus grew in the pond here with which the first puja of Goddess Indira was done. The rulers who have ruled this place in the early years have all contributed hugely for the betterment and expansion of this great temple.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
The first zoo in India was created in the year 1855 in the city of chennai which was then known as Madras. This was later shifted to become a part of the Vandalur Wildlife Reserve. This is a park which conserves animals in a way that they feel safe and feel at home. They are not trapped or used for any kind of entertainment purpose at all. They are just free to roam around anywhere and the tourists are taken out on jeep safarais by expert guides around the reserve. The Arignar Anna Zoological Park is just a small part of the whole wildlife reserve and the chimpanzees here are fun to watch when they do funny activities.
Black Thunder Theme Park
Black Thunder -A water theme park located at Mettupalayam. It offers 49 rides, surf Hill and wild River ride. Cuisine and shopping- Besides Dosa, Vada, Sambhar and Rasam,-Kheema Upma and dosa with Prawn Kurma are famous.-Sudhumpu a dish made out of fish is mouth watering-Venu Biryani made out of less masala, pepper and coriander is had all through coimbatore-Chola, Kamba and paneer dosai are famous all through the city-Ven Pongal,Kootu Kathamba Saadam,Kolu masiyal and Payiru thirattel are famous.Famous Shopping Markets - Coimbatore is very famous for Textiles besides Handicrafts and artistic metal works.-Victoria Town -oppanakara street -Old Coimbatore town- Coimbatore city market.