Hills temples never cease to fascinate us. The little drops of adrenaline rush pumping in when we climb the road uphill or even the fun filled descending roads, there’s always a space for an x factor in hill temples.
Well Coimbatore is blessed with a lot of hill temples that can soothe out any unsettling feeling popping up in our heads with their unrivalled aura and pleasant ambience. So if you are looking for a list of all hill temples in Coimbatore, you are probably in the best place.
1. Ponnuthu Amman
A raw yet aesthetically brilliant temple on the outskirts of Thudiyalur that has long been serving as one of the prominent places for a spiritual experience. Ponnuthu Amman temple is around 13 kms from Gandhipuram and is less connected to the main roads.
The nearest happening places are Thadagam and Thudiyalur. The uphill climb is brief and can be done in under 20 minutes of trekking. The view uphill is fascinating for a hill temple that’s quite small on the paper.
What was once a low maintained temple has now turned out to be a good clean shrine but is yet to see a flock of devotees visiting here.
2. anuvavi subramaniyar temple
Just near the Ponnuthu Amman, Anuvavi subramaniar temple is also situated on the likes of Thadagam road. The nearest prominent places happens to be Thadagam alone. Venturing into the temple after the sun goes down is quite risky as this temple is known for the wild tuskers popping up at random times consistently.
The uphill steps are quite tiring but it offers a beautiful view uptop. Also the temple is well upkeep thanks to the management.
The ambience is quiet, relaxing and peaceful that weaves a sense of absolute tranquility when we get to the top.
Periya Thadagam Rd, Periya Thadagam, Tamil Nadu 641108
3. Velliangiri Hills
Velliangiri is arguably the best and the toughest to tame of all hill temples in Coimbatore. The trek involves walking over 7 hills which will eat a big chunk of your day time. Unlike other hill temples in Coimbatore, the entry to Velliangiri is restricted most of the times and is allowed only during the Shivaratri times. Women are not allowed into the premises. Velliangiri is just meters away from the heavenly looking Adiyogi.
Apart from being a popular hill temple, the spiritual experience is surreal and also serves as a perfect retreat to break free from the city lifestyle.
vellingiri hills, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641114
4. Marudhamalai Temple
A historical place that holds its value for years unknown, Marudhamalai is the pride of Coimbatore and also the most beloved Hill temples in Coimbatore. The journey from Vadavalli is as pleasant as it gets.
Marudhamalai sweeps us off our feet for the simple fact that it’s on the outskirts of the city and yet the most connected to the city center in this hill temples list. The temple belongs to the 12th century and is quite evident from the architecture.
There are around 482 steps here and what’s even more amusing is the fact that there’s a cave set right under the temple which was once believed to be used by the Paambatti Siddhar himself to worship lord Murugan.
Temple Rd, Maruthamalai Adivaram, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641046
5. Dharmalingeshwarar Temple
On the outskirts of Madukkarai, Dharmalingeshwarar temple is one of the lesser known hill temples of Coimbatore for people in the city. The popular temple for the locals is located near Palakkad at around 10kms from the city center. The highest point of the temple measures at 300 meters. The temple is predominantly built for Lord Shiva.
The steps are carved out from rocks and they do get really hot during the sunny days. The hill temple is known to host a series of grant festivals including the auspicious Mahashivatratri and Thaipoosam in October-November and January-February respectively. Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambhu murti. A shrine dedicated to Lord Vinayaga is set at the foothills.
Coimbatore – Palakkad Road, Vill, Marappalam, Madukkarai, Tamil Nadu 641105
6. Palamalai temple
Another hill temple that joins the list of lesser explored temples in Thudiyalur to Karamadai roads. Palamalai is located on the Periyanaicken Palayam junction and is less than a 40 minutes drive from the center of Coimbatore.
Unlike other common hill temples, Palamalai is a heavenly treat to the eyes of visitors and devotees alike especially if they are looking for a perfect getaway from bustling life in the city. The roads are narrowing and quite steep, cars and other bigger vehicles will have a hard time driving up. The view up top is exquisite and tremendously beautiful. The temple is quite big and neat as well.
On the whole a complete spiritual experience waits ahead to unfold on the foothills of Palamalai.
Palamalai, Naicken Palayam, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641020
7. Ratnagiri Murugan Temple
This murugan hill temple in Coimbatore is well known among unmarried people, as people believe that after observing a special kind of fasting known as Soo Poo Parithal, they are often blessed with life partners of their choice. The temple is set near Saravanampatti roads in Coimbatore and is also considerably lot smaller while pitted against others on the list.
Not just with relationships, It is also believed that married couples are also blessed with children after worshiping lord murugan here. There are many special poojas like Vaikasi, Poornima night and Ekadashi performed here.
Ratnagiri Kilminnal, Tamil Nadu 632517
8. Othimalai Temple
Along the lines of Rathnagiri Murugan temple is another Murugan temple near the Puliyampatti region. A small temple tucked away on the hill top with a vinayagar Sannidhi along with an amman sannidhi with various other mighty deities engraved in a single stone.
The hill temple is located near the village called Irumbarai and offers an excellent view of the places like Mettupalayam, Sathyamangalam and Puliyampatti as well. Perhaps from an angle, people can take a good look at the Bhavani sagar dam.
These are the most sought after as well as less explored hill temples of Coimbatore destined to give an unrivalled spiritual experience to unfold at the foothills.