Coimbatore is blessed with the best right from having the Western ghats gracing at one end of the game to the blissful climate adorning the evenings at the other. The only city from Tamil Nadu to zoom into the list of top 10 cleanest cities in South India. It just looks like the city has got more tricks up its sleeve. Comparatively much smaller when pitted against Chennai, Manchester of South India doesn’t seem to run out of the wow factor in it. With many tourist places under its hood, we can’t help but notice Siruvani obviously being everyone’s ‘go-to’ destination since ages.
Nuzzled at around 35kms from Coimbatore, Siruvani waterfalls is not just about the melodic waterfalls that are gushing down but also the impeccable quality of the forest and the hills on the lines of western ghats, Nilgiri Biosphere. There’s also the Siruvani dam joining the party, built exactly between Coimbatore and Palakkad that can be accessed from the ends of the latter.
Set on the banks of Noyyal River, the enchanting place boasts of its magnificent forest cover, tantalizing waterfalls, and a dam which is a close reminiscence of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu’s architectural essence blended together. Siruvani river is a tributary of the Bhavani River which in turn is a tributary of the Kaveri river.
History of Siruvani & Coimbatore
We can’t thank Siruvani enough for blessing our homes with the world’s second tastiest water. Environmentalists owe it to the rocks and indigenous plants through which the waters flows down, they believe this gives the water a unique punch and essence to tantalize us with the taste. The informations are sourced from Wikipedia
The history dates back to 1929, a vision of CS Rathinasabapathy Mudaliar that actually took an unbelievable 40 years to finally see the light of the day. An emotional milestone for the Kovai Makkal as Siruvani started serving them with nothing but the best for the agriculture as well as the household needs.
What to do in Siruvani waterfalls
One of the best attractions in Siruvani happens to be the waterfalls that’s also known as the Kovai Kutralam, a perfect blend of nature and waterfalls clubbed together to give out a surreal experience.
Coimbatore is fast turning out to be an urban house with IT companies flocking, concrete buildings taking over the city and bridges being constructed everywhere. This makes us appreciate Siruvani even better, kicking off the Bustling blues with a perfect getaway to the doors of Nature, that just doesn’t shy away from stealing our hearts with it’s beautiful shade of nature and it’s candid vibes.
Once you reach the waterfalls entrance, you can park your vehicle that costs you approximately RS50 (prices may vary). The forest officials gather every single information of the visitors and vehicle licence plate number. After winding up the formalities you can board their shuttle, which will take you a 1 or 2kms ride through the dense tall tropical looking trees that’s sure to harmonize your soul and mind.
The brief stint of 10 minutes drive strikes a chord with our heart as it offers an unrivaled view of the forest and glimpses of the western ghats painting the backdrop flashes your mind.
Once you get off the bus, your walk to the gorgeous waterfall begins that encompasses a wooden fallen bridge, a watch tower, rocks ideal for photography and a plain terrain that surely goes easy on your knees.
Once you get to the waterfalls after admiring all the blissful things on your way, the idea of tranquility strikes your brain activating the calmness quotient in you. Our personal take would be the weekdays as the place runs on packed houses during the weekends and the odds of you not finding the best place to lay back goes off the roof.
- The timings for visitors are between 10AM to 4PM
- The fares for adults stands at Rs 50 per person (prices may vary).
How to reach Siruvani
Unlike the other tourist destinations near Coimbatore which needs a bit of stepping on the gas to reach the spot, Siruvani can be considered the parallel world as all it takes is a casual breezy drive that usually takes roughly 45 to 60 minutes through the less occupied routes of Siruvani main road via Thondamuthur.
Your perfect weekend retreat that’s void of last minute rushing. Take up the Siruvani main road or the Boluvampatti road from Thondamuthur and watch the rural beauty of Coimbatore unfold in its full glory, with tall trees hovering you on both sides letting go off the bustling lifestyle for a toss. You also get a hoard of small restaurants and shops to get over with your last minute shopping or cravings. For the love of Pizzas, you also get an exclusive pizza outlet near Karunya University.
There are other tourist places in Coimbatore, but if you are running on a tight schedule and got that thin line to choose between disappointing your family or keeping them gushing over an unreal spot near Coimbatore, then Siruvani is your best deal in the house. Take a dive to escape the summer heat madness and let the water heal your mind and body.