What’s better than a road trip? Well, if you zeroing in on the idea of adventure and trekking, then you are at the right place. The concrete building has left us with minimum to zero hope while we think about a walk into the woods, but Kovai has been a little graceful to us in this subject as it offers a wide range of trekking ideas near the city. So buckle up for a bumpy ride up ahead as we talk about the best places for adventure and trekking in Coimbatore.
And yeah there are also your favourite hill stations making it to the list.
If you are planning to club spiritual expedition and trekking together then this is your go-to destination. About 39.8 kms from Coimbatore, Velliangiri trekking is the closest you can get to an adventurous experience in the city limits. This place is known for its flock of pilgrims paying a visit during the months of February to May, the trekking usually starts at the night as it gives them an added advantage of reaching the shrine at early morning and perhaps you can enjoy the blissful morning climate as well. Girls aged 15 to 45 are restricted from taking up the adventure.
It’s a seven hill trek that’s going to be long walk up ahead, so prep yourself with waters and foods as dehydration is the last thing you would want to see. There are also small shops at the temple selling you the essentials.
Booluvampatti, Tamil Nadu
One more local trekking place in Coimbatore that’s never short on the wow factor, Palamalai is your ideal location if you haven’t planned out a proper adventure ride upfront as this is really close to the centre of the city, you can reach the foot hills in less than 45 minutes. The hills also houses to a popular Aranganathar temple that’s quite loved by the locals. The view up at the top is peaceful if not breezy, the trees sure does harmonize your soul.
Unlike Velliangiri, this trekking adventure won’t be taking too long to conquer, as it’s just one hill when compared to the mammoth 7 hills task. The road up is a little narrow with 6 hair pin bends that can surely make you go into the dizzy loops, but nevertheless a stunning experience at 25kms from the city.
Palamalai, Naicken Palayam, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641020
I repeat, it’s impossible to compile a ‘to-do’ list in Coimbatore without bringing Ooty to the equation. In a way the locals are really blessed to have this stunning paradise looking hill station gracing one end of the city, but there’s an even better gem at the other side of Ooty that needs to be unlocked, the ever charming Masinagudi.
For anyone that goes ga-ga over wildlife and deep forests, then this is your roadways to heaven. There are so many trekking options available at Masinagudi, with many agencies offering you packages that even include a night safari and camp fire. The best time to visit would be from November to February when the climate could give you a flavour that’s a close reminiscence of Shimla up North.
Get your camera ready as you can come across exotic birds, deer, elephants and lot more, watch out for surprisingly elegant Singara River.
Masinaguid, Ooty to Mysore road
Valparai lays out the tempting roads for a heavenly ride for all the nature lovers in the city. And this will be your perfect weekend getaway for an adventure and trekking near Coimbatore it’s just under a 2 hour drive and also has top slip and Parambikulam Park up its sleeve to make our jaw drop from the moments of excitement. The green covers on both sides take you on a less travelled road of forgetting your Monday blues.
The road also leads to the Kerala border, the perfect blend to experience the best of both worlds, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, indeed the ideal adventure place near Coimbatore that also happens to be a breezy Hill station. Just like Masinagudi, there are multiple agencies here offering you never before trekking packages that include everything from trekking, accommodation and foods. It’s rich and mesmerizing round the year, so it must not be a problem to squeeze this to your yearly planned calendar.
Valparai, Pollachi Road
Located at the outskirts of the city, gear up for a breezy 35km ride from Coimbatore to witness the glorious Vaideki waterfalls that people are yet to unravel in their book of godly looking trekking places near Coimbatore. The good news, the trekking place is an absolute delight to anyone who despises bustling city life, with its slippery mud ridden path, to the blushing water droplets; it’s an art work that went unrecognized.
The bad news however is owing to the fact that there were frequent spotting of wild animals taking a break from their forest life and often wandering here, it is often closed most of the times for any public view, but you can definitely try out your luck, after all the road itself is worth a visit if you’d ask me.
Complementing the Nilgiri Hills in the Western Ghats is the silent valley that’s roughly around 60 kms from Coimbatore. One of the fewest bio hot spots in the world, Silent valley is a surreal beauty with tropical rainforest trees that could make you get lost in the elegance of tall woods, rich green blanket, cinematic bird chirping ambience and a flamboyant climate that arrests you the moment you step in.
The park will be closed to any public entertainment on Fridays and during March to May. This is one of the best places for trekking near Coimbatore, but make sure you call the authorities upfront and zero in on their terms and instructions.
Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley Division, Mannarkkad, Palakkad, Kerala 678582
Taking pride in being the highest peak in Western Ghats, Anamudi offers you a tantalizing view that lets you gaze the surreal green layer below, a dash of clouds passing you by and a climate that’s sure to make you go weak on your knees a perfect trekking place near Coimbatore. Approximately around 140kms from Coimbatore, the towering beauty stands tall at 8,842 feet, situated in the Idukki district and owing to its presence at sub tropical region, it doesn’t bring any snow falls to the table, indeed a photographers delight. The best time to visit Anamudi is during the winter season between November to May when you can see the enthralling beauty in its full glory.
There are loads of attractions at Anamudi that includes Eravikulam or Rajamalai National Park Neelakurinji Flowers Tea Gardens and obviously the trekking part which usually is best done between November to February when the monsoon doesn’t hit hard.
Popularly touted to be a Trekker’s paradise, Thusharagiri waterfall is nuzzled at the Kozhikode. You can either take up the adventurous route from Anaikatti or step on the gas and take it to the national highways which will take you around 180 kms to arrive at your destination.
The waterfall is a scenic beauty puzzled up together from the mountains that surrounds the falls like the wings of a guardian angel. The trekking would usually take around 4 to 5 hours through the mystic trials of green lusty forests that let’s you have a good glimpse of the exotic birds, the enthralling green flora and nuts. There are cafeterias, cottages to make your trekking a memorable experience to go down your memory lane.
These are some of the best adventure and trekking places near Coimbatore, trekking is a breath of fresh air for anyone that’s looking to grace nature in its own territory, make sure to stay safe and follow the guiders instruction to come back home with a journal of your beautiful memories. Well there are plenty of waterfalls and other tourist places in Coimbatore that you can check out here.
If you want to take a spiritual dive into the devotional face of the city, take a look at the top 10 temples in Coimbatore