Best Things To Do In Tirupur, India: Top 5 Places To Visit

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Tirupur is India’s textile city, fondly known as the Manchester of South India. Located in Tamil Nadu on the banks of the Noyyal River, this ancient city has something to offer for all age groups. Tirupur offers a strategic blend of nature, history and industry and it exports its knitted textiles to major countries worldwide - shopping here can be a pocket-friendly and delightful experience. Let’s delve into the five places you cannot miss on your visit to Tirupur.

1. Thirumoorthy Dam & Temple

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This spot is an all-in-one package with something for the entire family. Located on the Thirumoorthy hills, the Thirumoorthy Temple, Thirumoorthy Dam and Panchalingam waterfall are Tirupur’s most famous sightseeing locations. So, embrace the scenic beauty of the hills serving as the ideal backdrop to the temple. The name Thirumoorthy signifies the three Hindu deities namely, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. Right outside the temple is a huge rock which is believed to have rolled down during a flood and has a sculpture of a Jain priest carved upside down.

At just a short walk of about 1.2 miles (2 km) you will reach the Dam where you can spend some time boating. While you are at it, trek 1.8 miles (3 km) uphill to see the exotic Panchalingam falls. This unique place also has a soothing climate around the year, so it is a prominent movie shooting destination. You might get lucky and see some South Indian movie or TV series being shot when you are visiting.

If you would like to reconnect with your soul and are searching for some inner peace, then you must visit The Universal Peace Foundation located on the hill, run under the guidance of an enlightened Yogic Guru, “Guru Mahan Paranjothiar”. They practice Kundalini yoga here, on this hill.

There are many monkeys here, so please beware and do not give them anything to eat. If you are petrified of monkeys roaming free, then it is advisable to take a local guide who can help keep the monkeys away.

Thirumoorthy Dam & Temple

Address: Palani-Coimbatore Highway | Near Thirumoorthy Hill, Tirupur, India

Price: Everything is free, but boating is a nominal price.

Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: About 1.5 hrs drive from Tirupur, it is preferred to hire a cab or private taxi.

Near by Food: Please carry packed lunch and drinks.

2. Sugriveswar Temple

Maintained by the Architectural Society of India (ASI), this ancient temple is believed to have been built between the 10th-12th century on the banks of the Noyyal River. Also known as the Sukreeswarar Temple, it is situated at Sarkar Periyapalayam on the outskirts of Tiruppur city and remains an unexplored heritage destination, luring few tourists.

It consists of two towers - Vimanam for Lord Shiva and Amman. The Amman temple boasts neatly carved stone architecture from the Pandya dynasty while the Vimanam Shiva temple reflects the architectural style of the Chola Dynasty. This temple is renowned for having two Nandi statues in front of the Shiva Temple, five Lingas outside the temple, one of which is invisible and the main gate opens in the south direction instead of the east.

Sugriveswar Temple

Address: Arulmigu Sugriveswara Temple, Sarkar Periyapalayam, Uthukuli, Tirupur

Price: Entry Free

Duration: around 30 minutes required.

Near by Food: Some restaurants are on the route from Tirupur to here

3. Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary

Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
Source: Photo by user Marcus used under CC-BY-3.0

This wildlife sanctuary, also known as the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, is one of India’s unexplored terrains. It is a vast expanse, encompassing different ranges, including grasslands, plateaus, deep valleys, farms, waterfalls, national parks, teak forests and water reservoirs. It also contains several endangered species and has various peaks over 6,500 feet (1981 meters). The flora and fauna of this place will leave you wanting to capture it all, even if time doesn’t permit.

The threatened species that can be spotted in the sanctuary include Bengal tiger, Asian elephants, Asiatic wild dogs, Lion-tailed macaques, Indian giant squirrels, Indian pangolins and Nilgiri Langurs. Here, you can come across 20 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 315 species of exotic butterflies and over 18 species of reptiles. There are over 2000 species of plants, of which about 400 are medicinal. There is also an elephant training center inside the sanctuary that can be visited on a guided vehicle tour.

You can explore the different areas of the sanctuary in a jeep safari and enjoy some sections riding on an elephant. Indira Gandhi National Park also offers various treks amidst nature, accompanied by guides.

Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture the beautiful hills, mesmerizing waterfalls and different flora and fauna when you visit. The best time to visit is from September to March.

Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary

Address: Tamil Nadu 642101

Price: Nominal entry ticket starting at INR 15 (USD 0.23) per person for adults. It is free for kids below five years. The charges for guides, camera and jeep are additional.

Opening Hours: 6am - 6pm. Closed on national holidays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: It is a 3.5 hrs drive via Pollachi towards Coimbatore. It is advisable to hire a cab for the journey.

Nearby Food: Good food available in the outskirts. But, not much to eat inside except for the lodge on Top Slip.

4. Amaravathi Crocodile Farm & Dam

Amaravathi Crocodile Farm has the largest wild breeding crocodile population in captivity, in South India. It is located 55 miles (90 km) from Tirupur via Palladam and Udumalpet. At a distance of about 0.6 miles (1 km) is the Amaravathi Water Reservoir and Dam, which is also a popular picnic destination. This Dam creates a sustainable habitat for the Mugger crocodiles as three rivers, namely Chinnar, Thennar and Pambar drain into it. The crocodile farm houses around 98 crocodiles and is maintained by the Forest Department officials.

Amaravathi Crocodile Farm & Dam

Address: Amaravathi, Tirupur, India

Price: from 0.50 INR (~ less than 0.015 USD) per adult person for the farm.

Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: Approximately 55 miles (90 km) from Tiruppur By road – via Palladam, Udumalpet, Amaravathy Nagar

5. Avinashi Temple

Locals also call this temple Karunaiyaaththaal Temple, Avinasilingeswarar Temple and Avainasiappar Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Reflecting architecture reminiscent of ancient India this temple was built in the Chola dynasty.

The temple celebrates four annual festivals on a grand scale. The Brahmotsavam festival, celebrated between the months of February to March, is the most prominent festival.

Avinashi Temple

Address: Avinashi Town, Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

Price: Free

Opening Hours: Always open. Six daily rituals from 6am to 8:30pm.

Duration: around 30 minutes required.

Access: It is 8.6 miles (14 kms) from Tirupur city and can be reached by hiring a cab.

Near by Food: Decent restaurants available in its vicinity

Have more time to spare?

The city has a lot to offer in terms of shopping. Since it is a textile city which exports clothes worldwide, the shops here offer good quality knitted garments at attractive wholesale prices. If you have more time to spare, go walk around the town and shop!

Tirupur, also known as Tiruppur, is just 26 miles (42 km) away from the nearest International Airport, in Coimbatore. It also has a railway station so is well connected by rail and road to various cities in South India. The weather is pleasant around the year, so it is a favorable destination for your next unplanned weekend getaway.

Go ahead and travel to this unexplored Indian city!

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Ishita Gupta is a freelance Indian writer with a passion for travelling extensively and discovering new destinations that also reflects in her style of writing. While charting the road less...Read more

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