Words: Ambica Gulati
It’s been more than two decades since I visited Tamil Nadu. So a friend suggested we should go to the Manchester of India—Coimbatore. I was skeptical but decided to explore what all could be done in this town. Hesitant, I searched for the main tourist attractions and was stunned to see that it had more than 384 attractions. There were temples, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuary and churches too. This was worth digging into more and so started my research on what I could see the maximum in 15 days. I wanted a bit of everything.
Kovai Kutralam seemed interesting. This is a waterfall under the Siruvani mountain range on the Western Ghats. It looked very inviting. The soul could connect to the creator about 13 km away at Marudhamalai Temple. Devoted to Lord Murugan, this temple dates back more than 1200 years. This became a ‘must see’ on my list.
The Dhyanalinga Temple at Isha Yoga Center was certainly on my list as I had seen many documentaries on this. I had even seen the puja on Mahashivratri which was aired live on Sanskar channel. It needed a day’s outing at least as I wanted to spend some time there in silence.
Temples and solace for the soul, but there had to be solace for the stomach too. So now the quest turned to wining and dining. Fine dining restaurants in Coimbatore produced less takers with the group I wanted to travel with. Everyone wanted street food. But fine dining had to be an experience, as I was sure it would be different from the fine dining we were used to in Delhi. So the quest now became a trail.
Among the listings, I found that Race Course offered many good fine dining restaurants in Coimbatore. Now began the search for what to eat, besides the regular masala dosa and uthappam.
Then I discovered that there was something called Millet Meals at Hotel Aryaas, RS Puram, Coimbatore. Well, this looked pocket friendly too, priced at Rs 90 only. But I wanted to keep more options on my list. I began to look for multi-cuisine restaurants in Coimbatore.
Normally the options at multi cuisine restaurants are quite good. As Coimbatore is near water, maybe sea food could be another option. Chettinad cuisine also, my friends chirped in. Yes, a multi cuisine restaurant was a good idea. It was also a place to experience the different flavours of the state, and how the state treated cuisines from other parts of the world and the country.
All said and done, we could not miss the varieties of dosas and uthappams Coimbatore had to offer. So our discovery showed an affordable place in Oppanakara Street. Coimbatore here we come!