Spiritual & Cultural Significance
The “Noyyal” is a sacred river in Tamil history. It was originally known as Kanchi Nadi, and only later came to be known as Noyyal, which means “one who is free of illness.”
Many temples and centers for the arts were once found along the river at Perur, near Coimbatore. The ancient Pateeshwarar temple at Perur is still the venue of the Natyanjali, an annual dance festival.
The source of the Noyyal – the Velliangiri Hills – are known as Dakshin Kailash or South Kailash, and in the yogic lore, Adiyogi – the first yogi – spent time here.