Maruthamalai is a hillock located about 12km west of the Coimbatore city, and is a part of the Western Ghats. On top of it is a temple of Lord Murugan called the Subramaniya Swami temple, that is highly revered and is considered a sacred site.
Supposedly in operation since the 12th century AD, the temple is located about 500ft from the foot hill and is accessible either by road or over a flight of a few hundred steps from the base of the hill. The hill also has a shrine for a famous sage named Pambatti Siththar, which is a mandatory visit for most devotees.
In addition to the spiritual experience, the climb up the hill also reveals interesting flora and fauna such as rare birds, reptiles etc.
Special festival days for Lord Murugan such as Thai Poosam would see a heavy rush to this temple.