Coimbatore is an important industrial city, which is located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Being an important textile-manufacturing centre in India, it is also known as the 'Manchester of South India'.

'Coimbatore Acronym'
     CO - Cotton
     I - Industrial
     M - Motor Industry
     B - Bearing Industry
     A - Auto Parts
     T - Textile
     O - Obedient Communication
     R - Religious tolerance
     E - Education, Engineering & Entrepreneurship

About Coimbatore

According to ancient manuscripts, Coimbatore's history can be traced to the Irula tribal chief Kovan and his clan who were it's earliest settlers and the founders of "Kovanpatti " a part of Kongunadu. Years later, the surrounding forests were cleared, and a new village was formed called "Kovanputhur", which over the years came to be known as "Coimbatore".

In spite of it's prominence as a bustling industrial city, Coimbatore still remains one of the most pollution free cities in India. Covering an area of  23.5 square kilometers, the city houses some of the biggest names in Indian Industry. The major industries include textiles, textile machinery, automobile spares, motors, electronics, steel and aluminium foundries. Tirupur - a neighbouring town has carved a niche for itself in the garments market. Agriculture however remains the major occupation. The rich fertile soil and tropical climate is excellent for the growth of millet, paddy, cotton, tea, oil seeds and tobacco.

The city is also known for it's educational institutions. Coimbatore Agricultural University is renowned as one of the best colleges of it's kind in South Asia. In spite of it's industrial and technological growth, traditions and age old customs are still held in high esteem. The temples bear witness to the religiousness and love of art and architecture of the people. There are also a number of places of tourist interest around Coimbatore. Ootacamund (Ooty for short), is one of the most popular tourist spots in India.

People & culture

The people of Coimbatore are known for their hospitality and are well educated and polite. The City is a multicultural society with lot of Telugu and Malayalam speaking people. Also Kannadigas, Rajasthanis, and Gujrathis are found in large numbers.

Coimbatore has been a major center for higher education from the early 1900s. Coimbatore has an Agricultural University, several Government and private engineering colleges, two medical colleges and a number of science and arts colleges.The Most Famous being the P.S.G College of Technology whose annual Design Data Book is the Engineering Industries bible.

The major food is rice based south Indian dishes (often spicy) like Boiled Rice, Idly, Dosa, Pongal etc. North Indian foods like Chappathi, Roti, Biriyani, Naan are also available in most restaurants and eateries. Coimbatore also has several Chinese restaurants, continental food restaurants and fast food restaurants.

The major religion is Hinduism, though Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism are also prominent here. The headquarters of Isha Foundation [4] (Founded by Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev) is situated in the nearby Velliangiri Hill. Various meditation centers like the Osho meditation center and the meditation center of Swami Satchidhananda, of Lotus temple fame, are also present.

Cinema, shopping and gocarting are popular recreational activities. There is a golf club at Pollachi road(exactly at chettipalayam). The Kari Motor Highway is a racing heaven for autosport enthusiasts. There are two gocarting centers, one in Thudiyalur and another on Avanashi Road.Then there is Kasturi Srinivasan Cultural Center which exibits rare arts and also has a Textile Meuseum.

Business & Industry

Coimbatore has a congenial industrial climate and culture. The city along with the nearby town of Tirupur has the highest concentration of textile activity in the world. It caters to nearly half of the country's need of pumps & motors. The basic engineering skills acquired over many decades have logically been extended to other advanced and precision engineering fields like auto components, machine tools, electronics and consumer durables, Industrial automation equipment etc. Many companies in the city have technical, financial, and marketing tie-ups with several reputed global leaders from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, UK, France, Israel, Canada, Australia etc. The city is now all set to go places in the knowledge based industry. The annual export from this region is over US$ 1 billion.

The newly built Codissia Trade Fair Complex, the first ever-private sector initiative, is the second largest permanent complex in the country. The state of the art trade fair centre with the country's largest column free exhibition hall of 130, 000 sq.ft. ( the first phase of 400,000 sq.ft.) in a sprawling 40 acres of land is playing host to all major trade fairs, both national and internationl, in all areas like industrial, automobile, foundry, textile, consumer goods, agricultural, IT, and food processing. This will help the overall economic growth in the region.

The industry and trade associations of Coimbatore contribute immensely to the industrial and economic growth in the region.

Tourist Attractions

Nestled in the shadows of the Western Ghats and blessed with a pleasant climate throughout the year, Coimbatore is one of the interesting tourist spots of South India. The city has a diverse flora and fauna and its landscape is dotted with magnificent temples. The city also is a centre of a rich agricultural area and home to one of the major agricultural universities in the country. The Coimbatore Agriculture University is reputed to be one of the best institutions of its kind in South Asia. The VOC Park and Zoo is an amusement park named after the famous freedom fighter V. O. Chidambaram. The Perur Temple, situated about 6 km from Coimbatore, is one of the seven Kongu Sivalayams. The Marudhamalai Temple, located on a hillock about 12 km from Coimbatore Railway Station, is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. Then there is the Forest College, which is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country.

VOC Park and Zoo (Amusement Park)
Named after the famous freedom fighter V. O. Chidambaram, the VOC Park is an interesting place to visit in Coimbatore, especially if you are accompanied by kids. For the young ones, the main attractions within the park include the aquarium, which has a good collection of different species of fish, a mini zoo, and a toy train for joyrides.

Agriculture University
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University is one of the interesting places to visit in Coimbatore. Five kilometres away from the railway station, the university is one of the best institutions of its kind in South Asia. The university also houses a botanical garden which is the main source of attraction here. It is located towards the west of the city centre and is spread over an area of 300 hectares. The garden has a good collection of different species of flowering plants and trees.

Perur Temple
Perur is a small town situated about 6 km from Coimbatore. Its main claim to fame is the holy Perur Temple, one of the seven Kongu Sivalayams. The outer buildings of the temple were built by rulers of Madurai in the 17th century but the inner shrine is much older. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the remarkable features here is the figure of a sepoy (Indian soldier) loading a musket carved on the base of the pillar near the entrance, wearing identical dress to that of the Aurangzeb's soldiers.

Marudhamalai Temple
Located on a hillock about 12 km from Coimbatore Railway Station, the temple of Marudhamalai, dedicated to Lord Subramanya, is one of the most visited temples in the region. One of the reasons of the large number of devotees flocking the temple is that the residing deity Dandayuthapani is believed to have performed several miracles here. Thai Poosam and Tirukarthigai festivals are celebrated with great pomp and gaiety at this temple.

Forest College
Located about 3.5 km north of the Railway Station, the Forest College is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country. A visit to the College Museum is an interesting experience. This museum has an interesting collection of different minerals, rocks, pests, snakes, insects and fungal diseases that afflict plants and trees. The college also trains forest rangers.

Weekend Trips/Excursions
The places around Coimbatore also make interesting tourist destinations. The serene natural surroundings, picturesque locales and the diverse fauna enchant all those who move out of Coimbatore for excursions. Siruvani Waterfalls is a panoramic site located 37 km to the west of Coimbatore. The Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary (90 km) is home to different kind of animals and birds like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel, jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket-tailed drongo, re-whiskered bulbul, black-headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, and green pigeon. The Thirumoorthy Temple is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy Hills adjoining the Thirumoorthy Dam. Bhavani is known for the Sangameshwarar Temple situated at the confluence of the Bhavani and Cauvery rivers.

Siruvani Waterfalls
Thirty-seven kilometres to the west of the city is located the Siruvani waterfall and dam. One is left enchanted and spellbound by the panoramic view of the dam and the falls. And when you are there don't forget to taste the water of Siruvani, for the water of Siruvani is known for its minerals and taste.

Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated near Pollachi at a distance of around 90 km, the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary forms an interesting excursion from Coimbatore. The sanctuary, situated at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the Western Ghats, is home to different kind of animals and birds like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, deer, wild bear, wild dog, porcupine, flying squirrel, jackal, pangolin, civet cat and birds like rocket-tailed drongo, re-whiskered bulbul, black-headed oriole, tree pie, spotted dove, and green pigeon. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Annamalai has a large number of crocodiles. Annamalai also has many places of scenic beauty such as Karainshola, Anaikunthi shola, grass hills, waterfalls, dams and reservoirs.

Thirumoorthy temple
About 20 km from Udumalpet on the Palani-Coimbatore Highway lies the Thirumoorthy Temple. The temple is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy Hills adjoining the Thirumoorthy Dam. A perennial stream flows by the side of the Sri Amalingeswarar temple. The beauty of the area is enhanced by the waterfall nearby. One can also visit the Crocodile Farm at Amaravathi Dam which is just 25 km from here. The place is also being developed as a District Excursion Centre.

Called as Tiruveni of South India, the Sangameshwarar temple at Bhavani is situated at the confluence of the rivers Bhavani and Cauvery. The temple is an important pilgrim centre and has Lord Sangameshwarer with His consort Vedanayaki as its presiding deity. Legend has it that during the East India Company regime, William Garrow, the then Collector of Coimbatore and Salem districts, who had his headquarters at Bhavani, used to worship Goddess Vedanayaki. One night he had a dream in which the Goddess directed him to vacate his bungalow immediately. The moment he moved out, the entire bungalow collapsed. In reverence of this miracle, he presented an ivory cradle to the temple. The cradle is still present in the temple with his signature.

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