Popularly referred to as the Manchester or Detroit of the South for its textile manufacturing and engineering goods, Coimbatore is a large sprawling industrial city with wide orderly roads and a range of accommodations to suit any budget. Situated at the opening of the Palghat Gap in the Western Ghats, Coimbatore has a pleasant climate right around the year. Although not a touristy city, it is indeed a good place to halt en-route to Nigiri hill stations. It is also known for the manufacture of the centrifugal pump sets and is host of engineering goods.
 
Coimbatore is the 3rd largest city of Tamil Nadu. It is the district headquarters and the most industrialized and commercialized city in Tamil Nadu. It is the textile capital of the south and called the Manchester of Tamil Nadu. It is on the banks of Noyyal, a tributary of the river Cauvery. The hinterland with black cotton soil and the ideal climate are suitable for the
development of textile industry. It was in existence even before 2nd century as the capital of Kongu kings. It came under the reign of Karikal Chola of the 2nd century A.D., the Rastrakutas, Chalukyas, Pandyas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar rulers, and Mysore Wodeyars too held sway in this region. When it finally fell into the hands of the British, its name was perpetuated as Coimbatore. As it is located in the shadows of the western ghats, it enjoys a very pleasant climate throughout the year with the fresh breeze that blows through the 25 kms wide Palakkad gap which is the main link to the neighboring state Kerala. The first textile mills came up here as far back as 1888 but now there are over hundred mills in Coimbatore. Mettuppalayam (35 kms from Coimbatore) that borders the Nilgiris district, is the disembarking point to board the mountain train that goes to the 'Queen of Hill Stations' - Ooty.
General Information

Area

7,469Sq.kms

Population

42,24,107(2001 Census)

Altitude

43.2metres

Season

Throughout the year

Clothing

Tropical

Languages

Tamil,English,Telugu and Malayalam

STD Code
0422
Climate

Summer Max: 39.4 ºC,Min:23.3 ºC

Winter - Max: 32.8 ºC,Min:20.7 ºC

Rainfall - 92.2 cm average.
Places of Interest
PerurTemple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva it was built by Karikola Cholan by the Noyyal river side.
MaruthamalaiTemple
Dedicated to Lord Murugan it is located on a hillock 12 km away from Coimbatore. The presiding deity is known as Dhandayuthapani.
V.O.C.Park
Named after the freedom fighter V.O.Chidambaram the Park has a mini zoo and toy train. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and one of the oldest forest colleges of the country are camped in this city.
Anamalai or Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary (60 km from Coimbatore)
The biggest sanctuary in Tamil Nadu sprawls over an area of about 958 sq. Ian. The animals found here are gaur, elephant, tiger, sloth bear, wild boar dog, nilgiri, langur etc. There is a bird watch tower at Kariam Shola, 2 km away from Top slip. The range officer can arrange trekking and hill climbing and elephant rides at the sanctuary. 21 km away from top the slip lays a small waterfall called Monkey falls at Aliyar. A town Amaravathy Nagar has Crocodile breeding centre.
Udhagamandalam (100 km from Coimbatore)
Ooty called the Queen of hill stations is located at the Nilgiri hills at 2240 meters above sea level. Botanical Gardens were established here in 1847. This 50­acre garden includes a variety of exotic ornamental plants. It is also a venue for the flower show held in May every year. There is a fossil tree trunk which is 20 million years old. Artificial Lake was constructed in 1824 by Mr. John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. Rowand Motor boats, toy trains are available at the lake. Rose Garden covering an area of 10 acres inside Vijaya Nagar farm has about 1900 varieties of roses. GovernmentMuseum has items of tribal objects, ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. Deer Park houses sambar, chitaI, and hares besides water birds.
The Mukurthi Peak and Mukurthi National Park contains viable population of nilgiri tahr. Fascinating feature of the Mukurthi sanctuary is its relationship with the Himalayan flora and fauna.Pykara, 21 km from Ooty, has Toda settlement well-protected fenced sholas,
undisturbed grassy meadows and a rich wildlife habitat. The Pykara Dam and the reservoir attract many tourists. Dodabetta, 10 km from Ooty, lies on the junction of western and Eastern Ghats, offer beautiful vistas of the Nilgiri hill ranges. There is a telescope house run by the T. T.D.C. Avalanchi, 28 km from Ooty is a beautiful lake. There are places so dark and dense that even sun light does not penetrate. Upper Bhavani lies 20 km from AvaIanchi, which is the area of undisturbed wildlife habitat.
How To Reach
Air:The airport is about 10 km east out of town. The Indian Airlines and Air India are on Trichy road. The Indian Airlines connects Coimbatore to Chennai, Mumbai, Calicut (Kozhicode) and Madurai regularly. In addition, Jet Airways and Daccan Airways has daily flights to Mumbai.
Rail:Coimbatore is a major railway junction and all trains connecting the rest of the country to Kanyakumari stop here. There are numerous trains from here daily to Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram etc., apart from a miniature train to the hill station of Ooty from Mettupalayam, which is very popular.
Road: Very well connected by good roads, Coimbatore has a well – organized bus stand operated by the state government apart from a large number of private operators plying overnight coach services to all important neighboring towns and cities. For local transport autos and taxis are available in plenty especially because Coimbatore is an important industrial town with a large floating population.
Hotels in Coimbatore
Most of Coimbatore accommodation is concentrated around the bus stands. The cheapest places line Nehru Street and Shastri Road, but whatever you do avoid the rock – bottom places facing the bus stand itself, which are plagued with traffic noise from around 4 AM onwards.
Heritage Inn, Hotel Alangar Grande, Hotel Blue Star, Hotel City Tower, Hotel Sivakami,Hotel Surya Internatioanl,Hotel Tamil Nadu,Nilgiri Nest, Hotel Meena,The Monarch Resort, The Residency,Sree Annapoorna Lodge, Hotel Surya International and Hotel City Tower,Cag Pride, Resort Black Thunder, Hotel Seetharam,Hotel Indrapuri,Howard Johnson The Monarch Resort.Dakshin The South,Sri Krishna Sweets.
 
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