Coimbatore

Coimbatore is a major industrial town in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The Nilgiri's biosphere reserve is at an hour's distance from this "cotton city". The nearest metros/cities are Chennai, Bangalore and Kochi. Coimbatore city is well connected by rail, road and air.

Classification City
Nickname Manchester of South India
State Tamil Nadu
District Coimbatore District
Language Tamil
Importance City with many technical colleges
Population
- Total
- Density
- Sex Ratio

9,77,900 (2004)
105.60/km2
939 (2001)
Literacy Rate
- Total
- Male
- Female

87.51 %
91.34 %
83.46 %
Area 105.5
Latitude
Longitude
11.01°N
76.96°E
Altitude 43.2 metres
PIN 641 xxx, 642 xxx

City Introduction

Coimbatore is known for its industrial hub, educational institutions, health care facilities, pleasant weather, friendly culture and hospitality. There is a significant minority of people of North and West Indian origin in Coimbatore which gives it a cosmopolitan outlook.

Languages spoken: Tamil, English, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam.

The major tourist spots are Perur Temple, Kovai Kutralam (waterfall), Top Slip (wildlife sanctuary), Coonor (hill station), and Ooty (hill resort).

Narain Karthikeyan, the fastest Indian on the Formula 3 circuit, and the motor sport pioneer of India, Karivardhan are from Coimbatore. G. D. Naidu who is called the "Thomas Alva Edison of India", started the industrial revolution here.

Industry

Coimbatore is a busy city with a good business infrastructure (telecom, power, roads, airport, rail, skilled manpower and less pollution) Ideally located in the hub of the three states Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala, Coimbatore is rich with telecom, mobile and Internet connectivity and has a high tele-density. Leading Indian banks have branches in Coimbatore. The city is rated as one among the top 10 places to do business in India by Business Today.

Major industries: textiles and textile machinery, wetgrinders, auto ancillary, motor pumps, knitwear and jewelry.

People and Culture

Coimbatore people are educated, polite and rich with entrepreneurial skills. It has been a hub for higher education from the early 1900s - with the agricultural university, both government and private engineering colleges, a medical college and a variety of science and art colleges.

The major food is rice based south Indian dishes (often spicy) like Boiled Rice, Idly, Dosa, Pongal etc. Many north Indian food items like Chapathi, Roti, Biriyani, Naan are available everywhere. Chinese restaurants, continental food joints and fast food joints are located in the city.

The major religion is Hinduism. Other religions followed by the Coimbatoreans are Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism. The headquarters of Isha Foundation ( Founded by Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev ) is situated in the nearby Velliangiri Hill. The meditation center of Lotus Temple fame Swami Satchidhananda is situated in RS Puram. Osho meditation center is functioning at TV Samy Road ( Near Post Office ) RS Puram (time Morning 6.AM to 7.30 AM & 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM).

The popular entertainments are cinema, shopping, internet surfing, and gocarting. There is a golf club at Pollachi road. The Kari Motor Highway is a racing heaven for autosport enthusiasts, founded by Mr. Vijayakamar, a friend of the Indian motor sport legend Mr. Karivardhan. There are two gocarting centers, one in Thudiyalur and another in Avanashi Road



Travel information

Coimbatore is well connected by Railway and Road. There is a small international airport which connects the city with Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi and Sharjah. Air India, Jet airways and Indian Airlines are the major operators. The low cost Air Deccan also operates economy flights through Coimbatore. Silk air has an office in Coimbatore. There are also many dependable travel agents.

The Railway station is one of the busiest one in the south India with trains from every major city in India. The whole ticket reservation system is computerised and credit cards are accepted in the reservation counters.

There are three bus stands; Gandhipuram ( North), Ukkadam (South) and Singanallur (East). The major bus stand is Gandhipuram from which many interstate buses and Tourist buses operate round the clock. There are many decent lodges/hotels. The tourists can board the Nilgiris Bus from here.

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