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Location : In Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu
Known As : The Textile Capital Of South India Or The Manchester Of The South
One Of The : Most Industrialised City In The State

Coimbatore- "The Textile Capital Of South India" Or " The Manchester Of The South"

Perur Temple, Coimbatore, Tamil NaduCoimbatore is one of the most industrialised cities in the state. Popularly known as "The Textile Capital of South India" or "The Manchester of the South", the city is situated on the banks of the river Noyyal. Located in the shadow of the Western Ghats, Coimbatore enjoys a very pleasant climate the year round, aided by the fresh breeze that flows in through the 25-km long Palakkad gap.

The Textile Industry Of Coimbatore

The rich black soil of the region has contributed to Coimbatore's flourishing agriculture industry and, it is in fact that the successful growth of cotton that served as a foundation for the establishment of its famous textile industry. The first textile mills came up as far back as 1888 but there are now over a hundred mills. The result has been a strong economy and a reputation as one of the greatest industrial cities in South India.

Coimbatore serves as an entry and exit point to neighbouring Kerala and the ever-popular hill station of Udagamandalam (Ooty). It is the disembarking point for those who want to take the Mountain train that runs from Mettupalayam, just 35 km from Coimbatore.


Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Anamalai wildlife sanctuary is about 90-km from Coimbatore and is situated at an altitude of 1,400 meters in the Western Ghats near Pollachi. The area of the sanctuary is 958-sq-kms. An ecological paradise, this sanctuary encompasses a National Park. It has just recently been renamed Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary.

Black Thunder Amusement Park

Black Thunder, a water sports and amusement park is situated about 40-km from Coimbatore on the Ooty main Road. When you need time off from the rest of the world, time to be with your family, time to share moments of adventure and fun with friends, time for children to experience fun and joy, time to take a break- Black Thunder is your destination.


Annamalai Wildlife Sanctury, Tamil NaduIt is a picturesque locale in the Anamalai Hills. It is about 37-km. from Pollachi. This small town is an ideal picnic spot.


An important textile centre in Coimbatore district, it is also famous for hosiery products. Thiruppur is also closely associated with ' Thiruppur Kumaran ' one of the valiant freedom fighters. It is 50-km from Coimbatore.

Parambikulam-Aliyar Multipurpose Project

Parambikulam-Aliyar Multipurpose Project project consists of a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals for harnessing waters of the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunakadavu, Thekkadi and Palar rivers, lying at various elevations, for irrigation and power generation. The scheme is an outstanding example of engineering skill. It is located in the Anamalai range.

V O C Park

Named after the freedom fighter V.O.Chidambaram, the VOC Park is the most appropriate place to go with children. The Coimbatore Corporation maintains the park. The Park houses a mini Zoo, models of prehistoric dinosaurs, Children' Train, Swing, Slider, Seesaw and other play equipment and is more like an amusement park for the children. The park has a stretch of grass patch conveniently mowed to sit on.


Thirumoorthy Temple

Thirumoorthy Temple is situated at the foot of Thirumoorthy Hills adjoining the Thirumoorthy Dam. This is about 20 km from Udumalpet on the Highway from Palani to Coimbatore. A perennial stream flows by the side of the Sri Amalingeswarar temple and nearby there is a waterfall. The Crocodile Farm at Amaravati Dam is just 25-km from here. This place is being developed as a District Excursion Centre. Regular buses are available from Udumalpet.

Perur Patteeswaraswamy Temple

Perur Patteeswaraswamy temple built by Karikala Cholan is located 7-km west of Coimbatore near river Noyyal. Coimbatore has many temples out of which the Perur Patteeswara Swamy temple is the most popular one. The temple upholds huge statues. The significance of Perur temple in earlier days is unfolded in the poetic creations of Arunagiri Nather and Kachiappa Munivar.

Marudamalai Temple

About 12-km away from Coimbatore railway station is the Marudhamalai temple of Lord Muruga. The temple is situated on the Marudamalai (Maruda is the colloquial form of Marunthu, which means medicine and Malai means mountain) mountain and is one of the most visited temples in the region, the reason being that the presiding deity, known as "Dandayuthapani" is believed to have performed several miracles here.


Khadi Gandhi Gallery

The Government set the Khadi Gandhi gallery up in Coimbatore on 15th of July 1970. The gallery displays pictures of Gandhi right from his birth to his death. Separate cubicles are arranged for each phase in Gandhi' life, which pictures all major events that occurred in his life. There are interesting collections of rare photographs titled 'Journey through Harijan Life', 'Family', 'Friends', 'Independence Struggle', 'Jail Life' and "Peace Talks'. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated with grandeur in this gallery and the collector visits the gallery during 'Gandhi Jayanti' and participates in the function followed by bhajans.

Forest College Museum
The Forest College is one of the oldest of its kind in the country. The Forest College is situated 3.5 km north of the railway station of Coimbatore. The college museum is worth a visit. The museum preserves the fossils of plants and animals. The museum also has dead specimen of plants and animals of rare variety. The museum also has a special advisory counter offering service to promote businesses related to plant husbandry.

Government Museum
The government initiated the museum in 1989. The museum is situated in VOC Park Road, which bears the remnants of various tribes of the place. The museum is compartmentalized into 5 sections. The museum bears fossil remains and age-old tools. The megalithic burial materials, treasure trove materials, ancient coins and decorative artifacts are few among the rare items that are displayed. There is a separate section for old rocks, minerals and wood fossils and tribal medicinal plants.


The Siruvani Waterfalls and Dam

The Siruvani waterfalls and the dam are located at a distance of 37-km west of Coimbatore. The water of Siruvani is known for its minerals and taste. The panoramic view of the dam and the falls are of enchanting beauty.

Sengupathi Water Falls

Sengupathi Water Falls are situated 35-km from Coimbatore on the Coimbatore - Siruvani main Road.

Monkey Falls

65-km from Coimbatore and 27-km from Pollachi on Coimbatore-Pollachi-Valparai Highways are the Monkey Falls, a famous picnic spot.

Vaideki Water Falls

Located 30-km from Coimbatore via. Narasipuram village are the Vaideki Falls. It is a fine picnic spot for trekkers.


Air: Peelamedu airport is 10-km from the city, which operates regular flights to Bangalore , Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Madurai.

Rail: Coimbatore is a major railway junction on the Southern Railways and has trains to Chennai, Rameswaram, Madurai, Bangalore , Mumbai, Kanyakumari, Kozhikode, Mettupalayam, Kochi and Delhi.

Road: Coimbatore is connected by road with all major places in South India. For local transportation, city buses, taxis and auto rickshaws are available. State Transport Corporation ply mini luxury coaches between various points in the city and airport.


Being a major city of the state, Coimbatore offers various accommodation options for tourists. There are star hotels, moderate class and small budgeted hotels and lodges. Accommodation is also available at the Railway Retiring Room, Railway Station Corporation; Bus Stand Rest House, Central Bus Stand; and Sports Development Authority Dormitory.


Coimbatore is a major industrial centre in Tamil Nadu noted for its textile mills and engineering industry. Some of the main places to shop in Coimbatore are: -

1) Big Bazaar, Oppanakkara Street
2) Raja Street, Ranga Gownder Street
3) Sukravar Pettai (for Handloom Saris)
4) Poompuhar Handicrafts Emporium
5) Co-optex
6) Khadikrafts
7) TANSI Sales Centre are


Tourist Information Counter
Government of Tamil Nadu, Railway Junction, Coimbatore.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
Dr. Nanjappa Road
Coimbatore - 641018
Global Trust Bank
Times Bank
Indian Overseas Bank

BANKS: - Bank of India
Indian Overseas Bank
State Bank of India
Central Bank of India
Bharat Overseas Bank
Bank of Baroda
Canara Bank
ANZ Grindlays Bank
ICICI Banking Corporation Ltd

Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH)
Post Box No.3209 Avanashi Road, Coimbatore-641014.
G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital
P.O No.6327, Pappanaickenpalayam,
Coimbatore-641 037.

United Hospitals
Kalapatti Road, near SITRA

Sheela Hospital
46, East Power House Road
Coimbatore-12, India.

Sri Ramakrishna Hospital
395,Sarojini Naidu road,
Coimbatore-44, India

Arvind Eye Hospital
Avinashi Road

Kongunad Hospital (P) Ltd
79, 11th Street, Tatabad

Ponniah Hospital
232, East Thiruvenkataswamy Road, R.S Puram

Afghan Grill Restaurant
The Residency - Afghan Grill
Avinashi Road, Coimbatore - 641018

Chin Chin Restaurant
The Residency Chinese Restaurant
Avinashi Road, Coimbatore - 641018

Cloud 9 Restaurant
36, Sivasamy Road, Ramnagar
Coimbatore - 641009

Hotel Mangala International
340, Nehru Street, Ramnagar
Coimbatore - 641009

Orchard Restaurant
36, Sivasamy Road, Ramnagar
Coimbatore - 641009

Peking Chinese Restaurant
MR Complex, DB Road

Sri Rayappas Restaurant
1/367, Bharathiyar Road, Sidhapudur
Coimbatore - 641004


Area: 23.5-sq-km
Population: 7,04,514 (1991 Census)
Latitude N: 10° 10' and 11° 30'
Longitude: E 76° 40' and 77° 30'
Altitude: 43.2 m
Clothing: Light Cottons
Languages Spoken: Tamil, English, Telugu and Malayalam
STD Code: 0422
Climate: Tropical
Temperature Range (deg C):
Summer- Max 39.4ºC, Min 23.3ºC
Winter- Max 32.8ºC, Min 20.7ºC
Rainfall: 92.2 mm


Bannari - 83-km
Bhavani - 121-km
Cochin - 163-km
Coonoor - 85-km
Kodumudi -105-km
Palani - 105-km

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