Coimbatore is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Kovai, Coimbatore is the second largest city in the state. It is a major commercial hub and is popularly called the "Manchester of South India". Geographically, the city is located at the foothills of the Nilgiri Hills and on the river bank of the river Noyyal, which flows through the western part of Tamil Nadu. Bordered on all sides by the Western Ghats, this city has a pleasant climate and peaceful atmosphere. It is not only an important manufacturing and textile centre of the country but is even listed among the fastest growing Indian cities.
Demographics of Coimbatore
Following are some of the basic demographic details about Coimbatore:
- Metropolitan population: 2,151,466 (As per Census 2011)
- Male population: 50.08%
- Female population: 49.92%
- Population under the age of 6 years: 8.9%
- Density of population: 10,052 per sq. km. or 26, 035 per square miles.
- Sex ratio: 964 females/ 1000 males
- Average rate of literacy: 89.23%
- Male literacy: 93.17%
- Female literacy: 85.3%
- Native language: Kongu Tamil
- Main religion: Predominately Hindu with minor Muslim and Christian populations
Tourist places in Coimbatore
Coimbatore city attracts tourists from all over the state. The city is famous for its waterfalls, hill stations, forest areas, dams as well as a number of places of worship. A few of them located in and around the city are:
Anjeneyar Kovil: Located at a peaceful locality, this recently constructed temple offers a calm environment.
Athar Jamad Masjid: Positioned in the Big Bazaar Street, this famous mosque is about 100 years old.
Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple: Apart from being a temple, which is devoted to Lord Shiva, this is a centre of yoga.
Eachanaari Vinayaga Temple: A famous temple, it is situated at Pollachi Road.
Marudhamalai Hill Temple: Commonly known as the Anubhavi Subramniar Temple, this hill temple has a natural spring, which spurts water all though the year.
Marudhamalai Murugan Temple: Locally known as Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Thirukoil, this Murugan Temple is located on the picturesque hill of Marudhamalai. It was built around 1,200 years ago.
Perur Siva Temple: This temple is dedicated to God Shiva and dates back to more than 1,000 years. It houses several ancient sculptures.
Lord Ganesha Temple: This temple of Puliakulam houses the biggest Lord Ganesha statue in Asia.
Thiruppathi: Situated near Mettupalayam, this is a nice place for family outing.
Velliengiri Hills: This hill is the location of a famous temple called South Kailash.
Some of the other tourist attractions in and around the city are as follows:
- Aliyar Dam
- Black Thunder Water Park
- Botanical Garden
- Cholayar Dam
- Monkey Waterfalls
- Salim Ali Ornithology Centre
- Singanallur Lake
- Siruvani Dam
- Siruvani Hills
- Vaitheki Waterfalls
- Valparai Hill
- V. O. C. Park
Resources of Economy in Coimbatore
Surrounded by cotton fields, this city earns its main revenue from its large, medium as well as small sized textile industries. The other major driver of the economy is the engineering sector. Coimbatore also has a lot of poultry and hosiery industries. The city has even got a dedicated ground of 1,60,000 sq ft for trade fair named C. O. I. N. T. E. C. that was built in the year 1999. Apart from these, this is the state's second biggest software producer and houses the offices of numerous multinational software companies like Cognizant Technology Solutions (C. T. S.), Tata Consultancy Services (T. C. S.), I. B. M., Dell and many more.
How to Reach Coimbatore
Being a major industrial hub of India, Coimbatore is well connected to the rest of the country by the following modes of transport:
Railways: The broad gauge lines connect the city with the rest of the state as well as the country. Coimbatore Junction is the main and nearest railway station, which connects Coimbatore to some of the major cities of the nation like Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Howrah, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Jaipur, Indore, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Jammu and Patna.
Roadways: The following three National Highways mentioned below help it connect to the different neighboring as well as distant areas:
- National Highway 47
- National Highway 67
- National Highway 209
Besides these, the seven important arterial roads running through the city enhance the road connectivity:
- Avinashi Road
- Marudhamalai Road
- Mettupalayam Road
- Pallakad Road
- Pollachi Road
- Satyamangalam Road
- Trichy Road