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About Coimbatore

Even named as Kovai, this city is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. This 2nd largest city in the state, being a major commercial hub, 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 got a pleasant climate and peaceful atmosphere. This important manufacturing and textile centre of the country is even listed among the fastest growing Indian cities.

Demographics of Coimbatore

Following are some of the basic demographic details about the city of 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 sq. mi.
  • 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: Hindu and Muslim

Tourist places in Coimbatore

Coimbatore city has got many places of visit that attracts tourists from all over the state. These include waterfalls, hill stations, forest areas, dams as well as a number of places of worship. To name a few of them in and around the city are:

Anjeneyar Kovil: Located at a peaceful locality, this recently constructed temple offers a great calmness of mind.

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 the centre of yoga.

Eachanaari Vinayaga Temple: This is one of the famous temples, which is situated at Pollachi Road.

Marudhamalai Hill Temple: Commonly known as the Anubhavi Subramniar Temple, this hill temple has got a natural spring, which spurts water all though the year.

Marudhamalai Murugan Temple: Locally known as Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Thirukoil, this Murugan Temple based on the picturesque hill of Marudhamalai was built around 1200 years back.

Perur Siva Temple: This temple dedicated to God Shiva dates back to above 1000 years and houses several wonderful and ancient sculptures.

Lord Ganesha Temple: This temple of Puliakulam houses the biggest Lord Ganesha statue in Asia.

Thiruppathi: Situated near Mettupalayam, this is among the nice places for family outing.

Velliengiri Hills: This hill is known for being 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 the cotton fields, this city earns its main revenue from its large, medium as well as small sized textile industries. The other major source of economy is the engineering sector. This district even houses India's maximum number 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 2nd biggest software producer and houses the offices of numerous multi-national 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 the Republic of India, this city of south India is well connected to the rest of the country by the following modes of transport:

Airways: The nearest airport to the city is the Coimbatore International Airport, which is located at Peelamedu and is around 11 km away from Coimbatore. Besides connecting the city with some of the domestic cities such as Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai, this airport links the city to the international destinations like Singapore and Sharjah. The air force base at Sulur that is just 23 km from this city even serves the city.

Railways: Starting from the year 1852, the broad gauge lines connect the place with the rest of the state as well as the country. Coimbatore Junction is the main and nearest railway station to the city, which connects the city 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 3 National Highways mentioned below helps it connect to the different neighboring as well as distant areas:
  • National Highway 47
  • National Highway 67
  • National Highway 209
Besides these, the 7 important arterial roads running through the city even enhance the road connectivity of the city:
  • Avinashi Road
  • Marudhamalai Road
  • Mettupalayam Road
  • Pallakad Road
  • Pollachi Road
  • Satyamangalam Road
  • Trichy Road

Last Updated on 31 January 2012

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