Also known as Kovai, Coimbatore is the second largest metropolitan city of Tamil Nadu. Being a major textile centre, it has also earned the nickname ‘Manchester of South India’.
Under the SangamCheras Coimbatore was an important hub on the trade route between Tamil Nadu and the West . After the Cheras and Cholas, it came under the Vijaynagar Empire and later under Mysore. After defeating Tipu, the British annexed it to Madras Presidency. Industrialization began in 1888 and the textile boom in 1920s.
Coimbatore: Famed for Art and Culture, Outdoor and Adventure, Natural Beauty, WildLife, and as a Business and Religious Hub.
There are several beautiful ancient temples in Coimbatore that attract thousands of devotees the year round.
Presence of dams, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls and a theme park make Coimbatore an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventurers. Wildlife like deer, sambar, elephants, leopards and bison abound in the forests.
The annual music festivals attracts music lovers from all over.
With over 25,000 industries and two Special Economic Zones, the city is a major business hub.
Coimbatore is a wonderful mix of tradition and modernity, and is very cosmopolitan in nature. An annual music festival and several dance and music concerts are held here. Various festivals including temple festivals are celebrated with fervour. Idli, dosa and halwa are the local delicacies.
Climate and Best time to Visit
Climate is generally pleasant year-round, and September to March is great for outdoor activities while April and May are ideal for shopping and beach visits.