Known as Manchester of South India, Coimbatore alias Kovai, situated on the banks of Noyyal River is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu. Located at an elevation of about 398 meters at the foot hills of Nilgiris, the city has a pleasant climate, peaceful atmosphere, cosmopolitan outlook and private enterprise. Due to this salubrious climate through out the year, it is termed as poor man's Ooty. The city derived its name from its local Goddess Koniyamman also known as Koniyattamuttur or Koniyamuttur that is metamorphosed to Koyamuttur and later anglicized as Coimbatore. Other version says that the area was once ruled by a king named Kovan and hence the name Kovanputur (Kovan's city). Coimbatore is also known for the manufacture of motor pumb sets, varied engineering goods and handloom products. A large number of technical institutions in Coimbatore cater to the growing technical needs of the region. This administrative head quarters of Coimbatore district and the textile capital of South India is now becoming the hub of Information Technology.
|Area||: 23.5 Sq.Kms|
|Population||: 1,461,139 (2001 census)|
|Season||: Throughout the year|
|STD Code||: 0422|
|Rain Fall||: 92.2 mm|
|Temperature||: 23.30- 39.40C(Summer)
|Literacy||: 78 %|