Coimbatore is the third largest city in Tamilnadu, with a population of more than 15 lakhs and more than 42 lakhs in the whole Coimbatore district. There are more than 30,000 tiny small, medium and large industries and textile mills. The city is known for its entrepreneurship of its residents. The climate is comfortable round the year.
The city is situated on the banks of the river Noyyal. Coimbatore existed even prior to the 2nd Century AD as a small tribal village capital called Kongunad until it was brought under Chola control in the 2nd or 3rd Century AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. When Kongunad fell to the British along with the rest of the state, its name was changed to Coimbatore and it is by this name that is known today, except in Tamil, in which it is called Kovai.
The rich black soil of the region has contributed to Coimbatore's flourishing agriculture industry and, it is in fact, the successful growth of cotton has served as a foundation for the establishment of its famous textile industry.
Coimbatore is also famous for the manufacture of motor pump sets and varied engineering goods, due to which it has earned the title “Detroit of the South". The Development of Hydro electricity from the Pykara Falls in the 1930s led to a cotton boom in Coimbatore. The result has been a strong economy and a reputation as one of the greatest industrial cities in South India.
Gedee car museum, GAZZ museum, Kovai kutralam falls, Maruthamalai Temple, Parambikulam Tiger reserve are some of the tourist attractions in and around Coimbatore city. Valparai, Aliyar Dam and Udhagamadalam (Ooty) are other tourist attractions very close to Coimbatore. The Nilgiri mountain Railway (NMR) offers a scenic trip Metupalayam (35 kms from Coimbatore) to Ooty in its steam locomotive and UNESCO has classified NMR as a World Heritage Site. Kerala, with it’s well known backwaters and ayurvedic practices is easily accessible from Coimbatore.