Coimbatore District (also known as Kovai in Tamil language) is situated in the western part of Tamil Nadu and is bordered by Nilgiris District in the north, Palakkad and Idukki Districts of Kerala in the west and south respectively, Tiruppur District in the east and Erode District in the north-east.
Coimbatore and the regions around were ruled by the Sangam Cheras dynasty which later on was conquered by Cholas and then by the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century. The Nayaks took over the Vijayanagara Empire in the 17th century. Coimbatore was carved out as a new district in the later part of 18th century under the British East India Company.
The district with its headquarters at Coimbatore, houses many engineering and textile industries and is prominent for its educational institutions. The launch of TIDEL Park has made the district more diverse and cosmopolitan.
Every time you speak to a native of this place, you will feel truly respected. Being the largest city of Kongunadu region and the fastest growing secondary cities of India, it has become a major place for IT industries, textiles, education, commerce etc. Cotton mills and textiles are the specialties of Kovai (lovingly called so by people) and hence it is called as the “Manchester of South India”.
Also, It is the topmost suppliers of pump sets and motors in India and hence it is called as the “Pump City”. Jewelry exports, wet grinders exports, auto parts exports etc happen majorly from Coimbatore.
Major Tourist Attractions in Coimbatore District
- Valparai Hill Station (102 kilometres from Coimbatore)
- Aliyar Dam (64 kilometres from Coimbatore)
- Kovai Courtallam (32 kilometres from Coimbatore)
- Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
- Adhiyogi Statue, Isha Yoga Centre
- Black Thunder Amusement Park, Mettupalayam
- Gass Forest Museum
- Marudhamalai Murugan Temple
- Arulmigu Patteswarar Temple, Perur
- Athar Jamad Masjid, Town Hall
- Gurudwara, RS Puram
- Koniamman Temple, Coimbatore
- Jain Temple, RS Puram
- Immanuel Church, Uppilipalayam
- Arulmigu Echanari Vinayakar Temple, Echanari
- Masaniamman Kovil, Anaimalai
- Vellingiri Andavar Temple, Vellingiri
How to reach Coimbatore
Road – Coimbatore District is well connected by road with many national and state highways passing through it. National Highways NH 81, 83, 181, 544 and 948 connects the districts with other cities. NH 47 (Cochin-Salem), NH 67 (Mysore-Nagapattinam) and NH 209 (Bangalore-Dindigul) also pass through the district. Inter-city buses connect the district with major towns in South India.
Rail – Coimbatore Junction comes under the jurisdiction of Salem Division. Broad gauge trains connect Coimbatore will all major cities in India.
Air – The city has an airport (Coimbatore International Airport) at Peelamedu, 11 kilometers from the city.