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An Introduction to Coimbatore

Coimbatore Facts:

Coimbatore is situated in the Tamil Nadu state of India

It has a population of 930882 as per the census of 2001.

Pincode: 641001+
STD Code: 0422

Coimbatore District divisions:

Revenue Divisions : Coimbatore, Pollachi

Taluks : Coimbatore(North), Coimbatore(South), Mettupalayam, Polllachi, Sulur, Valparai

Blocks : Anamalai, Annur, Karamadai, Kinathukadavu, Madukkarai, Periyanayakkanpalayam, Pollachi(North), Pollachi(South),
Sarcarsamakulam, Sultanpet, Sulur, Thondamuthur

Coimbatore is the third largest city in Tamil Nadu state, India. In terms of area, it comes next to Chennai and Madurai. In the local Tamil language, Coimbatore is known as Kovai.

It is an important city that houses some of the biggest textile and engineering giants of Southern India. The administrative headquarters of the Coimbatore district is located in this city.

The Southern Indian Territory has an important region that is marked by its ancient heritage, it is the Kongu Nadu and Coimbatore is a part of it. The suburban areas adjacent to the city of Coimbatore, houses over 2.4 million people. 

The importance of the city in the business circle is such that, it is called the "Manchester of South India". The industrial sector in this city comprises of numerous textile mills, engineering firms, factories, manufacturers of automobile parts and health care facilities, to name a few. There are a lot of reputed and popular educational institutions located in this city. 

Coimbatore is also located in a picturesque location. It is located just on the banks of the Noyyal River and the enchanting Siruvani Waterfalls is not very far away from the city. There a number of tourist attractions in the form of the beauteous hill stations like Ooty, Coonnor and Valparai. The pleasant weather of the city encourages tourists to visit the city all through the year. 
Etymology of Coimbatore

As mentioned in the earlier paragraphs, the city of Coimbatore derives its name from Kongu. This actually refers to the Kongu ruler called Kovan, who used to rule this region. He named his area as Kovanpudur. Gradually, it came to be known as Koyambuthur or Koyamuthur.

Coimbatore is the anglicized form of these names. If you refer to the station code of the Indian Railways, you will discover that Coimbatore is abbreviated as CBE. There is also a popular belief that the city has derived its name after the presiding deity of the town Koniamman and the Koniamman Pudur later came to be known as Coimbatore.