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Features of Coimbatore



Information on Coimbatore

The notable features of Coimbatore

Being the third largest city in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore is considered to be the foremost industrialized cities of the state.

It is also referred to as the textile capital of southern India.

Located on the banks of Noyyal, this city boasts of an ancient cultural heritage.

The history of the area that has been discussed above is dates back to the 2nd and 3rd century AD.

Kongu or Kongunadu, was the earlier name of Coimbatore, and is still popularly referred to as Kovai, in the local Tamil language.

More Features of Coimbatore

The city lies in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats and this plays a great role in keeping the climatic conditions of the area very pleasant.

There is a persistent flow of a fresh breeze that adds to the unique appeal of the climate of this area. This breeze actually flows through the twenty-five kilometer stretch of the Palakkad gap.

The agriculture industry of this region is rich and diverse. The area is predominantly covered with rich black soil, and this favors intensive cotton cultivation in this region.

The successful growth of cotton in the agricultural sector acts as a building block towards the boom of the textile industry in Coimbatore. Textile mills have been in operation in this area since a long time, and historical data suggests that the first textile mill in the region was as early as 1888. Today, there are over a hundred mills running successfully in this region. This plays a great role in earning the reputation of becoming one of the most premier industrial cities in Southern India. The extensive growth of cotton, followed by the rapid and smooth rise of the textile industry has helped Coimbatore to evolve as a strong economically stable region too.

There are over twenty-five thousand textile mills in this region comprising of small, medium and the large scale industries. The engineering industry is also a flourishing segment in the Coimbatore region. Along with the different segments of industrial goods, Coimbatore also has a reputation of manufacturing motor pump sets. The flourishing of the cotton textile industry in the Coimbatore region in recent times is associated with the development of the Hydro electricity project built on the Pykara Falls in the 1930s.

Coimbatore serves an important transit point for the tourists visiting Kerala, the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. Also, for those who are traveling to the popular hill station Ooty or Udhagamandalam.

If you wish to take the mountain train running from Mettupalayam, which is located only thirty-five kilometers from Coimbatore; this would be the disembarking point for you. One can also avail the regular bus services to travel from Coimbatore to Ooty.