Coimbatore is known as the Manchester of South India and some prefer to call it Detroit of Tamilnadu. It is the second largest metro in Tamilnadu.
Coimbatore has a pleasant climate due to its proximity to thickly forested mountain ranges and the cool breeze blowing through the Palghat gap. The wet season is from October to December due to the northeast monsoon. Coimbatore is located at an elevation of about 411 meters. The mean maximum and minimum temperatures varies between 35 °C (95 °F) and 18 °C (64 °F).
With more than 25,000 small, medium and large industries, the city’s primary industries are engineering and textiles. Coimbatore has two special economic zones (SEZ), the Coimbatore Hi-Tech Infrastructure (CHIL) SEZ and the Coimbatore TIDEL park, and at least five more SEZs are in the pipeline.
Coimbatore is an educational hub of the region. The Coimbatore district is home to 7 universities, 54 engineering colleges, 2 medical colleges, 35 polytechnics Colleges and more than 70 Arts and Science Colleges and a large number of schools. The city has reputed state owned universities like Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Bharathiar University, Anna University Coimbatore and private universities like Avinashilingam University, Amrita University, Karunya University and Karpagam University . The city also houses research institutes like Central Institute for Cotton Research, Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Institute for Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education and Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies.
Coimbatore is very well connected with the rest of India by road, rail and air. There are direct domestic flights to many important cities and direct international flights to Singapore and Sharjaha. Chennai serves as the nearest hub from where there are connecting flights to all parts of the country and the world.
Places of interest
There are several tourist spots in Coimbatore and it is surrounded by many exciting tourist centers. The places to visit are (in alphabetical order) Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Amaravathy Reservoir, Avanashi, Bannari, Bhavani, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Mettupalayam, Monkey falls, palani, Parambikulam-Aliyar, Pollachi, Sengupathi Waterfalls, Tiruppur, Thirumoorthy Temple, Top slip, Udagamandalam, Ooty Lake, Stone House, Vaideki Waterfalls, Valparai and many other places too.