Analogically called ‘Detroit’ or ‘Manchester’ of South India, ‘Coimbatore’ is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu. Renowned for its manufacturing of motor pump sets, Coimbatore is a popular industrial laureate and commercial hub. Also called ‘Kovai’ in Tamil language, this city is distinguished for its manifold industries like engineering enterprises, textile mills, software companies, IT culture, educational institutes, health care, agriculture, cotton industries, etc.

Acclaimed for its ambitious entrepreneurship, Coimbatore city harbors more than 25 thousand industries. Surveys done by different study groups like Economic Times, CII, Frost and Sullivan have concluded that Coimbatore tops in the index of consumer confidence and is the most facilitated investment terminus.

Coimbatore is bestowed an honor of having the world's second tastiest water after Nile. This Coimbatore water is known as “Siruvani Water. Located on the banks of the river Noyyal, Coimbatore serves as the administrative headquarter of the district.


History of Coimbatore

History of Coimbatore involves many controversies and speculations. The first literary evidence of the name of Coimbatore – ‘Kongu Nadu’ is found in the Tamil Epic ‘Silappathikaram’ dated back to 2nd century AD. During 10th century, Kongu Nadu was ruled by Cholas. In 12th century, this region came under the reigned of ‘Irulas’ whose chief named ‘Kovan’ christened the city after his own title.

Many Roman coins have been found in the excavation around Coimbatore which indicates their trade with Roman merchants. In 15th century, Coimbatore, along with other regions of Tamil Nadu, came under the governance of Vijayanagara dominion. 17th century witnessed the fall of Vijayanagara Empire and in 18th century Coimbatore belonged to Mysore Kingdom.

After the defeat of Tipu Sultan, British East India Company took over and in 1799 Coimbatore was merged with Madras Presidency. Coimbatore made its Chief contribution in the 2nd Poligar War of 1801, against the colonizers. In 1865 a new Coimbatore district was formed with Coimbatore being the headquarters. 19th and 20th century perceived Coimbatore’s tussle against natural calamities like famine, earthquake and plague, participation in Independence struggle and at the same time, this domain was marching ahead with its successful industrialization. The first textile mill in Coimbatore was established in the year 1888 and today, Coimbatore is rightly known as ‘the Manchester of South India’.