Coimbatore – Fastest Growing City in India

Coimbatore City (Kovai) is one of the top 10 fastest growing cities of India. Coimbatore district has a population of about 42.72 Lakhs (Census in 2011). Coimbatore is the district capital. There are more than 25,000 small, medium, large scale industries and textile mills.

Coimbatore area mapCoimbatore District has six taluks namely Coimbatore(North), Coimbatore(South), Mettupalayam, Sulur, Pollachi and Valparai and two revenue divisions of Coimbatore and Pollachi. Coimbatore is famous for Schools, Universities, Engineering Colleges, Medical, Management Schools, Textiles- Yarn, Knitted Garments, Handlooms, Textile Machinery, Motors, Pumps, Industrial goods, Cotton, Tea, and Software. The shopping malls like Brookefields and Fun Republic are popping up in Coimbatore.

Coimbatore supplies over 30 per cent of all the automotive components used in the country; several companies also cater to the international market. The city makes over 60 per cent of the water pumps and 45 percent of the motors used in India. Another recent study on the feasibility of setting up an Information Technology (IT) park in Coimbatore, by Price water house Coopers pointed to the city as one to be watched. Coimbatore has also proved that it can take on competition, both domestic and international. The district, has an excellent academic infrastructure that churns out over 20,000 engineering and 28,000 non-engineering graduates every year, is poised to emerge as one of the largest knowledgable human resource power house by 2008.

History of Coimbatore

Coimbatore city is situated on the banks of river Noyal, a tributary of river Cauvery. Existence of Coimbatore can be traced back to 2nd Century AD as a small tribal village capital called Kongunad. According to Manuscript “Chola Poorva Pattayam” found in the Madras (Chennai) Oriental Manuscript Library, a small village kovanputhur named after a leader of the group kovan existed here. Later it was changed as Coimbatore. Coimbatore is also known as Kovai in Tamil language.

Karikalan, a famous Chola king brought Kondunad under his control. Kongunad was ruled by many famous kings from Cheras, Pandyas, Pallavas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara and Chalukyas. Later when British ruled kongunad along with rest of India. It was during this British period many famous textile mills came.

Location of Coimbatore

It is located at the foothills of western ghats blessed with a wonderful climate and water. Coimbatore is 750MSL and average rainfall of 200mm to 300mm, temperature ranging from moderate to medium. Coimbatore district is fed with water from Noyal, Siruvani, Bhavani and Amaravathi. Siruvani, world’s second purest water body is the main source of water in the city. Coimbatore district is surrounded by Nilgris District, Erode District in Tamil Nadu and Palghat District in Kerala.

People of Coimbatore

People of Coimbatore are cosmopolitan and talk Tamil, English, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. People of Coimbatore are friendly and open. Kongu Tamil, a dialect of Tamil language is spoken here, but you can also find people speaking english. English is a second language in school education in Tamil Nadu.

There are many entreprenuers in Coimbatore with their hard and determined work has brought laurels to coimbatore. You can get to know about some people, business and products in Coimbatore Directory here.

Coimbatore is also blessed by presence of great spiritual leaders, ashrams and spritual centers. Swami Chinmayananda, ISHA Foundation, Amrita, Vedatri Maharishi, Perur, Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya, Art of Living, Osho Center and others have their presence in a major way.


Coimbatore is well connected by Road, Rail and Air. Coimbatore being a business city with manufacturing and trading activity, it is a well connected to the Chennai, Cochin. Cuddalore and Tuticorin Ports. Lot of international carriers like Fedex, DHL, UPS and local carriers like Gati, Blue dart, Professional Couriers, Speed Post, DTDC operate from Coimbatore.


Coimbatore city is connected by national highway 47 (NH-47) from Salem leading to Kanyakumari, Coimbatore is 530 KMs from Chennai, Tamil Nadu State Capital (travel time of about 10 Hrs). Tirupur (50 KMs, 1 Hour), Ooty (80 KMs, 3 Hrs), Pollachi (45 KMs, 1 Hr), Erode (100 KMs, 2 Hrs), Salem (180 KMs, 4 Hrs), Bangalore (360 KMs, 7 Hrs), Buses ply to every major city and town in Tamil Nadu and other states from Coimbatore.

In Coimbatore city, you can also find call taxis as economical as in any other part of the country. City has reasonably well laid roads and lanes. Traffic and Air pollution is increasing day by day and is a cause to worry.


Coimbatore has three railway junctions (terminals) – Coimbatore Central, Coimbatore North and Podanur (15 KMs). There are everyday trains to major cities Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Tirupathi, Cochin, Mangalore, Mumbai, Madurai, Trichy, Ooty, Palghat, Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Thanjavur and Kanyakumari. Click to know more about Coimbatore Railway timings


Coimbatore has an International Airport and is connected to all major metropolitian cities in India, and Gulf. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Paramount Airways, Go Air, and Air Deccan operate frequent flights in Coimbatore. Click to know more about Coimbatore Air timings

Internet and Telephony

All major operators like BSNL, Airtel, Aircel, Idea, MTS, Reliance, Tata Indicom, Tata Docomo, Virgin, Videocon, Vodafone operate Mobile, Landline & Broadband services in Coimbatore covering entire district.