Coimbatore (also known as “Kovai”) is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu after the capital city Chennai both by population and area.

The city is also known as the Manchester of South India, as itis famous for its textile industry and numerous jewellerystores.


Coimbatore is filled with ancient Hindu temples. Apart from these, the city also has various places of ecological beauty (waterfalls, rainforests, etc.) and some that providerecreational activities like trekking and camping as well. Some of the top places to see in Coimbatore include the following –

  • Nehru Ladies’ Park (A beautiful park maintained and run exclusively for women; with lush greenery, jogging and walking trails etc)
  • SiruvaniWaterfalls
  • Kodiveri Dam
  • Monkey Falls
  • Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park
  • Velliyangiri


  • Marudhamalai Temple
  • Adiyogi Shiva Temple (perhaps one of the most popular Shiva temples in South India today, this place has a huge stature of Lord Shiva – which is the world’s biggest statue of the God)
  • Patteeswarar Temple Perur
  • Eachanari Vinayagar Temple


  • Gedee Car Museum – a museum that displays a collection of cars from across decades and narrates the history of cars through various artefacts.
  • Gass Forest Museum
  • Government Museum
  • Insect Museum, TNAU
  • Tamil Nadu Police Museum


The major festivals celebrated in Coimbatore are –

  • Pongal – A harvest festival celebrated in January
  • Navaratri(a 9-day Hindu festival, where people worship goddess Durga -falls in the month of October mostly)
  • Dussehra (grand celebration on the 10th day, at the end of Navaratri)
  • Deepawali – Festival of lights


If you’d like to indulge in some shopping, here are some good shopping spots to check out in this city –

  • Shree Devi Textile
  • Oppanakara Street
  • RS Puram
  • Brookfield Mall
  • Nalli Silk Sarees
  • SK Pearl & Crafts
  • Shantiniketan Silks


Public transport within the city includes buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws. Besides these, a metro rail system called Coimbatore Metro, or Kovai Metro is also proposed and being plannedto serve the city. It is still in the planning phase and expected date of completion is not yet known.


Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Coimbatore to try the local delicacies as well as other interesting foods and sumptuous meals –

  • SreeAnnapoorna Hotels Coimbatore (a chain of restaurants, whose south Indian cuisine and filter coffee are well-known, and a must-try when in the city)
  • Shree Anandhaas Restaurant
  • Achi Mess
  • Geetha Café
  • RHR Restaurant
  • Cascade
  • On the Go
  • Kovai Kitchen
  • Afghan Grill
  • Hari Bhavanam
  • Annalakshmi
  • Venu Biryani


Some of the best hotels in Coimbatore for a comfortable stay include the following -

  • Radisson Blu Coimbatore
  • Fairfield by Marriott Coimbatore
  • The Grand Regent
  • Thejas Hotel
  • Jenneys Residency
  • SR Jungle Resort
  • Hotel Chanma International
  • Lemon Tree Hotel, Coimbatore
  • Vivanta Coimbatore
  • Gokulam Park Coimbatore


Coimbatore also has a few good bars and pubs having good food, drinks and ambience, for people to hang out or entertain themselves during late hours. These include –

  • Don Bala’s Night Club
  • Sherlock’s Pub
  • G-Spirit Bat
  • Ramba Bar
  • Tease
  • 10 Downing Street


Coimbatore city STD Code – 0422(to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered.

Common emergency numbers –

  • Police: 100
  • Accident: 108
  • Highway Emergency Relief – 1033
  • Child helpline: 1098
  • Women helpline: 1091
  • Fire and Rescue: 101
  • Senior Citizen Helpline – 1253
  • Blood Bank Information - 1910

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