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Coimbatore is one of the major industrial cities in Tamil Nadu and is called the Manchester of Southern India. Coimbatore is famous for the manufacture of motor pump sets and varied engineering goods, due to which it is also called as the "Detroit of the South". The towns that are adjacent to Coimbatore are : Tirupur, Hosiery town; Palakkad, gateway to Kerala state, Ooty, a world-famous hill-station; Pollachi, an agricultural town.
Coimbatore is known for its various industries, engineering goods, textile mills, educational institutions, health care facilities, pleasant weather, friendly culture and hospitality. There is a significant minority of people of North and West Indian origin in Coimbatore which gives it a cosmopolitan outlook. The Tamil spoken here is called Kongu Tamil. Other languages spoken include English, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. Very friendly & courteous people in South India. Except for early summer it otherwise has a very pleasant climate throughout the year, similar to a resort town. It's one of the upcoming Information Technology Hub with new initiatives from the State Govt. Coimbatore is an orthodox city. It has developed in terms of wealth, however the general populace is still down to earth. People here don't have a flashy lifestyle, they are generally very content. Most of all the Coimbatoreans are known for the respect displayed in language towards everyone.
The city has six major arterial roads and three National Highways, NH-47 (Kanyakumari-Salem), NH-67 (Nagapattinam-Salem) and NH-209 (Bangalore-Dindigul) passing through the city. The city has a civil airport at Peelamedu and an Airforce base at Sulur. Broad Gauge trains connect to all parts of India and a meter gauge line connects to the cities of Palani, Dindugul & Madurai. A by-pass tollway was built recently to avoid unnecessary traffic into the city.
Coimbatore has an airport which has regular flights from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad,Sharjah, Mumbai and New Delhi. Air India, Air Deccan, Jet Airways, Jetlite and Kingfisher operate domestic flights out of Coimbatore Airport. International flights are operated by Air India, SilkAir, SriLankan Airlines and Airarabia.
Coimbatore Airport is approximately 15 kilometers from the center of the city. Mode of transport from the airport to the city includes taxi and autos.
Coimbatore Junction is well connected by trains from all major cities including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Hyderabad, Kanyakumari, Jammu, Mumbai and New Delhi. Other nearby train stations include Podanur Junction and North Coimbatore.
The state transport corporation and a lot of private bus operators ply bus from Coimbatore to major cities in Tamil Nadu and also to the neighboring Kerala and Karnataka states.
Getting around Coimbatore is easy. There are public transport buses, auto rickshaws and call taxis available in plenty.
Auto rickshaws are not advised as they charge whatever they feel like, if they find that you are an outsider. Call taxis are the best as they have digital meter installed which will tell you the cost. Minimum charge is Rs. 35/- .There are many call taxi operators here, you can get the number from your hotel or railway station, airport etc.
Coimbatore is well known for its educational institutes. These institutes attract many students and visitors from other Indian states and also from overseas.
Coimbatore also has many schools like G.D Matric hr. sec. school,SBOA,VCV Sishu Vidyodaya etc.
Coimbatore is lush green barring the core summer month of March to Jun, and is relatively unexplored by outsider tourists. The rainy season is also mild compared to the heavy rainfall that the neighbouring Kerala state witnesses.Hence people looking for an economy travel with peaceful motoring (bike/car) could explore Coimbatore and the surrounding hills like Anaikatti , Kovai Courtalam, Kurundhamalai etc.
Try tasting Siruvani Water (of late the water has lost its sweetness as the civil authorities mix Siruvani water with another source called Athikadavu water) & drinking before heading towards your destination.
Tamil is the mother tongue of the natives-picking up few word would be helpful. .Telugu and Malayalam would qualify as the other languages.English is also spoken.
Business cotton mill, or engineering mechanical or anything with spare parts,or jewellery business like diamond or gold, coconut business, etc.Tidel park work is going on the way to make launch in mid-August 2008.
While Coimbatore lacks the pavement shop culture of Chennai where you bargain and get rock bottom prices, the town has some good shops in terms of clothing and jewellery.Unless you are very keen to buy something , shopping may be avoided. The shopping areas are RS Puram (DB Road/CB Road), Gandhipuram (Cross Cut Road) and Town Hall Area(Oppanakara St, Big Bazaar St, Raja St) Buy Jewelery and Cotton. Normally visitors to Coimbatore return home with different types of South Indian Silk Sarees (Kancheepuram Silk, Mysore Silk, etc). You will also find other varieties like Kerala Sarees, which are a speciality of the neighbouring state, Kerala. For men, there are besides "mundus" or "dhotis" , modern outfits of leading brands including those from Coimbatore like KG, Tibre, Crocodile, etc. A visit to Coimbatore is incomplete without going to the number of huge textile showrooms in the city (notably Chennai Silks, Ganapathy Silks & Crocodile Gallery on Oppanakara Street, Mahaveers, PSR, Shree Devi Textiles & Trouser Town on Cross Cut Road, and Kalyan Silks on 100 Feet Road and Tharakram in Ram Nagar). Other must-buy items from Coimbatore include Banana chips (of Banana slice, outlet in Ram Nagar behind City Tower hotel, and A-1 chips with numerous outlets in the city), Sambar & curry powders from Annapoorna, and the famous Mysurpa (a sweet made from lentil flour and ghee) of Sri Krishna Sweets.
State Bank of India, Trichy Road, RS puram, Gandhipuram, TNAU, Vadavalli
Punjab National Bank, Dr. Nanjappa Road, Gandhipuram
HSBC, Race Course
Corporation bank, Trichy road, R.S.Puram, Saibaba Colony, Gandhipuram, GKNM Hospital, Sathy Road
Oriental bank of commerce, Trichy road
IOB Crosscut road, NSR road, DB road
ICICI bank, Several across the city
HDFC, RS puram, Avinashi road, Trichy road
Standard Chartered Bank, RS puram
Citibank, Avinashi road
AXIS bank, RS puram,avinashi road
You can find Most of the ATMs at NSR Road stretch at Saibaba Colony, DB Road RS Puram, Avinashi road, Cross cut Road Gandhipuram, Oppanakara street, Trichy Road.
When you vist Coimbatore don't forget to taste the Food & Siruvani Water Coimbatore is an ideal stop if you want to take some rest while on the way to Ooty, Bangalore or Kerala. Don't forget to taste the best of South Indian Idlis, Dosas, Vada, Chutney and Vegetarian rice meal from the Annapoorna Chain of Restaurants and Non-vegetarian food from the Angannan's, Sampoorna, Rayappas and Thalappas restaurants. Try Krishna Sweets too, the sweets chain had their origins in this town. The strong influence of the west has prevailed and resulted in numerous coffee pubs and fast food outlets (Brown's Corner, Marie Brown, Domino's Pizza,coffee day, Boomerang) that are a convenient hang-out for the youth of the city.' Santosh Bakey Chuku Coffe.
The Courtyard at Rathna Regent (OROIN), this place is on the main Avinashi Road opposite to Hotel Residency.
There are a lot of budget hotels near the railway station and bus stand with single room between 150-350/day.
Coimbatore is one of the safest place to stay.Watch out for pickpockets at Ukkadam bus stand.While travelling on bus, keep your valuables safe.
The famous Aravind Eye Hospital is situated in Coimatore. It is in Avanashi Road and is equipped with the latest technology available in the world for Eye problems. It is linked with the other eye Hospitals in Madurai, Teni, etc... by satellite Network. It has a research wing too. Aravind Eye Hospitals are famous for cheap, best and friendly treatment in India. It is run by a charitable trust.
Sri Sankara Nethralaya , Another Eye Hospital run by Charitable trust.
Many Good hospitals can be found all over the city.
For Ayurvedic treatments, please visit Arya Vaidhya Salai at Ramanathapuram. Full fledged Ayurvedic treatement center and having Temple of Sri Dhanwantry ( God for Health)at Ramanathapuram.You can perform yagna ( Homam ) for your health at this temple.
Beauty parlors & hair salons
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