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Coimbatore is also known as Kovai, Coimbatore is the second largest city of TamilNadu and one of the fastest growing cities in India. Situated at the foot hills of Nilgiris, it is known for its pleasant climate, peaceful atmosphere, cosmopolitan outlook and private enterprise. Cotton textiles, electric motors, pumps, automobile spares, iron steel and aluminium castings form major exports from Coimbatore. Coimbatore, city, western Tamil Nadu state, southeastern India. It is located on the Noyil River, about 25 miles (40 km) west of Tiruppur, on the road between Chennai (Madras; northeast) and Kozhikode(Calicut; southwest), Kerala state. Coimbatore was long important for its command of the Palghat Gap through the Western Ghats to the western Malabar Coast. There is evidence of extensive prehistoric occupation in the region. Until the 9th century ce it was an autonomous territory known as Kongu Nad, but it was later conquered by Vijayanagar, Muslim, and British rulers. The Bhoodan (“Land-Gift”) movement for the redistribution of land to the landless peasants began in the Coimbatore region in the 1950s.

The rick black soil of the region has contributed to Coimbatore's flourishing agriculture industry and, it is in fact, the successful growth of cotton has served as a foundation for the establishment of its famous textile industry. There are more than 25,000 small, medium, large scale industries and textile mills. Coimbatore is also famous for the manufacture of motor pump sets and varied engineering goods, due to which it has earned the title " Detroit of the South". The Development of Hydro electricity from the Pykara Falls in the 1930s led to a cotton boom in Coimbatore. The result has been a strong economy and a reputation as one of the greatest industrial cities in South India. The city was long known for its textile production, especially after the industry experienced a boom there in the 1930s. It is now a trade and processing centre for agricultural produce. Its manufactures include agricultural implements and automotive components, and it is a major producer of software, second only to Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

Coimbatore houses agricultural and engineering schools, several colleges affiliated with the University of Madras in Chennai, and an industrial and commercial museum and model centre. The city’s surrounding region is an important cotton-producing area, and coffee and tea are grown in the hills, in which timber such as teak and sandalwood is also produced. Deposits of limestone, mica, asbestos, and beryl are mined. Pop. (2001) city, 930,882; urban agglom., 1,461,139; (2011) city, 1,050,721; urban agglom., 2,136,916. Coimbatore Located on the banks of the Noyyal Riversurrounded by the Western Ghats, it is the second largest city in the state after Chennai and 16th largest urban agglomeration in India. It is the largest city in the Kongunadu region). It is administered by the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation and is the administrative capital of Coimbatore district. It is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and a major hub for textiles, industries, commerce, education, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing in South India. It is often referred to as the "Manchester of South India" due to its cotton production and textile industries. Coimbatore is also referred to as the "Pump City" and it supplies nearly half of India's requirements of motors and pumps. The city is one of the largest exporters of jewellery, wet grinders, poultry and auto components with "Coimbatore Wet Grinder" and "Kovai Cora Cotton" recognised as Geographical Indications by the Government of India.

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