Although one of the fastest-growing industrial cities in India,
Coimbatore's hospitality, good nature and laid-back ambience,
coupled with a continuously warm and sunny climate, lend the city
the feel of a tour resort.
Like many of India's cities Coimbatore presents an abundance of
beautiful and historic temples to explore but the city holds many
more attractions for visitors including numerous galleries and
museums, a zoo, botanical gardens and public parks.
The region of Tamil Nadu in which Coimbatore is situated has
been inhabited since around the third century BC and was crossed by
a Roman trading route between India's southwest and southeast
The city itself was founded in the tenth century and was
subsequently fought over by a host of India's rulers including the
Pandyas, Madurai, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagara Empire and the Nayaks.
The British East India Company fought for, lost and won occupation
of Coimbatore in several wars during the eighteenth century,
eventually gaining control of the city in 1799 and remaining until
India attained independence in 1947. During the British colonial
period Coimbatore's prosperity as an industrial city grew from a
textile manufacturing trade which earned the nickname 'the
Manchester of India'.
Still a city of industry today, Coimbatore is also a
fascinating, friendly and enjoyable city to explore, offering
sufficient attractions and entertainments to please every
Resting on the banks on the banks of the River Noyal, Coimbatore
is surrounded by beautiful countryside which provides a wealth of
attractions and activities in addition to those found in the