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Coimbatore a growing Tourist Hotspot
Coimbatore or Kovai, is the capital city of the Kongu Nadu region and is often known as the Manchester of South India. Spread along the banks of the Noyyal river and surrounded by the Western Ghats, the city of Coimbatore is beautiful tourist destination that brings together the urban and the natural. With major industries like the educational, textile, information technology, manufacturing and healthcare that are thriving in the city’s marvelous atmosphere, the city of Coimbatore is the fourth largest metropolis in South India.

History of Coimbatore
The city of Coimbatore has served as the eastern entrance to the Palakkad Gap, which was the chief trading route between Tamil Nadu and the west coast. Coimbatore region is said to be in the middle of the ‘Roman trail’ that extended between Muziris and Arikamedu and due to the numerous Roman coins and other artifacts excavated from the cities historical sites, it can be easily inferred that Coimbatore was an important trading site for the Roman traders. Through its history, Coimbatore has been conquered and ruled by several rulers like the medieval Cholas, Vijayanagara Empire, the Madurai Nayaks, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The city is not only an important location that helped instigate the freedom struggle, but post- independence, it has rapidly grown due to industrialization and in 1930 it experienced a textile boom, when the Cotton industry in Mumbai began to decline.
The name of the city is derived from Koyanputhur which means ‘New Town of Koyan’. Koyan was chieftain who once was a respected ruler of this region.

Places to Visit in Coimbatore:
TNAU Botanical Gardens: The Botanical garden at Coimbatore was established by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), in 1925. The garden is a colorful treat of flowers that are spread over 300 hectares of land.

Ancient Industrial Artifacts Museum: Situated on Nanjundapuram road, the Ancient Industrial Artifacts Museum displays a rare collection of stone tools and gigantic ‘burial urns’ that have been found in Coimbatore during excavations at historical sites. They also display copper bangles and elegant stone beads that have been excavated in Boluvampatti, and coins, jewelry and shell bangles excavated from Vellalur and Perur. The Museum also houses the legendary stone slab from Udumalpet, which is a constitution of the Kings rule in Coimbatore.

Regional Science Centre: The Regional science park is located near CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex. It showcases a 5,000 square feet of textile gallery that demonstrates the evolution of the textile industry. It also has a 3D theatre for children and adults, a mini planetarium and a gigantic globe.

Siruvani Waterfalls and Dam: Built in the year 1927, the Siruvani dam is located 50 kilometers outside Coimbatore city. The reservoir was built by the Kerala Government with the purpose of supplying water to Coimbatore city. You can also visit the gorgeous Siruvani waterfalls that are not located far from the dam.
The city of Coimbatore offers many tourist delights to offer. Other tourist attractions that you can visit in Coimbatore are Gandhi Museum, Noyyal River, Vaideki Falls, Sengupathi Falls, VOC Park and Zoo and a 12th century temple of Lord Muruga. The amusement parks in Coimbatore are exciting and always satisfy a family size appetite for fun! You can visit the Black Thunder Water Theme Park, the Koyai Kondattam amusement park and also the Maharaja Theme Park. The Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary located near Anaimalai is a must see as a part of the Western Ghats World Heritage site. Make shopping an exciting event by visiting malls like the Brookefield Mall and Fun Republic Mall.

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