Coimbatore is the second largest industrial region in Tamil Nadu with over fifty thousand large, medium and small scale industries present here.
There is a lot happening in Coimbatore that at a cursory level may not be that obvious. Nothing overtly evident. At least not to the uninitiated. But you can see the signs of a city on the throes of change. But for most of us, who have been associated with the city over the years, change has always been integral to the city. As one of the prominent industrial cities in the country with textile factories, engineering firms, automobile parts manufacturers, health care facilities and technical educational institutions, Coimbatore has always embraced change with a sense of mission. You may not see shopping malls at very corner, you may not see high rise buildings lining up the horizon, but you will see business happening, quietly and efficiently. Take IT for instance. Coimbatore is in fact primed to take the lead to emerge as fastest growing IT hub in the country. The city has got it all. Connectivity. Access. Infrastructure. And more importantly a steady pool of talent by virtue of the fact that Coimbatore is also a city with a strong presence in the field of education.
In fact, the city offers a steady supply of qualified and competent manpower thanks to 5500 engineers graduating annually from 21 colleges of which 50% are in IT related disciplines and also human capital can be easily sourced from over 85 arts, science and commerce colleges located in and around the district. The city has some excellent networking infrastructure like two earth stations and an international gateway by VSNL. The city is also being wired with fiber optic network by many voice and datacom service providers. Coimbatore is also home to several software parks with state of the art facilities.
The city is well connected by road, rail and air. The Coimbatore airport is frequented by flights from Mumbai, Chennai, and Kozhikode. International flight to Sharjah in the Gulf is also operating from this airport. The city has two rail heads: Coimbatore Junction and Coimbatore North Railway Station. Both are well connected to all major cities of India. Being a major industrial city in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore is well connected by road to all parts of the state.
The city gets maximum rainfall during southwest monsoon season, which is followed by the northeast monsoon. The average annual rainfall of the city, as observed by the weather department is 600 mm. The city is also endowed with the locational advantage. It is situated in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats, due to which only a part of the southwest monsoon comes in the city.
The geographical location and relief makes the climate of the Coimbatore city moderate and pleasant throughout the year. The Coimbatore city does not witness much temperature fluctuations between summers and winters. During the summers, the average weather conditions are hot with mercury rising to as high as 39°C whereas the minimum temperature in summer is around 21°C. During the winters, the weather remains mild with the maximum temperature around 30°C and the minimum temperature remaining around 15°C.
Coimbatore is gifted with the best climate in South India, all the year round. While speaking about the climate in Coimbatore city, the temperature of the Coimbatore City mostly varies between 39 ° C in summers to 15° C during the winters. Mild breeze flowing through the Palghat Gap from Kerala, make the environs and climate of the city beautiful. The moderate temperature and the soothing weather of the city make it an is ideal place for flourishing of textile, agriculture, and tourism industry.
Coimbatore is located at an altitude of 409 m above sea level. The climate in Coimbatore city mostly experiences mild winters and moderate summers.
The second largest industrial region in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore has over fifty thousand large, medium and small scale industries. In fact, Coimbatore has been rated as the fourth best city in India to do business in the country.
Coimbatore's pleasant environs, 50 reputed institutes of learning and ample employment opportunities for the 4000 engineering graduates that pass out every year make it a hospitable place for living.
As a fertile ground for IT companies, Coimbatore has ventured into this sector and has 100 companies already operating in the city.
The city for long has been recognized for the strong entrepreneurial spirit of its people and over the years the infrastructural developments have kept pace with the growth of the city.
In the area of textiles Coimbatore is where the action is and enjoys the unique distinction of having the highest textile activity per Square Km in the world and accounts for 84% of the textile machinery manufactured in the Country.
Situated at the foothills of the Nilgiris, Coimbatore enjoys a salubrious climate throughout the year. Siruvani supplies the world's second tastiest water. Coimbatore shares one of its boundaries with God's Own Country, Kerala. Ooty and Kodaikkanal are the nearest hill stations. Other tourist attractions in and around Coimbatore include Black Thunder Amusement Park, Siruvani Waterfalls, Marudhamalai Temple, Perur Temple, etc.
Coming up close is medical tourism in Coimbatore – the city boasts of some of the best healthcare skills and facilities in the region and only the lack of international flights is hampering its progress.Resources and Infrastructure
The City is known for its dynamic people, excellent infrastructure and connectivity. The city is well connected with proper facilities of transportation through air (peelamedu airport), through road (NH 209, NH 47, NH 67) and through rail (Coimbatore Junction and Podanur Junction).
Coimbatore is famous for Schools, Universities, Engineering Colleges, Medical, Management Schools, Textiles- Yarn, Knitted Garments, Handlooms, Textile Machinery, Motors, Pumps, Industrial goods, Cotton, Tea, and Software.
The district, has an excellent academic infrastructure that churns out over 30,000 engineering and 38,000 non-engineering graduates every year, is poised to emerge as one of the largest knowlegable human resource power house by 2010.
Climate and Life style
The major tourist destinations like Ooty, Muthumalai, Valpparai, Cochin or Kumarakom (famous for Kerala Backwater) are hardly three hours drive from the city and there are plenty of high terrains in the western ghats for adventure sports and trekking. A large number of ancient temples and monuments are there for those who are interested in pilgrimage and spirituality.