Charming Coimbatore was known as Korai, was first setteled by the Irular tribes of Kovan. It was conquered by the Cholas and there were other kings of various dynasties who ruled until finally the British took over and named it Coimbatore. Now there are over 5000 small, medium and large textile mills. The black soil, good rains and water resources had made it a major agricultural centre, with cotton being grown in bulk, making Coimbatore a textile city.
Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River, today Coimbatore is known to be the Manchester of South India. It also the textile capital of South India. The other major industries are machinery, automobile spares, motors, electronics, and steel and aluminum foundries.
There are numerous temples in the city including the Perur Temple, the Konniamman temple and the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple. The Mariamman festivals, at the city’s numerous Amman temples, are a major event in summer. A replica temple of Tirupathi is located in Valparai and another near Mettupalayam. A famous ISKCON temple is also located 9 km from the city, dedicated for Lord Krishna. Marudamalai, a well known shrine to Murugan, is close to the city. Coimbatore also had a history of siddhars or rishis, who were also experts in medicine, alchemy and astrology.
The mosques on Oppanakara Street and Big Bazaar Street date back to the period of Hyder Ali. Christian missions date back to 1647 when permission was granted by the Nayak rulers to set up a small church in Karumathampatti. Sikh Gurudwaras and Jain Temples are also present in Coimbatore.
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