Coimbatore (or Kovai) is often referred to as the ‘Manchester of the East’ for its ever-flourishing textile industry. The residents of Coimbatore are said to be amongst the most hospitable in South India. The city is famous for being one of the the biggest exporters of auto-components, wet grinders, poultry, and jewellery. It has been put under the ‘Smart City’ project run by the Government of India. It has also been adjudged the safest city in India for women according to a recent survey. Entrepreneurship has always been on the rise in Coimbatore, and several businesses that started off humbly in the initial stages have gone on to become ravishing successes. Travelling to/from/within Coimbatore is quite easy as it is served by the Coimbatore International Airport, several railway stations (Coimbatore Junction being the major one), and numerous state/national highways. The Central Bus Stand is in Gandhipuram. Being the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore offers a multitude of choices when it comes accommodation. Serviced apartments in Coimbatore are a great choice if you are willing to shell out more for quality lodging and need to extend your stay. The best service apartments in Coimbatore are fully-furnished and equipped with amenities that one usually finds in hotels such as free Wifi connectivity, room service, laundry service, a swimming pool (in some cases), recreation room and a gym. Full-fledged kitchenette is also provided at some serviced apartments. Depending on your budget, you can go for a budget or luxury serviced apartment. Interesting places to visit in Coimbatore include Dhyanalinga (a massive meditation center), Black Thunder (a water-themed park), Marudhamalai (a Hindu temple boasting scenic views), Siruvani Waterfalls (amidst a forest), Perur Pateeswarar Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva), Monkey Falls (a popular picnic spot), and GD Naidu Museum (featuring a great collection of old automobiles). When in Coimbatore, you should definitely check out eateries such as On The Go, That’s Y Food, Bird on Tree, Peking Restaurant, The French Door, Kowloon Chinese Restaurant, Afghan Grill, Yari, Sree Annapoorna, and The Cascade. If shopping/entertainment interests you, pay a visit to Brookefields Mall or Fun Republic Mall.
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