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Coimbatore, also known as Kovai, is a major industrial city in India and the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is the administrative headquarters of Coimbatore District. It is known as 'Manchester of South India'. It is also a part of Kongu Nadu region of Tamilnadu. The total land area of Coimbatore city is 23.5 square kilometers. The population of this city is 1,446,034 during the year 2001. The altitude is 411 meters above mean sea level. The clothing here is tropical and the season to visit the city is all through the year. The people of various states live here and they speak Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English and Marathi. The STD code for Coimbatore is 0422. This is one of the top most industrial cities of Tamilnadu. The city is situated on the banks of the River Noyyal. There are proper facilities of transportation through air (Peelamedu airport), through bus and through rail (Coimbatore Junction and Podanur Junction).

Coimbatore is known for its textile factories, engineering firms, automobile parts manufacturers, health care facilities, educational institutions, pleasant weather, hospitality and for its Kongu Tamil. Coimbatore's name comes from the local Goddess here, Koniyamman. Kuniyattamuttur, or "Kuniyamuttur" later metamorphosed to Koyamuttur which is anglicised as Coimbatore. In modern times the name is sometimes abbreviated as CBE.

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