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Coimbatore is the third largest city in Tamilnadu, With a population of more than 15 lakhs. The city is situated on the banks of the river Noyyal. Coimbatore existed even prior to the 2nd Century AD as a small tribal village capital called Kongunad until it was brought under Chola control in the 2nd or 3rd Century AD by Karikalan, the first of the early Cholas. When Kongunad fell to the British along with the rest of the state, its name was changed to Coimbatore and it is by this name that is knoen today, except in Tamil, in which it is called Kovai.

History of Coimbatore

Originally Coimbatore district formed part of the Kongu country, the history of which dates back to the Sangam age. It is found that in early days the area was inhabited by the tribes, the most predominant among them being the Kosars who are reported to have had their headquaeters at Kosampathur which probably later became the present Coimbatore. However, tribal predominance did not last long as they were over-run by the Rashtra Kutas. From Rastrakutas the Region fell in to the hands of the cholas who were in prominence at the time of Raja Raja Chola. On the decline of Cholas the Kongun territory was occupied by the Chalukyas and then by the Pandyas and the cysalas. Due to internal strife in the Pandyas Kingdom the Muslim rulers from Delhi happened to interfere. Thus the area fell into the hands of Madurai Sultanate from whom the Vijayanagar rulers wrestled for the region during 1377-78 after overthrowing the Madurai Nayaks.During the period of Muthu Veerappa Nayak and later during the period of Tirumal Nayak internal strife and intermittent wars ruined the kingdom.

How to reach Coimbatore

The nearest airport is Peelamedu airport, 10 km from the city with regular flights to and from Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Madurai.
Coimbatore is itself a major railway junction of the Southern Railways and there are regular trains to and from Chennai, Rameswaram, Madurai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kanyakumari, Kozhikode, Mettupalayam, Kochi and Delhi.
Coimbatore is connected by good roads to all the major cities of South India.

Distance from Coimbatore to major cities

Cities Distance in KM
Coimbatore to Agra : 2198
Coimbatore to Ahmedabad : 1762
Coimbatore to Allahabad : 1994
Coimbatore to Bengaluru : 340
Coimbatore to Bhubaneshwar : 1726
Coimbatore to Chandigarh : 2638
Coimbatore to Dehradun : 2579
Coimbatore to Delhi : 2401
Coimbatore to Lucknow : 2268
Coimbatore to Mangalore : 427

Best time to visit Coimbatore
December and March

Climate of Coimbatore
Summers: 21C to 39C
Winters: 15C to 30C

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