Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River and counted as a major engineering and textile centre, Coimbatore, also known as Kovai, is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is also called 'Manchester of South India'. The city is surrounded by the Western Ghats and is one of the major gold jewellery manufacturing centres in India, especially cast jewellery and machine made jewellery, besides being a major diamond cutting centre. It is also the second largest software products exporter in the state. Attracting business travellers, nature enthusiasts and hoidayers alike, the city is well connected to nearby cities through rail and road. The Coimbatore internationa airport provides air connectivity if the city to the rest of India and some international cities in the Middle East region. Car hire is also options for comfortable travel in the city and one can book Coimbatore cabs through MakeMyTrip, the largest car rental and hire company.
The city lies in close proximity to the Western Ghats, Nilgiri biosphere reserve and Anamalai hill ranges and hence there are enough hill resorts and hotels for comfortable stay. Important travel landmarks in Coimbatore are Marudhamalai Hill Temple and the famous Anubhavi Subramniar temple which has a natural spring as well. One may also visit Perur Siva Temple and Puliakulam which has Asia's biggest statue of Lord Ganesha. Velliengiri hills and temples therein are also frequented by pilgrims and the region itself is known as South Kailash due to its sacred nature. For the spiritually inclined, there is the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple at the Isha Yoga Centre. A must visit travel destination in the city is the famous Palani temple devoted to Lord Muruga lying at 100 km from Coimbatore. One can go shopping for Kanchivaram, Benarasi and Hand designed sarees at Cross-Cut Road. For travel within the city, Hotel or railway station transfers one can hire Coimbatore cabs through MakeMyTrip.