There are several cities in India which are regularly compared to the northern English industrial city of Manchester, and Coimbatore is one of them. This southern Indian city dwarfs its namesake though, with a population of just over a million people and a booming local economy that is one of the fastest growing in India. The city is an old one, and expatriates living in Coimbatore have a rich culture to get to grips with. A good day trip around the city should include the Patteeswarar Temple and the Marudamalai Temple, the former dedicated to Lord Shiva and the latter to Murugan, a god of special importance in Tamil India. Indeed, expats living Coimbatore will be in the heart of the Tamil Nadu region, with its distinctive culture, cuisine and style. The city itself is situated at the foot of the Western Ghats mountain range, flanked by Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve to the north and the Noyyal River to the south.
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As it is one of India's premier industrial cities, expats moving to Coimbatore have plenty of options for getting to the city. Coimbatore International Airport is located less than ten miles from the city center, with direct flights to Sharjah and Singapore, and connection flights to all major Indian cities. It also has one of Asia's oldest railways, being served by trains since 1863, as well as a good road network. Expatriates in Coimbatore can pick up useful tips on travel in cities like this one in the Expat Magazine, a collection of articles on the InterNations website on topics ranging from cross-cultural communication to expat insurance and finance. You can also find out more about getting around India, and some of the cultural experiences to expect, from our collection of articles written by other InterNations members.
Arriving in this industrial city, it will immediately become apparent why people call it the Manchester of Southern India. Expats working in Coimbatore will find themselves at the center of an economy of over 25,000 companies serving every sector. The city is especially known, in common with Manchester, for its engineering and textiles industries. The surrounding soil is black and perfect for cotton production, which helps to feed the city's formidable textiles sector. Expatriates working in Coimbatore can expect a wealth of cultural and sensory experiences – India being famous for stimulating all of your senses at once – and may wish to take time out with other global minds and socialize with the city's international community. The easiest way to get in touch with other expats in Coimbatore is through the InterNations website. Our discussion groups, forums and private communications are a popular way to meet other expatriates, get information or organize meet-ups. The city is an international one and you will find a sizeable network of expats there.