Coimbatore, city in southern India, in Tamil Nadu State, on the slopes of the Nilgiri Hills above the Noyil River. Principal industries of Coimbatore include the processing of coffee and vegetable oils, leather tanning, and the manufacture of textiles. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (1971) is here. Near the city is the Temple of Perur, a notable Hindu religious shrine. Population (1991) 816,321.
Coimbatore is called the 'Manchester of South India', and is the third largest city in the state. A highly industrialised city, it is the centre of textile manufacturing in the state - there are over a hundred mills in and around Coimbatore.