Medical Traveller’s Guide to Coimbatore

Dawn at Mettupalayam near CoimbatoreCoimbatore or Kovai is the second largest city in Tamilnadu, a state in the South of India. It is one of the fastest growing cities in India with a population of around 2.5 million. The city offers all the modern comforts however without any hustle and bustle of major cities in India.

The city has many super specialty hospitals and highly skilled doctors, catering to Indian and international patients. There are also some famous traditional Ayurveda hospitals in the city offering Ayurveda treatment.

Some of the best hospitals in and around Coimbatore are

Sri Ramakrishna Hospital

Ahalia Eye Hospital

Vaidyagrama Ayurvedic Hospital

History of Coimbatore

Kodaikanal Lake near Coimbatore

Coimbatore was part of Chera kingdom during the first few centuries of common era. It was later part of the kingdom of Mysore before British took over the city. The city got municipality in year 1866 and became an integral part of Madras residency under the British.

The city is a major hub for textile industry, manufacturing and poultry farming. Coimbatore got the name  “Manchester of South India” due to the presence of the textile industry in the region.  It is also a major education hub with the city boasting of several professional colleges offering courses in engineering, medicine and management.

Things to do in Coimbatore

Ooty Botanical Garden near Coimbatore

Ooty, one of the best hill stations in India, is around 3 hours by road from Coimbatore. Kodiakanal, another popular hill station, is also near the city. There are many other tourist locations like Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary, Silent valley national park etc. which are within 100 Kms distance.

Living in Coimbatore

Tamil is the local language in Coimbatore however English is also quite common.  Coimbatore airport has direct flights from UAE and Singapore. Bangalore (350 Kms), Cochin (150 Kms) and Calicut(150Kms) airports are the other main international airports near Coimbatore.

Average hotel rate would be around 15 USD for 3 star hotels and around 100 USD for 5 star hotels. Coimbatore cuisine is primarily South Indian with rice as the staple diet. There are also modern restaurants in the city offering Continental, Arabic and pan Indian cuisines.