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Skyline of Kovaipudur
Kovaipudur is a large township at the foot hills of the Western Ghats, located in the City of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. The Regional Transport Office (RTO) of Coimbatore West (TN 99) is located at Kovaipudur. It is sometimes known as Little Ooty due to its cool climate and serene environment, and was set up sometime in late seventies. Today this township has about 7500 families, three arts colleges, two engineering colleges, a polytechnic and a handful of schools. Kovaipudur is a 6-minute drive from Ukkadam, a 12-minute drive from R.S Puram and a 35-minute Drive from Gandhipuram on a motor powered vehicle. Many small colonies have also come up around Kovaipudur in recent times. Kovaipudur has come under the Corporation of Coimbatore.
Kovaipudur lies at the mouth of the Palghat Pass and at the south western fringe of the Coimbatore city, bordering the Western Ghats at the foothills of the Madukkarai range in Coimbatore and the Walayar ranges in Kerala. Kovaipudur has mainly scrub vegetation as these hills make it a rainshadow area. The mean temperature is significantly lower than Coimbatore city.
There is a police training academy, along with numerous schools and colleges. Shanti Ashram, a renowned social organization of the region. Kovaipudur has a huge playground where sports like Cricket, Football, Volleyball and lots of other sports are played everyday by school and college students and even middle aged people. There is also an integrated township with a golf course.
A small park by the name 'Semmozhi Poonga' was opened for the general public. Many people come to the park for walking.
As the large majority of the population is Hindu, there are many Hindu temples like Perumal temple, Nagapillayar, Kasi Visalakshi, Sundara Vinayagar, Sri Gopalaswamy, Sri Ragavendraswamy and Lord Ayyapa. In addition, there are Infant Jesus Church, IPA Faith City Church, CSI Christ Church, few other protestant churches and a masjid.
T.V.Sekharan Memorial Matriculation Hr.sec.school(day cum boarding school)which is one of the most famous matric school in kovaipudur locality since 25 years- www.tvsmschoolcbe.com
The Reputed CBSE School, C S Academy (Unit of Bharthiya Vidya Bhavan,Erode) has its campus in Kovaipudur. Other schools include; Zion School, Ashram School, RKV School, Gurukul School, MAS Kids Pre School, Dora Montessori School , Euro Kids & Global Kids Pre School have their campus at Kovaipudur.
- VLB Arts and Science
- Sri Krishna College of Technology formerly known as V. L. B. Janakiammal College of Engineering and Technology
- CBM College of Arts and Science.
- Sri Krishna Polytechnic college
- Sri Krishna Adithya College of Arts and Science
Professional Training Institutions
Kovaipudur houses a prestigious training institution "CAD SOLUTIONS", which has guided thousands of Design Engineers. The institution is a pioneer in establishing advanced studies related to PLM and Computer Aided Engineering. Kovaipudur also has few other training institution.
Many nationalised and new generation Private sector banks have their presence in Kovaipudur. City Union Bank, Indian Bank, State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Lakshmi Vilas Bank, United Bank of India and Karur Vysya Bank have their full-fledged banking operations along with onsite ATMs in Kovaipudur. KVB in Kovaipudur is a 365-day banking branch extending banking services to general public on Sundays as well. The 3rd Largest Private Sector bank in India - Axis Bank Limited has its branch near Kovaipudur; operating since Oct 2015 inside Sri Krishna College Campus. ESAF Small Finance Bank has its Rural branch in Kulathupalayam, near Kovaipudur. Bank of Baroda, one of the largest Public Sector Bank is all set to commence its operations in Kovaipudur soon.
In addition to the ATMs of the banks listed above, stand alone ATMs of ICICI Bank,Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, Karur vysya bank,India One ATM operated by Tata are present in Kovaipudur.
Nilgiris 1905 have their outlets here nearby T V Sekharan school Santhai (flea market)assembles every Thursday in a ground nearby Pentecostal church. Kani store is the oldest store in Kovaipudur. The latest addition is a big super market "Day to Day near to Ashram school offers all house hold items under one roof.
Kovaipudur is also used as a shooting spot for the Vikram starrer 10 enradhukulla in November 2014.
Due to a Large number of student population staying in rooms here, many eating joints have come up catering to their taste. Lakshmi mess, Hotel Gowri,Indica Fast Foods,Tamizhagam, Kovai Food City, Amma Unavagam, Thathiah Mess, Sri Covai Foods, Ooty Restaurant, Jackfruit restaurant are some of the hotels situated in Kovaipudur.
Also there is an ice cream branded shop - JustKulfi with wide varieties of natural ice cream slices and kulfi slices & sticks
Kaalan shops and healthy foods are available at the evening time near the play ground opposite to Nilgiris.
K J Hospital offers 24x7 service with many consulting doctors visiting frequently. Pharmacy chains: Apollo Pharmacy, Thulasi Pharmacy, Saravana Medicals, Ambal Medicals and Wellness Pharmacy chain have franchisees here.
Temperatures are cooler than Coimbatore city on an average. From April to May, the SW monsoon winds pass over Malampuzha dam waters in Kerala. From June to September, the winds pass through the rain drops and over the dam waters, cooling the air like in an evaporating air cooler. From October to March, the NW monsoon winds bring rain to Kovaipudur. The breeze velocity is high due to the venturi effect of the Palghat pass.
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