The city of Coimbatore is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Till recently it was also known as Manchester of the south in view of many cotton textile mills dotting its landscape, a few of which exist even this day. With the growth of country’s economy, it has now metamorphosed into one of the fastest growing industrial areas in the country today. It boasts of several foundries, auto ancillary units and engineering firms. It has a population of predominantly comprising of Tamils, Telugus and Malayalis.
The city of Coimbatore is endowed with several colonial era structures that now houses prominent institutions of higher learning like Tamil Nadu Forest Academy (erstwhile Madras Forest College), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and Government College of Technology besides Town Hall that serves as headquarters for Coimbatore Corporation.
One of the heritage buildings of immense historical significance is the Gass Forest Museum. This museum can in fact take the credit of being the first institution housing the exhibits that were related to Forestry in India.