It is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu and one of the fastest growing cities in India and known as Kovai. It is situated at the foot hills of Nilgiris and popularly known for its pleasant climate, peaceful atmosphere, cosmopolitan outlook and private enterprise. Coimbatore is also referred to as "The Pump City" as it supplies nearly 50% of India's requirements of motors and pumps. The city is one of the largest exporters of jewellery renowned for diamond cutting, cast and machine made jewellery.
Coimbatore cuisine is predominantly South India with rice as its base. Rural flavor still could be tasted in many restaurants serving food over a banana leaf. Eating on a banana leaf is an old custom and imparts a unique flavor to the food and is considered healthy. North India, Chinese and continental cuisines are also available. Idly, Dosa, Paniyaram and Appam are popular dishes. Coimbatore has an active street food culture and various cuisine options for dining. Kalan is a popular dish prepared by simmering deep fried mushrooms (usually chopped mushroom) in a spicy broth, until it reaches porridge like consistency and served sprinkled with chopped onions and coriander leaves.