The history of Coimbatore dates way back into the Sangam era and according to historical evidences it is believed that the area was mainly occupied by tribes of the century. The new name Kovai was derived from its origin Kongu country, within which Coimbatore was a part. Among the tribes, the predominant race was the Kosars who had their headquarters in the region named as Kosampathur and later on it was formed into the Coimbatore district. The kingdom of Kosampathur was caught in an internal feud between the Northern Muslim rulers and the Southern Pandyas kingdom who were ruling Madurai in the era. In 1377, it was entirely ruined due to war between these two cross cultures and Tirumal Nayak won over the region. His rule was put to an end by Hyder Ali when he took over the Mysore region and moved on to the control of East India company. After independence, Coimbatore became the hub of textile industry and it is the third largest city in Tamilnadu, with a population of more than 15 lakh residents. At present time, it is the next prosperous and flourishing trade city after Chennai with traders preferring it back-to-back.The city houses more than 30, 000 tiny, small, medium and large scale industries and textile mills. The pleasant climate is one another addition to its favor and most residents are famed entrepreneurs. It is famed for its pollution free environment and caters to nearly the whole of Tamilnadu. In the shopping arena, Coimbatores Oppanakara street is the hub of sarees with some of the renowned saree shops in the sector. Even some of the traditional saree shops in Chennai are looking forward to shift their base to Coimbatore in this street which is famed for silk sarees and other varieties.Branches of popular stores like Pothys, Sri Ganapathy Silks, RMKV Silks are already adorning these streets which offers plenty of choices to make. Kalyan group from Kerala is offering their traditional style sarees which has wooed a large mass of customers. Some of the main places to shop in Coimbatore are, Big Bazaar at Oppanakkara Street, Raja Street at Ranga Gownder Street, Sukravar Pettai (for Handloom Saris), Poompuhar Handicrafts Emporium, Co-optex, Khadikrafts and Tansi Sales Center.