Victorian Era of the recent past converted this as an Industrial city beginning with Textile Mills. The presence of large number [more than 100] textile units makes this city be called as Manchester of the South. Apart from textiles, there are more than 25,000 small, medium and large Engineering Industries manufacturing Machine tools, Textile machineries, Automobile Spares, Electronics, Steel and Aluminum Foundries, Motors and other engineering products in this district. Two special SEZ [special economic zones] help this development too. Aviation spare parts industry too enters the industrial map of this city. The District has a population of 34,58,045 [census 2011]. The City populations records 10,61,447 [census 2011].
On the Tourism front, the popular Udhagamandalam [Ooty] hill Station tops the list, apart from other places of interests nearby.