Gobichettipalayam (also known as Gobi) is a town and municipality in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the second largest city and urban agglomeration in Erode district and is the administrative headquarters of Gobichettipalayam taluka, revenue and educational districts. It is situated at the center of the South Indian Peninsula, about southwest of the state capital Chennai and about east of Coimbatore. Agriculture and textile industries contribute majorly to the economy of the city. Gobichettipalayam is one of the leading producers of silk cocoon, turmeric, coconut and plantain in the state.
Gobichettipalayam is a part of Gobichettipalayam constituency and elects its member of legislative assembly every five years, and a part of the Tirupur constituency that elects its member of parliament. The city is administered by a municipality established in 1949. The city is situated at 213 meters above sea level and had a population of 60,279 in 2011. Roadways is the major mode of transport to the city while the nearest rail head and nearest airport are Erode junction and Coimbatore International Airport respectively. Gobichettipalayam is also known as 'Chinna Kodambakkam' ('Mini Kollywood') because of the film shooting that takes place here. Many films in Tamil and other languages have been shot here.