Kochi, the second largest city in the Indian state of Kerala, was known as Cochin earlier. Kochi is situated on the western coast of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea and is popular for its scenic beaches and beautiful backwaters. Sometimes called the Queen of the Arabian Sea, this historic city was a harbor and trading center for spices. The civic administration of Kochi is divided into 74 wards which include a few localities situated in the outskirts of the city. Kochi is considered to be the commercial capital of Kerala for its natural harbor and several industries in the areas of chemical, IT and health services. A major industrial area in Kerala, Kalamassery, is situated around 17 kilometers from the City Center and it not only houses manufacturing units but many IT and Financial firms. The LuLu Mall at Ernakulam serves as a landmark as it is the largest shopping mall in India. The Kochi Port, the Fort Kochi area, the Syro-Malabar Church and the beautiful beaches make Kochi and amazing location for tourism. It is also connected to nearby tourist destinations like Aleppy, Munnar and Thekkady. Kochi is the business center for Kerala as most of the major private banks and financial institutions have their offices in the city, catering to the different financial needs of people of Kochi.
The Andhra bank was registered on 20 November 1923 and began business on 28 November 1923. In 1956, the idea of linguistic division of States was promoted, and consequently, Hyderabad became the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Subsequently, the registered office of the bank was moved to Andhra Bank Buildings, Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad. In April 1980, the Andhra Bank became a wholly owned Government bank after getting nationalized in the second wave of nationalization of commercial banks. The bank joined with Bharat Lakshmi Bank and further strengthened its position in Andhra Pradesh in 1964. IndiaFirst Company is a merger between two of the public sector banks of India ? Bank of Baroda (44%) and Andhra Bank (30%), along with 26 % share of UKs financial and investment company Legal & General. It was established in November 2009 and has its base in Mumba. It is the first life insurance company to be sent for ISO certification within seven months of its incorporation. The internet banking was introduced by the Andhra Bank to enable its customers to avail railway ticket booking facility online through the separate gateway. The bank had received the best banking technology award by IDRBT, Hyderabad for maximum use of IT in the semi-urban and rural areas.