The two neighboring cities of Hubli (or Hubballi in the local language) and Dharwad in the South Indian state of Karnataka were merged in 1961 to form the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad. The name "Hubballi" literally translates to "flowering creeper" in Kannada. The word "Dharwad" refers to a place of rest during long travel or a small habitation. While Hubli acts as the commercial center and business hub, Dharwad situated around 20 kilometers away is the administrative headquarter of the twin city. This city is the second largest in the state after the capital city of Bangalore. As history reveals, the area had been ruled by the famous Vijayanagara dynasty and later by the Mughals, the Nawabs, the Marathas as well as the Peshwas. Hubli, being the commercial hub, houses numerous of small and medium industries. The area is known for mining manganese ore and granite as well as for the agricultural production of cotton, groundnut and oilseeds. The twin cities are also adept at manufacture of textiles from the cultivated cotton. The green and scenic city of Dharwad, apart from housing the citys administrative departments, is also a seat of learning. Prestigious and renowned educational institutions like Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karnataka State Law University, The District Institute of Education and Training, University of Agricultural Sciences, etc. An IIT has also been recently established at Dharwad.
In 1927 the Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd. was incorporated at Thrissur, Kerala by a group of ambitious visionaries. The Dhanlaxmi Bank has earned the trust and goodwill of clients with its rich heritage over the period of 90 years. It is due to the firm belief of the bank in the need to seek innovation, deliver the best service and demonstrate responsibility that it has grown from strength to strength in every area. Either it is about the number of customers, the scale of the banks business, the breadth of product offerings, the banking experience offered by the bank or the trust that people has developed on it. The bank has more than 653 touch points across India at the service of its customers. The focus of the bank has always been on customizing its services as per the customers and personalizing relations with them. The Bank has adopted Centralised Banking Solution at all its branches to extend the banking services to its clientele anywhere/anytime through multiple delivery channels. A data center has been set up in Bangalore by the bank, to keep the system of network operational 24/7. The Bank has also operated a disaster recovery center at Thrissur for meeting various contingencies. On 10 August 2010, the bank has changed its name from Dhanalakshmi Bank to Dhanlaxmi Bank. In March 2010, the bank introduced Dhanlaxmi Bank Platinum and Gold Credit cards.