The Indian city of Thoothukudi is a port city as well as an industrial city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It lies on the Coromandel coast, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. It was earlier known as Tuticorin. It functions as the headquarter of the eponymous district. The Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited is headquartered at Tuticorin. Major educational institutions in the city include the Tamilnadu Maritime Academy, the Thoothukudi Medical College, the Fisheries College and Research Institute, the Government Polytechnic College and Anna University campus. The port in the city is one of the major and fastest growing ports in the country. The city is also considered to be one of the rising energy and industrial hubs of South India. The city is known for pearl fishing and is thus often called the "Pearl City." The city is believed to have a great historical past as it has been ruled by the various dynasties in the past including the foreign settlers like the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The modern urban agglomeration of Thoothukudi has a population of more than 4 lakh. Most of the people of the city work in salt pans, fishing, sea-borne trading and tourism. There are 21 islands between Thoothukudi and Rameswaram that are regarded as Indias first Marine Biosphere Reserve which hosts around 36,000 species of flora and fauna. It is a protected area and is known as the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park. There are many festivals organized in the area that are worth attending such as Our Lady of Snows Basilica festival, Sasti, Adi Amavasai and Chittirai chariot festivals.
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.