Alappuzha, popularly known as Alleppey, located in Kerala, functions as the administrative headquarters of the Alappuzha District. This city and a municipality in Kerala has an urban population of nearly two lakh people, having highest literacy rate in the state. The Centre for Science and Environment rated Alleppey as the cleanest town in India in 2016, followed by Mysuru and Panaji. This city is the oldest planned city in this area. The lighthouse on the coast of Alappuzha is the first of its kind on the Laccadive Sea coast. The town of Alappuzha is known for its picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons. Lord Curzon had described this city as the "Venice of the East." Malayalam is the most commonly used language in Alappuzha. Alleppey is a place of great tourist attraction in India. The Backwaters of Alleppey are the most popular tourist destination in Kerala. The cruise and houseboats in these backwaters are highly popular. Other attractions in the area are Alappuzha Beach, Pathiramanal, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Arthunkal, Mannarasala Temple, St. Andrews Basilica, Krishnapuram Palace, Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Thakazhy Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, Padanilam Parabrahma Temple, Edathua Church, Mullakkal Temple, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church and Champakulam Valia Palli. The economy of this town is fuelled by tourism followed by agriculture and marine products. Although the district is industrially backward, a few traditional industries such as coir and coir products, handlooms, handicrafts, marine products and toddy tapping are quite popular in Alappuzha for a long time.
In 1994, HDFC Bank was established, based in Mumbai, India. As of 31st March 2018, it has a presence of 88,253 permanent employees. Outside India, it is present in Bahrain, Hong Kong, and Dubai. The largest bank in India by market capitalization and ranked 69th in 2016 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first office of HDFC Bank. Across India, the bank had 4,715 branches and 12,260 ATMs, as of June 30, 2017. In FY 2017, 4.30 lakhs POS terminals were installed and 235.7 lakhs debit cards and 85.4 Lacs credit cards were issued. Several products and services are offered by the HDFC Bank including wholesale banking, auto loans, two wheeler loans, personal loans, treasury, retail banking, loans against property. HDFC bank also introduced various digital products such as Payzapp and Chillr. In February 2000, the HDFC Bank merged with Times Bank. It was one of the first mergers of two private banks in the new-generation private sector banks category. The HDFC Board approved the acquisition of Centurion Bank in 2008 for 95.1 billion INR which was one of the most significant mergers in India in the financial sector.