Kozhikode is a thriving city in the Indian state of Kerala. Nestling peacefully along the Malabar Coast, this city is popularly known as Calicut. The Kozhikode metropolitan area happens to be the second largest urban agglomeration in the state with a population of over 2 million. This city was earlier a major trading point of eastern spices and was hence called the "City of Spices." Kozhikode received the tag of the "City of Sculptures" or "Shilpa Nagaram" on 7th June 2012 because of the magnificent architectural sculptures around the city. Kozhikode has a strong mercantile aspect and business drives the economy of the city. One can find shops selling everything from saris to cosmetics in the Mittai Theruvu area which is undoubtedly a shoppers paradise. There are innumerable restaurants and sweetmeat shops in Kozhikode. Shopping malls are plentiful in and around Calicut. The city is home to some prestigious educational institutions like the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode and the famous Calicut Medical College.
In 1964 the head office of Indian Overseas Bank was inaugurated at Mount Road. The Indian Overseas Bank has been the first public sector bank to introduce mobile banking services using Wireless Application Protocol(WAP). On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. In 2005, the IOB began a representative office in Guangzhou; China followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, UAE. In 2007 The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by Bank Of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank (IIB Malaysia), began its operations in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank has a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has incorporated an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch. In 2014-15, the IOB bank has crossed the target of 3000 ATMs as on 2014.IOB also launched m passbook app as a new mobile banking initiative.