Tirupati is a religious city in the Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The Ministry of Tourism of India awarded the title of the "Best Heritage City" to Tirupati in 2012-13. The city is being developed into a smart city. The city has a population of around three lakhs but it attracts lakhs of devotees who come to visit the famous Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. It is the worlds richest temple of Lord Venkateswara. Tourism is the major industry and main source of economic growth in Tirupati. The entire economy of the city is either directly or indirectly dependent upon Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Being a tourism hub, the hospitality industry has also become a major industry in Tirupati as the city is dotted with hotels, lodges and other forms of accommodation for the devotees and tourists. Apart from tourism, the city is also known for its textile, mobile, automobile, electrical and electronic industries. Besides the main Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, devotees flock to this city to visit all the other ancient temples such as the Padmavathi Temple at Tiruchanur, the Kapileswara Temple at Kapila Theertham, the Govindaraja Temple, the Thathayyagunta Gangamma Temple, Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple, etc.
Under the Companies Act of 1913, South Indian Bank was registered as a Private Limited Company and started operations on 29th January 1929 at Round South, Thrissur. South Indian Bank Limited is based at Thrissur in Kerala, India. It has 852 branches, four service branches,56 extension counters, and 20 Regional Offices spread across the states and union territories of India. Under Financial Inclusion till date, the bank has covered more than 100 villages and 15 urban centers and opened more than ten exclusive FLC Centres in the bank premises, which spreads across the states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Chhattisgarh. SIB has appointed direct Business Correspondents in the allocated rural areas under the supervision of a team of officers in the FIP Cell - Head Office. Recently "KIOSK Banking Model" is introduced by the bank as Financial Inclusion Initiative in collaboration with Akshaya e-centres in Kerala state through the software service provider - M/s Tata Consultancy services. The kiosk is a kind of banking model for people who are living in areas where banking facilities are not available so that they can avail necessary banking facilities from a nearby service center or Business Correspondent Office without visiting a regular bank branch. Basic banking needs of the public like the opening of an account, deposit and withdrawal of cash, etc. can be availed from these common service center/BC Office.