Kochi, the second largest city in the Indian state of Kerala, was known as Cochin earlier. Kochi is situated on the western coast of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea and is popular for its scenic beaches and beautiful backwaters. Sometimes called the Queen of the Arabian Sea, this historic city was a harbor and trading center for spices. The civic administration of Kochi is divided into 74 wards which include a few localities situated in the outskirts of the city. Kochi is considered to be the commercial capital of Kerala for its natural harbor and several industries in the areas of chemical, IT and health services. A major industrial area in Kerala, Kalamassery, is situated around 17 kilometers from the City Center and it not only houses manufacturing units but many IT and Financial firms. The LuLu Mall at Ernakulam serves as a landmark as it is the largest shopping mall in India. The Kochi Port, the Fort Kochi area, the Syro-Malabar Church and the beautiful beaches make Kochi and amazing location for tourism. It is also connected to nearby tourist destinations like Aleppy, Munnar and Thekkady. Kochi is the business center for Kerala as most of the major private banks and financial institutions have their offices in the city, catering to the different financial needs of people of Kochi.
The Axis Bank has 14,000 ATMs, nine international offices, and 3,304 branches. The head office of Axis Bank is in Mumbai and registered office in Ahmedabad. The Axis Bank is the third largest private-sector bank in India offering a comprehensive range of financial products. The bank employed over 55,000 people and had a market capitalization of ?1.28 trillion, as of March 31, 2017. As of 30 Jun. 2016, the promoters & promoter group (United India Insurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited, National Insurance Company Limited, New India Assurance Company Ltd, GIC, LIC & UTI) owns the 30.81% shares of the Axis Bank. The rest of the 69.19% shares are held by Mutual Funds Institutions, FIIs, Financial Institutions (banks), Insurance companies, corporate bodies & individual investors among others. The registered office of the UTI bank was opened in Ahmedabad, and corporate office was opened in Mumbai in December 1993. Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Finance Minister of India, inaugurated the first branch on 2 April 1994 in Ahmedabad. After the Government of India allowed new private banks to be incorporated, the UTI Bank began its operations in 1993. In 2001 UTI Bank agreed to merge with and amalgamate Global Trust Bank, but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) withheld approval, and nothing came of this. In 2004 the RBI put Global Trust into moratorium and supervised its merger into Oriental Bank of Commerce. The UTI Bank became the first Indian bank to launch the travel currency card in 2003. On July 30, 2007, UTI Bank changed its name to Axis Bank.