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 SBI is a multinational public sector bank having its head office in Mumbai, Maharashtra. As of 2017, the company is ranked 217th on the Fortune Global 500 list of the worlds biggest corporations. The SBI is the prominent bank in India having one-fourth share of the total loan and deposits market besides a 23% market share in assets. The SBI bank founded in 1806,has its roots from the Bank of Calcutta, claiming it one of the oldest commercial bank of the Indian subcontinent. In British India, the Bank of Calcutta, the Bank of Bombay and the Bank of Madras merged into the other two "presidency banks," to form the Imperial Bank of India. In 1955, the Government of India took control of the Imperial Bank of India with a 60% stake of RBI, renaming it the State Bank of India. In 2008, the government acquired the stake of RBI. The SBI offers several banking products in India and overseas. SBI has 57 zonal offices and 16 regional hubs located at important cities throughout India. The SBI has 18,354 branches in India. SBI held 11,300 camps and opened over 3 million accounts by September under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana of financial inclusion launched by the Government in August 2014.