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.
The Kumbakonam Bank Limited, the previous name of City Union Bank, was registered as a limited company on 31 October 1904. In the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, the bank initially preferred the role of a regional bank. The City Union Bank had a network of 600+ computerized branches (using TCS BaNCS software) as of November 2017 and 1,526+ ATMs across the country. The City Union Bank also offers a range of technical services such as self-service kiosks, bulk note acceptors, net banking, mobile banking, and Point of Sales, etc. The banks also provide savings and deposit products to meet the demand of various customers. It also offers many loan products to serve the financial needs of small individual customers to large industries. City Union Bank launched Indias first banking robot named Lakshmi in November 2016. It is the first on-site humanoid robot in India. The robot is capable of managing multiple tasks on sensitive financial information like account details. Dr. N Kamakodi is the MD and CEO of City Union Bank since 2011. The digital banking products and services of City Union Bank includes Passbook printing kiosk, Credit card and traveling card facility, cheque clearing kiosk, etc.