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 Federal Bank Limited based in Kochi, Kerala is a major private sector commercial bank. The Federal Bank had 1252 branches and 1680 ATMs across the country, as on 31 March 2016. The Pattamukkil Varattisseril Brothers gathered together to discuss the necessary steps to be taken to form a bank, on 7th April 1931 at Pattamukkil Varattisseril Tharavad. Among the founders of the bank are Pattamukkil Varattisseril Oommen Geevarghese, and his brothers Oommen Kurian, Oommen George Oommen Chacko. The Oommen Chacko was the managing director, and the Oommen Geevarghese was the founder chairman. The limitation of interest by the Travancore Debt Relief Act, 1941 and The Travancore Agriculturists Relief Act, 1939, greatly influenced the smooth functioning of the bank. On 2 December 1949, the bank was named Federal Bank Limited, after the completion of formalities of Banking Regulation Act, 1949. The Federal Bank introduced FedBook, the first electronic passbook in August 2013. The FedBook is a mobile application using which customers can check their passbook details. Federal Bank and SBI Card launched Federal Bank-SBI two co-branded Visa credit cards, namely Platinum and Gold N More in May 2015. In July 2015, an automated chat facility was introduced by the Federal Bank. Federal Bank launched Indias first Mobile App for Bank Account Opening in August 2015, creating history. As an upgrade to FedBook, e-Passbook App was launched by the bank as a unique facility of mobile-based bank opening. Anyone having an Aadhaar Card and PAN Card, can open a Savings Bank Account and get their Account Number instantly using a mobile from anywhere through the new avatar of Fedbook. In August 2016, Lotza, the Unified Payment Interface app was launched by the Federal Bank.