Erode is a small and beautiful city located on the banks of the Kaveri River in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The seventh largest city in the state, Erode is often referred to as the Textile city or the Turmeric city. Erode is an ancient region with a great history and cultural significance. The modern city has half a million population from different religions and it is divided into 60 for effective civic governance. The economy of Erode is primarily driven by the textile, turmeric and oil industries which provide employment opportunities to a good portion of the city?s population. Erode is also known for industries such as rice mills, leather processing, paper production, engineering, auto and looms. The BPO sector in this city is gradually developing. Erode is also known for its handloom products, knitwear and food products. The Government Technical Institute is a prominent educational institution in the city. A few places of tourist attraction in and around Erode include the Thindal Murugam Temple, CSI Brough Church, Thowheeth Mosque, Sankagiri Fort, Natadreeswarar Temple, Vellore Birds Sanctuary, etc.
The Canara Bank is the largest public sector bank. Ammembal Sube Rao Pai founded it in 1906. Its head office is in Bangalore. The bank was established as Canara Hindu Permanent Fund in 1906, Mangalore but later in 1910, the name was changed to Canara Bank. The first acquisition of Canara bank was Bank of Kerela which took place in 1961. In 1969, the GOI nationalized Canara Bank, and in 1976, it inaugurated its 1000th branch. The Canara Bank was the first bank to achieve ISO certification for "Total branch banking." The first overseas office of Canara Bank was opened in London and subsequently in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The bank has established a joint venture with SBI and incorporated Commercial Bank of India LLC in Moscow. The seventh branch of the Canara Bank was opened in New York, United States. The bank sponsors two regional rural banks, Kerela Gramin Bank and Pragathi Krishna Gramin Bank. Canara bank has launched a Unified Payment Interface app, "Empower" for its customers to transact using the mobile app.