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 Bandhan Bank Ltd. is the first bank to set up in the eastern part of India after India has gained independence. On 23rd August 2015, the Bandhan bank was launched by the Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley Ji in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The bank has two divisions: General Banking and Micro Banking Bandhan offering several retail financial solutions for its customers. It started as a micro-finance company in 2001 and received its banking license from the RBI in 2014. In August 2016, the first-anniversary celebration of Bandhan Bank was attended by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. On 27th March 2018, it became the 8th largest bank in India by market capitalization. Its a bank for all, but the focus is to meet the needs of the people whom the formal banking system doesnt notice. The MD and CEO of the Bandhan Bank are Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. The Bandhan Financial Services Limited (BFSL), one of the largest microfinance organization in India owns the subsidiary of the bank known as The Bandhan Financial Holdings. The Bandhan Bank get listed on the Bombay stock exchange. For mobile banking, the Bandhan bank has launched m Bandhan app which is available for download on google play store and apple store. The users can check their account information and make money transfers through the app. It offers its world-class banking products to urban, semi-urban and the rural people being a bank for all.