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 CBI is one of the oldest and largest commercial banks in India and owned by the government. It is headquartered in Mumbai, the capital city of the state of Maharashtra and known as the financial capital. The bank has 4715 branches, 5319 ATMs across 27 Indian states and three Union Territories. Overseas, the CBI has a branch at Nairobi, Hong Kong having a joint venture with Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, and the Zambian government.CBI has also opened a representative office at Nairobi in Kenya recently. It is one of the 20 Public Sector banks in India to receive recapitalization finance from the government over the next 24 months. For opening representative offices in five more locations - Singapore, Dubai, Doha, and London, the Central Bank of India approached the RBI. The reserves of the bank and surplus stood at ? 283030 million. As of 31 March 2015, the total business at the end of the last fiscal approximately amounted to ? 45,05,390 million. On 21 December 1911, Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala founded the Central Bank of India with Sir Pherozeshah Mehta as the Chairman. The Indian Government nationalized the Central Bank of India on 19 July, 1969together with 13 others banks.