Karaikudi is situated in the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. It is a greater municipality and the states 20th largest urban agglomeration. It is part of the Chettinad area and has been declared a heritage town by the State Government of Tamil Nadu. Karaikudi is known for its palatial houses that are built with limestone called Karai Veedu. Karaikudi has derived its name from the thorny plant called Karai. It has been referred to in the ancient literature as Kareekudi. The name gradually got modified and modernized into Karaikudi. It was established in the 19th century. The oldest known structure in the area is the Koppudaiya Nayagi Amman Temple. The town of Karaikudi is home to the Nagarathars and the Chettiars who form the business community, the financiers and the trade facilitators. Karaikudi is a rapidly developing urban center. UNESCO has proposed to set up a Chettinad Heritage Museum in the area, recognizing the unique architectural style of the region. Karaikudi is known for its palm leaf baskets woven by the women, known as Chettinad Kottan. Chettinadu Kandangi sarees of Karaikudi are widely popular in the region. The handicraft industry in Karaikudi is indeed a thriving business. Karaikudi is also known for its delectable cuisine. There are many prominent temples in the area that attract tourists. Kundrakudi Shanmuganathan Temple, Ariyakudi Thiruvengamudayan Temple, Pillayarpatti Karpagavinayagar temple, Thirumayam Permual Temple, Kannadasan Mandapam, Kamban Manimandapam, Chettinad Raja Palace and Thousand windows house are the visitor attractions in Karaikudi
Karur Vysya Bank based in Karur, Tamil Nadu. It is a private-sector bank and was set up by M. A. Venkatarama Chettiar and Athi Krishna Chettiar in 1916. The bank primarily operates in the treasury, corporate/retail banking segments and wholesale banking. It provides services such as personal, agricultural banking, corporate, and services to NRIs and MSME. The bank offers housing loan, personal loan, insurance, and fixed deposits among others under private banking. The KVB offer services like corporate loans, multicity current account, demat account, and general insurance among others under corporate banking. The schemes supplied by KVB under agricultural banking includes Green Harvester, Green Trac, and KVB Happy Kisan among others. The bank offers products such as MSME Cash, Vendor Bill Discounting among others. As on 1 July 2018, the bank had increased branches and ATMs during the year thus accounting the total number to 798 branches and 1,780 plus ATMs. In FY16, it introduced many initiatives like an e-book, reloadable cards, Kisan credit cards, automatic passbook kiosk, etc. The recent action is the introduction of a fast tag and UPI based payment system. As of Dec 2017, total business volume was1,00,000+ crore.