Mangalore has been recently renamed as Mangaluru. It is a well-known port town in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city serves as the administrative headquarters of the Canara region of Karnataka. It is well known for its splendid beaches as well as a relaxed lifestyle. The Mangalore port fuels the development of the city, making it strategically the most important city on the Malabar coast. Mangalore, being one of the most cosmopolitan towns in the region, has a diverse population. The city lies on the estuary of the Netravati river and thus has a very fertile soil which supports the cultivation of coffee and cashews. Exports, commerce and petrochemicals drive the economy of the city. The IT industry is gradually gaining prominence in Mangalore as companies like Infosys, Cognizant, Mphasis have recently opened their offices in the city. Mangalore has large petrochemical companies like MRPL, MCF, ELF. Mangalore along with the adjoining city of Manipal combine to form a hub for education. Institutes like NIT Ranchihkal, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore University, etc. attract students from all over the country. Mangalore boasts of its natural beauty and tourists flock to the city to relish the pleasant aura of the Tannirbhavi beach, the Panambur beach, St. Marys island, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Kadri Manjunath temple, Sammilan Shettys butterfly park, Rosario Cathedral, etc.
In 1926, seven businessmen of Karur founded Lakshmi Vilas Bank under the leadership of Shri V.S.N. Ramalinga Chettiar. They aimed to serve the financial needs of people who were occupied in trading businesses, industry and agriculture, in and around Karur. The bank was established on November 3, 1926, under the Indian Companies Act, 1913, and on November 10, 1926, it obtained the certificate to commence business. After the Banking Regulations Act was introduced in1949, the bank received its banking license from RBI and became a scheduled commercial bank? revealing its capability to operate as a full-fledged commercial bank. Lakshmi Vilas Bank did considerable expansion of its branch network from 1961 to 1965, when the bank took over nine other banks. The bank started the development of its branch network beyond Tamil Nadu in 1974 to take benefit from the additional opportunities across India. Thus, offices were established in the neighboring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala, critical financial centres like Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as in other prominent business centers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.