The Indian city of Thoothukudi is a port city as well as an industrial city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It lies on the Coromandel coast, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. It was earlier known as Tuticorin. It functions as the headquarter of the eponymous district. The Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited is headquartered at Tuticorin. Major educational institutions in the city include the Tamilnadu Maritime Academy, the Thoothukudi Medical College, the Fisheries College and Research Institute, the Government Polytechnic College and Anna University campus. The port in the city is one of the major and fastest growing ports in the country. The city is also considered to be one of the rising energy and industrial hubs of South India. The city is known for pearl fishing and is thus often called the "Pearl City." The city is believed to have a great historical past as it has been ruled by the various dynasties in the past including the foreign settlers like the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The modern urban agglomeration of Thoothukudi has a population of more than 4 lakh. Most of the people of the city work in salt pans, fishing, sea-borne trading and tourism. There are 21 islands between Thoothukudi and Rameswaram that are regarded as Indias first Marine Biosphere Reserve which hosts around 36,000 species of flora and fauna. It is a protected area and is known as the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park. There are many festivals organized in the area that are worth attending such as Our Lady of Snows Basilica festival, Sasti, Adi Amavasai and Chittirai chariot festivals.
south Indian Bank Limited is based at Thrissur in Kerala, India. It has 852 branches, four service branches,56 extension counters, and 20 Regional Offices spread across the states and union territories of India. It has a network of 42 Bulk Note Acceptor/Cash Deposit Machines and 133 ATMs all over India. Under the Companies Act of 1913, South Indian Bank was registered as a Private Limited Company and started operations on 29th January 1929 at Round South, Thrissur. The South Indian Bank Ltd. was founded by a group of 44 enterprising men of Thrissur who contributed Rs.500/ - individually to the initial paid-up capital. Their primary aim was to assist the merchant community of Thrissur by saving them from the grasp of the money lenders who charged exorbitant rates of interest. The bank received outstanding support from the public at large. The number of branches opening each year justifies popularity. On 7th August 1946, it was included in the second schedule of the Reserve Bank of India and became a scheduled Bank. On 17th June 1957, under section 22 of the Banking Regulation Act 1949 from RBI, SIB was the first scheduled Bank in Kerala to get the license.