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.
The Andhra Bank was established by the great freedom fighter, Dr. Bhogaraju Pattabhi. On 20th November 1923, It was registered and started its operations from 28th November with a paid-up capital of one lakh rupees. The logo of the Andhra Bank indicates the togetherness. The symbol of infinity states that the bank which is prepared to go to any lengths to serve its customers. The blue pointer on the top of the infinity symbol indicates that the bank has the philosophy of looking for newer growth and directions as and whenever required. The keyholes depict the safety and security of the customer, and the chain represents the bond of togetherness. The red and blue color shows the dynamism and solidity. The Andhra Bank has its representative office in the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. The Andhra Bank has a network of 2911 branches globally across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha in India. The vision of the Andhra Bank is to provide a full range of banking services through customer-focused products and to maximize the value of its stakeholders.