The two neighboring cities of Hubli (or Hubballi in the local language) and Dharwad in the South Indian state of Karnataka were merged in 1961 to form the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad. The name "Hubballi" literally translates to "flowering creeper" in Kannada. The word "Dharwad" refers to a place of rest during long travel or a small habitation. While Hubli acts as the commercial center and business hub, Dharwad situated around 20 kilometers away is the administrative headquarter of the twin city. This city is the second largest in the state after the capital city of Bangalore. As history reveals, the area had been ruled by the famous Vijayanagara dynasty and later by the Mughals, the Nawabs, the Marathas as well as the Peshwas. Hubli, being the commercial hub, houses numerous of small and medium industries. The area is known for mining manganese ore and granite as well as for the agricultural production of cotton, groundnut and oilseeds. The twin cities are also adept at manufacture of textiles from the cultivated cotton. The green and scenic city of Dharwad, apart from housing the citys administrative departments, is also a seat of learning. Prestigious and renowned educational institutions like Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karnataka State Law University, The District Institute of Education and Training, University of Agricultural Sciences, etc. An IIT has also been recently established at Dharwad.
The Dhanlaxmi Bank was founded in 1927. In 1975, the first branch of the bank was opened outside Kerela. The bank was designated as a scheduled commercial bank by the RBI in 1977. In 1980, the bank had a secure network of 100 branches. In the year 2000, the Dhanlaxmi bank installed its first ATM. In the year 2002, the bank has celebrated its platinum jubilee year. In the year 2009, it 45 new branches and 102 new ATMs.In 2011, the bank launched the IMPS or Immediate Payment System to enable its customers for quick fund transfer. The bank has initiated missed call services via phone banking to help its customers in the year 2014. The Dhanlaxmi bank introduced three new bank saving products namely Dhanam Vanitha, Dhanam Yuvak and Dhanam Genius Account in the same year. The Bank has achieved High Rating from BCSBI in the BCSBI Compliance rating in 2015 along with which it has also launched Dhan Smart app for the convenience of its customers. In the retail banking system, the IMPS was introduced by the bank in 2016, followed which the bank launched Bharat Bill Payment System in 2017. As a financial inclusion initiative, the bank issued Kisan Credit Cards to 186 farmers as of 31st March,2018.