Kochi, the second largest city in the Indian state of Kerala, was known as Cochin earlier. Kochi is situated on the western coast of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea and is popular for its scenic beaches and beautiful backwaters. Sometimes called the Queen of the Arabian Sea, this historic city was a harbor and trading center for spices. The civic administration of Kochi is divided into 74 wards which include a few localities situated in the outskirts of the city. Kochi is considered to be the commercial capital of Kerala for its natural harbor and several industries in the areas of chemical, IT and health services. A major industrial area in Kerala, Kalamassery, is situated around 17 kilometers from the City Center and it not only houses manufacturing units but many IT and Financial firms. The LuLu Mall at Ernakulam serves as a landmark as it is the largest shopping mall in India. The Kochi Port, the Fort Kochi area, the Syro-Malabar Church and the beautiful beaches make Kochi and amazing location for tourism. It is also connected to nearby tourist destinations like Aleppy, Munnar and Thekkady. Kochi is the business center for Kerala as most of the major private banks and financial institutions have their offices in the city, catering to the different financial needs of people of Kochi.
The ICICI Bank is multinational financial services company. It has its corporate office in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and its registered office in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The ICICI Bank became the third largest bank in India concerning assets and fourth regarding market capitalization in the year 2017. The bank offers many products and financial services for its corporate and retail customers such as investment banking,non-life insurance, life insurance, venture capital and asset management. The ICICI bank had 4,850 branches and 14,404 ATMs in India alongside the global presence in 17 countries as of 2017. In the year 2000, the ICICIs shareholding in the ICICI bank was decreased to 46 percent in the public offering of shares in India; followed by an equity offering in the form of American Depositary Receipts listed on the NYSE. The Bank of Madura Limited was acquired by the ICICI Bank in an all-stock deal in 2001. The same year ICICI Bank became the first Indian bank to list on the New York Stock Exchange with its five million American depositary shares.