Kozhikode is a thriving city in the Indian state of Kerala. Nestling peacefully along the Malabar Coast, this city is popularly known as Calicut. The Kozhikode metropolitan area happens to be the second largest urban agglomeration in the state with a population of over 2 million. This city was earlier a major trading point of eastern spices and was hence called the "City of Spices." Kozhikode received the tag of the "City of Sculptures" or "Shilpa Nagaram" on 7th June 2012 because of the magnificent architectural sculptures around the city. Kozhikode has a strong mercantile aspect and business drives the economy of the city. One can find shops selling everything from saris to cosmetics in the Mittai Theruvu area which is undoubtedly a shoppers paradise. There are innumerable restaurants and sweetmeat shops in Kozhikode. Shopping malls are plentiful in and around Calicut. The city is home to some prestigious educational institutions like the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode and the famous Calicut Medical College.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.