Vizag or Vishakhapatnam is not only a popular tourist destination but also the largest and one of the most popular cities in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Vizag has a natural harbor and the oldest shipyard in the country. The cargo port at Visakhapatnam is one of the busiest in India. This Port city is considered as a jewel on the eastern coast of India and it is a prized territory of the Andhra Pradesh government. The financial capital of the state is located in Vishakhapatnam, thus increasing the importance of the city. Vizag offers a rich and ancient culture and the lip-smacking dishes of authentic Andhra cuisine alongside a feel of a modern developing city. Vishakhapatnam is a harmonious amalgam of the enchanting past and the bustling present, along with a breathtaking panoramic view of beautiful golden beaches, lofty hills with cliffs, lush green fields, verdurous valleys and splendid monuments. Vizag has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country that offer scenic beauty of a picturesque landscape. The Ramakrishna beach and the Rushikonda beach get visitors from all over the nation. This city has witnessed waves of development after the separation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as the AP government is working hard to transform the city into a smart city.
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.