The large city of Shimoga in the Indian state of Karnataka functions as the district headquarters of Shimoga District. The city has been officially renamed shivamogga in 2014. It is located in the central part of Karnataka, on the banks of the Tunga River and serves as a gateway to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats. Shivamogga is popularly nicknamed as the "Gateway of Malnad." Shimoga experiences a tropical wet and dry climate and has a population of around 3.3 lakh. Shimoga is an important center for education with its wide variety of prestigious schools as well as colleges. Industries such as Malnad Alloys, Pearlite Industries, Vijay Technocrats, Perfect Alloys, Shanthala Sperocast, etc. are some foundries that manufacture castings which are supplied to other related industries in the country as well as exported. The city is surrounded by lush green paddy fields, chili plantations, areca nut and coconut groves which contributes to the economy of the city. An IT Park is being constructed at Shimoga, near the upcoming Shimoga airport.
KBL Bank was established in 1924 at Mangaluru, a coastal town in Karnataka State. It is a leading A Class Scheduled Commercial Bank in India. The bank was formed in the aftermath of patriotic zeal that fueled the nation during the freedom movement of India in the pre-independence era. The Karnataka Limited Bank further expanded with the mergers. With around nine decades of experience of providing professional banking and quality customer services, the bank has a nationwide presence with a network of 811 branches spread across 22 states and two Union Territories. The Karnataka Bank has over 8,220 employees, 1,46,000 shareholders, and over 9.65 million customers with which the bank has emerged as a leading financial service company in India. The bank started its operations on 23rd May 1924 at Dongerkery, Mangalore. The Karnataka Bank was the first to realize the importance of having a Centralised Banking system among other banks and was the first to deploy the Core Banking System in the year 2000. This system enabled them to store and process the customers accounts from the Data Centre present in Bangalore. The bank has also deployed the State-Of-Art technology from the best players in the Industry like Infosys, Sun, and Wipro.