The Indian city of Thoothukudi is a port city as well as an industrial city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It lies on the Coromandel coast, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. It was earlier known as Tuticorin. It functions as the headquarter of the eponymous district. The Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited is headquartered at Tuticorin. Major educational institutions in the city include the Tamilnadu Maritime Academy, the Thoothukudi Medical College, the Fisheries College and Research Institute, the Government Polytechnic College and Anna University campus. The port in the city is one of the major and fastest growing ports in the country. The city is also considered to be one of the rising energy and industrial hubs of South India. The city is known for pearl fishing and is thus often called the "Pearl City." The city is believed to have a great historical past as it has been ruled by the various dynasties in the past including the foreign settlers like the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The modern urban agglomeration of Thoothukudi has a population of more than 4 lakh. Most of the people of the city work in salt pans, fishing, sea-borne trading and tourism. There are 21 islands between Thoothukudi and Rameswaram that are regarded as Indias first Marine Biosphere Reserve which hosts around 36,000 species of flora and fauna. It is a protected area and is known as the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park. There are many festivals organized in the area that are worth attending such as Our Lady of Snows Basilica festival, Sasti, Adi Amavasai and Chittirai chariot festivals.
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.