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.
Ratnakar Bank was founded in August 1943. According to Business World-PWC Best Bank Survey, it was rated as the fastest growing small bank simultaneously in the year 2013, 2014 and 2015. In the year 2013, it bought a particular business of the Royal Bank of Scotland due to which 1.5 lakh of RBS customers moved to RBL Bank. In the year 2016, it acquired a 30% stake in Swadharv Finserve Pvt Ltd.RBL bank started the first credit card for Gold enthusiasts in association with Indian Gold Union. To support the government campaigns such as Make In India and Startup India, the RBL Bank came up with the Startup Club to fulfill the end to end banking needs of the emerging entrepreneurial community. It has also started the financial literacy program referred to as "Shaksham" in association with CDC to provide education to 25000 individuals and 300 villages in the four districts of MP. The RBL bank has also been a banking partner for the Delhi Daredevils. RBL even started another financial literacy program "Swadhaar Finaccess" for women from lower-income communities in association with Swadhaar Information and Management Services in Gujarat and Mumbai.