Kakinada, city, southeastern India, in Andhra Pradesh State, a seaport on the Bay of Bengal and on the Godavari River delta. Navigable channels connect Kakinada with the Godavari Delta Canal system. In the city are rice and cottonseed-oil mills, salt works, and tobacco factories. The principal exports are cotton, rice, and oilseeds.
This beautiful coastal town has a population of 289,920 (agglomeration 368,672) (2001 census) and is witnessing rapid growth with the new Special Economic Zone status accorded to it. It was recently elevated to a municipal corporation.The city also has a deep-water port which is expanding rapidly.
Kakinada is the "Fertilizer City" of Andhra Pradesh. Nagarjuna Fertilizers is the biggest Urea manufacturer in coastal Andhra while Godavari Fertilizers produces DAP(Di-Ammonium Phosphate). Kakinada has been in the news recently after several oil companies decided to use this as a transit point for oil and gas shipments. The economic value of these investments has increased considerably after the recent mega gas finds by Reliance in the KG basin. The recently accorded SEZ status is an indicator of the immenses potential for economic growth in this area.
The city has one of the oldest Engineering campuses in Andhra Pradesh, the JNTU Engineering College popularly known as Engineering College, Kakinada (ECK) (estd. 1944), which is a part of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University system. There also well established institutes such as the Pithapuram Raja Govt. Degree College (known as P.R. College), Ideal Degree College, Rangaraya Medical College etc. People from Kakinada can easily be identified with their characteristic East Godavari Telugu accent.
Location: Kakinada is the head quarters of East Godavari district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.
Best time to visit: October To March.
How To Get There
Kakinada, the headquarters of East Godavari district is well connected by rail and road. The port of Kakinada serves coastal traffic.
Road: Kakinada is located 60 kms from Rajahmundry and 162 kms from Visakhapatnam. It is well connected by Road.
Rail: Kakinada is 60 kms from Rajahmundry Railway station and 162 kms from Visakhapatnam Railway Station.
Air: Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad Airports.
Coringa and Papikonda wild life Santuaries, Adurru, a Buddhist centre, Papikondalu, Rajahmundry bridge and Andhra paper mills.
Kukkuteswara Temple at Pitahpuram, Sri Sathya Narayana Swamy Temple at Annavaram, Draksharamam, Sri Jagan Mohini Chennakesava Swamy Temple at Ryali, Kotilingeswara temple at Rajahmundry, Appanapalle temple, Kumararamam at Samarlakota, and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Antarvedi.