Kakinada aerial view
|Nickname(s): Fertilizer City, Pensioner's Paradise|
|• Member of Parliament||M. M. Pallam Raju|
|• Member of Legislative Assembly||(Kakinada City) D. Chandrasekhar Reddy (Congress)
(Kakinada Rural) K. Kannababu (Cong)
|• City||192.3 km2 (74.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|• Rank||10, AP|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|PIN||533,001 – 533016|
|Telephone code||91 884|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kakinada|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Kakinada City, Kakinada Rural|
|Climate||Tropical savanna (Köppen)|
|Avg. annual temperature||26 °C (79 °F)|
|Avg. summer temperature||40 °C (104 °F)|
|Avg. winter temperature||24 °C (75 °F)|
Kakinada (Telugu: కాకినాడ) pronunciation (help·info) is a city and municipal corporation in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located 465 kilometres (289 mi) east of the state capital, Hyderabad, and is the capital of East Godavari district. Kakinada is nicknamed "the Fertilizer City" (due to its large number of fertiliser plants), "Pensioner's Paradise" and the "second Madras". The city had an urban population of 312,936 (157,573 women and 155,363 men, for a sex ratio of 1,046 to 1,000) in 2011, making it the sixth-largest city by area and ninth-largest by population in Andhra Pradesh. Its literacy rate was 81.23 percent—84.88 percent for men and 77.76 percent for women. Kakinada covers an area of 190 square kilometres (73 sq mi).
Kakinada is part of a Special Economic Zone and a proposed Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR). It is a hub of regional deep-sea exploratory activity, due to its deep-water seaport and its proximity to the gas fields.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Geography
- 3 Climate
- 4 Administration
- 5 Transportation
- 6 Economy
- 7 FM stations
- 8 Health care
- 9 Education
- 10 Tourism
- 11 Notable residents
- 12 Food
- 13 Sports
- 14 Gallery
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- 17 External links
A theory about the origin of the city's name holds that the area was called "Kakinandiwada" during the reign of Nandi chiefs before the arrival of the Europeans, and the name became truncated over time. The British called it "Cocanada" (pronounced "Caa-key-naada"). After independence the name returned to Kakinada, although a few organisations established during British colonial rule retain the old name (e.g. Cocanada Chamber of Commerce). Kakinada's two railway stations are codenamed CCT (Kakinada Town Junction) and COA (Kakinada Port) by Indian Railways. The area was historically rich in ponds filled with red lotus (known as Kokanadamu in Telugu). Kakinada is known as "Pensioners Paradise" due to its calm, pleasant environment.
Kakinada is located at  The 82-degrees east longitude, which calculates IST (Indian Standard Time), passes through the city. It has an average elevation of 2 metres (6 ft), and many areas of the city are below sea level. The city has a rough north-south orientation in a long, narrow strip parallel to the coast. The average width of the city is about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi), and it is about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) long..
The city consists of two regions, connected by bridges. The southern part, Jagannathapuram, is separated from the rest of the city by the Buckingham Canal. The canal and its branches form Medaline Island, which abuts the city in the southwest. During the colonization of the Dutch Coromandel coast, the Dutch East India Company maintained a trading post known as Jaggernaikpoeram or Jaggernaickpuram (among other spellings) to the English.
The northern area of Kakinada is the more modern part of the city, with its recent extension. An industrial belt, running north–south the length of the city, separates the eastern part from the coast. Kakinada is bordered on the southeast by Kakinada Bay and a marshy wetland, home to India's second largest mangrove forest and the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. A branch of the Godavari River, the Gouthami, flows into the Bay of Bengal at this point.
||Warangal, Karimnagar, Pune, Mumbai||Raipur, Patna, Lucknow, Kanpur, New Delhi||Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata|
|Rajahmundry, Hyderabad, Khammam, Solapur, Goa||Bay of Bengal|
|Tenali, Vijayawada, Guntur, Nellore, Tirupati, Chittoor, Chennai, Bangalore||Yanam, Amalapuram, Bhimavaram, Narsapur, Gudivada, Pamarru, Ongole||Bay of Bengal|
Distances to other Andhra Pradesh cities
- Hyderabad: 575 kilometres (357 mi)
- Vijayawada: 210 kilometres (130 mi)
- Rajahmundry: 60 kilometres (37 mi)
- Visakhapatnam: 160 kilometres (99 mi)
- Tirupati: 629 kilometres (391 mi)
- Warangal: 390 kilometres (240 mi)
Kakinada has a tropical savanna climate with hot, humid weather most of the year. The warmest time of the year is late May and early June, with maximum temperatures around 38–42 °C (100–108 °F). January is the coolest month, with minimum temperatures of 18–20 °C (64–68 °F). The city gets most of its seasonal rainfall from the southwest monsoon, although considerable rain also falls during the northeast monsoon (from mid-October to mid-December). Cyclones in the Bay of Bengal frequently strike the city. Kakinada's prevailing winds are from the southwest for most of the year, except from October to January when they are from the northeast. The city's average annual rainfall is 110–115 centimetres (43–45 in).
|Climate data for Kakinada|
|Average high °C (°F)||29
|Average low °C (°F)||20
|Precipitation mm (inches)||41
Kakinada is run by the Kakinada Municipal Corporation, consisting of elected representatives and a commissioner. The city is divided into 50 wards, and each ward elects a corporator. A mayor is elected for the city from the elected corporators by indirect ballot. The commissioner (part of the IAS) is appointed by the state government. The city is represented at the state level in the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly by two MLAs, and at the federal level in the Lok Sabha by an MP.
The nearest airport is about 65 kilometres (40 mi) away, at Rajahmundry. Another airport, 145 kilometres (90 mi) away at Visakhapatnam, has service on a number of airlines to major Indian cities.
As a shore city, Kakinada is a railway terminus. It has three stations: Kakinada Town Junction (CCT), Kakinada Port (COA) and Sarpavaram. The city is connected to Samalkot Junction (13 km away) on the Chennai-Howrah trunk line, where express trains connect Kakinada with the rest of India. There is service to Hyderabad, Secundrabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Tirupati, Shirdi, Bhavnagar and Ernakulam.
main scr Express trains from kakinada
- Kakinada Exp Kakinada Town- Bhavnagar Terminus Express/17204 (via vijayawada, secundrabad, wadi, pune, kalyan, surat, vadodra, ahmedabad)
- Shirdi Exp Kakinada Town-Sainagar Shirdi Express/17206 (via vijayawada,secundrabad,aurangabad,manamad,sainagar)
- kakinada port-mumbai ltt (via vijayawada,secuenderabad,pune )
- Circar Express Kakinada port-chennai/17644 (via vijayawada,nellore)
- Seshadri Express Kakinada Town- Banglore city/17210 (via vijayawada,tenali,renigunta,tirupati,katpadi,banglore)
- Gowthami SF Express Kakinada Port Secunderabad /12737 (via vijayada,warangal)
- Kakinada Town - Secunderabad "cocannada AC superfast express "
- Kakinada - Kollam Special/07211 (regular yearly spl train )
- several special express trains running all through the year to Hyderabad,Mumbai, Ernakulam,Machilipatnam
- all express trains stop at Samalkot jn(slo)
Passenger trains from kakinada
- Kakinada-Tirupati Passenger/57458
- Kakinada Port-Vijayawada fast Passenger/57232
- Kakinada Port-Visakhapatnam Passenger/57255
- Kakinada Town-Kotipalli Rail Car/77271 DEMO
Kakinada is connected by road to the rest of the state and India. NH-214 from Kathipudi to Ongole (both on NH-5) passes through the city, and state highways connect it to Rajahmundry and other towns in the district.
During the late 1940s (around the time of Indian independence) there was little industry in or around Kakinada; the local economy was based on agriculture and fishing. Until the early 1980s (before the fertiliser companies began operation), the local economy revolved around the textile industry, auto parts, steel-related ancillary units, agriculture and fishing. Kakinada's economy is diverse, due to its seaport and port-based industry.
Hope Island, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the coast, makes Kakinada Port a natural harbour. It is home to two ports: an anchorage port and a deep-water port. Kakinada's deep-water port is the second-largest in the state (after Visakhapatnam port) and the first in the country built in a public-private partnership, in 1996. It is operated by Kakinada Seaports. Before the deep-water port was built, the anchorage port was the largest of India's 40 minor ports. A shipyard is under construction (a joint venture of Singapore-based Sembawang Shipyard and Kakinada Seaports) to provide support services to ships around Kakinada and the east coast of India.
Kakinada's principal exports include seafood (prawns, shrimp, fish) and related products, agricultural products (including rice and corn, oilmeals, processed food products, chemicals, iron ore, bauxite powder and biofuel. Imports include chemicals, edible oils and agricultural products (including wheat and sugar).
Kakinada is known as the "Fertilizer City" of Andhra Pradesh. The city is home to two fertiliser producers: Nagarjuna Fertilizers (the largest urea manufacturer in coastal Andhra) and Godavari Fertilizers (owned by Murugappa Group, and producing diammonium hydrogen phosphate).
Coconuts are exported by several companies in and around Kakinada.
The Murugappa Group-owned EID Parry (India) and Cargill International joint venture, Silk Road Sugars, has a port-based stand-alone sugar refinery in Kakinada with a capacity of 600,000 tonnes.
Natural gas and petroleum
Kakinada is the base for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's Eastern Offshore Asset. Several oil companies use Kakinada for oil and gasoline shipments. Baker Hughes and Schlumberger are field-development companies working on offshore natural-gas fields near the city. The Krishna Godavari Basin is considered the largest natural-gas basin in India. Significant discoveries of oil and natural gas were made by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation and Reliance, which has been extracting gas from its KG D6 block off the Kakinada coast. Reliance has an onshore terminal in Gadimoga, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Kakinada, to process and distribute gas to other parts of the country. Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure (RGTIL) has built a 1,440-kilometre (890 mi) pipeline from Kakinada to Bharuch (Gujarat) to transport 120 million cubic meters per day (mcmd) of natural gas from the Krishna-Godavari fields (owned by Reliance Industries) across India to its west coast.
In 2010, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board awarded Kakinada's gas-distribution project to Bhagyanagar Gas, a consortium of GAIL and Hindustan Petroleum. Construction is underway to supply gas to Kakinadaand the surrounding towns of Samalkot, Peddapuram and Pithapuram, making Kakinada the third city in Andhra Pradesh to have a piped gas supply for domestic, commercial and industrial purposes (along with Hyderabad and Vijayawada).
Edible-oil refineries and biofuel plants
In 2002, several edible-oil refineries were established in Kakinada, with a refining capacity of 3,000 tons per day; they include Acalmar Oils and Fats (taken over by Adani Wilmar), Ruchi Infrastructure and Nikhil Refineries. The port facilitates the importation of crude palm and soybean oil.
Vakalapudi Industrial Park has attracted over $10 million in investment from biodiesel companies such as Reliance Industries, Naturol Bioenergy and Universal Bio Fuel. Andhra Pradesh has entered into an agreement with Reliance Industries for jatropha planting. The company selected 200 acres (81 ha) of land in Kakinada to grow jatropha for quality biodiesel fuel.
There are several power plants in and around Kakinada. Spectrum Power Generation has a 208-MW plant, and was one of the first Independent Power Producers in the country. The company is planning to expand the capacity to 1350 MW in phases. Tenders for a 350-MW expansion have been requested. A 220-MW power station (being expanded to 2400 MW at a cost of Rs 100 billion) owned by Reliance Energy and a 464-MW combined-cycle power plant by GVK Group are in operation at Samalkota (Kakinada Rural). These plants supply electricity to the state's transmission utility, AP Transco, under a power purchase agreement.
Kakinada is a tier-II city in India and Andhra Pradesh where Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) established a facility in 2007. Since its inception, several companies have begun operations in the city due to its educated workforce.
About 35 companies are operating in Kakinada. Godavari IT Association of East and West Godavari districts (GITA) is an association of IT companies in the twin Godavari districts, which is based in the city. Some IT companies in the city are Infotech Enterprises, a Hyderabad-based multinational software company; Avineon, a US-based technology company providing GIS and engineering services;  Firstobject Technologies, a BPO firm and Krify, a UK- and India-based mobile-app development company.
Small-to-midsize software companies in Kakinada include Prominere Software Solutions, 3One Technologies, TrewPort Technologies, Aaspire Technologies, Traceout Technologies, ForeTell Technologies, Mythrii Solutions,  Nyros Technologies,  Meconzee InfoTech and Software Services and Easty Solutions.
Kakinada is home to Andhra Electronics, an electronic-components manufacturing company which began in 1977.
Auto, iron and steel
There are several auto and iron-steel ancillary industries in Kakinada, including Ramadas Motor Transport and Bhavani Castings.
Several rice mills exist in and around Kakinada, for domestic use and export.
Fabrication and machine shops
Kakinada is home to Decon Engineers, an fabrication cum machine shop, which started its operations in 1984. The company has developed since inception and today, they are "The Experts in Professional Engineering". They have emerged as the goto place for any and all professional engineering services.
- 90.8 MHz: Radio Ala; Mana Ooru (Mana Radio రేడియో అల. మన ఊరు - మన రేడియో). First FM station in Kakinada, founded by the Malireddy Charitable Trust
- 100.1 MHz: Rainbow FM (Hyderabad All India Radio relay)
Kakinada has a number of public and private health-care facilities, including the Government General Hospital (GGH), Apollo Hospitals, Christian Cancer Center, Care Hospital, Sai Sudha Hospital, Sravani ENT Care, Trust Hospital, Star hospital, Safe Emergency Hospital, Sri Satya Sai Multispeciality Hospital and New Life Hospital.
The city has eye hospitals such as the D. V. Raju Eye Hospital, which has been serving the city and the district of East Godavari for three generations. Nayana Eye Care, established in 1997 by Sriram Ravula, also offers eye care in Kakinada.[page needed]
Kakinada is an educational hub, meeting the growing educational demands of the state. Several professional colleges in and around the city offer courses in engineering, medicine, information technology and management at the graduate and postgraduate levels. The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada offers engineering courses and has a business school, and Rangaraya Medical College is a respected medical college in the state.
Andhra University Postgraduate Centre, established in 1977, is another college in Kakinada. The university is located on a 50.93-acre (20.61 ha) campus in Thimmapuram, six kilometres from the Kakinada Town Railway Station.
Kakinada is noted for its temples, beaches, mangrove forests and the Godavari delta. Attractions include:
- Tholi Thirupathi Sri Srungara Vallaba Temple, near Divili (40 kilometres (25 mi))
- Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Andhra Pradesh's second-richest temple (40 km away)
- Draksharama Shiva Temple (National Heritage site), (25 kilometres (16 mi) away)
- Samalkot Shiva Temple (National Heritage site), (12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away)
- Sri Bhimeswaraswamy Vari Temple (Sri Chalukya Kumararama Temple, one of the five Pancharama Kshetras and a National Heritage site) (10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away in Samalkota)
- Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temple at Pithapuram (12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away)
- Kotipalli Kotilingeswara Temple, on the Godavari River (30 kilometres (19 mi) away)
- Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple (Sun God), Sarpavaram (5 kilometres (3.1 mi) away)
- Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, part of the Godavari delta (5 km away)
- Hope Island, India, a sandspit formed by the Godavari (5 km off Vakalapudi Beach)
- Konaseema, scenic Godavari delta islands (30 km away)
- S. V. Ranga Rao– actor
- Chittajallu Srinivasa Rao (C. S. Rao) – actor, writer and director
- C. Pullaiah – Telugu director
- Suryakantham (actress)
- Rao Gopal Rao (actor)
- Chaganti Koteswara Rao – Hindu scholar
- Dr. Garikipati Narasimha Rao – Maha Sahasraavadhani
East Godavari is noted for its traditional Andhra cuisine: pickles (aavakaaya) made from mangoes, vegetables (e.g. cauliflower aavakaaya), chicken, shrimp, mutton and fish. Kakinada is known for Kakinada Kaaja, a sweet made from maida flour and dipped in a sugar syrup. The sweet was popular not only in Andhra, but as far away as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Kotiah Sweets (founded in 1900) is the best-known maker of Kakinada Kaaja. Street-corner carts selling bhajis and pidatha kindha pappu (a mixture of onions and toasted rice).
Kakinada is one of the few places in Andhra Pradesh with bananas and mangoes. Kakinada is also known for pesarattu, a breakfast or brunch crêpe made from moong daal (pesara pappu), green chillies, ginger and cumin which is sold in restaurants and street stalls. Pootarekulu is a coastal-Andhra sweet made of thin sugar wafers. The city has several Udupi vegetarian hotels, some of which provide overnight accommodations.
Cricket is the most popular game in the city, followed by badminton and athletics. Kakinada is home to a number of local cricket teams participating in district and zone matches, with a stadium used for Ranji Trophy matches. The East Godavari District Sports Authority has a sports complex in the city with an indoor stadium and swimming pool. Tennis is taught to students by the KTA (Kakinada Tennis Academy) at the tennis courts of Rangaraya Medical College There is a roller-skating rink in Vivekananda Park.
Lord Shiva temple in Kakinada
Rajiv Gandhi Park, Yanam (near Kakinada)
New Year rangoli in Kakinada, 2014
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