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Kanchikacherla is located in Andhra Pradesh
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°41′08″N 80°23′21″E / 16.685551°N 80.389172°E / 16.685551; 80.389172Coordinates: 16°41′08″N 80°23′21″E / 16.685551°N 80.389172°E / 16.685551; 80.389172
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
Region Coastal Andhra
District Krishna
 • Body Kanchikacherla Panchayathi
 • Member of Legislative Assembly Tangirala Prabhakararao
 • Member of Parliament Kesineni Srinivas(Nani)
Elevation 45 m (148 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 22,756
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 521180
Telephone code 8678
Vehicle registration AP16
Lok Sabha constituency Vijayawada
Vidhan Sabha constituency Nandigama
Planning agency Kanchikacherla Panchayathi

Kanchikacherla is a village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is about 35 km from the city of Vijayawada on National Highway 9.


The town has an APSRTC bus station, with many buses connecting to the nearby villages and towns. Bus is the major means of transportation for resident movement to other towns and villages. Buses are being replaced by automobiles. Due to the drastic increase in the number of automobiles providing transportation services to nearby villages, APSRTC cut down its bus services.[citation needed] Bicycles are primarily used for internal transportation. Recently, scooters and motorcycles are rapidly replacing the bicycle.

The town's development is attributed largely to its location on the highway and has a linear settlement pattern. Other towns in the vicinity of Kanchikacherla are Nandigama, Ibrahimpatnam[disambiguation needed] and the city Vijayawada.


The region around the town has fertile soil and irrigation is rain dependent and sometimes supported by the canals of the river, Krishna. The region's major crops include tobacco and cotton.[citation needed] Kanchikacherla is famous for lorry suppliers for the ground transportation of goods. The primary shopping malls are situated alongside National Highway 9, with a few on the main road of Jujjur. The town has many wholesale and retail businesses, including garments, pulses, cereals and other edible products, fancy markets, fertilizers, pharmacy and metal.[citation needed]


Kanchikacherla is a politically active town with the majority of voters and leaders from the Kapu, Kamma and Dalit communities.[citation needed] Telugu Desam party has a strong hold on various communities of the town due to the great leadership skills exhibited by the late Devineni Venkata Ramana[citation needed]. Kanchikacherla is the birthplace of the Andhra Pradesh Dalit movements,[citation needed] Gokarajupallie Dalit movement,[citation needed], kancherla kotesu dalit movement[citation needed] and chillakalludalit movements.[citation needed] The three major Dalit movements in Andhra Pradesh were started in Kanchikacherla and these Falit movements paved the way to Karamchedu Dalit movement and Tsunduru Dalit movements of Andhra Pradesh.[citation needed] Dalits are politically active in this town as a result of which the Bahujan Samaj Party shares a strong portion of voters in the elections. From the day Devineni Venkata Ramana was elected as an MLAin 1996-99, this manadal has grown towards prosperity in richness through various employment opportunities by industrialization, adequate supply of water and other resources to agriculture which was continued by his successor and brother, Sri Devineni Uma Maheswarar Rao.[citation needed] Currently, Sri Thangirala Prabhakar Rao is representing the town in Andhra Pradesh Legislature.[citation needed]


Religious diversity and religious tolerance are both established in the town by law and custom.[citation needed] A vast majority of people associate themselves with a religion.[citation needed] Majority are Hindus, minority are Christians and Muslims


Kanchikacherla has several schools and colleges. Some of the notable high schools are Zilla Parishad, Vijaya Rani English Medium School, Gowthami Public school, MNR, St. Mary's school etc.,[citation needed] and Junior colleges include SGS Govt. Jr College, Immaculate, Sidhartha junior college etc.,[citation needed] with some Degree colleges such as Immaculate Degree College, Sidhatha degree college, Gowtham degree college etc.,[citation needed]. There are also Engineering colleges such as DVR and MIC College of Engineering [1], MVR College of Engineering [2], Amrita Sai Institute Of Science & Technology: [3] etc.


Kanchikacherla has a government hospital (primary health care) and few of the private hospitals catering the health needs of town and other nearby villages.[citation needed] Besides the government doctor, other privately practicing doctors in Kanchikacherla:[citation needed]

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