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Interesting Facts About Kakinada

Kakinada, previously called Coconada or Kakinandiwada is a city in Andhra Pradesh with an average elevation of only 6 feet and many areas of the city below sea level. The city comprises of two regions which are interconnected with bridges. Jagannathapuram, which is the southern part, is alienated from the rest of the city by the Buckingham Canal and the Kakinada Bay lies to the south-east side of the city with a marshy wetland. It is this section which is known as India’s second largest mangrove forest and is home to the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kakinada is known for it’s heat and humidity throughout the year as it exhibits a tropical, savanna climate. January is the coolest month with temperatures going down to 18 and 20 degrees, whereas mid-May to early June is the hottest period with temperatures burning from 38 to 42 degrees centigrade. The south-west monsoons occur from end-June to early September and the north-east monsoons occur again from mid-October to mid-December. The city is also frequently hit by cyclones from the Bay of Bengal. Hence the best time to visit Kakinada is during the winter months from December to March, when it is pleasantly cool and less humidity.

In the early days, the economy of this city depended solely on agriculture and fishing and there was hardly any industry in or around Kakinada. Eventually the city progressed to industries of textile, auto-parts and steel related ancillary units with coconuts and paddy being agro products from the city. Edible oil refineries, fertilizers and natural gas now account for a large part of the industrial sector. Over a period of time, several IT companies too have set up their units in Kakinada and now more than 35 IT companies operate there due to the educated workforce. Hope Island, which is just 5 km away from the coast, makes Kakinada Port a natural harbour and comprises of an Anchorage port and a Deep water port. In view of the fast development in this port city, Kakinada has also been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a Smart City under the Smart Cities Mission, undertaken by of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The main mode of transport within the city is autorickshaws, motor-cycles and bicycles. Cyclists are facilitated with clearly demarcated cycling paths and provision of bicycle sharing stations and bicycle hiring outlets.

How to reach Kakinada :

By air – The Rajahmundry Airport is the nearest to Kakinada and one can get regular flights to there.

By train – The two railway heads at Kakinada Port and Kakinada Town Junction receive regular trains from several other cities across India.

By bus – Kakinada is well connected by road to the rest of the state and several cities across the country. Regular buses are available to and from Kakinada Bus Station to several other cities in the country.

Some must-visit attractions in Kakinada:

Sri Bhavanarayana Swami Temple - This popular temple is located at Sarpavaram which is close to Kakinada. Considered an important place of worship, this temple is built in honour of Lord Vishnu, in the form of Lord Bhavanarayana. Learned sages like Vyasa and Agastya are believed to have visited this temple site.

Timings: Open all days from 6 am to 7.30 pm.

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary – Spread over an area of 235 sq.kms, the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 20 kms away from Kakinada, in the delta region of the Godavari. This huge mangrove forest is a delight for nature lovers who can view vast varieties of mangrove plants, several species of rare and endangered birds, salt-tolerant species of flora, huge variety of herbs and shrubs and an interesting variety of fauna. A boat ride in these waters let you marvel at the wonder of the second largest mangrove forest in the country.

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

Draksharamam Temple – Also known as Dakshina Kasi, this Shiva temple, located approximately 30 kms from Kakinada, is considered the most sacred place after Banaras and is most visisted during Shivratri. The architecture of this ancient temple is beautiful with various mythological figures carved on its pillars and walls.

Timings: 6 am to 7.30 pm on all days.

Adurru – Located in the Razole Taluka, Adurru is the place where several ruins were excavated around the year 1953 and taken under by the Archaeological Survey Of India. These ruins include Buddhist stupas, chaityas and viharas and several other ancient artefacts like dishes, jars, troughs, red pottery etc. History lovers would definitely find this place worth a visit.

Uppada Beach – At an easy distance of 10 km from Kakinada, the Uppada beach with its lovely clear water, silver sands and wide shore which is the highlight of the beach, provides a relaxed and refreshing ambience to all who visit it. Ideal for several shore activities like cricket, football, volleyball, jogging, walking etc, the beach is further beautified with a pretty well-maintained garden. One can also enjoy at the various eateries providing snacks and fresh seafood.

Hope Island – This is a small island in the middle of the ocean which is ideal for a short picnic or getaway of a few hours. As it is a stand-alone island with no habitation and only trees, wild plants and shrubs, it is advisable to carry your own food and water. One can enjoy the solitude, peace and wildlife on this island with family and friends but it is important to pre-book the boat at the harbour or at the APTDC office in Kakinada town.

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Interesting Facts About Kakinada

Kakinada, previously called Coconada or Kakinandiwada is a city in Andhra Pradesh with an average elevation of only 6 feet and many areas of the city below sea level. The city comprises of two regions which are interconnected with bridges. Jagannathapuram, which is the southern part, is alienated from the rest of the city by the Buckingham Canal and the Kakinada Bay lies to the south-east side of the city with a marshy wetland. It is this section which is known as India’s second largest mangrove forest and is home to the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kakinada is known for it’s heat and humidity throughout the year as it exhibits a tropical, savanna climate. January is the coolest month with temperatures going down to 18 and 20 degrees, whereas mid-May to early June is the hottest period with temperatures burning from 38 to 42 degrees centigrade. The south-west monsoons occur from end-June to early September an......Read More


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