Kakinada is a city and municipal corporation in East Godavari in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located 465 kilometers east of Hyderabad. The city is the headquarters of East Godavari district. Kakinada is nicknamed ‘Fertilizer City’, ‘Second Madras’ and ‘Pensioner’s Paradise’. It is the 6th largest city in the state.
Initially, the name of Kakinada city used to be ‘Kakanandivada’ during the time of Nandi kings before the arrival of the Europeans. The name was later changed to Cocanada and Coninga in the British era. After Independence, it was again renamed as Kakinada.
Kakinada is located at 16.9891° North latitude and 82.2475° East longitude. Average elevation is 6 feet (2 meters). Kakinada is a natural harbor. Most of the areas of the city is below sea level.
The climate of Kakinada is tropical savanna type. The weather remains hot and humid throughout the year. Summer months starts from March and ends in June. Average annual precipitation is 1150 mm. Kakinada has frequent storms due to the Bay of Bengal.
Kakinada is home to different industries. Being known as the ‘Fertilizer City’, it is a huge producer of fertilizers. Kakinada is becoming a favorite IT destination with more than 35 IT companies situated in the city. Other industries like fabrication, agro, steel, fishing & aquaculture, edible oil refineries and biofuel plants are also flourishing in the city.
Major tourist attractions are Shri Bhavanarayana Temple, Coringa Sanctuary, Pitampura, Draksharamam, Adurru, Bhimsevara Temple, Hope Island, Kakinada Beach and Haritha Beach.
Major localities in the city are Atchampet Junction, Bhaskar Nagar, Gaigolupadu, Gangaraju Nagar, Kacheripeta, Madhavpatnam, Nadakuduru, Ramaraopeta, Suryanarayanapuram, Timmapuram, Vakalpudi and Wharf Road.
Kakinada is connected by a 20-kilometer Chennai - Howrah Trunk railway line. The city has very good port connectivity with other port cities in India. Local bus station in the city operates buses for the public to connect to different parts of the city.
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