Kakinada is a city as well as a municipal corporation which is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is at a distance of about 465 km east of Hyderabad, the capital city. This city is also the headquarters of the East Godavari district.
It is located at a distance of 155 km from Visakhapatnam, 210 km from Vijayawada and about 60 km from Rajahmundry. Besides having a deep sea port, Kakinada is also a centre for deep sea exploration and other activities.
History of Kakinada
Kakinada was under the rule of the Nandi Kings, followed by the British. The city developed substantially after the European settlers came into the region. The Dutch were one of the first settlers in the region followed by the British. Several signs of colonial times are seen around the city even today.
Kakinada is often referred to as the "Fertiliser City" because there are numerous fertiliser plants in this place. It is also known as the "Pensioner's Paradise" and "Second Madras" because the city is very well planned, and at the same time very peaceful. It is now ranked as the fifth largest city in Andhra Pradesh and the fourth largest city in Coastal Andhra because of its dense population.
People and Culture of Kakinada
Kakinada has a rich culture which is reflected in the numerous temples, mosques and churches located in and around the city, along with the many festivals celebrated here. Some of the most popular festivals celebrated in this region include Pongal, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ugadi, Dashera, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan.
Things to do in Kakinada
Some of the major attractions in and around the city include Draksharamam, the Coringa Sanctuary and Adurru. Draksharamam is the place where the Pancharama temple, Draksharama Bheemeshwara Swamy, is situated. It was constructed during the 9th century by the East Chalukyan king. This temple also includes Sri Manikyamba, which is one of the Shakti Peetha.
Adurru, which is also known as the Dubaraju Gudi, is situated in Razole taluka, at a distance of 50 km from Rajahmundry. Remains of Buddhist stupas, chaityas and viharas were found by archaeologists while excavating this place. Among all, the Mahastupa is the most popular one, which is in the shape of a huge wheel with a 17 feet diameter and is built on a high platform.
Travelling to Kakinada
Located at a distance of about 65 km, Rajhamundry airport well connected with weekly flights to Hyderabad, serves as the closest airport to Kakinada. Tourists can hire taxis to reach Kakinada. The closest international airport is located at Vishakhapatnam which is around 145 km from the city. Buses ply regularly from different parts of the State to Kakinada.
Accommodation options in Kakinada
Tourists in Kakinada can avail various accommodation options, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels.