About Kakinada

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Kakinada

Nearest City to Kakinada: Vizag (168 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Kakinada: October to March

Peak Season: November to January

State: Andhra Pradesh | District: East Godavari

Kakinada Weather: Summer: Maximum - 47°C and Minimum - 29°C
Winter: Maximum - 31°C and Minimum - 16°C

At a distance of 64 km from Rajahmundry, 168 km from Vizag, 211 km from Vijayawada and 459 km from Hyderabad, Kakinada is a city as well as a municipal corporation and also the headquarters of the East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. It is a port city situated on the Bay of Bengal and also one of the popular Andhra Pradesh tourist places.

The original name of this place was Kakanandivada. 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; they named this place as Co-Canada. The name was then changed to Kakinada after the independence during 1947. Several signs of colonial times are seen around the city even today.

Kakinada is often referred to as the 'Fertilizer City' because of the numerous factories like Fertilizer, Sugar, Natural gas and Petroleum, Power generation, Edible oil refineries and Biofuel plants etc. It is part of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and the proposed sectors for investment in the city are Chemical, Petroleum and Petrochemical sectors. 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.

The city has a historical significance, rich tradition, breathtaking natural beauty, holy pilgrimage centers, beautiful beaches, hillocks and stunning landscapes. Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Pithapuram, Draksharama Shiva Temple, Samarlakota, Kotipalli Kotilingeswara Temple, Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple (Sun God), Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Island, Konaseema, scenic Godavari delta islands are the prominent places here. Adurru, a Buddhist excavation site is another interesting place to visit nearby.

There is a major natural port in Kakinada which is protected (against tides) by 18 km long Hope island. Kakinada Port is the main gateway port for the rich agricultural belt of East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna Districts of Andhra Pradesh. Uppada beach is primarily considered as Kakinada beach which is having one of longest coastlines in Indian beaches. Kakinada Beach Festival or Sagara Sambaralu is an annual music festival held in the city. It is a three-day event where many artists perform. Located in Coastal Andhra, Kakinada has a strong influence of sea food offering mouth water gourmet delights for the tourists. It is also famous for Kakinada Kaaza, a special sweet made in the city.

Rajahmundry Airport is the nearest domestic airport, about 60 km from Kakinada. Vizag International Airport is 160 km away which provides better connectivity. Kakinada is well connected by trains with cities like Shirdi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Vizag, Chennai, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Bangalore.

Kakinada is well connected by bus to major cities like Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Vizag, Vijayawada and Tirupathi.

Best time to visit Kakinada is from October to March.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 0884
Languages Spoken: Telugu, Hindi, English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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How to Reach Kakinada

By Air

Nearest Airport: Rajahmundry - Rajahmundry Airport (60 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Kakinada Town Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kakinada Bus Station (1.5 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kakinada

Beach

#1 of 8 Places to Visit in Kakinada

At a distance of 10 km from Kakinada Town Railway Station, 66 from Rajahmundry and 37 from Annavaram, Uppada Beach is located on Uppada Road and it offers a relaxed and rejuvenating ambience to enjoy the sun kissed sand and water. The wide shore is a major attraction of this beach. The clear water, the silver sand and the golden sun gifts the beach with a majestic beauty.

The wide shoreline and the gradual inclination into the water make it a safe beach. One can have a variety of activities at this beach. Shore activities like cricket, football, jogging and trekking can be fun and rejuvenating. The local fishermen along the beach are very friendly and also, one could get an experience of going along with the local fishermen for deep water fishing.

The sunrise and the sunset are very worth watching at this beach. This riveting seashore also has a beautiful well maintained park that adds to its beauty. One can find snack bars and .....

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Pilgrimage

#2 of 8 Places to Visit in Kakinada

At a distance of 12 kms from Kakinada, 40 kms from Annavaram, 52 km from Rajahmundry,199 km from Vijayawada, 172 km from Visakhapatnam & 447 km from Hyderabad, Samalkota is very famous for Pancharama Sri Kumararama Bheemeshwara Swamy temple. Situated just beside the Railway Station, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

This place was known as Purva Chalukya Bhimavaram as the Eastern Chalukyans ruled this place. The temple was built by Chalukya Kumara Rama during the end of 9th century as a celebration of his victories in more than 300 wars. A mantapam supported with one hundred pillars is built here along with Eka Shila Nandi (Single Stone Bull) at the temple entrance opposite to Shiva Lingam. Goddess Shri Bala Thripura Sundari is also worshipped in this temple. Pushkarni Lake is situated to the east of temple. The main entrance to the temple is called Surya Dwaram.

Kalyana Mahotsam .....

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Pilgrimage

#3 of 8 Places to Visit in Kakinada

At a distance of 17 km from Kakinada, 42 km from Rajahmundry, 65 Kms from Annavaram, 197 km from Vijayawada, 198 km from Vizag & 466 Kms from Hyderabad, Draksharamam is famous for one of the pancharama temples called Draksharama Bheemeshwara Swamy temple. This temple is situated in a green belt of river Godavari.

This temple was constructed by the East Chalukyan king during 9th century. The temple also consists one of the Shakti Peethas called Sri Manikyamba. The speciality of this Shiva Lingam in this temple is that, the early morning tender Sun light falls on the Linga. There are nearly 800 ancient scripts on the walls of the temple. The celebrations in this temple were started during 14th century in the period of Reddy Kings. Shiva Lingam is nearly 9 ft height and the top part is seen at the first floor.

There are other small temples inside the main temple premises. Once upon a time .....

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Pilgrimage

#4 of 8 Places to Visit in Kakinada

At a distance of 2.5 km from Pithapuram Railway Station, 12 km from Samarlakota, 16 km from Kakinada, 61 km from Rajahmundry, 31 km from Annavaram, 208 km from Vijayawada and 152 km from Vizag, Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy temple is an ancient Siva temple in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Pithapuram which was earlier known as Pithikapuram is one of the Ashta Dasha (Eighteen) Shakthi Peethas.

Kukkuteswara Swamy temple is the most famous temple of Lord Shiva at Pithapuram. The presiding Deity is Lord Shiva, who reveals himself in the form of a Spatika Linga. This is a Swayambhu Linga of white marble and is about two feet in height. The Linga resembles that of a cock; hence Lord Shiva is called Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy. There is a huge beautiful idol of Nandi (bull) made from a single stone in front of the temple. The shrine of Sri Rajarajeswari, consort of Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy, is present .....

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Beach | Nature

#5 of 8 Places to Visit in Kakinada

At a distance of 30 km from Kakinada, 62 km from Rajahmundry, 212 km from Vijayawada and 197 km from Vizag, Yanam is a town in the Indian union territory of Pondicherry; it is located in Yanam district, which forms a 30 sq. km enclave adjacent to East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh.

Yanam was a Dutch colony prior to French takeover in the 1720s. Neelikundilu (indigo wells) are still found in the west of Yanam. The Dutch built a fort, which they used to store their currency, minted in nearby Neelapalli. The region was presented to the French general the Marquis de Bussy by the Vijayanagaram King as a token of gratitude for the help rendered by Bussy in his fight against the rulers of Bobbili.

For 200 years it was a French colony, and though united with India in 1954. It possesses a unique blend of French and Telugu culture prevailing in Andhra Pradesh. During French rule, .....

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Pilgrimage

#6 of 8 Places to Visit in Kakinada

At a distance of 1.7 km from Palakollu Railway Station, 85 km from Eluru, 67 km from Rajahmundry, 138 km from Vijayawada, 97 km from Kakinada, 22 km from Bhimavaram and 258 km from Visakhapatnam, Sri Ksheera Rama Temple is one of the Pancharama temples, situated in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The other four are Amararama Temple in Amaravathi, Draksharama Temple in Draksharamam, Kumararama Temple in Samalkoti and Somarama Temple in Bhimavaram.

Lord Shiva is worshipped as Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy at this temple. The temple tower is one of the tallest among the temple towers in Andhra Pradesh. The height of the temple is 120 ft with 9 floors constructed during the reign of Chalukya Bheema in 9th century. The Prakara was designed by Sri Velupathi during 10th century. Gopuram was constructed by Sri Alladu Reddy during 14th Century. This ancient temple has been listed as a protected monument by the Archaeological Department. .....

Distance (From Kakinada): 97 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bhimavaram (22 km) - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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Pilgrimage

#7 of 8 Places to Visit in Kakinada

At a distance of 1.2 km from Bhimavaram New Bus Station, 65 km from Eluru, 76 km from Rajahmundry, 117 km from Vijayawada, 116 km from Kakinada, 22 km from Palakollu and 277 km from Visakhapatnam, Sri Someswara Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras of Lord Shiva known as Somaramam and is situated at Bhimavaram town in West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. The other four are Amararama Temple in Amaravathi, Draksharama Temple in Draksharamam, Kumararama Temple in Samalkoti and Ksheera Rama Temple in Palakollu.

The main contribution for temple construction was made by the King Chalukya Bheema I during 10th century. The Shiva lingam is called Someshwara as it is believed that this lingam has been installed by Lord Chandra. The color of the linga is believed to change according to the Lunar rays. In Full Moon days it changes into white and during Amavasya day, it turns into black in form.

According to legend, Tharakasura worships .....

Distance (From Kakinada): 116 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kakinada - Including Travel): 6 Hours
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#8 of 8 Places to Visit in Kakinada

At a distance of 1 km from Dwaraka Tirumala Bus Stand, 45.5 km from Eluru, 73 km from Rajahmundry, 101 km from Vijayawada, 135 km from Kakinada and 278 km from Visakhapatnam, Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is located on the top of the Seshachala Hill at Dwaraka Tirumala in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. This temple is considered as sacred as the famous Sri Venakteswara Temple of Tirumala.

Lord Vishnu is presiding deity here in the form of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. The temple was constructed by the Mylavaram Zamindars in 19th century. The self-manifested idol of Sri Venkateswara Swamy was unearthed by a saint named Dwaraka and hence, the temple is called Dwaraka Tirumala. This place is also called Chinna Tirupati.

The statue of the lord is visible above the waist and the lower portion is imagined to be in the earth. The holy feet are said to be offered to Bali Chakravarthi in Patala .....

Distance (From Kakinada): 135 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kakinada - Including Travel): Full Day
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