Kakinada is a city in Andhra Pradesh, India. Other name of this city is Fertiliser city and second Madras. This place is also known as Pensioners Paradise as pleasant environment at this attracting several retired people and old aged people. This place is famous for several industries such as Bio fuel Plants, Edible oil refineries, Power Generation, Natural Gas and Petroleum, Fertilizer.
In the history this place was ruled by Nandi Kings. After that Britishers ruled the place. Before Britishers, Dutch people settled at this place. At the time of Britishers this place was known as Cocanada. After independence name was changed into Kakinada.
What to see at Kakinada:
Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple: Lord Bhavanarayana Swamy is worshipped here. He is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is located at Sarpavanam Junction. It is believed that sages such as Agastya and Vyasa came to this place.
Kakinada Port: It is the home to two ports deep water port and anchorage Port. It is second largest in the state. Kakinada exports include oil meals, corn, rice, bauxite powder etc.
Other attractions of Kakinada: Other attractions of Kakinada are Jain Temple, Lord Shiva Temple, Kakinada Uppada Beach, Sree Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple.
What to see around Kakinada:
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 5kms away from Kakinada. This is situated near backwaters of the sea. Sanctuary is home to endangered animals such as crocodiles, fishing cats, sea turtles. 35 varieties of mangrove plants can be seen here. Large variety of birds can also be seen here.
Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: It is located 10kms away from Kakinada in Samarlakota. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Temple is in rectangular shape. On the west side of the temple monolithic pillar can be seen. Architecture looks like the architecture of Drakshraramam.
Pithapuram: It is located 20kms away from Kakinada. This is one of the oldest pilgrim place. Major attractions of this place are ancient Padagya Kshthram, Sri Venu Gopala Swamy temple, Kunthimadhava Swamy Temple, Sri Pada Vallabha Anaagha Datha Kshethram, Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temples. This town is popularly known as one of the twelve pilgrim centers of India, one of the Asta Data Sakthi Petas and one of the 5 Madava Keshatras.
Draksharamam: This place is well known as Dakshina Kashi. 4 entrance gates to the temple. Lord Shiva is worshiped here. On the walls and Pillars of the temple several mythological figures are carved. Chola and Chalukya architecture styles can be seen on the temple.
Adurru: Several excavated monuments found at this place. Archaeology department started excavations at this place in 1953. They found ruins of Chaityas, Viharas and Buddhist Stupas. Major attraction is Mahastupa which is 17feet in diameter. Artefacts such as bowls of Kaolin, troughs, Jars , dishes also found at this place. It is located 72kms away from Kakinada.
Other attractiosn near Kakinada: Other attractions near Kakinada are Konaseema, Rajiv Gandhi Beach, Hope Island, Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple (40kms), Tholi Thirupathi Sri Srungara Vallaba Swamy Temple at Divili village (40kms).
Getting to Kakinada: Kakinada is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities buses and trains come to this place. Nearest domestic airport is located at Rajhamundry which is well connected with Hyderabad. Nearest international airport is located at Visakhapatnam.
Getting around Kakinada: Autos and Buses are available to see the places of Kakinada. Taxis, Private vehicles and Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kakinada.
Best time to visit Kakinada: Best time to visit this place is in summer, though tourists visit this place throughout the year. To have beach enjoyment summer is the best time.
Where to stay at Kakinada: Plenty of accommodations starting from Budget to luxury hotels are available to stay at this place. Best hotels are Best Western SVN Grand, Paradigm Sarovar Portico, Royal Park Hotel, Decent Residency etc.
What to eat at Kakinada: This place is famous for traditional Andhra Cuisines including pickles made from fish, mutton, chicken, vegetables, Mangoes etc. Dried Fish and Shrimps are also famous at this place. Kakinada Kaaja is well known at this place. Udupi restaurants are also famous at this place.