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Kakinada

Kakinada is a city and municipal corporation in Andhra Pradesh located 465 kilometres east of the state capital, Hyderabad. Kakinada is nicknamed "the Fertilizer City", "Pensioner's Paradise" and the "second Madras". The city had an urban population of 312,936 (157,573 women and 155,363 men, for a sex ratio of 1,046 to 1,000) in 2011, making it the sixth-largest city by area and ninth-largest by population in Andhra Pradesh. Its literacy rate was 81.23 percent - 84.88 percent for men and 77.76 percent for women. Kakinada covers an area of 190 square kilometres.

Kakinada is part of a Special Economic Zone and a proposed Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR). It is a hub of regional deep-sea exploratory activity, due to its deep-water seaport and its proximity to the gas fields.

Kakinada is noted for its temples, beaches, mangrove forests and the Godavari delta. Attractions include:

  • Tholi Thirupathi Sri Srungara Vallaba Temple, near Divili (40 kilometres (25 mi))
  • Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Andhra Pradesh's second-richest temple (40 km away)
  • Draksharama Shiva Temple (National Heritage site), (25 kilometres (16 mi) away)
  • Samalkot Shiva Temple (National Heritage site), (12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away)
  • Sri Bhimeswaraswamy Vari Temple (Sri Chalukya Kumararama Temple, one of the five Pancharama Kshetras and a National Heritage site) (10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away in Samalkota)
  • Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temple at Pithapuram (12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away)
  • Kotipalli Kotilingeswara Temple, on the Godavari River (30 kilometres (19 mi) away)
  • Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple (Sun God), Sarpavaram (5 kilometres (3.1 mi) away)
  • Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, part of the Godavari delta (5 km away)
  • Hope Island, India, a sandspit formed by the Godavari (5 km off Vakalapudi Beach)
  • Konaseema, scenic Godavari delta islands (30 km away)

Distance from Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh to Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh is 64.6 km and travelling takes around 1 h 35 min via Kakinada - Ramachandrapuram Road.