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Kakinada Tourism And Travel Guide
20° C / 68.1° F
December to March
2 to 3 Days
Visakhapatnam International Airport (150 kms)
Kakinada Town Railway Station (2 kms)
Kakinada is one of the finest port cities in Andhra Pradesh located 60 km from Rajahmundry. The city is also the headquarters of the East Godavari region and truly a wonderful tourist destination situated on the Bay of Bengal. With rich tradition, magnificent natural beauty, historical significance, sublime beaches, amazing temples, Kakinada is undoubtedly one of the top tourist destinations in the entire South of India. If you're planning a trip (in fact, you should) to this beautiful city, this article will serve a great reference to know everything you should know before you pay a visit here. Let's discuss Kakinada tourism in detail through this travel guide.
How To Reach
To reach Kakinada from anywhere in India, and outside of it, there are multiple options for travelers. Being one of the top commercial centers in Andhra Pradesh, the city generates good revenue through tourism. And therefore, Kakinada has good connectivity through rail, road, and airways. However, to get here, railways are the best option whereas, airways are the fastest way to reach Kakinada, but it can be expensive. Let us walk you through the available options in detail.
As said above, Kakinada has connectivity and through railways, you can reach this city from almost anywhere in Andhra Pradesh. Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vizag, and other top cities in India are connected directly with this city. The nearest railway station is Kakinada Port and Kakinada Town. So check irctc.co.in and book your tickets. If you cannot find a direct train from your source city to Kakinada, find a train to the next nearest stations: Rajahmundry or Vijayawada which are 60 and 160 km away from Kakinada respectively.
After railways, roadways offer other convenient options to travel to this city. The highways that connect Kakinada with other cities in Andhra and India are extremely well-maintained and smooth. Therefore, you'll have a comfortable drive. Several buses are available managed by both, private and state-managed, are available at regular intervals. AC, non-AC, Deluxe, Sleeper buses can be booked from any official website. So check out the options and book your tickets.
Airways are the fastest way to reach Kakinada. However, the city doesn't have a dedicated airport yet but, will be there in the coming years. To reach Kakinada through flight, you'll have to take a flight to the nearest airport which is Vizag at some 150 km. You can hire a cab or take a bus and reach your hotel in Kakinada. It'll take about 3 and a half hours to get here. Vizag being an international airport has excellent flight connectivity with all major cities in India and abroad. So check online for the available options.
Being one of the fastest-growing cities in Andra, Kakinada has an excellent local transport system. You can use the local buses managed by the Kakinada Municipal Corporation. They also run AC busses but avoid taking them during the peak office hours due to heavy rush. Use either a local auto-rickshaw or a private cab to roam freely between tourist spots without worrying about the transport. But bargain and negotiate on a deal that suits your requirements.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
The climate of Kakinada is tropical savanna in nature. Beautiful landscapes, good monsoon, hot summers, and pleasant weather make Kakinada one of the most visited tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh. The city enjoys three seasons: summer, monsoon, and winter. Due to high humidity and scorching heat, it is not suggested to plan any trip during the summer season. And due to moderate and excellent weather conditions, winter is the best time to visit Kakinada. Below we detailed the weather behavior in different seasons.
Summer (March - June):
The summer season is the toughest season of the year. It generally starts from the mid of March and extends until June. From April the weather temperature starts rising gradually and reaches its peak in May and June. It can get as high as 40° C with scorching heat and high humidity to accompany it. Therefore, avoid visiting Kakinada during this time. If you still do, carry cotton light clothes to tackle the heat. The max temperature during this time remains in the high thirties with a minimum of 28° C.
Monsoon (July - December):
The end of the summer season by the start of July marks the beginning of the monsoon season. It generally starts from the start of July and remains active until December. Both the south-west monsoon and north-east monsoon contribute to the overall rainfall in and around Kakinada but the major contribution is from the latter. Kakinada being a coastal city receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon. Therefore, traveling here in these months is not generally recommended. If you do, carry umbrellas and raincoats to avoid discomfort. The temperature ranges between 24° C and 31° C.
Winter (November - February):
The most pleasant time of the year begins by the end of December. The winter season is indeed the best time to visit Kakinada and its neighboring regions because of the beautiful weather and superb landscapes. The season remains active between December and March you can enjoy your time here with your family and friends. The max temperature during the winter season remains around 30° C with a minimum of 20° C.
Things To Do
Kakinada is one of the coastal cities in Andhra Pradesh situated towards the Bay of Bengal. It is located 150 km from Rajahmundry and some 450 km from the capital of Telangana, Hyderabad. The city has a remarkably rich culture, history, tradition, sublime beaches, ancient temples, wildlife sanctuary, island, caves. Overall, Kakinada has everything to mesmerize visitors. Let us take you to some of the best things to do in Kakinada.
Pay Homage to the Gods:
Many people consider Kakinada as a pilgrimage site due to the fact that the city has many temples that are religiously significant as per Hindu mythology. So the first thing that you must try here is to visit the famous temples in the city. To name a few, Samarlakota, Draksharamam, Kukkuteswara Temple, Sri Someshwara Temple, Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, and Sri Ksheera Rama Temple are the most notable ones. So visit them, offer prayers, and seek blessings.
Take a Sublime View of the Sunset at the Uppada Beach:
One of Kakinada's top attractions includes the Uppada Beach located 10 km from Kakinada Town Railway Station. It's the finest place for relaxing and with a rejuvenating ambiance letting you enjoy the beautiful view of the sun kissing the water. The water at the beach is crystal clear with silver sand and the golden sun, imagine the majestic view one can get here. Enjoy playing football, cricket, jogging, trekking, and so on at the beach to spend an amazing time with your loved ones. The sunrise and the sunset are the best things about the beach. So don't miss them.
Enjoy a Pleasant Stay at Yanam:
At just 30 km away from Kakinada, the Yanam town in the Pondicherry Union Territory of India is one of the finest places to visit during your Kakinada vacation. There are plenty of beautiful and amazing places in Yanam town. Some of the most notable ones are Grand Mosque, Sivalayam, Catholic Church, Venkanna Babu Temple, Yanam beach. One must attend the Venkanna Festival which is celebrated every year in March with great spirits. The best attraction of the town is the replica of the world-famous Eiffel tower built by the local government to attract tourists. It looks marvelous.
Explore the Second Largest Mangrove Forest:
One of the best things about visiting Kakinada is the opportunity to explore the second-largest mangrove forest in India. Here's your chance to try and enjoy wildlife spotting and woodland wandering at the famous Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. If you're a bird lover, you'll simply not resist saying hi to pelicans, herons, seagulls, otters, saltwater crocodiles, jackals, and thousands of other migratory birds. That's not it! Visitors don't mind trying boating and fishing in the waters of the Godavari river, and visiting Hope Island after they are done from here.
If you think Kakinada is only about beautiful landscapes, sublime beaches, historic temples, you are wrong. No place can qualify itself as the top tourist place without offering mouth-watering, highly delicious cuisine for eating. The reason Kakinada is one of the best tourist destinations is the delicious food that you get to eat here. The city is famous for its local food items. So sit back and continue reading to learn more about the eating options in Kakinada.
For soup and non-veg (starters) lovers, Meridian below Padma Priya Theater is the place to be. Delicious chicken and mutton items are worth trying, especially, Polo Chicken. Chicken Dum Biryani is yet another specialty of Kakinada which can be tried at Yati, opposite to Aishwarya grand. Just got out of the station and feeling hungry? Don't worry, try yummy and soft Idli with delicious coconut chutney outside the railway station, the must-try item is the tasty Upma.
For non-veg tandoori lovers, Costa Grill offers unmatched options. If you start feeling hungry at midnight, even after 1 AM, drive to Amma fast food Center near Bhanugudi junction. They serve hot and tasty food even irrespective of what time it is in the night. Biryani lovers, try the Dilkhush Chicken Biryani in Ulavacharu near Nagamallithota Junction. Besides, street food is also very famous in Kakinada. Pidatha kinda Pappu (PKP), Mysore bajji and Ulli bajji as evening snacks are quite popular road-side items.