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Kakinada is a city and a municipal corporation in East Godavari district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is also the headquarters of East Godavari district.
Kakinada has a population of about 5,50,000. This coastal city is witnessing rapid growth. Thanks to the recently granted Special Economic Zone status. It is one of the largest tier-2 cities of India and the fourth largest tier-2 city in Andhra Pradesh. The city also has a deep-water seaport, which is expanding rapidly.
The presence of a small island called Hope Island about 5 km from Kakinada coast, makes Kakinada a natural Harbor. Prior to construction of the deep-water port, the old anchorage port operated for several decades as the largest minor port in India. At present, both deep water port and older anchorage port operate simultaneously.
People from Kakinada can easily be identified by their characteristic Godavari Telugu accent. They have gained a reputation for being hospitable, polite and cultured in their interaction with people.
Education has spread its tentacles and a large part of the younger generation are migrating to the cities and out of the country in search of opportunities that meet their scale of ambition. However, there are significant parts of the society that ride the boom by expanding their businesses and investments. The local population is supplemented by immigrants who leave their villages to seek work and opportunity in this bustling city.
Kakinada is a major hub fulfilling the growing educational demand of people within the district. The past decade has witnessed exponential growth and many residential colleges have established themselves to offer quality secondary education. There are also several professional colleges in and around the city offering courses in Engineering, Medical, IT and Management at the graduate and post graduate level.