Traditionally, there was a small village by name "Kakavandivada" situated near the present Kakinada City. But soon after the settlement of Dutch here in their first Establishment, they used to call it as “Co-Canada” which subsequently transformed into “Kakinada” after independence. However, there are several theories in circulation with regard to the origin of the name of Kakinada on the basis of legends history, Logic, Geographical and other factors.

The following are some such theories and beliefs as to the derivation of the name Kakinada.

  1. As the City of Kakinada, when Kakasura lost his eye with the arrow of Rama, After obstructing Rama, in Vanavasa.
  2. As "Kakinandi vada" derived when an Ikshvaku king by name "Kaka" built this town in his name.
  3. As Kakulavada on aboda of crows, where a number of crows only our the area to catch the fish on this shore.
  4. As "Co-Canada" when the Dutch used to store Co-Conut products here and export them in large scale.
  5. As Co-Canada when the British East India Company Established the 1st Canadian Baptish Mission to Carry on the Missionary activities

The name of Co- Canada was Constituted till the attainment of Independence.

Kakinada is situatd on 160 50’ North latitude and 820 15’ East Longitude. It is 26’ above mean sea level, the attitude is only 7.2 mts from the sea level.
Kakinada is the seventh largest town in the state. The town is bounded by the Bay of Bengal on the East, Indraplem village on west, Remanayyapeta Village on the north and Turangi Village on the sourth.
The area of Kakinada town is 30.51 Sq. Kms. The area of Kakinada town increasd gradually in the last 5 decades as shown below.