(Last Updated on : 08/07/2014)
Anakapalle is renowned all over India for its jaggery industry. The place provides largest source of jaggery for southern India.
Geography of Anakapalle
Anakapalle is a town located in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. It lies on banks of River Sarada at 17.68° N 83.02° E. Anakapalle has an average elevation of 26 metres.
History of Anakapalle
As per history, Anakapalle was under the rule of the Kalinga Empire. Later it came under the rule of the Gajapati, Kakatiya, and Qutb Shahi empires. Around 1450, Appalaraju began to rule the region under the Nawab of Arcot, with Anakapalle as his headquarters. In 1803, Anakapalle came under the clutches of the British East India Company.
Economy of Anakapalle
The main crop cultivated in Anakapalle is sugarcane, and Anakapalle is well known for its jaggery industry. There is also a sugar industry here. Anakapalle is also known for its steel industry. Velagapudi Steels owns a steel mill near Anakapalle.
Demographics of Anakapalli
As per the 2001 census, Anakapalle had a population of 84,523. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Anakapalle has an average literacy rate of 67% of which 54% of the males and 46% of females are literate.