HUBS: Pathachirala

SPOKESLohIya Puram, Vadrevu, Burlavanipalem, Boinavaripalem, Thotavaripalem, Kavurivaripalem, Papaipalem, Ragappa naidu palem, Rammanapata

Akkaiahpalem hub is located in Chirala town of Prakasam district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a municipality and the headquarters of Chirala mandal in Ongole revenue division. As of 2011 census of India, it had a population of 87,200. It is also known as ‘SMALL BOMBAY’ or ‘MINI MUMBAI’ of South India where textiles and hand-loom are famous till date. It is also one of the main producers of Cashew Nuts in different varieties and is exported across the world. Chirala is also famous tourist spot for beach resorts. The city was known as Kshirapuri, which translates as ‘the sea looks as white as milk’. The name got transformed to Chirala, where ‘Chira’ means ‘Sari’.

Handloom weaving industry provides for one of the main occupations in the city. As of 2011 census of India, the city had a population of 87,200 with 23,070 households. The average literacy rate stands at 78.80 per cent higher than the national average of 73 per cent with 62,099 literates. The total population constitute, 42,927 males and 44,273 females —a sex ratio of 1031 females per 1000 males, higher than the national average of 940 per 1000. 8,389 children are in the age group of 0–6 years, of which 4,253 are boys and 4,136 are girls —a ratio of 973 girls per 1000 boys.