|Author:Laxman Burdak, IFS (R)|
Kandla (Hindi:कांडला, Gujarati: કંડલા) is a town in Kachchh district in Gujarat. Kandla, also known as the Kandla Port Trust () is a seaport in Kutch District of Gujarat state in western India, near the city of Gandhidham.
Variants of name
Located on the Gulf of Kutch, it is one of major ports on west coast. The Port of Kandla is located on the Gulf of Kutch on the northwestern coast of India some 256 nautical miles southeast of the Port of Karachi in Pakistan and over 430 nautical miles north-northwest of the Port of Mumbai (Bombay). It is the largest port of India by volume of cargo handled.
Mention by Panini
Origin of name
V. S. Agrawala writes that under category of villages ending in agni we have - Kāṇḍāgni and Vibhujāgni (modern Bhuj). Agni refers to a burning sandy tract, equivalent to Skt Iriṇa or Rann. Vibhujagni (Vibhujāgni) refers to Rann of Cutch-Bhuj in the north-west and Kandagni (Kāṇḍāgni) to the Little Rann of Cutch towards the north east, traces of its name being preserved in the sea-port of Kandala (Kāṇḍalā).