Indian Naval Academy (INA) – Asia’s Largest Naval Academy
The Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala is Asia’s largest Naval Academy. The Indian Naval Academy is situated in Kerala. It is situated at a distance of 35 kms from the historic city of Kannur and 135 kms from city of Mangalore.
The Academy is surrounded by Mount Dilli, the serene Kavvayi backwaters and the majestic Arabian Sea. The campus occupies an area of 2452 acres, with a total perimeter of 22 kms.
The Academy also includes a beach stretch of 7 kms. It also has a large area with a variety of flora and fauna. The important landmark of INA campus are the Headquarters, Parade Ground, Chola stadium, cadet squadrons, Katari Cadets’ Mess, aquatic complex, sports fields, officer residential area, naval sailors accommodation and civilian employees residential area.
The campus provides facilities for training cadets in all aspects such as swimming and diving at Mulla Aquatic complex, Pereira Drill and Discipline complex to imbibe discipline among cadets, Angre Physical Training and Sports complex for developing team spirits and physical fitness and Marakkar Watermanship Training centre for yachting and rowing skills.
The academy has world class library named as ‘Panini’ which is a five storied building with all facilities and training aids like internet and digital library. The campus is also nested with OOW/ROR simulator and Catspaw which help the cadets to learn seamanship activities and basic Rules of the Road and Ship Handling.
The campus also provides auditorium facilities like Ramanujan and Orion where movies are screened every week. The campus has basic facilities for cadets like ATMs, stationary shops, tailor, cafeteria, canteen etc.
It can accommodate 1500 cadets at a time. The library is equipped with all sorts of books of different branches and subjects. The library is also equipped with fiction and general awareness books. It also provides books relating to navy, ships and seas so that cadets can groom their knowledge well in their leisure time.
The academy has two seminar halls where lectures are conducted as well as movies are screened every weekend for the entertainment of cadets. Both are centrally air-conditioned and have a capacity of 300- 800 cadets.
Whereas academy is soon going to come up with an auditorium having capacity of 1800 cadets known as ‘Kautilya’. The project is on verge of completion and soon cadets will be able to use the facility of this mega auditorium.