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Place

Sikka is a historical coastal town ( village ) in Jamnagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat and its location is shown in the Gujarat State map shown above.

People

As of 2001 census, Sikka had a population of 17,699. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Sikka has an average literacy rate of 44%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 54%, and female literacy is 34%. In Sikka, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Most residents are of Gujarat and speak Kachchi and Gujarati language. Kachchi language is written in the Gujarati script but is not mutually intelligible with Gujarati.. Major communities include Muslim Waghers, Ahirs(Yadav), Patels , [Wagher],[[oswal]] Rajputs (Khavas), Mers , Jains, Oswals, Lohanas etc.

Sikka is also home to the traditional Sailing vessel industry ( also refered to as Indian Dhows ) where one can see wooden cargo vessels dry docked, repaired and newly constructed at the sikka creek also locally called as Hoda Nar or tawai bunder. It is said that in the recet past a full fledged sailing vessel industry flourished here and was the main source of income for this village.

One of the main occupation of the people living in this costal village is sea faring.

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