Kandıra, the only district of Kocaeli with a shore to the Black Sea, attracts attention with its economy based on agriculture and animal breeding. Kandıra, center of which is established in Sarısu Valley, is 42 km away from the city center.
The charcoal, round timber and wood requirement of Istanbul was partly transported from this region in the Ottoman era. The district, which was occupied after the 1st World war played an active role in the National Struggle. Kandıra, occupied by the English in 1918 and the Greek in the 1920's, performed its honorable duty in the National Struggle in this era by extending the needed support to the National Force and Atatürk. Main agriculture products of Kandıra are wheat, corn, sunflower, sugar beet and oat, and apple, grape, bean, pear are also grown. Animal breeding is one of the prominent sources of income in terms of economy. In Kandıra, poultry husbandry and cattle breeding are conducted and the main animal products are milk, cheese, egg and skin. Since its lands are very suitable for agriculture and animal breeding.
Kandıra, which achieved deserved fame with its turkey and yoghurt, is also renowned for its famous adornment Stones and cloth. Fishing is also conducted in the coasts of Kandıra. The coasts of Kerpe and Kefken villages are suitable for summer tourism.