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Yanam – Where Cultures Collide


Yanam is a place rich in culture and history. It was part of French India during the days of colonial rule. Currently, it is a part of the Pondicherry Union Territory. It was part of French India till the year 1954. It is located adjacent to the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, as a 30 square kilometre enclave into the district.

It was known as Kalyanapuram among the Telugu people in the days of colonial rule, when child marriages were not illegal in Yanam.

The history of Yanam dates back to 300 years when it became a French colony and is still known as French Yanam among a large number of people.

Tourist Places In And Around Yanam

Sivalayam, Grand Mosque, Catholic Church are very important tourist places in Yanam.

Yanam Weather

Yanam has a hot and humid climate for most times of the year. Humidity rates in Yanam are mostly between 68% and 80%. Summers in Yanam get very hot and it is not at all advisable to visit Yanam during the intense heat of the summers.

However, it is benefited by both southwest and northeast monsoons and enjoys a good amount of rainfall. It is a land of clear skies for the better part of the year, with overcast skies clouding its skies during the monsoons.

How To Reach Yanam

Yanam is easy to approach from the nearby cities of Rajahmundry and Chennai. Chennai is some 147 kilometres from Yanam by road. It is a feasible idea to get to either of these cities and travel by road to Yanam.

Yanam does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest station is at Kakinada, headquarters of East Godavari district. Kakinada is located 26 kilometres away from Yanam. Travelling by road to Yanam from Kakinada will take all of an hour.

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How to Reach Yanam

  • By Road
    Buses ply regularly from nearby places like Kakinada and Rajahmundry to Yanam. The roads are also well maintained. Buses are also available from places like Chennai and Hyderabad. Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, is 750 kilometres away from Yanam.
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  • By Train
    The closest railway station to Yanam is at Kakinada, located some 26 kilometres away from Yanam. Kakinada also serves as the headquarters for the East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. Trains from all major stop at this station and hence it is easy to get here by train. One can board a bus or hire a cab after getting off at the Kakinada railway station.
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  • By Air
    The closest airport to Yanam is the one at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh which is all of 60 kilometres away from Yanam. Chennai is the next city which lies closest to Yanam and lies some 150 kilometres away from Yanam. Both airports have international as well as domestic services. So it is easy to get to Yanam once you board a flight to either of these places.
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