Yanam is a location rich in history and culture. During the days of colonial rule, it was part of French India. It is presently a member of the jurisdiction of the Pondicherry Union. It is situated adjacent to Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district, as a district enclave of 30 square kilometres.Among the Telugu people, it was known as Kalyanapuram in the days of colonial rule, when child marriages in Yanam were not illegal.
Yanam's history dates back 300 years, when it became a French colony, and is still recognised by a large number of people as French Yanam.In and around Yanam Sivalayam, the Great Mosque, the Catholic Church is a very popular tourist destination in Yanam.
Yanam Meteorology : At most times of the year, Yanam has a hot and humid climate. Humidity concentrations are mostly between 68% and 80% in Yanam. Summers get really hot in Yanam and visiting Yanam during the peak heat of the summers is not recommended at all.
It benefits from both the southwest and northeast monsoons, however, and enjoys a decent amount of rainfall. For the better part of the year, it is a land of bright skies, with overcast skies clouding the skies during the monsoons.
How to Reach Yanam
From the nearby towns of Rajahmundry and Chennai, Yanam is easy to approach. Chennai is some 147 kilometres by road from Yanam. Getting to any of these cities and moving to Yanam by road is a feasible idea. Yanam does not have its own railway station. The closest station is at Kakinada, the headquarters of the district of East Godavari. 26 kilometres away from Yanam, Kakinada is located. It will take an entire hour to travel by road to Yanam from Kakinada.
On the eastern coast of India, in the district of East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, Yanam is located. It is constructed at the point where the Coringa and Godavari rivers converge and is bordered by these rivers to the east and south. Around 14 km south of Yanam city, the Godavari discharges itself into the sea. It lies on the spot separating the river Coringa and the river Godavari. The region's total area is 30 sq. The Km. A History : Yanam was once a French colony and is now part of the Pondicherry Territory of the Union. In the stained glass work of the local church dating back to 1769 and at the French cemetery, the French influence is seen. Yanam has its share of interesting tales that haunt the French colony about French ghosts.
The ancient church has a plaque paying homage to a young French soldier named Victor Simonel who, at the tender age of 22, died fighting heroically in a battle. This heightens the place's somewhat melancholic mood. Devotees are streaming in offering prayers daily. The traffic policeman's bright red French cap brings a touch of romance to all this.
Places to visit in Yanam
Catholic St. Ann's Church : Behind this chruch, there was a curious tale that a ship called Villiam B. Augustus was tossed to a sand island in 1943 because of a strong cyclone. While they were trying hard to save the 1000-tonne ship by using all manpower, it was in-vain. The ship stuck in the same position for one year, without an inch of time. For this reason, one engineer by the name of E.H.Swini was deputised from America at that time. He also tried and came to the conclusion that this mission with manpower would not be feasible. And he worshipped the Lord, 'Mary Maa,' and immediately the ship left the island of sand. The engineer and his wife built this church in Yanam in homage to Lord Mary Maa. In the hill temple behind this church, these festivals can also be seen now.
Meesala Temple of Venkanna : It has been very common in pre-independence tenure for performing Child Marriages. In India.The people from the nearby state used to come to this temple to perform the Child Marriages because the Yanam area is under the jurisdiction of French Rule. For their Child Marriages, even the people from Madras, Hyderabad and other long distant places also came to Yanam. Thus, Yanam was also called" KALYANA PURAM.The Swamy Idol is the speciality of the Temple, with large moustaches like the Lord Sathyanarayana Swamy of Annavaram.
Bath Shivam : At the entrance of the Godavari River Front, from where the river beach path begins, Shivam bath is situated.
Yanam is a town in the Indian union territory of Pondicherry at a distance of 30 km from Kakinada, 62 km from Rajahmundry, 212 km from Vijayawada and 197 km from Vizag; it is located in the district of Yanam, which forms a 30 sq. Kilometer enclave in Andhra Pradesh, adjacent to the East Godavari district.
Prior to the French takeover in the 1720s, Yanam was a Dutch colony. In the west of Yanam, Neelikundilu (indigo wells) are still located. The Dutch constructed a fort, minted in nearby Neelapalli, that they used to store their currency. The area was presented by the Vijayanagaram King to the French general, Marquis de Bussy, as a token of gratitude for the support Bussy given in his war against the rulers of Bobbili.
It was a French colony for 200 years, although it was united with India in 1954. It has a special mix of the predominant French and Telugu culture of Andhra Pradesh. During French rule, during the Yanam People's Festival in January, the Tuesday market at Yanam was popular among Telugu people in the Madras Presidency who visited Yanam to buy foreign and smuggled goods. Yanam is located in the Bay of Bengal between the confluence of the Coringa and Gowthami Godavari Rivers. There are plenty of coconut trees surrounding this area.
In Yanam city, there are numerous places to visit. The important tourist places in Yanam are Sivalayam, the Grand Mosque, the Catholic Church, Yanam Beach and Venkanna Babu Temple. The specialty of the Venkanna Babu Temple is the large moustaches of the Swamy Idol. This temple was built in the 15th Century by the Kings of Rajamahendravaram. Every year, the Venkanna Festival is celebrated in a very grand way in the month of March.
The beach of Yanam is a beautiful beach. A route along the beach called the Ferry Road has a grand entrance around a Shiv Linga with a huge idol of two elephants. There is also a model ship here on Ferry Road named Nagoor Meera Sahib Mandir. You can hire a boat and take a cruise along the Gowthami Godavari River in the mangrove forest. During French rule, the Grand Mosque was designed and remodelled a few times. The Catholic Church of St Ann was designed in genuine European style with all its architectural elements imported from France. Mother Mary is dedicated to the church.
In order to draw visitors, the government of Pondicherry has constructed a replica of the world-famous Eiffel Tower in Yanam. On a 14 acre site at Guriampet overlooking the Bay of Bengal, a project with a budget of Rs 30 crore was constructed. Reliance Industries Limited and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) sponsored the project. The tower has a restaurant in a circular shape that can host 160 people and a conference hall that can handle 50 guests.
The tower will have a panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal, but for safety reasons, entry will be limited to the restaurant.The best time to visit Yanam is winter and post-monsoon.
By Bus : Buses operate from nearby places like Kakinada and Rajahmundry to Yanam on a regular basis. Even, the roads are well maintained. Buses from places like Chennai and Hyderabad are also available. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 's capital, is 750 kilometres away from Yanam.
By Train : Kakinada, situated about 26 kilometres away from Yanam, is the nearest railway station to Yanam. In Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada also serves as the headquarters for the East Godavari district. There are trains from every big stop at this station, so it's easy to get here by train. After getting off at Kakinada railway station, one can board a bus or hire a taxi.
By air : The nearest airport to Yanam is Rajahmundry Airport in Andhra Pradesh, which is 60 kilometres from Yanam. Chennai is the nearest town to Yanam and is situated about 150 kilometres from Yanam. There are international as well as domestic services at both airports. So getting to Yanam is easy once you board a flight to one of these locations.
Pick up from Chennai airport and then transfer to Yanam.
Hotel Check in.
Then proceed to visit Yanam major attractions such as Grand Mosque,St. Ann’s Catholic Church,Sivalayam.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After Breakfast and then check out from Hotel.
Then proceed to visit Yanam major attractions such as French India Lighthouse, Kakinada Port, Kotipalli Someswara Temple and Yanam Beach.
Then Transfer to Chennai.
Finally drop at Chennai.
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5.Royal Suite Rooms
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From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
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