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yanam Tourism and Travel Guide

History of The City

Yanam in Pondicherry Yanam Regions and Yanam attractions - The town of Yanam in Pondicherry Yanam Regions liesYanam on the spot where the River Koringa (Atreya) branches off from Gauthami into two parts. The whole region, consisting of Yanam town and six villages is treated as a Municipality for purposes of home administration. The region which covers an area of 30.0 sq. m has a population of 20,297 according to the 1991 census. Yanam places is one of the regions in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. It is located on the East Coast of the Indian Peninsula.

Yanam in Pondicherry Yanam Regions and Yanam attractions- The region is surrounded on the East and South by river Gowthami Godavari which release itself into Bay of Bengal after flowing almost 14 kms. towards south east from Yanam places.

The district lies on the spot where the Coringa River and Godavari River separate. Yanam places is more or less a flat land. The soil is alluvial type appropriate for the cultivation of paddy, tobaccos, chilly, etc.

The crops of this district are coconut, paddy, jowar, ragi, pulses, coriander, fenugreek etc.
Yanam in Pondicherry Yanam Regions and Yanam attractions - The major fishing units are Gulrimpeta, Agraharam, Kothapeta, Mettakur, Kanakalapeta, Kursampeta, Padvarevupeta and Sangadirerupeta. The shoe dhony (canoe) is the commonest fishing crafts here. Padona is another kind of boat in use. The catches consist mainly of mullets, hilsa, prawns, cat fish and lot more.

How to Reach

By Road: Yanam is connected by road with all the major towns nearby like Kakinada, Rajamundri and VishakhapatnamYanam in Andhra Pradesh. Chennai is 62 km away and the journey by road takes approximately three and a half hours. Bangalore is 303 km from Yanam.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kakinada, which is only 26 km away, and Kakinada is well connected to cities like Chennai and other important places

Important Festivals - Yanam.
This temple is well known as "Venkanna Babu Temple", "Chaldikudu Venkanna Temple" and "Meesala Venkanna Temple".

It has been very famous for performing Child Marriages in pre independence tenure. Due to the dedicated efforts by the Social Reformer, Shri Raja Rama Mohan Roy, the "Sarada Act" (prevention of Child Marriages") was implemented by the then British Govt. in India.

As the Yanam Region is under the control of French Rule, the people from the nearby State, used to come this Temple for performing the Child Marriages.Even the People from the Madras,Hyderabad and other long distant places, also came to Yanam for their Child Marriages. Daily, some thousands of Marriages were performed in this temple.Hence, Yanam was also called as "KALYANA PURAM".

The speciality of the Temple is the Swamy Idol is having big mustaches like the Lord Sathyanarayana Swamy of Annavaram.This temple was built by the kings of Rajamahendravaram, now called as "Rajahmundry" in 15th Century. Now, We can see the sculptures of those period in this temple.

The Venkanna Ratham
The Venkanna Festival will be celebrated in the month of March every year by the people of Yanam in very grand manner. The festival will be continued for one month.Lord Venkateswara Kalyanam is the main day of the festival.Yanam Ponnavahanam, Radha yatra and Chakrateertham are the important events of the festival. In these days nearly 1.5 lakhs of devotees will come to Yanam to take the grace of the Lord Venkanna Babu.

The Ratham weight is around 15 Tonnes. It was built in 1950 by the then Committee. It was partially damaged to the heavy Cyclone in Nov'1996. It was rennovated in 1998.This Ratham was carried through out entire Yanam Town in earlier days. After the Electrification Works, this route is limited from Kunameddy Junction to the New Bus Stand. It will be carried out by only the devotees with full of slogans, bhajans.

The Govt. declares Holiday for all Govt. Offices on this special event.

The site for the Mosque wasa dontaed by the French Government in 1848. That time small Mosque was constructed. Then in 1956, the same was remodelled. The same was demolished in 1978 and a new Mosque was constructed. Now, in 1999-2000 the Mosque was extended as the Grand Mosque in the predidentship of M.A.Sirajuddin.

The Grants for this Mosque was received from the Walf Board, Pondicherry with the cooperation of Shri M.Krishna Rao, MLA, Yanam.

At present around 200 persons can pray in the Mosque. Every Year, Ramzan, Bakrid, Milad Nabi functions will be clebrated grandly.

The Mosque covers the people of nearby villages like Thallarevu, Kolanka, Sunkarapalem which are in the adjacent State Andhra Pradesh.

YanamThere is a special importance to Pondicherry in which many religions, castes and languages are in existance, and there is another special imprtance to yanam which is physically in Andhra Pradesh state and politicially in the part of Pondicherry. Yanam is having 300 years of History which is being well known as a 'French yanam' This region was ruled by French People for 300 years. The monument of the Catholic Church' French rulers is the 'The rememberance of the French Rulers is linked with this church. This church was built under Eeroupian style.There is is none other church available like this church. The furniture,decoration articles were imported from France. This church was built in the year 1846 by the Franch missionarie.The foundation stone was laid down by Father Michel Lecnam and he was died in the year 1836 April 30th without completion of the church work. For his rememberance a culvert was fixed in this church.The church work was completed in the year 1846. There is another special attraction in this church is that a hill temple was built in this premises of the church by the french rulers,and there is another hill temple behind the church which was built by the English engineers.

There was an history behind this chruch that in the year 1943 a Ship named Villiam B. Augustus, was thrown to a sand island due to heavy cyclone. Though they tried hard to rescue the ship consisting of 1000 tonnes by using all manpower, it was invain. The ship stayed for one year in the same place without an inch of moment. At that time, one engineer by name E.H.Swini was deputed from America for this purpose. He also tried and came to a conclusion thatYanam this task would not be possible with manpower. And he worshipped the Lord ' Mary Maa' and all of sudden the ship moved from the sand island. In tribute of the Lord Mary Maa, the engineer and his wife constructed this church in yanam. This history can also be seen now in the hill temple behind this church.

From then, every year in March, a major festival is being celebrated. Devotees from various neighbouring places used to come here and worship the Lord Mary Maa. The very remarkable thing is that the devotees are not only from the Christians but also Muslims, Hindua and other religions.

Hotels in Yanam

Hotel Priyanka
Teja Restaurant
Sri Balaji Restaurant
Chandrakala Lodge
Dattatreya Lodge
Samrat Lodge
Meera Tourist Home
Satya Shelter
Satya Lodge
Regency Guest House
Suchcitra Guest House
Siris Agro Ltd Guest House
Nallam Restaurant