Yanam is an important trade center and port town in Pondicherry
. It is the district headquarters of the same name, which lies on the spot where the rivers Coringa and Godavari
separate. It was once a French colony and even today one can see the French presence in the local church, dating back to 1769 and at the French cemetery.
The town is well connected by buses to other nearest cities and towns including Kakinada and Rajahmundry. The nearest railway station is at Kakinada, located at a distance of about 26 km.