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Pondicherry (Puducherry) City

Pondicherry, Officially Puducherry now, popular as the French town in India, is a beautiful city on the east coast of India. Pondicherry was the largest French colony in India and one can still see the French influence in the city. This beach town has a lot to offer to tourists.

Pondicherry Images

Historical Attractions

  • The excellent example of town planning of Pondicherry by French rulers
  • Aayi Mandapam, a magnificent white monument
  • French War Memorial
  • Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion & Museum
  • Subramanya Bharathi Museum
  • Kanakasubburatnam Museum
  • Statue of Francois Dupleix
  • Statue of Joan of Arc
  • Lighthouse built in 1836
  • Raj Nivas, a magnificent palace built in 1742
  • Jawahar Toy Museum
  • Puducherry Museum, showcasing the glorious past
  • Arikamedu archaeological site

Address of Pondicherry

Pondicherry is union territory of India. Geographically, Puducherry located at the east coast of 'Bay of Bengal' in Tamil Nadu state. India - 605001.

How to Reach

This Union Territtory has excellent transport of road, rail and airways.

  • Distance From: Chennai - 170 km, Tiruchirapalli - 203 km, Salem - 216 km, Bengaluru - 310 km
  • Nearest Airport: Pondicherry, Chennai
  • Nearest Bus station: Puducherry
  • Nearest Railway Station: Puducherry, Villupuram Jn - 40 km

Where to Stay:

There is no dearth of accommodations, with many hotels and resorts that cater to every budget.

Le Dupleix, the former residence of the French governor-general, Joseph Francois Dupleix, which is now a 14-room, hotel nestled in a leafy courtyard

What to Eat

  • Pondicherry has an eclectic range of restaurants, ranging from Satsanga, offering Mediterranean fare to Le Dupleix, hotel nestled in a leafy courtyard, with a restaurant offering fusion 'Pondicherry cuisine'.

  • Head to Hotel De L’Orient on Rue Roman Rolland for some Creole cuisine that infuses local Tamil spices with French ingredients.
  • Don’t forget to visit Baker’s Street, a bakery run by a Frenchman which sells the most delicious cheese baguettes, quiches and freshly baked bread, as well as éclairs and fruit tarts.

Festivals / Events Celebrated at Pondicherry

  • French food festival of August
  • Drama festival (13th-19th November)
  • Shopping festival (22nd-31st December)

Shopping

Pondicherry has today emerged as a chic shopping haven.

  • You can shop on crowded Mission Street and visit the funky boutique Casablanca, filled with bric-a-brac, pottery, jewelry and exquisite linens.
  • Continue your retail therapy with Kalki, filled with candles and incense and Hidesign, a Pondicherry based maker of leather goods now available internationally.
  • Pick up delectable pastries and handmade chocolates from the chocolaterie called Chocola.
  • La Maison Rose is a stately pastel pink villa with a sun filled salon that houses fashion and interiors boutiques.
  • Try Amethyst for chic jewelry and clothes and have a coffee in its delightful courtyard restaurant.