Popularly known as Pondy, Puducherry offers a vibrant French experience. This quaint and beautiful French colony has grown to become one of the most loved tourist attractions of the state. Travelers from all across the world head to Pudicherry for a surreal and whimsical holiday experience. It has retained the old world French charm and you can find heavy influences in the architecture of the city. The relaxing and laid back feel of Pondy is what makes it so special. You can unwind in the postcard perfect landscapes, spend time exploring the various tourist attractions, or have gastronomical treat in the numerous cafés and beautiful restaurants. The city is home to some mesmerizing churches, pristine beaches, and ancient temples that give a closer look into the colorful heritage.
Promenade Beach, Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry Museum, Puducherry Botanical Garden
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Pondicherry, new name Puducherry and fondly called as Pondy, is an Union Territory of India. In reference to its French connections, this place is called the French Riviera of the East. Indeed, Puducherry is a charming and mesmerizing place to visit in South India. Adjacent to Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry is a small yet beautiful town tucked in the south-east coastline of India. This destination is all about sanctity and serenity, literally.
Though a tiny town, Pondicherry was once India’s biggest French colony. The place nurtures a long history of trade and war. One can find strong French influence here, specifically in the old quarters that have streets & passages lined with Mediterranean architecture influenced houses, shops and aromatic confectioner & coffee shops. Although the town remains much Indian, the French aura is alive and language still understood. This town is pleasant mélange of the East and West. Pondicherry is a town with distinguishing dual personality.
Pondicherry is a small place and once can cover sightseeing in a day or may be within 8-10 hours. But if you want to enjoy the spirit of this place then take your time and enjoy every aspect of this dual personality town. The Beach / Promenade, The French Quarters, French war memorial, Old light house, Barathi Park, Botanical garden, Chunnambar Boat House, Oustery LakeChurch of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Villianur - St. Lourd Church, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville International city, Matri Mandir in Auroville, Auro Beach right Opposite to Auroville City, and the Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Villianur Thirukameeswarar Temple are some of the prime sightseeing options here.
The French colony of the past, in Pondicherry, has retained its authenticity & aura. Despite of being miles apart from France, the city surely gives you a very authentic feel of the French culture. Brightly painted houses, bougainvillea draped walls, large boulevards, picture-perfect streets, gothic churches and road signs with French names, colonial buildings and more. Pondy, with its serene backwaters & pristine beaches, French cuisine and more is a relaxing holiday destination in India.
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