Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, and commonly referred to as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India which is bounded by the southern state of Tamil Nadu. This former French colony is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture, making it a dreamy escape that offers the best of both worlds.
The streets of the French Quarter of Pondicherry, also known as White Town, are dotted with charming mustard-yellow colonial structures with bougainvillaea laden walls. These are interspersed with cosy cafes and chic boutiques that offer delectable French cuisine and beverages. Simply strolling down these streets, can give the traveller an insight into the fairytale charm of Pondicherry.
Topped with authentic French bakeries, bohemian stores and cobble-stoned paths that are delightful for a leisurely stroll or a bicycle ride, Pondicherry has a lot to offer. So head on down to this dream town of the Indian Coast and chug a few beers (at the Union Territory prices; bid adieu to state taxes) or just read a book in one of the quaint cafes.
Come explore the boulevards and rues (the French word for streets) of Pondicherry that will ultimately take you down to the gorgeous seaside promenade, and witness the Bay of Bengal playfully splashing the shores of the famous Rock beach.
2 years ago
A former French colony, Pondicherry is steeped with the trappings of its colonial past. Areas such as White Town and the French Quarter are scattered with the iconic mustard-yellow buildings, boutiques that sell artisanal clothing, and restaurants that serve up sumptuous fares and freshly caught seafood. The Promenade hugs the coastline along with the salty smell of the sea and makes for a lovely walk along the rocky beaches of Pondicherry. Paradise beach offers people the opportunity to take up surfing lessons and gives them a chance to take on a few waves. Auroville, a township built on the understanding that anybody from anywhere in the world can come and live in, and is a community with an almost mystical quality about it. At the centre of Auroville lies the Matrimandir, an enormous monument that is built with golden spheres meant to symbolise communal harmony.
2 years ago
Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, offers a respite from sweltering summers through a variety of beaches peppered with French culture and cuisine seamlessly. White Town, situated in the center of the Union Territory, provides different cuisines and is especially famous for its seafood. Auroville, a secluded village around Pondicherry, functions as the spiritual stronghold of Sri Aurobindo; the MantriMandir is a marvelous architect for a tourist attraction as well as practicing spirituality. It is easier to travel in the city through renting two-wheelers as autorickshaw drivers command very high prices for covering small distances.
2 years ago
Pondicherry is a really nice place. I had gone there last week in April with my wife and I stayed there for 2 nights. We roamed around the White Town, which is a lovely area because of French Heritage and amazing architecture. We also went to Auroville by taking a cab for the entire day. We went to many cafes and enjoyed the food. We also went to the seaside and the walking area is very nice. The Pondicherry museum is also nice. It was very hot in the day time, so we did not go out as much, but the evenings were nice and windy. Highly recommended place to go, especially if you are in South India.