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.
Popular Questions And Answers on Pondicherry
Q. Im planning to do a road trip to Pondicherry on bike.
which is the best motorable route to Pondicherry from Bangalore?
and suggestions where to stay?
3 years ago
There are two distinct routes from Bangalore to Pondicherry. One route passes through Hosur and leads to Krishnagiri, followed by Chengam and Thiruvannamalai. The other route passes through Hoskote f (Read More)ollowed by Kolara, Mulbagilu, Palamner, Pallikonda, Vellore and Arani. Both these routes converge at Gingee, lead to Tindalvanam and reach the destination Pondicherry. One can juggle between two routes by taking a diversion from the first route in Krishnagiri towards Ambur and reach Pallikonda and continue with the second route. All three routes take you through a beautiful journey. You can take a look at a list of hotels in Pondicherry on Holidify.com. All the best.
on Seaside Promenade 3 years ago
At around 6 PM in the evening, when the sun is setting on the horizon of the Bay of Bengal, the only thing reminding I was in India was that I could hear Tamil and Hindi conversations. With the road (Read More)closed off to vehicular traffic, the waves crashing against the rocks that border the beach, and fine sea mist, I was transported to another world. The French style houses, broad clean roads, pretty cafes and other such sights deceived me for a second making me feel like I was sitting on a Mediterranean beach of France and not in India. A trip to Pondicherry wouldn’t be complete without visiting the seaside promenade.
2 years ago
Can i wear shorts or western dresses in the month of November? Please suggest me as i am planning to visit Pondicherry in the mid of November so please give me some suggestions
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, boutiqu (Read More)es 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.