Pondicherry, India.

Pondicherry/Puducherry the French town of India, attracts millions of tourists every year to experience the union of two cultures.

Tourist Attractions in Pondicherry

  • Auroville- A township dedicated to peace and harmony, where people of 43 different nationalities live together.
  • Aurobindo ashram- A spiritually elevated place where one can meditate peacefully.
  • Rock beach- A nice walking road by the beach opposite of the French colony.
  • Basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus- Magnificent Neo-gothic architecture can be observed in this church.

Shopping in Pondicherry-

  • Auroville shops- Quite expensive but authentic handicrafts.
  • Rock beach road- Numerous roadside souvenir shops.
  • Sunday market- This weekly market is flocked with locals and tourists to buy cheap goods ranging from apparels to books.

How to Reach Pondicherry –

  • Pondicherry has its own airport but is connected only to Bangalore airport. Closest functional airport is Chennai. (150kms- 2hours 50minutes)
  • Railway station- Pondicherry has its own Railway station. (10mins from city center)
  • Pondicherry is well connected by road with major cities in South India.

Best time to visit Pondicherry-

  • November to March. (Winter Season)

Wanderer’s Eye Tips-

  • Woodfire grilled pizza is a must try. It gives nice smoky flavour to the hand-made thin crust pizza.
  • Visit Mahabalipuram temple complex which is a small D-tour from Chennai to Pondicherry.
  • Avoid visiting touristy beaches like promenade beach, auroville beach.
  • Pre-booking to enter Aurobindo Ashram’s Matri mandir/ meditation hall is necessary. To avail best feasible slot, one should book at least 30days prior.

Climate of Pondicherry-

  • Summers extend from April to Mid-July and temperature ranges from 26℃ to 37℃.
  • Monsoon extends from Mid-July with light showers extending till December. (average raingall-53 inches)
  • Winters extend from November to March are moderately cold with temperature ranging from 20℃ to 32℃.

History of Pondicherry-

  • Pondicherry doesn’t have an extremely back dated history.
  • The town came to be known only after the colonization of India as this shore became a major trading hub.
  • Pondicherry attracted all the colonizers including French, Dutch, Britain and the Portuguese. This laid to a war in 1693 which was won by the Dutch but later was handed over to France due to a treaty.

Culture of Pondicherry-

  • People- As per 2011 census, the population of Pondicherry is 13.9Lakh. The locals are mostly Hindu’s followed by Christians and Muslims. The locals have a mix of French and Indian culture.
  • Languages- Tamil is the main language of Pondicherry. Malayalam and Telugu are also commonly used by the locals. The people catering to tourists can speak English.
  • Festivals- Pongal and Shivratri are celebrated with great pomp. Mother Teresa’s birth anniversary is also celebrated with great respect and honoring the great lady.
  • Art- Bommai doll made of terracotta or paper mache is the speciality of Pondicherry.

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