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    Puducherry-At a Glance


    Puducherry travel information guide

    Pondicherry travel information guide

    Puducherry was previously known as Pondicherry. It was renamed in September 2006 to the Tamil vernacular original which means “New Village”. This Union Territory of India was a French settlement that comprised Pondy, Yanam, Karaikal, and Mahe. The 4 districts are Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe. Eventhough the total area is 492 km², the four sub-divisions are not directly connected to each other. Puducherry and Karaikal are enclaves of Tamil Nadu, Yanam and Mahe are enclaves of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala states respectively. There is a strong influence of French culture on Pondicherry town, especially on it’s architecture, a result of the centuries-old relations this place maintained with France. Today, Pondicherry is more famous because of its relation with Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo, the renowned spiritualist selected this peaceful and harmonious place to make his abode in the second decade of 20th century and remained there until his death. Auroville still operate from Pondicherry. Official languages of Puducherry are French, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Tamil is used by majority at Puducherry and Karikal. Likewise, Telugu at Yanam and Malayalam at Mahe are spoken.

    Pondicherry into 2 sections : 

    – Ville Blanche or ‘White town’, the French Quarter. Here the buildings are typically colonial style with long compounds and stately walls.
    – Ville Noire or ‘Black Town’, the Indian quarter. Here the houses lined with verandas and has large doors and grills.
    The city has a French Consulate. ‘Le Foyer du Soldat’, the memorial for soldiers who served in the different French wars can also be seen here.

    Place to visit in Puducherry

    Anglo-French textile mills, Aurobindo Ashram , Auroville, Bharathi Park, Botanical Garden, Chunnambar boat house, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Museum, Pondicherry Beach, Romain Rolland Library.


    The best time to visit Puducherry

    The ideal time to visit Puduchery is from October to March as the weather conditions are favourable during this period.

    How to reach Puducherry

    By Air:
    Recently opened airport of Puducherry is now connected with daily flights from Bangaluru. The other nearest airport is situated at Chennai, located 135-km from the city.

    By Rail:
    Pondicherry is connected with a meter gauge link with Chennai via Villupuram by the Pondicherry Express which is 36 km. from the city.

    By Road:
    Pondicherry has a good network of roads, which connects it with most of South India.

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