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Pondicherry (orPuducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a UnionTerritory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacyis preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonialvillas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal andpasses several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial.
Area19.46 km²
Elevation3 m
Weather31°C, Wind SE at 14km/h, 69% Humidity
Population241,773 (2011)
Local timeTuesday 7:17 PM

Number of airports1

Events / Festivals in Pondicherry

Pongal, Masimagam Festival, Villianur Temple Car Festival, Bastille Day, French Food Festival, Christmas, Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo are some famous festivals celebrated in Pondicherry. These festivals attract a large number of travelers and local people who celebrate these festivals with great enthusiasm.

International Yoga Festival: It is one of the most famous festivals in Pondicherry which attarcts large numbers of participants from all over the world. This festival is celebrated between the 4th to the 7th of January every year. During the festival, participants indulge in numerous activities such as talks, discussions, exchange of ideas and demonstration of Yoga techniques. One can also enjoy a number of classical Indian dance and music programmes on a daily basis.

Villianur Temple Car Festival: The festival falls on the full moon between mid May and mid June. On this day, the temple car with the image of the God Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara is paraded around the town.

Accommodation in Pondicherry

Visitors will get some unique accommodation and lodging services here in Pondicherry as there are a good number of bespoke hotels and resorts. While there are a good many budget hotels in Pondicherry which provide good quality accommodation to its guests the thing to look out for are the colonial bungalows converted into quaint small hotels. These are the places with a real quality experience.

Places to visit and things to do in Pondicherry

Some call it a serene beach destination while others nicknamed it as the “French colony of the south”. However, Pondicherry in South India is an amalgamation of both, range of postcard like beaches bordered by French named roads and French architectural wonders. Attractions in Pondicherry reflect a unique harmony between Indian culture and French colonialism. Colonial buildings, churches and statues contribute to a wide range of

Pondicherry attractions. Some of the notable ones are:
Statue of Dupleix
Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus
Raj Niwas
Jawahar Toy Museum
Botanical Garden

The beaches all across the small French style town are ideal places to relax, rejuvenate, practice yoga and cherish the soothing beauty of nature. They take you far away from the hustle bustle of city life and offer you miles to walk along. Some of those serene beaches that are also considered to be popular tourist places in Pondicherry are:
Serenity Beach
Paradise Beach
Promenade Beach
Pondicherry draws tourists from all over the world. It is few hours drive from Chennai and therefore a short weekend escapade is also a great idea.

Hotels in Pondicherry welcome visitors to their tranquil environment and transfer them to the soothing cozy rooms where a pleasant stay wipes off a day- long tiredness.