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  • Pondicherry Tourism

    Give Time a Break

    Pondicherry was the capital of the French territories in India from 1816 to 1954. It is located in 160 kms south of Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal. Along with the other French districts of Karaikal (Tamilnadu), Yanam (Andhra Pradesh) and Mahe (Kerala) make up the Union Territory of Pondicherry. There are French street names, French restaurants, the police wear red kepis (hats), and some people speak French.

    The Frenchman Francois Martin established modern Pondicherry as a trading post in 1673. They gave Pondicherry to India in 1954 and it became a semi-autonomous territory. Over the years it has maintained much of its French heritage. The city has a definite French feel to it.

    Pondicherry is famous as the location of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Matrumandir, Beach, French Architecture, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Auroville, Chunnambar and also for variety of Liquor.


    The city is laid out in a grid, divided into two sections by a canal going through the city. The canal, which is now covered, used to divide the French and Indian sections of town. On the left (west) side of the canal is your typical Indian city. On the right (east) side of the canal is what remains of the old French capital. Much of the architecture is typically European, complete with French restaurants, churches, and a statue of Joan of Arc. The Aurobindo Ashram and its guest houses are in the eastern side of town. Along the sea is Goubert Salai (called Beach Road), which is a pleasant place for a stroll.

    Most of the hotels are in the western part of the town. The train station is in the south end of town. The bus stations are on Lal Bahabhur St, in the western part of town.


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