Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry) is beautiful place that lays sun soaked on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu. The sun kissed golden beaches entice tourists for a perfect romantic getaway or camp on the seaside or to take a river cruise. It is a famous tourist destination and a union territory of India. The entire tourism of Puducherry is strongly influenced by its architecture, churches, mosques, culture and food. Puducherry is very famous because of its French connection. This town is situated about 162 KM south of Chennai. The main languages spoken in the region include Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. Besides, English and French are the other languages spoken by local people. The historical French connection after half a century of independence, makes Puducherry an incredible visual treat for travelers with its soft breezing beaches, cobbled streets, the backwaters, temples, elegant houses, churches, mosques, antique furniture galleries, cotton textile mills, handmade paper, leather, aromatics and mainly, the delightful shopping experience. Puducherry (Pondicherry) is an amazing vacation stopover for tourists.
March - June, Humid & Sunny
July - September, Torrential rains lasting for a long time
Annual rainfall -250 cm
October to February, Cool & pleasant
It is perfect place for having fun and amusement as the sand of the beach is quite soft. However, the beach encounter strong current and one should avoid getting deeper into the sea. The sand at the Plage Paradiso seems like a blend of golden reflection over silvery sheet along a turquoise water vessel. The vibrancy of different shades and peace at the location are a treat for the soul.
French Fort Louis
Amongst the most significant monuments in Puducherry, the French Fort Louis interests lots of history lovers.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
This ashram was used to be the residence of the great Indian philosopher, Aurbindo Ghose. This house was built in the year 1926, where he lived and spent his last days. But, today this Ashram is identical with Aurbindo Ashram.
French War Memorial
It is a memorial that commemorates death of French soldiers who were martyred during the First World War. On 14th July (Bastille Day) of the each year, the memorial is lighted up to pay homage to the soldiers. It is a must visit attraction in Pondicherry especially on Bastille Day as the commemoration ceremony is a wonderful view to witness.
Chunnambar Backwater & Beach is an isolated heaven offering wonderful boating opportunities to the visitors. One can see here many speed boats and boats of diverse sizes, offering rides to the visitors of Chunnambar. On the left shore of the Chunnambar backwaters, there is a huge mangrove and palm forest that offer absolute greenery post monsoon. The ride is certainly full of delight and greatest amazement waits on the other side of the backwater.
Place du Pantheon / Aayi Mandapam and Bharti Park
This monument is the landmark of the Government of Puducherry (Pondicherry), previously called ‘La Place du Panthéon’ and later, changed into ‘Aayi mandapam’. It is surrounded by five parks, well-maintained and reminiscent charming French architecture.
The Puducherry (Pondicherry) Botanical Garden
Founded in the year 1826, this Botanical garden was then called "The Colonial Park". The then, renowned botanist Perottet brought many rare species of plants, over 1500 of them from various places like Madras (Chennai), Ceylon, Calcutta (Kolkata) and Reunion.
Museums in Pondicherry
Being a land of several cultures and civilizations, Pondicherry has many things in its lap to display for the visitors. So, one can find a number of museums displaying different things portraying the history of the city.