Introduction
Pondicherry is a well planned and well built town. This is a typical example as one can learn the way the French people gave importance to order and flair. They are known for their rich and quality living. The French too had an eye on the wealth and the fertility of India. Thus the French dream of Indian empire began and got over by establishing their supremacy in Pondicherry. The French constructed many buildings based on their craft and grand architecture. They developed an oval shaped, lovely ‘boulevard town’ – the French quarter. This French quarter was laid out in a geometric grid pattern with straight roads intersecting at right angles. A boulevard encircled the town and a grand canal, divided it into two sections- one the Tamil side called as Ville Noire or the black town and the other, a European side which was known as Ville Blanche or the white town. The impressive Ville Blanche or white town resembles a typical Medieval French township clotted with fine built monuments, government buildings, majestic mansions, elegant churches and lush green parks.

Area 492 sq km
Temperature Summer-26.0 C-35.0 C Winter-22.0 C-28.0 C
Language Tamil, French, English
STD Code 0413
Best Time to Visit Round the year

Pondicherry Map



How to get there
1. Air :- The closest airport is in Chennai, which is around 135 kms from puducherry (approx. 2 ½ hrs. journey). Chennai has excellent connections with almost all cities in India and direction connection to Europe, USA, Middle East and South East Asia. Trichy airport is 220 kms away. Bangalore (320 kms) and Madurai are the other nearby airports.

2. Rail:-Pondicherry is connected through a meter gauge railway line with Villupuram.Villupuram is the nearest junction, it is fairly well connected to places like Chennai, Madurai and Trichy.

3. Road:-Pondicherry is well connected to most of the major towns of southern India by road. Pondicherry and Chennai are well linked through road.


Places to Visit
Churches
Auroville Botanical Garden
Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple


Excursion
Thiruvakkarai Promenade

Shopping
pondicherry is the favourite stomping ground of the passionate shopper. It's an octroi - free destination for everything from cars to consumer goods. In addition, there is an enticingly low incidence of sales tax. Shop - hoppers will also relish the pleasant ambience of the boutiques in puducherry, which cater to a wide range of tastes, offering stylish garments, semi - precious stones, perfumes, hand - made incense, candles embossed with real petals, marbled silks and aromatherapy products. One can also find a variety of handicrafts from Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Karnataka, Kashmir, Tibet and puducherry of course.


Accommodation
Hotel Anandha Inn Hotel Annamalai International
Hotel Ashok (ITDC) Hotel de Puducherry
The Richmond Hotel Le Dupleix
Banayan Beach Resort