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Puducherry was earlier called Pondicherry during the French rule in the city. It is now a Union Territory under the Republic of India and consists of three districts viz. Karaikal, Yanam and Puducherry. It is located on the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. The city covers an area of 293 sq. kilometers and has approximately 900,000 residents as per the 2001 census reports.

The name “Puducherry” literally means “A New Village” in Tamil. Puducherry provides visitors with a unique perspective due to the blend of Indian and French culture. Puducherry was earlier a collection of small fishing villages before the French transformed it into a major hub. The Portuguese were among the first to invade Puducherry followed by the Danes and then the French. The territory is an enclave of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The main industries in Pondicherry are tourism and textiles, food processing, agriculture. The major crops grown in the state are ragi, bajra, and pulses. During the French Rule, Puducherry was divided into the Indian quarter and the French quarter. A French Medium School still operates in Puducherry under the administration of the National Education Department of France.

Destinations to Visit

Sri Aurobindo Ashram was set up by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother in 1926 at Auroville. Many disciples stay in the Ashram and give up all their luxuries to live in austerity. Scores of international tourists come and reside in this place and have a life changing experience.

The major festivals celebrated in Puducherry are Easter, Pongal, Dussherra, Christmas and Diwali. The International Yoga Festival is held in January every year and is celebrated by hordes of tourists both from India and abroad. The Car Festival at Villanur Temple is another festive occasion in the city where the temple deity is adorned on a chariot and is taken out in public. Food is distributed to the townsmen in this festival.

The major destinations for worship are the Navagraha temple, Panchavatee, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Jumma Masjid, Irumbai Maahaleswarar Temple, Sengazhuneer Amman Temple at Veerampattinam, Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Villianur, Singagiri temple , Immaculate Conception cathedral and Sacred Heart church.

One can find a vast collection of Pallava weaponry, handicrafts and sculptures in the Puducherry Museum.

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest international airport is in the Chennai International Airport located 3 or 4 hours away via road; it has flights to major destinations in India such as Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. The airport also connects India to international countries in Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and North America. Chennai is well connected to all the major cities in the world.

By Trains

The Puducherry railway station is connected to Trichy, Villupuram and Chennai.

By Road

The city is well connected with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu via roadways. It takes four hours from Chennai to reach Puducherry. You can visit places within the city by rented bicycles or auto rickshaws.




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