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Pondicherry is an Indian Union Territory. It was a French colony during the British Raj. The name Pondycherry was changed to Puducherry in September 2006. The name “Puducherry” literally means “A New Village” in Tamil. It is called Pondi by many tourists.

It was once the largest French colony of India. The city’s culture is heavily influenced by the French mannerisms. Many houses here display French architecture and the city provides a nice blend of the East and West.

Puducherry is well connected with Chennai and one can find buses at regular intervals to the state. It is supposed that most of the Southern kingdoms of the Pandavas, Cholas and Vijaynagar had resided in this part of the country. The city was first occupied by the Portuguese and then by the Danes and the French. The French changed Puducherry from a small fishing village to a major French colony.

The main industries in Pondicherry are food processing, agriculture, tourism and textiles. The major crops grown in the state are bajra, ragi and pulses. But now chemicals, textiles, electronics and limestone mining are the major contributors of its economy.

Why Visit Puducherry?

There are different tourist spots in this city that cater to a wide range of people. The major tourist spots in the city are Puducherry Beach, Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Bharathi Park, Chunnambar Boat house, Botanical Gardens, Museum, Paradise Beach, Ossudu Lake, Romain Rolland Library, Light House beach, Nehru Street, Vannia Perumal Temple, Sunday Market, Sithanandhar Temple and the Pondicherry Museum.

Some major places of worship are Kamakshi Amman Temple, Navagraha temple, Panchavatee, Manakula Vinayagar 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. The botanical gardens house different species of fishes.

The Puducherry Museum has an amazing collection of Pallava sculptures, weaponry, geology, handicrafts and French Governor Dupeleix’s bed.

Exploring the Culture of Puducherry

Puducherry houses an indigenous population of Tamil speaking people and a range of people from other states. The French influence has had a mighty impact on the day to day mannerisms of the people; the policemen here still wear red caps.

Many people who developed close ties with the French during the French rule still maintain close ties with them and send their family members to France for work or study. Most people in Puducherry are bilingual, comfortable with both the Tamil and the French languages.

Hindus comprise most of the population in Puducherry. Christians follow suit and Muslims are the minority in the city. Christianity in the city is a legacy left behind by the French colonies. Puducherry is famous for its food as its cuisine is a blend of the local and the French cuisine. One can buy French pastries, bona fide French baguettes and brioches.

Facts for Tourists

The nearest international airport is in Chennai located 3 or 4 hours away via road. Chennai is well connected to all the major cities in the world. Puducherry railway station is connected to Trichy, Villupuram and Chennai. Women can move around safely in the French sections of Puducherry, and it is preferred that they dress appropriately.




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