Puducherry Tourist Guide

Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, is the 'Quintessence of French Culture' and a well known holiday centre. It is a charming little town filled with history, spirituality, French heritage, beautiful beaches, calm & well planned white town streets-capes, handicrafts and unique life style. Puducherry is divided into quite & tranquil white town and active Indian town wherein the architecture & streets-capes completely differs. The history dates back to pre-historic days. It is believed that Vedapuri - the old name of this place was the seat for the great sage Agasthya. Afterwards this fishing village turned out as one of the major port of trade during Greco - Roman period, the excavations at Arikenmedu makes a proof of this. Then, this place came under the control of Pallavas, Cholas, Vijayanagara Kingdom and sultans until the European settlements stepped in. The Dutch, Portuguese, Danes, English and French influenced Puducherry. But it was French who control the area for over 280 years. Puducherry is exposed to multi-cultural activities and may be this is one of the places where travellers can get exposed to so many languages, cultures and societies within a small area. It offers lot to be experienced rather than just glancing through. It has a perfect blend of western and Indian cultures, which makes the place very special among the Indian as well as the foreign tourists.


Fast Facts
STD Code:
0413

Capital: Puducherry
Main languages: Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, French & English
Climate: Hot & Humid, Temperature ranging from 26-40 degree C
When to go: October to March


Getting There & Away: How to reach Puducherry
Road:
Well connected to all major Indian cities
Rail:
Major Railway stations are Puducherry and Karaikal

Air: Domestic Airport is connected to Bengaluru with frequent flights

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