The French Colony in India-Pondicherry

If you wish to catch a quick break from your routines and escape to a peaceful place than you should visit Pondicherry for a quick gateway. Nestled on the Eastern coast of India, Pondicherry is definitely a good place to visit. You will see a lot of French culture still existing there. It’s quite a bizarre feeling seeing all French on street signs, cafés and from people’s mouths here! Pondicherry was once the home for the French and they blended South Indian culture with their own unique tradition. Therefore, the beautiful French Quarter in Pondicherry gives you a feel of Indian French culture as the portion of France still exists in India. French-style villas, streets, languages, and cuisine are some of the examples with a touch of Dravidian style culture. 

Pondicherry is famous for alcoholic beverages in cheap price compared to other states. Apart from the drink, places like Serenity beach, the Gandhi Statue, Auroville, Aurobinda Aashramam, White Town (streets are parallel), and Foreigners.

Some of the most popular tourist spots to visit there that you should not miss when in Pondicherry.

Auroville

Auroville is a peaceful and tranquil area, a few kilometers from the main town of Pondicherry. It is an experimental township with the purpose of realizing human unity. Auroville is kind of a hippie paradise and gives you the feel of Goa.

Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual community where you’ll see the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo, a freedom fighter and a scholar. The ashram is extremely peaceful and calm and that is located in the French quarters of Pondicherry. The ashram has a beautiful display of unique and exotic flowers and even ten minutes in this place can really help you quiet your mind and find peace.

Serenity beach

This beach is so beautiful and peaceful. It is one of the cleanest beaches and is properly maintained by the locals. The community here are very conscious of making sure this beach remains clean and they’re doing a pretty good job. This beach is also famous among surfers as the big waves of the beach gives amazing surfing opportunities.

The Promenade, Rock Beach and the Gandhi Statue

Rock Beach

Rock beach or Promenade beach is located in the heart of the city and is one of the most famous and most visited beaches of Pondicherry. It is about a 1.2 km long stretch that starts from the War Memorial and ends at the Duplex Park on Goubert Avenue. Right in the heat of the promenade there is a magnificent statue of Mahatma Gandhi. The statue is four-meter high statue made of black stone is surrounded by 8 granite pillars, the space in front of the statue plays host to various cultural and musical activities throughout the year.

The promenade is a no-vehicle zone from 5 in the evening to early morning, making it the perfect place to spend your evenings.

Explore White Town / The French quarters

White Town is like every photographers dream. The typical Pondicherry scenes were vintage bicycles perched up against vibrant yellow walls with oil lamps. Walking around the streets of the White Town, witness the beautifully designed French buildings and some old heritage buildings that had been turned into boutique hotels. This French part of Pondicherry is closely located to the seaside of Promenade facing the Bay of Bengal

Best time to Visit Pondicherry

Pondicherry is best visited during the months of October to March as the as the climate is cooler and perfect to explore the town. Summers (April-June) are quite hot and the temperature touches 40 degree Celsius occasionally hence visiting the town in summers should be avoided.

How to Reach Pondicherry

The cheapest and convenient way to reach Puducherry is via railways. Or If you’re travelling from Delhi, you’re best to fly. The nearest major airport which runs services daily is Chennai. From here, you can grab a taxi from the airport straight to Pondicherry.

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