French connection (Puducherry)

Puducherry is one of the Union Territories in India. Formed out of four enclaves of former French India and named for the largest, Pondicherry. It's also the name of the capital and largest extended city. Both were named Pondicherry until 2006. The total territory has around 1 million inhabitants, of which approximately one third lives in Pondicherry City.

Just stepping in Pondi gives you a feeling of being in France with the old colonial house built by the French, before Independence locals talking fluent French Language.French architectural buildings and churches.

Pondicherry consists of four small unconnected districts: Pondicherry, Karaikal and Yanam on the Bay of Bengal and Mahé on the Arabian Sea.Pondicherry and Karaikal are by far the larger ones and are both enclaves of Tamil Nadu and Yanam and Mahe are enclaves of Andra Pradesh and Kerela.

 
Near By Places To Visit 
Mamallapuram - 7th century port city
Chidambaram - temple with golden roof
Pichavaram - Asia'a second largest mangrove forest(Remember the Movie Life Of Pie)
Thiruvannamalai - Temple city
Kanchipuram - city of 1,000 temples and famous for Silk saris
 
Sight seeing in and around Pondi
 
Aurobindo Ashram
Manakula Vinayagar (Ganesh) Temple
Beach Promenade
Museums
Churches
Colonial buildings
Chunnambar back waters
Aurovile
Fossil woods park
 
Weather is Generally very very very warm and humid, with monsoon season from June to October and drier weather from December to March, the best time for a visit.The time I visited Pondi way back in 2004 was the most humid time of the year early month of May.
For the International tourist, Pondi is the best place for food and atmostphere.
And for Movie makers and Cinematographers Pondi is a favorite hotspot.How can anyone forget the movie JISM.
 

How To Reach Pondi

By Plane

Chennai has  the nearest airport, about 150 kilometres away.

By Train

Pondicherry is connected to major cities in India via Villupuram (closest railway junction located 40 kilometres away).

By Car

Pondicherry is well connected by road to all the cities.

 

STAY

You will find plenty of Hotels and Resorts to stay.Its a huge French City and getting Phone Connectivity or Internet or Medical Facility wont be a problem at all.