Pondicherry : A Slice of France
Pondicherry is a stunning hangover from the colonial era. However, unlike other parts of India, Pondicherry was ruled by the French instead of British. The romanticism of the French still lives on in the beautiful streets of Pondicherry. However, that is the old part of the city. The newer part is South Indian in its execution and feel. Pondicherry is also called Puducherry. The beautiful city soaks in the glorious sun on the stunning Coromandel Coast while the pristine waters of the Bay of Bengal smoothly crash on the beaches. The beaches are mesmerizing here. The fragrant winds of the sea create an atmosphere of relaxation while the sun shines gently over the tranquil beaches. If you want a romantic experience that is reminiscent of the French, the beaches in Pondicherry will be perfect for you. You can also enjoy a relaxing cruise through the rivers or make camp on the incredible seaside. The streets of Pondicherry will take you to the French countryside. The wide streets are lined by colonial bungalows built in the French architectural styles. As you stroll through the beautiful city you may end up on the newer part of Pondicherry which houses the Indian side. This area is a throwback to the Indian influences. In Pondicherry you will find a fascinating blend of architecture, culture and food from the two countries. Here mosques and churches prosper side by side creating a beautiful cosmopolitan haven.
How to Get There
The nearest international and domestic airport is Chennai International Airport, 135-km from the city.
Villupuram rail terminus is the nearest railway station to Pondicherry,which is 36 km from the city.
Roads are the best way to reach the city as there are a number of regular bus services which are available to and from Pondicherry. Distance from other cities; Chennai:170 km,Madurai: 340 km, Tirupati: 230 km, Bangalore: 315 km, Pondicherry: 387 km
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
The pride of Pondicherry, the Promenade beach stretches across a distance of 1.5 kilometers. It is a wonderland of amazing vistas. As you take a stroll down the glorious walkway, the cool air from the Bay of Bengal will greet you. You can get lost in the sensational beauty of the beach or enjoy the magnificent landmarks that dot the stretch. Places like the War Memorial and the statue of the Joan of Arc offer you some stunning statues to marvel at. There is also a statue of Mahatma Gandhi here. You can explore the old lighthouse, the ruins of the old pier and the old customs house if you want some adventure. Exciting games such as volleyball are often held on the beach by visitors. The waterscape of the Promenade Beach is enchanting enough to make you stand and stare often.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
French War Memorial
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple