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State of India - Pondicherry
 
QUICK FACTS : Climate (Degree C.): Summer– Max: 40, Min: 23, Winter– Max: 45, Min: 30 | Best Season: October - March | Languages Spoken: Tamil, English, French, Telugu and Malayalam | Capital: Pondicherry

Overview:

Nothing can really prepare you for the unusual and somewhat outlandish jumble that is Pondicherry, this you'll realise as you pass through well-laid, wide streets carrying French names and kept unpolluted. Pondicherry with its ashram charm is sought out by the peace-seeker and with its safe and secluded beaches, by the tan-seeker.

Pondicherry was occupied by the French in 1674. Apart from a brief period of dominion by the Dutch from 1693 to 1699, and later in 1761 by the British, the region remained under French rule till as late as 1954, after which the area became a part of the Indian Union. The French colonial influence can be seen everywhere in Pondicherry. The plan of the town, the streets, bungalows, and the monuments of the city reflect the French colonial association. A large number of organizations are still working from Pondicherry to preserve French culture and heritage.

If you are tired of the rat race that today's world has become and are in search of inner peace, harmony and spirituality, then Pondicherry is the place to come to. It has been seat of learning and Vedic culture since ancient times and was also the home of the great Hindu sage Agastya. Pondicherry mystic spirit found a great resurrection in the twentieth century with the establishment of Aurobindo Ashram.

Sweeping stretch of golden sands laced with whistling palms and coconuts, but no touristy crowd frolicking around. Yes, Pondicherry is about soul searching in serenity. The laidback style of the city life renders a soothing effect on mind. The quaint colonial heritage buildings, unspoilt virgin beaches, backwater, choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines, and the unmistakable French connection provide a heady mix that draw travellers from near and far. Pondicherry has a special ambience and a distinct spiritual vibration.

How to Reach Pondicherry:

By Air: Pondicherry does not have any airport with in its boundary. Nearest airport is situated at Chennai, located 135-km from the city. Chennai is well connected by air with all domestic and international airlines.

By Rail: Villupuram is the nearest railway junction to reach Pondicherry located at a distance of 36 kms and is well connected to Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram

By Road: Pondicherry has a good network of roads, which connects it with most of South India.