Breathing in abundant fresh air is the peaceful paradise city of Pondicherry. Cobbled streets lined with pastel colored houses, colonial heritage buildings and house gates brimming with bunches of bougainvillea bring alive the old world charm of this former French colony.
Population: 6.5 lacs approx | Languages: Tamil, French, Telugu, Malayalam | Demographics: The indigenous people of Pondicherry are of Tamil origin but Pondicherry is home to a whole host of people from different Indian states as well as from European countries. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. | Places of Interest: The International City of Unity – Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Ganesha, Shopping at Jawaharlal Nehru Street, the French Quarter, French War Memorial, Pondicherry Museum, Botanical Gardens and a few churches | Signature Cuisine: Pondicherry is as famous for its French and Continental cuisines as it is for its South Indian flavours influenced by its neighboring states. The concoction of the various kinds of cuisines is something to be savored and appreciated | Nickname: Pondy
Not only is the city itself rich with lovely gems to discover – the pristine seafront, shopping areas, churches, French heritage, restaurants and many more – it also houses Auroville, a small and peaceful colony established by Sri Aurobindo.