Though very small, Pondicherry was the largest French colony in India
The city has a long and interesting history of trade and war. There is a strong French influence in the city, especially in the old quarters, with Rues and Boulevards lined with Mediterranean style houses and bakeries, although the city remains very much Indian. French is still understood, and the whole city makes for rather pleasant mix of East and West. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East (La Côte d’Azur de l’Est).
Part and parcel of a good time in Pondicherry is also a visit to beyond what its soil has to offer. The oceans around Pondicherrry are as beautiful, and Scuba Diving is one of the many activities to do over there. With great food, a few good dives, exquisite wine and even a short visit to the churches, beaches and shopping centres, one can be sure that Pondicherry has some of the best holidays to offer in South India.
Motorcycles, scooters and bicycles can be rented out at a nominal price from many rental shops on Mission Street. Pondicherry is small, and walking or cycling is definitely not too taxing an option.
If you’ve spent some time in Tamil Nadu and approached Pondicherry by land, you’ll very likely experience mild culture shock on discovering French architecture and restaurants serving steak and good wine. Pondicherry is very much a city with a dual personality, crossing from East to West of the central canal reveals two cities with very different characters - one with quintessential Tamil charm and chaos, and another with the refined French cultural and architectural influences.
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