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Pondicherry Hotels and Travel Guide

Anyway, on to more pleasant things and some good old-fashioned information ? 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 town still retains a distinctive French flavour with its red bonnet police force and the sprinkling of some beautiful colonial buildings. Pondicherry has a French Conciliate, a French Research Institute and a French Lycée or school, all of which are run by the French government. Pondicherry University also has some exchange programmes with a number of universities in France, the University of Rennes being one of them. Hence Pondicherry has a certain French population along with a sizeable number of Franco-Pondicherrians who had fought for the French during the World Wars.

SHOPPING:

Pondicherry is the favourite stomping ground of the passionate shopper. It's an octroi - free destination for everything from cars to co nsumer goods. In addition, there is an enticingly low incidence of sales tax. Shop - hoppers will also relish the pleasant ambience of the boutiques in Pondicherry, which cater to a wide range of tastes, offering stylish garments, semi - precious stones, perfumes, hand - made incense, candles embossed with real petals, marbled silks and aromatherapy products. One can also find a variety of handicrafts from Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Karnataka, Kashmir, Tibet and Pondicherry of course.


CLIMATE:

For the greater part of the year Pondicherry has a hot and humid climate with temperatures ranging between 26 and 38°C. During this time it is mostly dry with a blue sky. The main rainy season is in November-January and the 'small' monsoon in July-September relieves Pondy from the summer heat with light showers.
Though there is usually a high humidity in Pondy, during the months of May and June there may be at times a hot dry landwind blowing.

EXCURSION:

Pondicherry is not only about Aurbindo Ashram,serene beaches and backwaters but it offers a wide array of options for you like Chunnambar known for spectullar backwater front and Arikamedu and Mahabalipuram temples.

Chunnambar (7-km): Like to Swim, row a boat, or simply watch the sunrise and picnic at the beach, or go trekking, or feel comfortable on a tree house?

Pondicherry Beach
Pondicherry Beach

Pondicherry Port
Pondicherry Port

Chunnambar (7-km): Like to Swim, row a boat, or simply watch the sunrise and picnic at the beach, or go trekking, or feel comfortable on a tree house?

Mahabalipuram (98-km): Located at a distance of 98-km from Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram has everything that makes a site memorable; tradition, history, piety, western annals, and current importance as a centre of tourism.

Kancheepuram (130-km): Kanchipuram is a small, rural town about 130-km from Pondicherry in the state of Tamil Nadu. With the Sankara Mutt acting as the hub of Hindu activities and the temples, Kanchipuram is one of the most highly visited pilgrimage spots in India.

Attractions and Places to Visit in Pondicherry

Auroville: Auroville is everything it is called - "The International Township of Harmony", and more. Based on the concept of the Mother, it is an entirely independent multi-racial community, which works and lives in self-fashioned, wildly original homes.

Aurobindo Ashram: The ashram culture is all pervading in Pondicherry, within homes and shops and all over. Largely, through the everywhereness of two charismatic portraits. One of Sri Aurobindo sometimes pictured as an earnest young man and more often as a serene sage.

Beaches of Pondicherry: The beach comber and the sun-worshipper have miles of "nirvana" in Pondicherry. The waters are cool and soothing. The sand's clear and sparkling, in splendid seclusion. more about Beaches in Pondicherry

Yoga and Meditation: There is an air of spirituality in Pondicherry that comes on strong. Even since the revolutionary-turned-'Yogi' from Bengal, Sri Aurobindo, settled here, peace-seekers from all around the world have beaten a track into Pondicherry.

International Yoga Festival: Yogis and Yoginis from the world over assemble in Pondicherry from the 4th to the 7th January every year. Through live shows and talks, through the display and sample of the varied yogic food and through Indian dance and music, they keep alive the art of yoga, its science and its philosophy.

How to Reach Pondicherry

By Air: Nearest airport from Pondicherry is Chennai 162 km. One can take flights for most of the important Indian cities as well as abroad.

By Rail: Pondicherry is connected through a meter gauge railway line with Villupuram. There is only one railway station between Pondicherry and Villupuram i.e. Villianur.

By Road: Pondicherry is well connected to most of the major towns of southern India by road. Pondicherry and Chennai are well linked through road.

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