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Overview of Pondicherry

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French style boulevards, cobbled streets and games of petanque under shady trees in leafy squares. This town was under French rule from1674 1950 and they have left their stamp on the old town.
Richly decorated Catholic churches.


When to go

December to March are the most comfortable months

July and August - no monsoon unlike most of India

May / June is a time of festivals but high temperatures also


October into November (monsoon)

What not to miss in Pondicherry

  • Stroll through the cobbled, tree lined boulevards and almost imagine being in rural France. Enjoy the cleanest seaside promenade in India.  


  • Take a trip with a French- speaking rickshaw driver to one of the superb restaurants in town. The choice of cuisine is amazing; classic French, Vietnamese, Chinese, various regional Indian styles –or just settle for a perfect croissant and fresh coffee. 


  • Policemen in their de Gaulle style kepis 


  • Shopping – a treasure trove of handcrafts. 


  • Auroville – an ashram founded by Mirra Alfassa, a Parisian painter, musician and mystic and her partner Sri Aurobindo, a religious philosopher. This ‘new age’ centre is populated by ex-pats and long- stay Europeans searching for ‘inner peace’. Attractive, experimental housing, organic husbandry and craft centre. 


  • Gingee Fort, Tamil Nadu’s most spectacular ruin, set on a landscape of huge boulder hills interspersed with rice paddy and banana plantations. Three separate citadels crowning 3 dramatic hills are connected in a triangle by 20m thick walls. A network of raised, paved paths provides the link. A pyramidal tower crowns an ingenious hydraulic system which carried water to the upper levels. A steep climb up in the heat, but rewarded by a spectacular view.


The Boutique India team have visited Pondicherry and a detailed review is coming soon.

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