Mahe is a town that is located in the Union Territory of Pondicherry in South India. Covering an area of just 9 square kilometers, Mahe is surrounded by Kerala on three sides and thus sees a lot of influence from that state in its language and cuisine. Over 35,000 inhabitants exist in the town of Mahe which has a literacy rate of 98.35% and ranks among the most literate municipalities in the entire country. The town was under foreign (French) rule till 1954 and the remnants of French culture can be seen amongst some of the populace and the architecture. The Government House built in 1855 is a prime example of this.
French Origins of the town
Bertrand Francois Mahe de la Bourdonnais, a key constructor of French policy in India had a lot to do with the name of the town. Two alternating accounts exist about the origins of the town’s name; one which states that it was named so in honor of the Frenchman and another which suggests that Count de La Bourdonnais adopted the already existing name from the town and not vice-versa.
Tourist Places In and around Mahe
The Mahe Palli or Church is an extremely popular centre of religious worship for Christians from surrounding areas. The Mahe Boat House is a prime attraction here with speedboats, pedal boats and kayaks on offer. Tourists can be seen all throughout the year enjoying the serene landscape of the town.
The best season to visit Mahe is between October and March.
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Mahe is well-connected to other major cities in the country by air, rail and road.