The French colony of Pondicherry, or Puducherry, rose to be a popular tourist destination among those who enjoy varied culture as the place is a blend of both Indian and French culture.
Though a peaceful place when compared to most of the top rated tourist spots In India, Pondicherry has always attracted tourists with its French colonies and ashrams. To experience the beauty of solitude, beaches to relax and take a stroll, the French influence on the buildings and other structures make the trip worthwhile.
A splendid view of the morning hues at Pondicherry
Photo Courtesy: Sarath Kuchi
Let's take a look at some interesting ways to tour through Pondicherry, making the trip all the more worthwhile.
Pondicherry's architectural heritage has a strong influence of both Tamil style of architecture and the French architectural style. The combination of the elements of both these styles can be seen in the buildings and other monumental structures of Pondicherry.
Experience the Truest Sense of Peace
Here's a unique attraction that boasts of a surprisingly calm atmosphere that has attracted tourists and travellers from around the world. Interestingly, the place has nationalities from over 50 countries who are travellers turned residents.
A distant view of Auroville
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Culture and Lifestyle
Pondicherry enjoys a vibrant culture, with its cultural aspects being adopted from the neighbouring states. The town has its cultural influence from the culture of Portuguese, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
Festivals of the Town
With its vibrant culture, Pondicherry boasts of a rich aura when it comes to festivities and celebrations. The multi-cultural aspect of the town makes each festival unique and colourful. Some of the major celebrations that take place here include French Food Festival, International Yoga Festival, Pongal, Masi Magam Festival and Panguni Uthiram Festival.
Lamps lit up during a festive season in Pondy
Photo Courtesy: Sudanshu Goyal
Try The Cuisine!
The mouth-watering blend of Tamil and French cuisine makes it to a sumptuous feast. Some of the dishes you should try here are Tandoori potato, Soya dosa, Stuffed cabbage, Coconut curry, Italian baked beans and Assad.
Shopping in Pondicherry
There are some unique items that you can shop at these markets in Pondicherry. The Nehru Street and M. G. Road are buzzing with stalls that sell creative items like handmade paper, paper mache products like dolls, fine pottery and other arts & crafts material. Near the Gandhi statue, you may find outlets that sell ashram products. If you're here on a Sunday, do visit the Sunday Market that turns to a Shopper's Paradise.
Pottery and other clay vessels being sold in a market in Pondicherry
Photo Courtesy: Santhosh Janardhanan
Take a Cycling Tour
Pondicherry offers ample options for those who wish to enjoy the beauty and charm of the city on their bikes. Rent a bike and ride through the colonies, feeling the fresh air brush against you as you glide through the cobble-stoned streets.