About the city
Pondicherry has a rich French cultural heritage, having been the capital of the French colonies in India since the 17th century. The French legacy is visible in the well-planned town, neatly laid roads, wide and vibrant beaches, beautiful promenades, architecturally imposing churches and public buildings and the statues. Split into two parts, Pondicherry is, on one hand a bustling Indian Market town, and on the other hand, towards the sea, the streets are emptier, cleaner and decidedly European. Pondicherry is also known for being a seat of learning and Vedic cultures since ancient times and was also the home of the great Hindu sage Agastya.
Need a break from your everyday busy life? Head to this French colony for some laid back and relaxing days. These elegant colonial mansions, tree-lined boulevards, parks and café's makes her a pretty town like none other. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through her 3 km long beach or hop into one of the beach side café's for some delicious food while the sea breeze sets everything else right. Another interesting fact is that, Pondicherry's mystic spirit found a great resurrection in the twentieth century with the establishment of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram is best known landmark and home to many nationals from every part of the world that have come here to find peace and solitude.