A Peek into India’s French Colony - Pondicherry

A Peek into India’s French Colony – Pondicherry

With a 32 kilometre-long coastline, beautiful backwaters, balmy beaches and beach resorts, the little town of Pondicherry (now Puducherry) on the eastern coast of the country is a beautiful marriage between southern India and France. Ruled by the French till 1954, the chic influence of the colonial age is evident in the older or ‘French’ fragment of the town in street names, antique architecture, beachside region, French food and beer.

 

Raj Niwas If you wish to travel back in time, spend a day at Raj Niwas, the place of residence of the then Governor of France. As this historical brick stood as a palace during the era of French Colonisation of India, it is considered one of the most paramount constructions of Pondicherry.

 

Aurobindo Ashram and Aurovile

One of the best places to visit in Pondicherry, one of the best family holiday destinations, is the internationally popular Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its affiliate, Auroville Ashram. The tiny hamlet of Auroville was established to develop a settlement where people from different cultures, castes, religions, regions and traditions could co-exist in harmony and peace. This concept was declared by the UNESCO as a project having immense significance for the future of human race.

Within Auroville is the golden-coloured Matrimandir which comes under popular tourist attractions in Pondicherry. Surrounding this region is a shop where you can buy goods like clothes, jams, books,

umbrellas and the likes – all produced in Auroville. So, if you’ve made a list of the ‘Best places to visit in Pondicherry’, Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville Ashram should be on top!

 

Rue de Petit Canal

Did you know there’s an area called ‘Rue de Petit Canal’ in Pondicherry that separates the French province from the Indian! The French part of town – known as Ville Blanche or the White Town – is quite quiet and pleasant with its yoga and meditation centres while the south India-inspired side – Ville Noir or the Black Town – resembles that of a typical Indian city. This strip of separation is one of the significant places to visit in Pondicherry.

 

Goubert Avenue

You must also visit Goubert Avenue to see the magnificent statues of Joanne d’Arc and Mahatma Gandhi, as well as a French War Memorial. Just in the vicinity, if you wish to spend time by the beach and treat your tummy, head to French Quarter.

 

Pondicherry’s Churches

Owing to the efforts of the French, Pondicherry has a collection of captivating churches. To offer your prayers and marvel at the elegant architecture, do stop by Notre Dame des Anges Church. At a stone’s throw away on South Boulevard, you’ll find the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

 

Pondicherry’s Beaches

If you relish sun-bathing by the beach and exploring the underwater world, head to the white sandy beaches off India’s East coast, especially the Paradise Island beach. The beaches with crystal clear water is a perfect place to visit with kids. The waves are sure to take your breath away; the scenery shall stay in your mind forever.

 

Explore these must visit places while you have a comfortable stay at our kid-friendly resort in Pondicherry.

From natural to man-made, Pondy has the gift of all. Thus you see, one can never run out of places to visit in Pondicherry. Join Club Mahindra, – India's favorite resort chain to enjoy magical family holidays every year for 25 years!

 


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