The territory of this former French Colony is divided into four administrative districts of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam. All the districts are coastal areas and unconnected pockets or enclaves embedded in the surrounding states. Karaikal district lies in the south of Puducherry on the East coast within the state of Tamil Nadu. Mahe, the smallest district is located on the Western Ghats. It lies in the Malabar Coast in Kerala, 603 kilometers away from Puducherry. Yanam district is situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh, 807 kilometers from Puducherry.
The Puducherry pocket is the largest of all administrative blocks. The total area of the pocket is 290 square Kilometers and its population is 946,600. The pocket is located between 11.93° N and 79.83° E.
Puducherry, the capital city, is located on the east coast. The other towns are Bahoor, Thirukanoor, Nettapakam, Koodapakkam, Pudukuppam, Sedarapet, Abhishegapakkam, Mudallarpet, Kirumampakkam, and Embalam.
Roads and Rail Line in Puducherry Pocket
The district has an extensive road network with main towns connected with metalled roads. . Two major highways run through the district. National Highway 45 A runs in the state of Tamil Nadu and connects Puducherry city to Cuddadore. National highway 66 starts from Puducherry city and connects it to Tindivanam and then Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu and Bengaluru in Karnataka.
Puducherry district is connected by the Southern railways. A broad gauge rail line cuts across the district connecting Pondicherry city to Villupuram in Tamil Nadu. Villupuram is a major rail junction in Tamil Nadu.
Puducherry State Information
|Date of formation||7. Jan. 1963|
|Lt. Governor||Virendra Kataria|
|Chief Minister||N. Rangasamy|
|Tourist attractions||Serenity Beach, Plage Paradiso, Karaikal Beach, Place du Government, Aurobindo Ashram|
|Festivals||Fire-Walk Festival, Sedal, Mascarade Festival|
|Languages||Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English and French|
|Size||479 sq. km|
|Population (Census 2011)||1,247,953|
|Major crops||Paddy, pulses, coconuts, arcanuts, spices|
|Factoids||Mahe is also known as Mayyazhi or the 'sea's eyebrow'.|
|The ancient town of Arikamedu traded pottery, beads, precious stones and textiles with the Romans in exchange for wine, olive oil and fish sauce.|
|No. of District||4|
Last Updated on : February 21, 2017