Travel to Pondicherry

Pondicherry Tourism

Pondicherry the little Union Territory lies in the eastern side of the Indian Peninsula.

The land boasts of a rich past. The legend has it that Pondicherry was the abode of ancient sage Agastya. Apart from the myths, remnants of an ancient port and discovery Chola coins prove its past glories.

The history of modern Pondicherry began with the arrival of the French in 1673. it became a part of Indian Union in 1954.

The land does not promise a stock of monuments as you travel to Pondicherry. Despite being a seaside resort, it is different from typical beach resorts.

This is a place where history still lingers in its buildings and boulevards. The French legacy is evident in its landscaped town and imposing churches. People travel to Pondicherry because of its ambience.

LocationSouthern part of India on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal
Bounded by Tamil Nadu on the North, West and South
LatitudeBetween 11°46' and 12°30' of North
LongitudeBetween 79°36' and 79°52' of East
Area492 Sqkms
ClimateWarm throughout the year
Max Temperature31.5°C
Min Temperature23.9°C
Average Annual Rainfall130 cms
Capital Pondicherry
LanguagesTamil, English, French, Telugu and Malayalam
ReligionHindus, Christians, Muslims and very few Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists
Best Time to VisitOctober to March
ClothingCottons throughout the year

How to Reach Puducherry

Pondicherry also called as Puducherry lies on the Coromandel Coast, located on India's southeastern coastline. The tiny land is a Union Territory. Once a French colony, Pondicherry has a rich past. But today's Pondicherry has bagged more fame due to the Auroville Ashram established by Rishi Aurovindo. The spiritual attraction mixes with the undulating waters of the Bay of Bengal and rich cultural heritage to make Pondicherry an enchanting destination.

By Air

Pondicherry has its own Airport which is located at Lawspet. To meet the increasing air travel demand a new terminal was inaugurated on 17 January 2013. This new terminal has scheduled flights to Bangalore and other major cities. Currently Spicejet is the only airline which is operating flights to Pondicherry via Bangalore.

By Rail

Pondicherry has its own Railway Station; which is connected by a broad gauge railway line from the five-way junction at Viluppuram and Chennai. There are express trains which connect Puducherry with other neighbouring cities and states.

By Road

Pondicherry has a good road network and excellent infrastructure facilities. The union territory has a total road length of 2552 km. The state is well linked with national highway and state highways. The most convenient way to Pondicherry is either from Chennai (150 km) and Bangalore (309 km).

Shopping in Pondicherry

Shopping in Pondicherry is a true delight since it is an octroi-free destination. Naturally the prices are quite rather cheap whatever you buy here.

Pondicherry does not have any local heritage of handicrafts. Now a days Aurobindo Ashram factory in Pondicherry produces many articles, like: candles, incense sticks, paper etc, which have become as much as local specialties. These are quite popular with the tourists and make for good shopping in Pondicherry.

Last Updated on : 23/09/2013