Pondicherry is the capital city of puducherry union territory
. It covers a total land area of 492 Square Kilometers.
The population of this town is 9,73,829. The main languages spoken here
are Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English and French. There are four districts
which comprise this territory namely Pondicherry, Karaikal, Yanam and
Mahe. The best season to visit Pondicherry is between July and February.
This town is connected by airways, by railways, and by roadways. Pondicherry
is a peaceful city. Pondicherry is referred by names such as ‘Quintessence
of French Culture’, ‘India’s Little France’ and
‘The French Riviera of the East’.
This territory was under
the French rule for nearly 281 years. Still it has the French flavor in
it as one can see by the grand colonial mansions, beautiful boulevards,
and placid promenades, spellings on sign boards and buildings, names of
roads and public places.
Pondicherry is a well planned and
well built town. This is a typical example as one can learn the way the
French people gave importance to order and flair. They are known for their
rich and quality living. The French too had an eye on the wealth and the
fertility of India. Thus the French dream of Indian empire began and got
over by establishing their supremacy in Pondicherry. The French constructed
many buildings based on their craft and grand architecture. They developed
an oval shaped, lovely ‘boulevard town’ – the French
quarter. This French quarter was laid out in a geometric grid pattern
with straight roads intersecting at right angles. A boulevard encircled
the town and a grand canal, divided it into two sections- one the Tamil
side called as Ville Noire or the black town and the other, a European
side which was known as Ville Blanche or the white town. The impressive
Ville Blanche or white town resembles a typical Medieval French township
clotted with fine built monuments, government buildings, majestic mansions,
elegant churches and lush green parks.
Pondicherry Its Uniqueness
This unique union territory, Pondicherry
comprises of four scattered coastal enclaves- 1.Pondicherry now called
as Puducheri, 2. Karaikal which is in Tamilnadu, 3.Yanam in Andhra Pradesh
and 4.Mahe in Kerala which lies on the west coast. These places have preserved
the French heritage and its cultural aspects which are unique in India.
Pondicherry is a combination of cultures. The people here speak about
55 languages. The natural beauty mesmerizes and influences the visitors.
People who love to go for shopping can select Pondicherry as goods in
this town can be bought for cheaper prices and the shoppers can bargain
and pay the minimal charges for goods to their satisfaction. The golden
sea shores, the exclusive sunset cruises, the enchanting moonlit dinners
and the blissful lagoons have given the lovely resort a reputation of
being the most appropriate place for those in quest of a relaxed and leisurely
holiday. Bicycle is the best mode of transport for moving around and visiting
the beauty of Pondicherry.