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1.What are the health precautions for travel to India?

    India is a tropical country and many tropical diseases are endemic. The important ones include Cholera, Dengue fever, Amoebic and Shigella dysentery, Hepatitis, Malaria, Meningitis, Typhoid, Tuberculosis and Leprosy. Some of these pose a major health hazard to the passing tourist.

     It is worthwhile to get vaccinations and   immunizations against the following prior to travel to India. Tetanus and  Diphtheria, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Meningococcal meningitis, TB, Rabies and Japanese B encephalitis. Record all vaccinations in the International Health Certificate available at your local Physician or Health department. 


     International  tourists should carry their Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate conforming to International Health Regulations, if they originate or are transiting through countries where Yellow Fever  is endemic. International travelers / tourists  originating from the USA, UK and Canada do not require any  mandatory vaccinations. 


     The International Health Certificate is not normally asked for by immigration officials, however it is  better to carry one. It may be of  immense help  in case  of a medical emergency.

     To avoid Malaria and  Dengue fever, carrying mosquito repellents, nets, and using sprays against insects in rooms is usually sufficient. A first aid kit carrying adhesive bandages, thermometer, water-purification tablets, antibiotics, antiseptic creams and mosquito repellents is recommended of every tourist. 


     It is recommended that sticking to a vegetarian diet is an excellent way of preventing gastrointestinal diseases, should you eat meat,  please make sure that it is properly and completely cooked. Avoid eating food from roadside stalls, pork products, fried food and food that is very oily. Food in  reputable restaurants is usually safe, they are required to maintain health standards.

     Drinking only mineral / bottled or boiled water  is highly recommended to prevent gastrointestinal diseases.

2. What is the best time to visit Puducherry ? 

The best time to visit puducherry is between January and March and August to October.

3. Where can I get more information on Puducherry?

     Check out the various pages  and the whole site to get information on the various aspects of puducherry.

History of Puducherry   ||   Culture of Puducherry

4. What are the ways of getting to Puducherry ...?

 puducherry is approachable by all means of transportation. Check out these pages for more details.

Air travel to Puducherry.      The international gateway for this part of India is Chennai. puducherry has limited services to Chennai, Tirupathi and Bangalore.

Road travel to Puducherry.      puducherry is well connected by roads to major neighboring cities  like Chennai, Bangalore and Tiruchirapalli  with good  regular bus services.

Train travel to Puducherry.      puducherry has the limited railway line Connected only to Villupuram and Chennai.

5. Where can I get maps of Puducherry ...?
     Check out the various pages for up to date maps for all of puducherry's tourist attractions.

6. What should I wear ...?
     Clean and decent clothes, preferably cotton as puducherry has a tropical climate. Use your discretion.  The preferred Indian clothes are pants and shirts, and most women wear saris, Indian dresses, pants and skirts and blouses. Please avoid wearing beachwear in the city as it will invite curious unwanted attention. Nudity is banned in puducherry. 

7. What should I carry...? 

     The usual personal effects along with clothes. Make sure you have the appropriate voltage personal accessories. It is 220V in India. Carry prescriptions of medications and glasses. Make sure you have the International drivers license if you wish to drive. Carry enough local currency $200 worth at all times to pay for local services. Make sure your documents including cash, passport and credit cards and tickets are secure with you at all times.

8. What about driving in puducherry ...?
     Like the rest of India and the UK, vehicles travel on the left side of the road. An International Drivers License is required.

9. How should I carry money ...?

     Preferably Travelers  cheques and cash in Indian currency up to $200 at all times to pay for local services. Credit cards are also widely accepted in puducherry and India today.      

10. Is credit cards safe and useful to carry ...?

     Yes. Using credit cards to withdraw cash may be available at only a few places in puducherry, so keep enough local cash to get along.

11. What currency is used in India ...?
     The Indian currency is called Rupees. One rupee is made of 100 naya paisa. A rough estimate is   1$ =40 Indian rupees.

12. What is the Language of puducherry, is English easily understood ...?
      puducherryns proudly speak Tamil, it is one of the puducherry's official language. There is a lot of variation in the way it is spoken among different communities and locations in puducherry, this is partly due to history. English is widely spoken and understood with an accent variation depending on the educational background of the speaker and the area of origin. Apart from Tamil and English, French is considered to be one of the official languages.

13. What is the coolest time to visit India?
      The coolest weather lasts from November to mid-March, with cool, fresh mornings and evenings and dry, sunny days.

14.. I hear Indians are a more conservative lot especially compared to people in Western countries.   What kind of clothes would be acceptable here?
     Shorts, minis and tank tops are unadvisable unless you're on a beach. In small towns and cities especially, people may tend to stare if you expose too much skin. Safe clothing would be trousers, peddle pushers, capris, skirts, tops and shirts. India has some good cottons which are trendy and affordable. Buy yourself some. Women could try wearing a salwar kameez which is very cool and comfortable and could even improve the attitude of people towards them.

15. What is the best thing to do if pestered by beggars and street urchins?
      Well, you can start by ignoring them completely and if they get too persistent give them a stern look. If you must give them something, let it not be more than 1 to 2 rupees only.

16. What are the important Tamil words I should know when I'm in puducherry?
      Well, there are many phrases and words in Tamil that could come in use. We would advise you to look at our 'Useful Tamil Phrases' page in Useful Stuff.  

17. Can I hire a mobile phone in India?
     You can pick up a mobile phone connection from most departmental stores and often even at small roadside stores. The service provided by these private companies is on par with the best in the world.  

18. How safe is drinking water in puducherry?
       If you are from a foreign country, you may not be used to drinking the water here. Hence we advise that you pick up a bottle of mineral water which is cheap and widely available and usually provided in flasks in hotel rooms. Order the same when you are at a restaurant. As far as possible, avoid drinking any kind of water or juices from roadside carts and vendors.  

19. How should I tip waiters at restaurants / hotels?
       In tourist restaurants or hotels a 10% service charge is often added to bills, in which case there is no need to tip. In smaller places, where tipping is optional, you need only tip a few rupees, not a percentage of your bill. It is customary to tip waiters, porters, guides and drivers.  

20. How safe is it to eat non-vegetarian food in puducherry?
      India, being a primarily Hindu country, beef is rarely served. Pork is also not easily available. Eat non-vegetarian food only in good restaurants. What you get in smaller places is generally of dubious quality though tastes quite yummy, thanks to concoctions of Indian spices and masalas.  

21. Are there pubs and discotheques in puducherry?
     Yes, definitely.
22. How best can I get the flavour of a particular destination when I visit puducherry?

     We would love you to try using the local transport. But this is not advisable in crowded buses. However, do take a ride or two in a local bus or Auto whenever you have the opportunity. It would be better to take an Indian friend along.

     Try and interact more with the locals of the area. There will be a language problem but many people in small towns are quite fluent in English and a few other foreign languages.  

     Buy a handicraft or souvenir which is typical of the place. It would be better to wear a piece of clothing from the place you are visiting. E.g A Cotton Lungi in puducherry, a Saree for ladies. You would blend in well with the local people.

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