Away from the hustle and bustle of big city, puducherry
is a quiet little town on the southern coast. The
unmistakable French connection,the tree lined boulevards,the
quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual scene, the
endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches, backwater, a
surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines,
provide a heady mix that draw travellers from near and far.
It is the perfect place dto come to if you wants tko take
the pace of life down a few notches.
The Union Territory of puducherry
comprises of four coastal regions viz- puducherry, Karaikal,
Mahe and Yanam. puducherry and Karaikal are situated on the
East Coasts in Tamil Nadu, Yanam
in Andra Pradesh and Mahe on the West Coast in Kerala.
puducherry is the Capital of this Union Territory. It is
on the east coast about 162 kms south of
Chennai (Madras) located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay
There are no hills or forests in this region. The main soil
types in this region are red ferrallitic, black clay
and coastal alluvial.
Main languages spoken
in the region are Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. English and
are other languages, which are spoken by a considerable
number of people. Majorities of the
people are Hindus. There
are quite a number of Christians and Muslims, whereas very
Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.
puducherry is a unique
place. Many feel that it has a distinct spiritual vibration.
Stories of resident sages come down through its history from
the earliest days. The nickname “Pondy” sums up
this shared feeling of belonging, of having come home.
has a special ambience, not felt anywhere else in India.
It is a blend of spiritual aura, French colonial heritage,
Tamil culture and the cosmopolitan flair of many nationalities
in a small but varied town. The inherent ambience
of Pondy, as it is fondly called, becomes most evident
in the oldest part of the town which flanks the seashore
buildings, some which trace back to the 18th century, line
along a grid of straight
and house the French institutions, private homes and businesses,
and the sprawling premises
of the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The visitor is greeted
by mellow colours
of cream, yellow, pink and grey with flamboyant bougainvillea
bursting over gates and
compound walls of cool courtyards.
Quiet beaches and peaceful resorts to the north and south
balance the town's bustling, yet easy going life.
But Pondy hasn't only its own special attractions to offer.It
is a perfect base to explore the rich destinations around
it (TamilNadu), even in daily trips: Auroville, the international
City of Unity;theimposing Gingee Fort, the holy temple towns
of Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chidambaram, the heritage
sculptures and magnificent rock temples of Mamallapuram, and
the cool and lush hill stations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal.
puducherry is best accessible by road from Chennai, Bangalore
and even from Kerala.Chennai has an international airport
which directly connects to the highway to puducherry.
And good transit hotels are available in the vicinity for
travellers who arrive in the night.
puducherry has a wide choice of hotels for most visitors:
beach resorts for the easy going tourist and families,
heritage hotels for those who want to experience something
else, high class commercial hotels for the corporate
visitor and the neat Ashram Guest Houses for the spiritual seeker.
And ambient restaurants serve a rich variety of French, Indian,
Asian and continental food, with the latest pizza for
an American bite.
For the shopper puducherry has
a lot to offer and is fast becoming a favourite shopping destination
of the southern metropolitan cities. puducherry is soft on
your purse with taxes low or non-existent. It is known for
its traditional doll-making and textiles and silks.
But it is also
the birthplace of several world class brands
in leather, pottery, aromatics, fashion and handmade paper.
These excellent products came to renown solely by their superb quality. A new trend is the proliferation of exquisite decor boutiques and export-quality antique furniture galleries.
As we shall see, however, the
Pondy Experience is considerably more than either of these
cloistered aspects. It is an experience that captivates
all kinds of visitors; tourists, seekers from
stress, and the families of visiting business people and conventioneers
sightsee and shop when they want a diversion.
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