Pondicherry (Puducherry) is a remnant of French reign in India. The fusion of Indian and French culture is the main element of beauty in Pondicherry. The French Quarters in Pondicherry, the White Town, is not the only region with the colonial aurora. With every aspect of the region starting from the colonial buildings to the French cuisine, Pondicherry will remind you of Europe.
Sher Khan Lodi allowed French to set up an establishment for their colony in Pondicherry in exchange for foreign ships and flourishing textile industry. Pondicherry along with a few other destinations like Karaikal, Yanam, Chandernagar, and Mahe, was under French rule until 1954. Explore the rues, boulevards, seaside promenade, authentic colonial bakeries, cobbled-stoned streets, and much more. This is one of the best regions in South India to enjoy a booze-filled vacation as Pondicherry has tax-free alcohol. Apart from these, the coastal climate adds more beauty to this portal to the French colonial experience.
Top places to visit in Pondicherry are Paradise Beach, Aurobindo Ashram, Seaside Promenade, Auroville, Serenity Beach, Arikamedu, and others. Top activities to enjoy apart from sightseeing are scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, cruising, city cycling tours, heritage walking, and others. The best time to visit Pondicherry to enjoy all these attractions is from October to March. If you are visiting for a honeymoon, monsoon (July to September) is the best time to cover.
If you wish to experience the cultural beauty of the land, choose an itinerary that will cover the French structures, important monuments, French Quarters, and others. If you are up for some adventure time, choose to stick with houseboat stays, jet skiing, scuba diving, and more. Spiritual explorers can choose Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram, and other temples and churches of the region. Pondicherry is a holistic destination, where you can find the vacation of your choice. Below is the list of itineraries covering Pondicherry and surrounding regions in different thematic tours.