Pondicherry, currently known as Puducherry, is the capital city of the Indian Union Territory of the same name, Pondicherry state. The small and beautiful city attracts more than half a million tourists every year and the number is steadily rising. You will find tourists of many nationalities in Pondicherry and the place attracts hordes of domestic tourists as well. naturally, the place remains vibrant round the year.

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Hotels and lodgingEdit

Pondicherry is one of the best preferred tourist destination of India and you will find all types of hotels there - you may really find the one suited to your tastes and requirements.


Peaceful Pondicherry is really a delight for any tourist. It has many dimensions – encompassing the natural as well as the spiritual. The following are must visit places of Pondicherry:

Serene Beaches
Backwaters, Lakes & Gardens
Sri Aurovindo Ashram
Arikamedu Fishing Colony

There are several other Heritage Buildings and Monuments, as also many Churches, Mosques, and temples.


Puducherry street scene

A Street Scene

You will find that Shopping in Pondicherry is a real fun: from bargaining from the pavement sellers to the shopping malls and plazas, Pondicherry Shopping Experience. And, on top of these, there is held a Sunday Market every Sunday, where you will find a variety of items, from fresh exotic fruits to handicrafts and innumerable other items. However, be prepared to be part of a crowded market, Pondicherry Sunday Market remains very crowded all the time.

There are many regular shops and shopping malls in Pondicherry, mainly located on the following areas:

  • Anna Salai
  • Nehru Street (J.N.Street)
  • Magatma Gandhi Street (M.G.Street)
  • Cathedral Street (Mission Street)
  • Romain Rolland Street

Generally, shops remain open from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Sundays, many shops remain closed.

Maps and transportationEdit

Getting to PondicherryEdit

Exploring PondicherryEdit

Practical information and resourcesEdit

  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Electric supply: 220 Volts
  • Languages: Tamil, French, English and Hindi.


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  • An Official Website of Government's Tourism Department. The website contains detailed information about the place and the people of Pondicherry.