Pondicherry – Preserving Glorious French Culture in the Heart of India
The cosmopolitan culture of India’s Union Territory Pondicherry (also called Puducherry) results from its long association with Roman traders (since 1st century), South Indian dynasties and European colonial powers. The French ruled the place till 1954, after which it was cede to the Indian Union. Resultantly, there exists an interesting fusion of Hindu temples, art of living ashrams, colonial buildings, museums and monuments making the region culturally prosperous. Add to the list some striking beaches, gardens and uplifting activities and you have a destination with perfect holiday opportunities. With Likemytrip.com, you can make the best out of Pondicherry tours.
Places to Visit
Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual hub where people from across the globe seek refuge and practice revitalizing activities like yoga and meditation. An extension to the ashram is Auroville, the City of Dawn, which preached universal harmony and is well-known for its gigantic golden sphere called Matrimandir, a spellbinding architectural masterpiece.
French Quarter with impressive French structures, along with the churches and cathedrals like Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Church of Our Lady of Angels are some great sites. Other attractions include Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Vedhapureeswarar Temple, Pondicherry Museum, Botanical Garden, Ousteri Lake, Pondicherry Beach and Promenade, French War Memorial and many more.
- Admire the invigorating confluence of French and Indian cultures by taking heritage walks around the city.
- Handicrafts like terracotta dolls, korai grass mats, embroidery, paper lamps, wall hangings, hand-woven textiles and many more.
- International Yoga Festival, Festival of Pondicherry, Bastille Day, Christmas, Easter, Pongal and many other festivals are celebrated here.
- Music and dance in Pondicherry bear the influence from the South Indian states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Yakshgana, Kuchipudi and Mohiniaattam are some of the examples.
- When in Pondicherry, grab the opportunities to join yoga classes, Ayurveda sessions, painting classes and cooking lessons to experience the wonderful culture better.
- Tamil cuisines like chettinad preparations, sambar as well as seafood are among the popular cuisines here. In addition, one can find great French options like pastries, brioches and baguettes.
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