Set foot in this Union Territory and don’t be surprised if you are left wondering whether you are still in India or in France. Pondicherry was the colony of France a very long time ago but still carries the French influence in air, architecture and mannerism. Just a little over 150 km from Chennai – the capital city of Tamil Nadu – Pondicherry is one of the most sought after tourist attractions in South India. You will be surprised to see that most of the modern architectures and constructions even today are inspired by French. Not only the structures, but even the road signs are written in French along with Tamil and English. You will find a lot of people who speak French quite fluently. The food is also quite ‘French’ and you will find lots of wine and steak here.
The good thing about this place is that it is small and you can see just about everything it has to offer in less than a day. But the quaintness, the leisurely life, and the tranquillity are so inviting that you may want to stay a little longer or come back very soon. There are so many options to unwind here but most of the people want to hang around the sedate beaches.