The union district of Puducherry consists of four discticts Pondicherry, Mah’e, Yanam and Karaikal. It was the largest colony of French India, whose marks can be seen on the city even today, be it the architecture of the houses, or the way the city has been divided. The town is divided into two sections, The French section and The Indian Section. Travelling the city from one section to the other, one can observe the cultural miscellany, which is one of the key attractions of the city.
Here are a few places you ought to do in the city of Pondicherry:
Auroville, a little city within Puducherry, was an experimental city built within India, by the Sri Aurobindo society, who believe in the importance of international unity and trans-cultural existence. You have the Mantrimandir, a golden sphere, in the center of the town, which is a symbol of man’s desire for perfection and has been hailed a stroke of genius.
The powerful influence of the west has spread though religion too, and Puducherry has some of the most beautiful churches. The Basilica of the Sacred heart of Jesus, which is built along the lines of Gothic architecture, is outstanding, with its stained glass panels having acquired fame from far and wide.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, built by pioneer and freedom fighter Aurobindo Ghose, is a place where spirituality and science coexist. The place attracts millions of people a year, and is known for its cleanliness, the hospitality and general atmosphere of progressive thinking.
Notable mentions are the French War Memorial, the Ousteri wetland and National park (which has unique aquatic and avian life), Mahatma Gandhi’s statue on the beach, the Promenade beach. A special mention to the speed enthusiasts, the East Coast Road has one of the most beautiful sights along the way, as the road extends exclusively along the beach, where the blue sea seems to extend forever, seamlessly merging into the sky.