Puducherry

Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry is one of the most picturesque towns of Tamil Nadu.


It traces its history way back to the first century AD. It used to be a bustling town in those days with trading links with countries far away. By the tenth century AD, it came under the reign of different dynasties of the South – the Pallavas, the Vijaynagar Empire and so on.

 Then began the European chapter in Puducherr’s history. First came the Portuguese, then the Dutch and finally the English and the French.

The history of French occupation in India begins with the legendary general Joseph Francois Dupleix. He fought many wars with the East India Company and finally brought Madras under French rule in 1746. For the next few decades, they ruled over the region around Puducherry and Madras.
v In1954, all French settlements in India were transferred to the Indian Union and Puducherry became a Union Territory.

Today, this seaside town manages to retain its old world charm. Tourism is the biggest industry here and Puducherry attracts hordes of tourists from all over the world. It is frequented by Yoga enthusiasts and those with a spiritual bent of mind. Weekends see a big rush from Chennai as the city is merely a two hour drive away from Puducherry.

Peak season is December to February because the weather is pleasant. As for summers, they are best enjoyed indoors in Puducherry! Temperatures routine touch 40 degree Celsius and the sun is scorching all day long.

No worries on the communication front. Tamil and French are the lingua franca of Puducherry. Though English is used for administrative as well as practical purposes.

Puducherry is a bustling centre of art and culture. If you happen to be in the city in the first week of January, do participate in the Yoga Festival. It draws aspirants from across the globe and includes includes talks, discussions, exchange of ideas, consultation and demonstration of techniques. There are dance and music performances each day as well.



Sightseeing in Puducherry:
The Promenade – The 1.5 km long promenade that runs along the beach is a beehive of activity on weekends. There are several landmarks along this stretch: The War memorial, the statue of Joan of Arc, the heritage town hall, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and Dupleix, the old light house, the remains of the old pier and more. Stroll across the promenade and soak in the delights of Puducherry’s rich colonial past.

Auroville – This experimental township was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa who is popularly known as ‘The Mother’. Auroville was conceptualised as universal town where people of all nationalities could live harmoniously. In the centre of the town is the Matrimandir. A monument that has been hailed as an outstanding architectural achievement by many. Remember to observe silence here as the entire area around the temple is called Peace Area.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram – This was founded by Sri Aurobindo in1926 (Siddhi Day). A highly respected institution, it provides many charitable benefits to the area, including free medical facilities and a publishing house. It also has a centre called School for Perfect Eyesight that claims to improve eyesight with natural methods.

French War Memorial – This is a solemn reminder of the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War. Every year on the 14th July which also happens to be Bastille Day, the monument is illuminated and people pay homage to the martyrs.

Hotels:

The Richmond Puducherry is situated in the French Town at Labourdonnais Street. The Richmond has 14 well appointed rooms with all modern facilities. Hotel is very close to beach and walkable distance to Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The Richmond is one km from the Railway station and two kilometers from the Busstand.

Top News

Things to do in Pune – Apart from the Usual Sightseeing

Things to do in Pune – Apart from the Usual Sightseeing

Once you’re done with the usual touristy sights, there are many more things to do in Pune - if you have the energy, that is. Oh, and capacity to eat (and drink) many delicious treats! Osho Commune International [caption id="attachment_14012" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Ultimate Zen. Photo Credit: Osho[/caption] S...
29 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Game Master Opens Up About Operating the Rickshaw Challenge - Interview

The Game Master Opens Up About Operating the Rickshaw Challenge - Interview

Our Head Organizer, the Game Master a.k.a. Princely Jeyachandran opens up about the last ten years of heading the Rickshaw Challenge operative. Spoiler: It all started with a wedding....  [caption id="attachment_13999" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Princely, Always on the Lookout[/caption] How long have you been the ...
26 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Turtle Race of Velas

The Turtle Race of Velas

Going to the small town of Velas during the Holi weekend means that you’ll experience something absolutely stunning… the turtle race that takes part during the Velas Turtle Festival. [caption id="attachment_13995" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Olive Ridley Babies. Photo Credit: Mid-Day[/caption] If you consider your...
21 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Rickshaw Experience, as Told by Team Beauty and the Beast

The Rickshaw Experience, as Told by Team Beauty and the Beast

The Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016 has ended and some of our participants agreed to sharing their experience with our rickshaw racers to come. So, prepare yourselves and heed the warnings, because the next Rickshaw Challenge is starting in June!  [caption id="attachment_13987" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Fami...
19 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Beatles’ Indian Ashram Opened To Tourists

The Beatles’ Indian Ashram Opened To Tourists

Fans of the band will be happy to hear that the Beatles’ Indian Ashram where they wrote many songs has opened its gates to the wide public. [caption id="attachment_13981" align="aligncenter" width="560"] The Beatles at the Ashram. Photo Credit: BBC[/caption] The town of Rishikesh, situated in the northern state of Uttara...
14 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016 Comes to an End

The Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016 Comes to an End

The last day saw our participants cruising the beautiful streets of India’s smallest state Goa, leading them through enchanted woods and Eden-like beaches on their way from Murudeshwar to Panaji, Goa’s capital. Driving through the streets was straightforward, as they were rather empty, so the last 250 km were –...
12 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016: Days 5 & 6

Rickshaw Challenge - Malabar Rampage 2016: Days 5 & 6

Day 5: With a distance of 260km from Calicut to Mangalore, a tiring day lay ahead of our participants, but the reward was something they all coveted: on Wednesday, they would finally leave Kerala and enter the state of Karnataka, where it wouldn't be as difficult to find a cold beer after a hard day on the road. [capt...
8 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Rickshaw Challenge – Malabar Rampage 2016: School Visit

Rickshaw Challenge – Malabar Rampage 2016: School Visit

Today, our teams were flagged off from the Government School at Mallikatte, starting the route from Mangalore to Murudeshwar. Before embarking on their journey, however, our 38 participants had the opportunity to make new friends and share stories with the youngsters studying at the school. [caption id="attachment_13952" alig...
7 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Rickshaw Challenge Malabar Rampage 2016 – Day 4: Alleppey to Calicut

Rickshaw Challenge Malabar Rampage 2016 – Day 4: Alleppey to Calicut

The second day on the streets of Southern India has passed for our brave adventurers. By now, the teams are one with their rickshaws and know all their little flaws and knacks. This was especially important for Team Flying Birds, who had a hard time learning on Day 1 and they ran out of gas three times during the run. Fina...
6 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Malabar Rampage 2016 – Day 3: Trivandrum to Alleppey

Malabar Rampage 2016 – Day 3: Trivandrum to Alleppey

Strange things happened on Monday between Trivandrum and Alleppey. The Beauty and the Beast team were seen in a tea stall, preparing their own chai and some Vikings were spotted cruising along the palm-tree lines in a rickshaw instead of in a long boat in the Norwegian fjords.  [caption id="attachment_13937" align="aligncent...
5 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Page 1 of 9012345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤