During the 17th century the Europeans had an obsession with this destination in India. France was the first one to get piece of the city. Today the city represents an unusual combination of European culture and Indian traditions. The city has well laid out streets and avenues, which makes it easy to move around. Being a coastal city it is popular for seafood. French heritage is also prominent with large restaurants offering French cuisine.

The city forms an important part of any south India tour that starts from Chennai.

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Best time to go to Pondicherry/Puducherry?

October to February best time.

March to June/July hot and humid.

July to September Monsoons

Why go here?

Beach, Architecture, Auroville Ashram, Seafood.

Any Fairs and Festivals in Pondicherry/Puducherry?

International Yoga Festival – early January (4-7 Jan)

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Maasi Magam (March): the festival is celebrated just north of the fishing village of Kurichikuppam.  The deities are brought from about 38 temples and taken around the city of Puducherry, accompanied by loud blowing of horns.

Mangani (July): Celebrated specially at Karaikal, the month long festivities include taking out Lord Shiva in a decorated palanquin in a procession through the streets of the town. During this the townsfolk throw mangoes from rooftops, much to the delight of the crowd gathered below.

Bastille Day (14 July): Marked by an Indo-French pageantry.Unifrmed war veterans march thru the streets singing Marseillaise

Fete de Pondicherry (15-17 August): A cultural pageant coinciding with the liberation day and the Independence Day. The park monument is decorated with lights.

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