Sunday, 10 July 2011

Puducherry/Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

Puducherry/Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India. It is a former French colony, consisting of four non-contiguous enclaves, or districts, and named for the largest, Pondicherry.

In September 2006, the territory changed its official name from Pondicherry to the vernacular original, Puducherry, which means "New village" in the Tamil language. The territory is called "Pondichéry" in French. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East.

The History of Puducherry can be traced back to the 2nd century. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, of the early 2nd century, mentions a marketplace named Poduke (ch. 60), which G.W.B. Huntingford identified as possibly being Arikamedu (now part of Ariyankuppam), about 2 miles from the modern Pondicherry. Huntingford further notes that Roman pottery was found at Arikamedu in 1937, and archeological excavations between 1944 and 1949 showed that it was "a trading station to which goods of Roman manufacture were imported during the first half of the 1st century AD".
Places to See:

Anglo-French textile mills 

Aurobindo Ashram 


Bharathi Park 

Botanical Garden 

Chunnambar boat house 

Manakula Vinayagar Temple 


Pondicherry Serenity Beach 

Romain Rolland Library


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