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Pondicherry (Puducherry)

Pondicherry a Mix of French and Indian

If you’re after unique experiences in a unique setting, then Pondicherry is the place for you. The union of French Riviera elegance and South Indian charisma is quite the exclusive pairing, but that’s only a small part of what makes a visit to Pondicherry so wonderful.

Foodie heaven

Pondicherry offers many restaurants to choose from, offering an exciting fusion of French and Indian cuisines. If fusion isn’t your thing, then steak and untaxed beer are also on offer.

Diver’s delight

The underwater visibility in Pondicherry is excellent making it the perfect home to the only Padi-certified diving centre on the east coast of India. Why not hang out 20m below sea level with friendly manta rays soaring above you and bright coral and crustaceans sit below you? If you’d prefer to stay above the water line, many local companies also offer fishing expeditions and water sports.

Get blessed by an elephant

Visit the Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and you might earn a blessing from Lakshmi the elephant if you make a donation of a few rupees or a banana, which she will accept with her trunk.

Strike a pose

Yoga retreats are also extremely popular in this area, so it’s the perfect spot to dip your toe into yoga and meditation – or fully immerse yourself if you’re already a yogi.

Gandhi Memorial

Surrounded by eight magnificent granite pillars, the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Pondicherry is a beautiful commemoration. Throughout the year, many cultural, musical and commercial activities take place in the square in front, known as Gandhi Thidal.

How to discover Pondicherry

Visit Pondicherry on our Grand Tour of Southern IndiaDiscover Bangalore to Chennai Tour, Enchanting Tamil Nadu Tour , Splendours of Southern India Tour or Southern Splendour Group Tour. Have your own tour in mind? Contact us to map it out!