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Pondicherry
From Bangalore  374 km  5 hrs 58 mins To Chennai 1 hr
A cocktail of two cultures, this easy-going capital of the union territory of Pondicherry (which spreads out to Mahé, Yanam and Karaikal) has a beautiful French Quarter embraced by a striking Tamil culture. A relevant French cuisine and a heritage of colonial architecture are a boon to locals and travelers alike.
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  • Known as 'The French Riviera of the East'
  • Time to visit: November to February
  • Auroville, an experimental township
  • Learn a craft at Sita, a Franco-Indian cultural centre
  • French cuisine
  • Many shops are closed for lunch and early at night, even on Sunday.
Getting to Pondicherry
Puducherry Museum: On the ground floor look especially for the Chola, Vijayanagar and Nayak bronzes, and the pieces of ancient Greek and Spanish pottery and amphorae (storage vessels) excavated from Arikamedu, a once-major trading port a few kilometers south of Pondicherry.
Timings: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm. Monday holiday.
Fees: Rs.10 per head. Rs.50 per head for foreigners.

Churches: Pondicherry has one of the best collections of over-the-top cathedrals in India. Make sure to grace their beauty with your presence!

Sri Aurobindo Ashram: General visits to the main ashram building on Marine St are cursory - you just see the flower-festooned samadhi of Aurobindo and the Mother, then the bookshop, then you leave. Collective meditation around the samadhi from 7.25pm to 7.50pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is open to all. The ashram's Bureau Central has interesting exhibitions on the lives and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Sita: This Franco-Indian cultural center runs a host of activities and classes for adults and kids, and visitors are welcome to join. You can try Indian or French cooking, Bharatanatyam or Bollywood dance, Kolam making, Mehendi (henna 'tattoos'), Yoga, Ayurveda and more. For most activities, it's possible to do a single session.
Timings: Single class Rs.250 ? Rs.1000
Address: 22 Candappa Moudaliar Street

Seafront: Escape from traffic between 6pm and 7.30am at the Seafront on Goubert Ave, where it has been banned by the city council. Enjoy a killer stroll at dusk and dawn.

Satsang: Deservedly popular for its excellent Continental cuisine, Satsanga, like most places in this genre, offers a full Indian menu as well. It's especially strong on steaks, fish, prawns and pâtés. There are good vegetarian options too, and the homemade bread and butter go down a treat.

Kasha Ki Aasha: Serving a great pancake breakfast, good lunches and delicious cakes on the pretty rooftop of this colonial-house-cum-craftshop-cum-cafe. Fusion food includes chips with chutney, 'European-style thali' and 'Indian enchilada'. The heat in some dishes has been dialed back for Western tastes, but it's all tasty.

Kalki: Beautiful, jewel-coloured silk and cotton clothes, as well as incense, essential oils, handmade-paper products and more, nearly all made at Auroville.
Languages spoken: English, Tamil, French.
Currency: Indian Rupee.
Climate: Mostly humid except for a few winter months.
Connectivity: Mobile connectivity should not be a problem in this city. 
Trivia: The novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel and its namesake movie by Ang Lee is partially set in Pondicherry. 

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Set in picturesque Veerampattinam, Windflower Pondicherry is perched between the backwaters and the bright blue ocean. Stroll along the beach, Race the gulls to the horizon or Watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean.
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INR 6885
 Manavely Revenue Village
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Located at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal, this resort is a true amalgamation of the spirit, the architecture and the revelry that makes Pondicherry a sought after destination.
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 Lake View Road
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Located on the scenic East Coast Road, overlooking the mighty Bay of Bengal, you'll discover 23 acres of pure leisure - Ocean Spray. Truly one of a kind, this iconic masterpiece is built around a manmade lake that extends over 5 acres. Ocean Spray is meant for the discerning traveler who not only wants to have a good time, but also to emerge happy and refreshed from it.
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INR 9381
 ECR Main Road
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Experience Tamil hospitality amidst French baroque decor, a blend in line with what the city of Pondicherry offers. A one of a kind experience.
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INR 2908
 Vysial Street
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At The Dune, soul, comfort, art and the sea fuse together to give a luxurious vacation on the beach front. This eco-friendly beach resort has beautiful aesthetic villas fusing traditional & modern architecture which make the indoors as inviting as the outdoors...
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 Pudhukuppam
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Maison Perumal is a cameo experience. A celebration in miniature, of a way of life that few even know exists. Tucked away in Puducherry's seldom explored Tamil quarter, it's your window to a time when two worlds met...and melted gracefully into one another.
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INR 7809
 Perumal Koil Street
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The rooms overlook the shimmering waters of the Bay of Bengal and are elegantly designed and equipped with every conceivable comfort that one could ask for. Need we say more?
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INR 5567
 White Town
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Pondicherry's finest luxury hotel,a boutique property set in an ancient villa in the heart of the colonial 'White Town'. A delicate blend of tradition and modernity; soak up the warmth of traditional French architecture blended with all modern conveniences.
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INR 5325
 Okhla Industrial Area
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Located minutes away from popular landmarks like Maritime Museum and Danish Fort, The Gate House is a perfect holiday retreat offered by the Neemrana Group
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INR 4362
 24 King Street
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Big Beach, Puducherry spans across 24 acres with a spectacular beach front. With a wide choice of gourmet cuisines, a Goan style beach shack, an infinity pool with a chilled out pool bar and a happening hookah lounge, this is an ideal place to unwind.
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INR 5629
 Valluvar Medu Bahour Commune Panchayat
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As the heart of this quaint little beach town is the comfort and convenience of the Sunway GRT Grand. With an Indo-French ambiance mixed with traditional South Indian Hospitality, the Sunway GRT Grand is perfect for leisure and business tourists seeking lavish accommodation and indulging amenities. It also makes a perfect venue for banquet parties, conventions and conferences. Impeccable service and luxuriant living amidst beautiful and serene surroundings await you at the Sunway GRT Grand.
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INR 3013
 100 Feet Road
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Nestled up in a serene, secret place in the outskirts of Pondicherry, the Castle Farm is an escape into a world that is perfectly in sync with nature. Synonymous to the city of Pondicherry where past meets future, at this farm house you will see the serenity take you back in time while the little comforts of the modern era make the experience complete. Things that Pondicherry is typically known for, Auroville, the beach and the city itself are just a stone?s throw away. Welcome to a refreshing, rejuvenating experience at one of the best farm house in Pondicherry
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INR 2108
 Auroville road
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This icon of hospitality is located in the heart of Pondicherry and is a perfect choice for the discerning traveler. It also has a beautiful roof top swimming pool that offers a mesmerizing panoramic view!
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INR 4812
 S. V. Patel Salai
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Le Royal Park, 2.6 km from railway station, offers facilities like multi-purpose halls, gym, swimming pool, kids' pool, restaurant and bar.
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INR 2590
 Kamaraj Salai
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Barely a 5-minute drive from Puducherry Railway Station and Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the hotel offers massage, tour desk and free Wi-Fi.
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INR 6567
 Rue Perumal Koil
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The Saints Resort is one of the leading star facilities beach resorts in Pondicherry, India. Located on the extremely popular but still beautiful Pondicherry Beach.
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INR 2784
 Opp.Pondicherry Engineering College
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Anandha Inn is a 3-star property and has well equipped rooms and suites which are centrally air conditioned with temperature control facility. Hotel Anandha Inn is located in the heart of Pondicherry, The place where the hotel is situated is at walkable distance to the sea beach and Sri Aurobindo Ashram as well. The hotel offers first rate accommodation to the guests. The Anandha Inn Hotel has well appointed luxury rooms and suites. The suites have a private room and a visitor hall which is provided with separate path rooms. The Travel desk is always happy to help you on your travel needs which includes air port pick up and drop, local sight seeing trips and visiting any other place of your interest. The hotel is ideal for travelers who want comfortable accommodation near the heart of Pondicherry.
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INR 2408
 S.V. Patel Road
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