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    Pondicherry commonly referred as Pondy, is one of the Union Territories of India. The name Pondy shares the feeling of coming home. It is one of the charming destination of South India. The city is situated in Tamilnadu state of India. Pondicherry has the largest French colony of India. Visiting the places in Pondicherry one ca get the French heritage with the Indian culture. Pondicherry is really an interesting tourist destination of India. The city has two parts, one is Tamil Section and the other is French Section. There is architecture difference between the two sections. The culture of Pondicherry is blend of both eastern and western culture. There are quite exciting places to explore in Pondicherry. Pondicherry is also a perfect destination for the beach lovers.

    The French Strand of the East: Pondicherry

    Here you can see the French heritage followed by Indian culture. The culture of Pondicherry reflects the tradition of Tamil as well as French influence. Pondicherry has a distinct spiritual vibration. Majority people speak Tamil in Pondicherry, but there is a community if French people also. There are some French institutions also in Pondicherry. One can see the real beauty of Pondicherry by visiting the French part.

    Pondicherry houses the golden beach. Pondicherry beach, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Rock Beach, Auroville, French War Memorial, Pondicherry Botanical Garden, Outseri Lake, Chunnambar Boathouse, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesusare some of the most visited places in Pondicherry. Pondicherry is mainly famous for Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Many devotees visit this place every year. Auroville is the most attracted place in Pondicherry. The place houses a large architecture called Matrimandir.It is widely considered this place as place of peace, serenity. The climate of Pondicherry is tropical wet and dry. So, the best time to visit Pondicherry is from December to February. Take a break from your busy schedule and visit the spiritual places at Pondicherry.

    Best time to visit Pondicherry

    Monsoons (July-September) is also a good time to visit Pondicherry despite the rainfalls.

    How to reach Pondicherry

    By Air: The airport at Pondicherry can accommodate landing of a small aircraft only and has flights coming in from Bangalore and Hyderabad. However, you can get a connecting flight if you are coming from Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

    By Train: The nearest rail station from Pondicherry is Villupuram, which is about 35 kilometres away from the town. The railhead is well-connected to cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, and Trivandrum.

    By Road: There are several buses that ply frequently from Chennai, Thanjaur, Trichy, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Madurai to Pondicherry. Both private and state-owned buses are available. The bus fare will depend upon the distance covered.

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