Pondicherry-French Colony of India

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

Pondicherry – Travelling domestic doesn’t mean you can’t catch a European glimpse while you are in the country. Head to Pondicherry with your bag pack and be prepared to indulge yourself in European culture and the fact that Pondicherry was a French colony till 1954 kind of works in its favor. Be it its beautiful architecture, French style restaurant or the Indian artisans exotically placed at White Town, it will give you a foreign feel in domestic airfare. Good hotels are many and reasonably priced.

Rocky Beach

If you are a morning person, start with Aurobindo Ashram, It opens at 8 am and gives you the calmness of solitude. This place is also a must visit for people who are spiritually inclined. It also showcases the achievements of Sri Aurobindo who was an Indian philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet and played a crucial role in India’s independence. He started a community which emphasized on the spiritual progress and entails a massive following today. Please note that photography is not allowed inside the Ashram.

Aurobindo Ashram

Take your next stop at Immaculate Conception Cathedral. It is right in the middle of the city and offers a great deal from outside and inside as well. It was built in 1791, which makes it one of the oldest standing architectural marvels of the country. It’s a French style church, which offers prayers in 2 languages English and Tamil. Its interiors look majestic in white and yellow. It is by far the most visited site in Pondicherry. If you are in dire need of a drink and feel little tired and hungry then head towards Le Cafe as it is open round the clock and only waterfront cafe in Pondicherry . Relax on the chairs facing the Bay of Bengal and soak in the cool blue water.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Le Cafe