Puducherry, till recently known as Pondicherry used to be a French colony. It was finally ceded to the Indian federation in 1962, after a long movement that demanded union with India. The French connection and presence of a large number of tourist attractions make tourism in Puducherry a major revenue earner for this Union territory. Before embarking on a tour to this erstwhile French colony, learn about Puducherry from touristplacesinindia.com which offers online information on Puducherry tourism as well as the other tourist spots of India.
|Area || 492 sq km (including all 4 enclaves)|
|Districts || 4 (Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam, Mahe)|
|Population || 973,829 (2001)|
|Religion || Hinduism (88.67%), Islam (5.46%), Others (5.87%)|
|Languages ||Tamil, French, Telugu, Malayalam|
|Maximum Temperature|| 40 - 45 �C|
|Minimum Temperature|| 25 � 30 �C|
|STD Code || 0413|
History of Puducherry
References to the region have been found in ancient texts dating back to the 1st century AD. Excavations near Puducherry city indicate that there was a flourishing trade going on between this region and Europe, via the ancient sea routes. Ancient artifacts, including Roman goods have been discovered near the city. Puducherry came under the control of many rulers during its history. The French arrived in the 17th century, and established a colony. Constant skirmishes and changes of power continued throughout the modern period. Eventually, the French managed to keep control of their colonies, including Puducherry despite British control all over India. After India became independent in 1947, a vast majority felt that union with India is necessary. A powerful movement ensued, and finally, in 1962, France formally ceded the territory to India. The Indian government declared it a union territory in 1963.
Tourism in Puducherry
Puducherry or Pondicherry is a beautiful and well planned city. The French element is noticeable everywhere in the city, and gives a distinctive look. The colonial government buildings, the beautiful avenues and the old cottages make this otherwise modern city exude a colonial charm shared by very few other Indian cities. The major tourist spots to be visited during the tours of Puducherry include the beach, Auriobindo ashrama, Auroville, the museum, botanical gardens, and the Anglo-French textile mills.
Climate and Clothing
Puducherry usually has a year long hot and humid climate. The summer temperatures may cross 40 degrees in May or June, but usually the temperature remains between 26 � 38 degrees Celsius. During this season, light colored cotton clothing is advised. Hats, caps, sun screens, and lots of drinking water are must for tourists this during this time. The winter season starts from November and this is the best time to visit Puducherry. The temperature hovers around the 30 degree mark, while the north eastern winds bring in light showers. Nights are cooler and offer the best possible weather for a walk around the streets or along the peaceful beach. The monsoon arrives here during July- august. This is also a nice time to visit Puducherry. Umbrellas, raincoats and slippers come in very handy during this period.
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