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Puducherry

Puducherry

Weather

The weather in Pondicherry is warm for the most part of the year but the breeze blowing in from the sea brings relief. Summer season begins in the month of March and continues till July. Temperatures normally range between 35°C – 38°C but can go up to 40°C during May and June.


 


style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The monsoon season sets in by the end of July and may last till December. Temperatures are mild with occasional showers. The monsoon develops all through this period and finally peaks in the month of November, resulting in frequent storms. Winter extends from December to February. The climate becomes cool with an average temperature of 30°C. The best time to visit Pondicherry is from October to February.

How To Reach

By Road:

Puducherry has an excellent network of roads which connects it to most districts and towns of different states such as Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is quite simple to avail bus service or even a cab. Frequent bus service to Pondicherry is available from Koyembedu bus stand in Chennai. Coimbatore and Thanjavur also boast of regular bus service to Pondicherry. Private Luxury buses can be found from major cities in Bangalore.


By Air:

The airport nearest to Pondicherry is Chennai, about 135 kilometres away. Chennai has flights to all the major cities in India as well as a few international flights. The airport at Trichy is located almost 220 kilometres away. Madurai and Bangalore are other airports close to Pondicherry.



By Rail:

The junction closest to Puducherry is Villupuram. It is well connected to other areas in South India such as Madurai, Trichy and Chennai. In spite of being present on the rail map, train journey to and from the city is not really popular.


Overview

Pondicherry is a small and peaceful city in the southern part of India. It is situated on the Coromandel Coast of India, about 162 kilometres south of Chennai. There is an unmistakable French impact still pervading the place which makes it a unique town in India. The beautiful boulevards lined with trees, the sprawling virgin beaches, the mouth-watering local cuisine and the haunting backwaters all combine to form a heady mix which draws visitors again and again here.

 

The Union Territory of Pondicherry is divided into four coastal areas – the capital of Puducherry, Mahe, Yanam and Karaikal. Puducherry is a place with an intense spiritual vibration. The atmosphere here has a unique culture derived from its French colonial heritage, Tamil culture, cosmopolitan flair and spiritual aura. Several colonial buildings and remnants of the days by-gone rule the city scape in Pondicherry.

 

Puducherry is paradise for shopaholics as it offers world class products at affordavle prices. There are five major areas where visitors can shop, including Romain Rolland Street and Anna Salai. Low sales tax is a major boon for shoppers here. Boutiques in Puducherry have a pleasant ambience. The city is best known for household linen and textiles for garments. Antique furniture in Tamil, British and French styles from here are equally popular. Pottery and aromatics are two other industries which the town excels in. Puducherry artwork and décor items are also famous.

 

Pondicherry is popularly known as "Pondy", and will definitely offer you a fun filled beach holiday away from the bustles of city life.