PondicherryA peaceful, sun-bathed beach town would be an apt description of Pondicherry. A former French colony, Pondy is located about three hours south of Chennai, on the east coast of southern India. Its history can be traced back to the 2nd century BC when it was an important port of call, frequented by the Romans, Portuguese, Dutch, Danes, French and British. More recently, it is known as the place where the national poet Mahakavi Subramania Bharathiar wrote several of his masterpieces that fanned the flames of freedom and also enriched modern Tamil literature.
The present ambience is a strong yet harmonious blend of two distinct styles, the French and the Tamil way of living. Pondicherry takes pride in its colonial French architecture and has recently launched intensive efforts to preserve this architectural heritage that makes Pondicherry so unique.