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From its beaches to historical monuments to churches, Pondicherry's laid back charm makes it a popular tourist destination.

PONDICHERRY : The strategic location, awe-inspiring natural beauty, coupled with its French past and cultural heritage make Pondicherry a major tourist destination.  The Union Territory of Pondicherry comprises of four coastal regions namely Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Pondicherry is famous for preserving the remnants of French heritage with Indian culture. From beaches to historical monuments to temples and churches, Pondicherry makes for a perfect destination among the tourists. The city brings an authentic Indian charm through its culture and people.

The best time to plan a vacation to Pondicherry is during the winter months, from November till March. The summer season in Pondicherry is humid and hot.

The cuisine of Pondicherry is highly influenced by Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and more importantly the French. Here you can savour both Indian and French food. Some of the delicious culinary delights are Coconut curry, tandori potato, soya dosa, curried vegetables, stuffed cabbage and Italian baked beans.

Sita Cultural Center offers cultural and artistic activities such as cooking lessons, yoga classes, dance classes, initiation to Ayurveda, Kolam, Mehendi, Tanjavur paintings. There are over 100 Bharatanatyam schools in Pondicherry as well as an Odissi dance school in Sri Aurobindo Ashram where one can learn classical Indian dance.

Shopping is another enjoyable experience in Pondicherry because of the beautiful handicrafts available at low prices. Leather items, Jams, handmade paper, pickles, incense sticks, perfumed candles and pottery are also famous here.

Some of the famous Pondicherry tourist places are Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Rock Beach, Ousteri Lake, Varadaraja Perumal Temple etc.

Tourists can also indulge in various water activities like surfing, scuba diving etc. if an adrenaline rush is what they are seeking.

For the spiritually inclined, Pondicherry is known for Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville attracting thousands of tourists to explore this beautiful city.

For nature lovers too, Pondicherry is a serene retreat replete with various beaches and lakes that takes the breath away of the tourists on the first glimpse.

Pondicherry is also a great place for shopping lovers and foodies alike.

The climate of Pondicherry is classified as tropical wet and dry because of its coastal geography.  The summer season here lasts from April to early June.

There are many hotels and resorts available that offers a comfortable stay in Pondicherry. From five-star to three stars, all kinds of hotels are available depending on your requirement.

Pondicherry is connected with the Indian cities and the countries of the world through the airport at Chennai (Tamil Nadu). It is accessible from Chennai by trains and buses.

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