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Pondicherry travel guide

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You're Going to Love Puducherry

Puducherry or Pondicherry is an Indian city with French flair; it was once the largest French colony within the subcontinent. There is a long history and unique culture to explore in what is nicknamed the French Riviera of the East. You can go to the beach in the morning, shop for hand-painted silk or go to a yoga class in the afternoon, and finish the day by sampling the best of French and Indian cuisine.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Puducherry

When to Visit Puducherry

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With monsoon season from October to December, and summer temperatures that routinely hit above 100 degrees from April to June, many tourists choose to visit the city in the more moderate spring and fall seasons.

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How to Get to Puducherry

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Where to Stay in Puducherry

Enjoy the beach and seaside views in luxury at The Promenade Hotel. The Villa Shanti offers upscale accommodation with continental style in a convenient location in the French Quarter.

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The Cost of Living in Puducherry

Shopping Streets

Mission Street is where you will find outlet shopping centers, including Kalki for local goods, and Casablanca and Titanic for international brands.

Groceries and Other

F&F and Go Pondy are two of the supermarket brands in the city. A gallon of milk costs ₹145 and a dozen eggs is ₹67.

Where to Eat in Puducherry

You'll enjoy the menu of upscale Indian and Asian cuisine in the elegant rooftop dining room at Lighthouse, with views of the water. Mains start at ₹600. Enjoy the cafe atmosphere and French classics at Cafe des Arts, where main dishes start at ₹385.