Pondicherry Walking Tour
Pondicherry was established by the French East India Company in 1674 as a trading post, much like the British did with Madras (now Chennai) to the north in 1639. The town is split into two distinct quarters; White Town (Ville Blanche) which features French architecture, and Black Town (Ville Noire) featuring more Tamil architecture but with French influences. However, we suggest starting in Auroville, the ‘City of Dawn’, a community founded in 1968 and dedicated to peace, sustainable living and harmony and home to 43 nationalities. Before you start looking around, we suggest stopping at the Auroville Bakery for a croissant and coffee.
You’ll begin by walking through the French quarter, seeing the amazing architecture, many painted in vivid colours. Stop at the Cafe des Arts for crepes. Walk past the Raj Niwas and Legislative Assembly towards Bharathi Park. Continue to Eglise de Notre Dame des Agnes before walking along the Promenade. End you day at one of Pondicherry’s amazing restaurants.