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.

Itineraries

Classic Tamil Nadu

Chennai - Rajakkad - Madurai - Chettinad - Tanjore - Pondicherry - Covelong  

For hardened Indiaphiles, Tamil Nadu is somewhat of a holy grail. Lying off-the-beaten-track, you can explore stunning Hindu temples with a distinct Dravidian Culture awaiting you.

15 days from £2005 p. p.

Southern Trader: a tour of Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Chennai - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Rajakkad - Munnar - Backwaters - Cochin  

This classic route takes you from Chennai (Madras) in Tamil Nadu, through the hills and into the Kerala to see the tea estates, backwaters and ending on the beach.

16 days from £2270 p. p.

Related Hotels

Palais De Mahe

$ $ $ $ $ Tamil Nadu  

Superbly located in Pondicherry’s French Quarter, Palais de Mahe makes a charming boutique retreat with swimming pool, spa and great French-Indian cuisine.

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