The French Quarter or the White Town is distinguished by the Goubert Avenue which runs along the Promenade Beach. The manicured layout of the avenue is lined with heritage villas and buildings and statues - the most significant part of Pondy's history. Across the canal lies the Tamil Quarter - the Black town. The Tamil Quarter has its own architectural heritage, best demonstrated by restored mansions like the Maison Perumal, which feature semi-public street verandahs, central courtyards and large windows. The Tamil Quarter bustles with activity all day long and displays the Indian side of Pondicherry.