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Cycle Rikshaw rides

The most apparent legacy of Pondy's colonial past is the French and Tamil quarters of the town; separated by a canal. Pondy is best explored while on foot or a bicycle to see all of its cultural unity in diversity. The lively nature of this colonial town makes for an experience of a lifetime; the rickshawalas here are chatter friendly, so make sure you hire a rickshaw or rent a bicycle for a leisurely amble across the town of Pondicherry.

Heritage Walks

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 Hotel 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.

Auroville visit

The Aurobindo Ashram and City of Auroville form the other part of Pondy's popularity worldwide. The spiritual thought evolved by Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa, has prompted salvation seekers for many decades now, to visit Pondy. The Ashram building houses samadhis of the revered duo and the universal township of Auroville also lies only a short drive away. A visit to Auroville is an experience in itself. The township was designed by French architect Roger Anger to go hand-in-hand with the Franco-Tamil layout of Pondicherry.

Shoppers Paradise

The town has a host of attractions waiting to be explored; art galleries, cafes, antique shops, historical buildings and beaches. Pondi eateries and markets are the perfect places for food lovers and shopaholics!