A fact of Pondicherry Union Territory that people don’t know about is that it’s made of 4 separate parts in three South Indian States - the seaside towns of Pondicherry and Karaikal in Tamil Nadu, Yanam in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe in Kerala. Over time, Pondicherry has been ruled by the Pallavas, Cholas, Vijayanagara kingdom and Sultans until the European settlement stepped in. The Dutch, Portuguese, Danes, English and French influenced Pondicherry and it was French who had control for over 280 years.
Pondicherry today is still divided into a quiet and tranquil French town and the more busy and active Indian town. The architecture and street scapes completely differs between the two. We find out more about the French influence on this town in this tour today, focusing on Historical heritage, architecture and street scapes.