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Puducherry, a former French colony is one of the best places to get a glimpse of colonial heritage with its lanes having small yellow walled houses along with French cafes serving delicious steaks.

Pondicherry, now known as Puducherry and commonly referred as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. It was under French rule till 1954 and French influence on the culture can be very well felt over here.The older part of Pondicherry is a stark contrast to the surrounding South Indian cities with small houses, hotels, cafes, street-side shops selling an alternate world of French to the Indians.

The place Puducherry is perfect to escape for a quiet romantic getaway, apart from its amazing climate and gorgeous locales, because of the fact that it has a relaxed vibe and has a perfect balance between modern and French aesthetics.

The sun, sea and sand have for long inspired romance and captured the imagination of poets. Therefore, understandably so, beaches have always been one among the favourite destinations of couples. Time will stop for you, as you leisurely stroll down the cobbled streets of this dreamy town, hands entwined with your loved one.

Places like Goa will never lose their charm but one could try and explore more romantic getaways like Pondicherry or Puducherry, which are less commercialised and populated. Long winding roads, cute French- style cottages overlooking deep blue waters, clean beaches and a delicious mix of continental and South Indian cuisine awaits you at Pudcherry, fondly known as Pondy by the locals.

Best 9 places to visit in Puducherry

  • Shri Aurobindo Ghosh Ashram
  • Promenade Beach
  • Auroville
  • Paradise beach
  • Gingee Fort
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Jawahar Toy Museum
  • Le Club
  • Sri Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple

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