Tablet banner0
Tablet banner1
Tablet banner2
Tablet banner3
Mobile banner0
Mobile banner1
Mobile banner2
Mobile banner3

Pondicherry

Once an outpost of the French in India, Pondicherry, renamed Puducherry, is an ancient seaside city that dates back to Roman times. Even after the British decisively defeated the French in India, Pondicherry and several other cities remained under French control; after independence, it was merged with the rest of India. Today, Pondicherry retains distinct pockets of French flavor, including wide boulevards, the cylindrical kepis worn by the police, excellent French cuisine, and well-preserved colonial buildings. This relaxing, atmospheric destination, one of the most pleasant in south India, gained further notice as the hometown of the protagonist in the recent award-winning novel and film Life of Pi.
Once an outpost of the French in India, Pondicherry, renamed Puducherry, is an ancient seaside city that dates back to Roman times. Even after the British decisively defeated the French in India, Pondicherry and several other cities remained under French control; after independence, it was merged with the rest of India. Today, Pondicherry retains distinct pockets of French flavor, including wide boulevards, the cylindrical kepis worn by the police, excellent French cuisine, and well-preserved colonial buildings. This relaxing, atmospheric destination, one of the most pleasant in south India, gained further notice as the hometown of the protagonist in the recent award-winning novel and film Life of Pi.

EXPERIENCES

EXPERIENCES

French School for the Far East

Visit Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient (EFEO), or the French School for the Far East, which was founded in 1900 in Hanoi but is now headquartered in Paris. Meet with students studying Asian societies, the focus of the EFEO, and have tea with professors who have dedicated their lives to this academic field.

Ganesh Temple

Explore the Ganesh temple, which is usually bustling with locals wishing to get everything from their children to their motorbikes blessed by Lakshmi, a 19-year old female elephant that has been living in Pondicherry for nearly her entire life. Feed her some fruit and she'll tap you on your bowed head with her trunk!

Patisserie

Start off a Pondicherry morning by experiencing the unique intersection of French and Tamil culture at a local patisserie, where you can chat with the owner about his upbringing in Pondicherry, and how he came to learn his craft.

Salle a Manger

Have drinks and dinner at Salle a Manger, the restaurant of The Calve, a property in black town and a former home of a prominent Chettinad family. It was built 150 years ago and restored with authentic materials such as Chettinad plaster and Atangudi tiles.

Silk Shopping

Shop in Pondicherry’s booming commercial district, including the shop of a famed silk designer who Skypes with her clients overseas to show them her newest creations. Her shop has many fine examples of her table and bed linens and sari silk from various parts of India that she personally sources and carries back to Pondicherry.

Soldat Family Dinner

Have dinner in the home of a prominent Soldat family. Soldats were lndian veterans of the French military whose army pensions made them quite wealthy upon their return home. This is a great chance to learn about a little-known slice of East-meets-West history of the 20th century.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a religious hermitage founded by Sri Aurobindo, who came from a prominent Brahmin, or first-caste, family. While there is no present guru, an enormous amount of spiritual works have been bequeathed to the ashram.

Walking Tour

Embark on a comprehensive walking tour of the town, passing by its quaint French colonial buildings, churches, and the war memorial commemorating the loss of French soldiers' lives in World War I. Walk through Ville Blanche (white town) and Ville Noire (black town), so named because the former was where most of the French lived and the latter was the Tamil side.

india Regions

INDIA Regions

START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY

CONTACT US

india Goes Well With

india Goes Well With

EXPLORE OTHER ITINERARIES

Where to go

Choose Your Destination

What to do

Choose Your Interest

When to go

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Macao
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Oman
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Siberia
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Tibet
Turkmenistan
Uae
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Amazing Landscapes
Architecture
Art
Beaches
Bicycling
Celebrations
Cuisine
Diving
Glamping
Heritage
Luxury Cruises
Luxury Trains
Motorcycling
Off The Grid
Romance
Skiing
Spirituality
Sports
Trekking
Tribal
Unesco
Wellness
Wildlife
With Kids

FILTER TO SELECT YOUR ITINERARY

TRAVELOGUES

TRAVELOGUES

The Forgotten Tibetan Refugees of Darjeeling

The Forgotten Tibetan Refugees of Darjeeling

Author : Elisha Donkin
The Tibetan Refugee Center is a rundown, underused facility in Darjeeling. It's not just a place for the best momos in India; it's a testament to the resilience of the refugees who fled and the heritage of those who stayed.
Read More
Raffles Hotels Bound for Udaipur in 2020 and Jaipur in 2022

Raffles Hotels Bound for Udaipur in 2020 and Jaipur in 2022

Author : Tyler Roney
Two new Raffles hotels are set for Jaipur and Udaipur, one in the budding hotel region of Kukas, the other on a private island in Udai Sagar Lake.
Read More
Calcutta Canyon: A Wild West World in Bengal

Calcutta Canyon: A Wild West World in Bengal

Author : Sugato Mukherjee
Four hours outside of Calcutta is a strange Wild West world of Gongoni Danga, red earth and green scrub with a demon cave backstory.
Read More
The Jews of Mumbai: Bollywood and Bombay’s Blue Synagogue

The Jews of Mumbai: Bollywood and Bombay’s Blue Synagogue

Author : Sharon McDonnell
The history of Bombay is indelibly linked to the Jews of Mumbai, a legacy alive today in the culture and architecture of India's greatest city.
Read More
Heart of Hyderabad: Hidden Treasures of Charminar

Heart of Hyderabad: Hidden Treasures of Charminar

Author : Ronan O'Connell
Charminar in Hyderabad is a whirlwind of shopping, architecture, and history, but it's also a gateway to the cultural heart of the city.
Read More
Jaipur Forts: Inside Nahargarh, Amber, and Jaigarh

Jaipur Forts: Inside Nahargarh, Amber, and Jaigarh

Author : Ronan O'Connell
The Jaipur forts offer distinctive views into one of the most important cities in Rajasthan. We take a closer look at Nahargarh, Amber, and Jaigarh.
Read More

WHY CHOOSE US

WHY CHOOSE US

Couple from Texas - Aman Jet Expedition, October 2016
“ We have used some of the top rated travel specialists all over the world and, without question, Catherine Heald and Remote Lands are at the very top of the list! ”
More Testimonials
Remote Lands Adds Itineraries in Siberia
Remote Lands Adds Itineraries in Siberia
  by Departures Online
Travelista's How To Spend It
Travelista's How To Spend It
  by Financial Times

FEATURED JOURNEYS

FEATURED JOURNEYS

Lessons in Chinese Legend – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

Lessons in Chinese Legend – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

BEIJING - XI'AN - HANGZHOU - CHENGDU - LIJIANG - ZHANGJIAJIE - SHANGHAI
September 8-20, 2019
The Grandest Tour – Aman Private Jet Expedition

The Grandest Tour – Aman Private Jet Expedition

Japan - China - Vietnam - Thailand - Bhutan - India - Greece - Montenegro - Italy
March 20 - April 10, 2020
Kyoto to Greece Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020

Kyoto to Greece Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020

Japan - Philippines - Indonesia - Sri Lanka - UAE - Turkey - Greece
April 19 - May 5, 2020
Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

China - Bhutan - India - Sri Lanka
October 12-28, 2019
The Grandest Tour – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

The Grandest Tour – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

Japan - China - Vietnam - Thailand - Bhutan - India - Greece - Montenegro - Italy
April 15 - May 6, 2019
 Satisfy your urge to explore #TakeMeToRemoteLands
NEWSLETTER

OUR DESTINATIONS

Stay in Touch

© 2019 Remote Lands. All rights reserved

Sign up