Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India and also known as Puducherry and "The French Riviera of the East". This famous coastal town retains a number of colonial buildings, churches, statues, and systematic town planning, as well as urban architecture of the local Tamil style.
Pondicherry is also a popular weekend destination, which can be reached easily from the nearby cities such as Chennai and Bangalore, principally because lower taxation on alcoholic beverages makes drinking in the Union Territory enclave much less expensive than in neighboring states.
The main tourist attractions in and around the city are listed below.
Important Places to see: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville (known as City of Dawn), various monuments, statues and museums,
Beaches in Pondicherry: Promenade Beach, Paradise beach, Auroville beach
Gardens & Parks: Botanical Garden, Ousteri Wetland and National Park, Bharathi Park
Hindu Temples: Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanniga Parameswari Temple
Churches: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (The Church of Our Lady of Angels), Church of Capuchins
Mosques: Meeran mosque, Kuthbha (meaning preaching) mosque
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