Pondicherry is the capital of the union territory of Puducherry. It is located at a distance of 160 kilometers from Chennai and 300 kilometers from Bangalore. India became independent of the British in 1947 but the French settlements moved out of India in 1954 handing out the present union territory of Puducherry to the Indian government.
The town was officially inaugurated in 1968. Auroville Ashram is considered as the “Universal town” and the city is perfectly planned in a circle of radius 1.25 kms.
Pondicherry Museum - Pondicherry
Pondicherry is also known as the ‘French Riviera of India’ as the city still holds its past history of the French colonialization.
One among the highly populated tourist places in Pondicherry is the Pondicherry Museum. This place houses a variety of sculptures and archeological findings from Arikamedu. The foyer has a lot of stone statues. There are also many pre Christian relics such as Roman and Greek jars and pieces.The museum has a Fossil room, Geology room, collections of coins, handicrafts and other relics. Other places to visit in Pondicherry includes Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Ousteri Wetland and National Park and Park monument in the Government park of Pondicherry.
A trip to India would be incomplete without seeing the ways French colonialization has had an effect in India. There are lots of monuments and other museums which showcase the French rule in Pondicherry.