Pondicherry, the largest French colony in India, is a Union Territory. At present it is officially called Puducherry. For more than 300 years, the French ruled this Indian Territory and at present, it stands as a living testimony of French culture flourished in India. The city is located on the East-Coast about 160 kms, South of Chennai. From visitor’s point of view the city is considered a unique place having distinct spiritual vibration. The whole town is designed as a grid delimited by a crammed boulevard.
The Pondicherry Union Territory is formed out of four independent districts Karaikal, Pondicherry, Yanam and Mahe. Karaikal and Pondicherry are located on Tamil Nadu’s East Coast, while Mahe is on the West coast in Kerala and Yanam in Andhra Pradesh. Telugu, Tamil, French and Malyalam are the official languages of Pondicherry.
Population : 9, 73,829
Area : Union Territory: 480 Sq. Km; Pondicherry city: 290 Sq. Km
Literacy : 74.91%
Winter (Nov to Feb), Temperature: Max 300 C & Min 240 C
Summer (March to July), Temperature: Max 400 C (in May) and Average: 380 C to 350 C
Monsoon : In August there are occasional showers that continue in September and October (mostly).The weather condition in Pondicherry is hot, but is manageable.