Lately I've been obsessed with exploring different architectural houses in India. I have explored the Portuguese Heritage Colony in Fontainhas in Goa and lived in Traditional Himachali house in Tirthan Valley. I have visited Pondicherry twice, my last visit to this place was on my journey on the Golden Chariot - the only luxury train in South India. Both the times I had experienced the French culture and I can keep going back to Pondicherry for the awesome French food.
Pondicherry is planned according to the French grid structure and has perpendicular streets. The French Quarter (Ville Blanche / White Town) lies on one side of the canal that separates the town from the Indian Quarter (Ville Noire / Black Town). The Heritage Walk in the French Quarter of Pondicherry is through the primary four streets: RUE DUMAS, RUE ROMAIN ROLLAND, RUE SUFFREN and RUE LA BOURDONNAIS. The best way to soak in the French culture is to explore these streets on foot.
French Villas in French Quarter Pondicherry
Heritage French villas converted to guest houses in Pondicherry
Vibrant streets of French Quarter in Pondicherry
French cafes in Pondicherry
There are many French cafes in Pondicherry that serve excellent and creative crepes and other dishes.
The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges / The Church or our Lady of Angels in French Quarter, Pondicherry
Matri Mandir In Auroville
Dates of my visit to Pondicherry
2nd visit: 22 Feb 2017
Best time to travel to Pondicherry
P.S. I had explored Auroville and Pondicherry twice. First time it was by myself and the second time I was invited by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation for a journey on Golden Chariot which took me through these destinations.