Pondicherry, also referred to as Puducherry and ”˜Pondy’, is an attractive coastal town with an interesting cultural heritage resulting from the many nationalities who have lived here over the centuries. The gracious French Quarter is especially appealing and is in stark contrast to the bustling Tamil Muslim Quarter.
Reasons to visit Pondicherry include:
Pondicherry can be visited year-round though in the summer (March ”“ June) the daytime temperature can be over 30Â°C. The monsoon occurs from July to September but rainfall is in showers rather than continuous. The winter (October - February) is pleasantly cool.
Stay in the French Quarter and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of this part of town, ideal for relaxing after sightseeing.
Time: GMT +5Â½ hours
Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.