The easy-going city of 'Pondy' as known by the locals is one of those places that you come to for a short break but end up staying longer - thanks to the quiet beaches, quaint architecture and the spiritual discoveries you'll make. Known for its piquant Creole and Tamil cuisine, indolent way of life and spiritual aura, this former French outpost retains nuggets of its colonial past and is ideal for a peaceful, relaxed holiday.
Take in the charm of Auroville and Shri Aurobindo Ash - city of Shri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator, The Mother. Explore the French Quarter and indulge your love for heritage architecture and bits and pieces of Gallic history. Don't forget to take a break at one of the quaint bakeries for some excellent bread and chocolate that's close to ambrosia. If you're thirsting for a sight of the sea, Puducherry's beaches are known for their un-spoilt beauty, while the Promenade is great for shopping and general sightseeing.