Pondicherry , which got part of Union of India in the year 1962 following liberation from French Occupation, boasts of an arrondissement named 'White Town'. Even after 59 years vestiges of French colonial era is pretty evident every where in Pondicherry ,more so , in this quartier ,which derives its' name as it used to be inhabited by white French people - a stark reminder of racial division prevalent at that time.However, at present point of time, French quartier is surfeit with 19 th century French villa turned into uptrend cafes , quirky restaurants with interesting graffiti art adorning its' façade , and boutique hotels with intriguing art décor - a perfect ensemble for bon-vivant life. The leafy cobble stoned streets are flanked by Palatial buildings , facades of which are straight out of a palette box ,adding fairy tales que stature to the suburb , of denizens , dotted by handy-craft shops showcasing ingenuity of the local people.
The next stop on Kriti’s itinerary is White Town, known for its gorgeous French colonial-era villas. This quaint area is also a great spot to enjoy Tamil-Franco cuisine.
2. Walk around White Town - White town or Heritage town still holds witness to the colonial period with its vivid buildings and structures. The well- planning buildings in this part of the city are best explored on foot. Watch out for colourful buildings and graffiti for your Instagram pictures. As you stroll on the streets you can visit Aurobindo ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Gandhi Statue, Old lighthouse, War memorial, John Arc Statue and Dupleix Statue. Spend your evening watching sunset on rock beach/promenade beach while spinning some sweet milk or filter coffee from Kbs (a roadside stall).
9. 1PM - 4PM I had couple of business meetings in this duration. So, couldnt explore much. However, during this time you can go to the Paradise Beach which is the cleanest beach in Pondi , you can go to Aurobindho Asharam & The Sacred Heart Basilica. I had my plan fixed for 5PM.
2. 7:30AM - Walk around White town it is the same area where the hotel is situated. Walk through the lanes of the French colonial past