Everybody knows about India's beloved French town, Pondicherry. The white courtyards, yellow buildings and sprawling Bay of Bengal has attracted tourists, both Indian and international, to Pondicherry since ages.
But did you know that the French didn't settle just in Pondicherry? They established many other colonies and all of them are an experience in themselves. These colonies spread from the Coromandel Coast to the Malabar Coast and all the way to West Bengal! The French first came to India in 1668 and established their control over Pondicherry by 1674. They never wanted to politically seize India; their goal was only commercial and therefore they established only five colonies here, instead of taking control of the entire country.
These five French colonies are Pondicherry, Karaikal in Tamil Nadu and Yanaon in Andhra Pradesh on the Coromandel Coast, Mahe in Kerala on the Malabar Coast and Chandernagore in West Bengal. While we all know about Pondicherry and many of us have even visited the town, the others are largely unknown. So let's go and explore the other French settlements of India.