Back then the city was divided into two parts by a canal, the French Colony and the Indian Colony. Over the time, the lines seem to be blurred but eventually, the French colony is now called the White Town and another part of town is called Heritage Town.
Tourists visiting Pondicherry prefer staying in the White Town, Auroville or some cosy place around but for us, as we had a very limited time, convenience mattered a lot so we decided to make Hotel Abirami Residency our home for the stay. Hotel Abirami Residency is a good 3-star hotel in the centre of the town and located near the marketplace. The hotel offered value for money rooms with affordable pricing and food.
As we reached Pondicherry late evening, we could not possibly plan anything around but we decided not to waste much of the time and visit the most famous cafe located on the Rock beach -The Le Cafe. The Le Cafe has been standing tall since over a decade now and is open all day and also during night hours with good food at extremely affordable prices.
The next day started for us at around 9 am. We rented an Activa which costed us Rs. 250 per day (without fuel ) which allowed us to have quick access around the town without depending on any public transport or cab service. , The places give you a feel of Goa to some extent with everything being quiet and a pleasant morning with slow-paced life, but this does not remain the same as the day progresses. I would advise moving out very early to explore, to have the real fun and taste of this beautiful place.
The white town has many colony and bungalows of Franco-Tamil architecture. Strolling through the streets of White Town you can witness the beauty of this town. In contradiction to the picturesque White Town Pondicherry also has a bunch of concrete structures where the poorer section of society lives in.