The history of the city of Pondicherry is recorded only after the arrival of Dutch, Portuguese, British and French colonialists. By contrast, nearby places such as Arikamedu, Ariyankuppam, Kakayanthoppe, Villianur and Bahur, which were colonised by the French East India Company over a period of time and which later became the union territory of Pondicherry, which also has recorded history predating the colonial period.A marketplace named Poduke or Poduca is recorded as a Roman trading destination from the mid 1st century.
Sight Seeing Places
In July 2014, Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom, George Osborne, announced while on a visit to India that a statue of Mahatma Gandhi would be placed in Parliament Square, Westminster. He said that "I hope this new memorial will be a lasting and fitting tribute to his memory in Britain, and a permanent monument to our friendship with India."It was announced at the same time that sculptor Philip Jackson had been asked to create the statue.He had previously created the statue of the Queen Mother, the RAF Bomber Command Memorial,and the statue of Bobby Moore.Planning permission was granted by Westminster City Council later that year in November.
Puducherry Science Centre & Planetarium
Puducherry Science Centre & Planetarium (also known as Puducherry Science Park) is a public science planetarium. It is located in Lawspet, India. The centre was designed, developed and set up by the National Council of Science Museums.The Science Demonstration Corner conducts live demonstrations and experiments to groups of visitors and students. The Children's Corner offers simple experiments for children. A workshop equipped with tools and tackles is provided for maintenance of the exhibits and development of new ones. The capital cost of Rupees 375 Lakhs approximately for this facility was equally shared by the Government of India and Government of Puducherry. The Digital Planetarium's cost was borne by the State. The Science Centre and Planetarium sprawl over a 3-acre land with a built-up area of 1500
A French colony until 1954, this coastal town retains a number of colonial buildings, churches, statues, and systematic town planning, as well as urban architecture of the local Tamil style. As such the town has been dubbed "The Europe of India". The town struggles to preserve what little remains of the ambiance once created by this unique mix of cultural heritage.It nevertheless draws tourists from around the world and from across India. Pondicherry is also a popular weekend destination, which can be reached easily from the nearby cities such as Chennai and Bangalore, principally because lower taxation on alcoholic beverages makes drinking in the Union Territory enclave much less expensive than in neighboring states.
Old Light House
In nineteenth century, the only light to guide ships coming to Pondicherry was atop the Red Hills which was inadequate. The project was finally taken up during the tenure of Governor Saint Simon in 1835. Louis Guerre was the engineer of the project. The foundation stone for the lighthouse was laid at the end of 1835 and the inauguration ceremony took place in February 1836.The height of the lighthouse is 29 meters. It has a round tower and a square base. The cost of construction was 10,000 francs. The foundation has a depth of nine meters. Its light beam could be seen from a distance of 15 miles. The light source consisted of six oil lamps and two reflectors. The light source was converted to electric lamps in 1913. The power of the lamp was increased in 1931.The new lamp had a range of 26 nautical miles. It took 36 seconds for one full rotation of the beam.
how t o reach
By Rail : The nearest railhead is Pondichery,which is connected with Yeshwanthpur,Hyderabad,Manglore
Distances From Banglore:
Banglore: 311 km
Mysore: 466 km
Chennai: 170 km
By Air : Pondichery has domestic airport is there which is connected with major cities in India