Pondicherry – Window of French culture

Pondichery is also known as the window of french culture in India. The French culture and heritage are still alive in the heart of Pondicherry city. The French heritage town is located in the Raj Bhavan constituency adjacent to the rocky beach. The architecture and buildings in this part of the city are very similar to old french towns. Many of the heritage buildings are converted into heritage hotels and cafes as Pondicherry is one the largest tourist destination in India.Even today, Puducherry houses a medium-sized community of French, and French is included as a functionary language of the Government of Puducherry. Furthermore, there are about 6,500 French people cross-filed in the Southern part of India, and out of them about 5,500 are living in the union territory of Puducherry.

When the British gained control of the whole of India in the late 1850s, they allowed the French to retain their settlements in the country. Pondicherry, Mahe, Yanam, Karaikal and Chandernagar remained a part of French India until 1954.

Pondicherry heritage

The French forces first set their foot in Pondicherry in the year 1674 and finished their rule in the year 1954. Today, Puducherry, as it is formally recognized as a traditional destination with a delicate French touch in anything to everything. 
It is important to note that the Gallic influence in Puducherry keeps going to this day. Instances include the egg-shaped central city with right-angled street crossroads, the avenue that environs the primary part of the township, architecture patterns of the 18th and 19th-century church buildings and public edifices, a promenade (public area set aside as a pedestrian walk) along the beach, and even statues of  Joseph Francois Dupleix and Joan of Arc. Watched from the ocean, the visible horizon is distinctive from that of a typical French Mediterranean settlement. The trademark of Pondicherry is the flat-top tube-shaped red service cap worn by the Puducherry police.