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PUDUCHERRY (Pondicherry)

TRAVEL AGENTS & TOUR OPERATORS (As officially provided)

AGS Travels 342446

Amsham Travels: Email:amshame@md2.vsnl.net.in 48, Chetty Street, Puducherry 605001 338513, 339467 342412

Atlanta Travels& Tours E-mail: Atlanta-travels.com No.496, M.G.Road, Puducherry-1 2342057, 2225468

Auro Travels Email: aurotrav@giasmd01.vsnl.net.in 12B, Jawaharlal Nehru Street, Puducherry - 605001. 335128, 335560 336247

Balaji Travels 335062

Bonjour Bonheur Forex Spot Pvt Ltd Email:bonbonspot@satyam.net.in No:119, Kosakadai Street Puducherry 605 001. 2331732, 2331215

Chetak Travels Email: chetak@vsnl.com chetak@touchindia.net Website:www.chetaktravel.com 45, JN Street, Puducherry 605001; 2332615; 2342967/68

Hindustan Travels 337353 ITDC, Email: itdchpa@satyam.net.in Pipdic Building, Rue Roman Rolland, Puducherry-1 2655160 to 68 LaConcorde Tours E-mail:laconcorde@vsnl.net No:144, Mission Street, Puducherry 605001; 2223232; 2339283

Mate Travel E-Mail:info@thetravelmate.com Web:www.thetravelmate.com No.13, Rue Candappa, Puducherry; 4200525 Shameem Cabs 04368 - 22667 Sindu Cabs 237953

Souvenir Email: souvenir@md2.vsnl.net.in 155, Mission Street, Puducherry; 2333332,2338192

Sugam Travels Email: sugamtravels@webstudio6.com 56, M.G. Road, Puducherry - 605001; 336994, 22564

Tourist Taxis No.64, Laporte Street, Puducherry - 605001; 227218

Tourism Information Services Email:augustusa@angelfire.com gauticrari@usa.net No. 13, Lal Bahadur Shastri Street, Puducherry - 605001; 225867

Universal Travels 331639 Vijay Tourists Cabs 41363


Climate: It is warm and humid. In summer, max temp can hit 40 degrees C and the min around 28. It rains during July to August and again from October to December. April-June is summer. Best time to visit: December to March. Winter is warm with a high of 30 deg C and min at 18. Light jackets in winter.

People: Most people are educated. There are several excellent educational institutions. The famous Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education and Aurbindo Ashram are located here. The influence of French culture and character is very much seen although most people are Dravidian. It's definitely a a multi-national, multi-cultural town and therefore cosmopolitan in nature. There is a community of French people and there are quite a few French institutions.

Language: Most people speak Tamil and other south Indian languages. However, English and French coexist. English is the official language.

Economy: Agriculture, dairy and fishing are the mainstay.

Transport: There is a good network of roads and railways. Good bus service. Puducherry has a domestic airport. Nearby other airports are Trichy airport and Madurai airport, both in Tamil Nadu. The nearest international airports are in Chennai (135 km), the Capital of Tamil Nadu, and Bengaluru (320 km), Capital of nearby Karnataka.

Tourist interests: Beaches ( Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, The Auroville Beach and Serenity Beach ); monuments like churches (Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Church of the Capuchins ), colonial buildings and temples (Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple-Ganapathi, Thirukaameeswarar Temple-Periya Koil-Lord Siva, Varadaraja Perumal Temple onMG Road) built during the ancient times; the world famous Aurobindo Ashram; Auroville (City of Dawn of 'Mother'), an experimental township 8 km north-west of Pondicherry; French style avenues; One can definitely experience a spiritual ambience in Puducherry; French War Memorial; Romain Rolland Library; Governor's Palace; Bharati Park (Government Park); Light House; Pondicherry Municipality French-style building; Public Works Department in Bussy Street - French-style; Romain Rolland library; Lycee Francais imparts French education-no entry; Chunnambar Beach and Backwater Resort have backwater boat tours

Accommodation: All types of accommodation are availbale. Most hotels have AC ac the climate is by and large hot and humid.

Tip: Service guys everywhere expect a tip.

Food: South Indian and French dishes are common; To avoid dehydration and also to prevent contamination, carry a bottle of mineral or boiled water; salt-sugar mix in water averts dehydration.

Precaution: Pickpockets, taxi/rickshaw drivers; follow customs; shoes, belts, handbags, camera cases etc. are prohibited in temples.

Festivals: International Yoga Festival - 4th to 7th January every year - brings in participants from all over the world; 13th to 16th January - Pongal festival, the harvest festival; Navaratri; Deepavali.

Shopping: Anna Salai; Nehru Street (J.N.Street); Mahatma Gandhi Street (M.G.Street); Cathedral Street (Mission Street); Romain Rolland Street (Sunday closed); octroi-free and low tax on all goods; buy perfumes, handicrafts, fashionable garments, marbled silks, leather, ceramics; quality non-toxic incense sticks, cones, scented candles, perfumed oils, sachets, incense holders, ceramic holders and diffusers; French mustard and bakery; Pondicherry Mineral Water

STD Codes: Puducherry 0413; Yanam 08863; Karaikal 04368; Mahe 04983

CONTACT (for Govt accommodation):-

Managing Director, Puducherry Tourism Development Corporation(PDTC), 21, St. Vincent de Paul Street, Colas Nagar, Pondicherry 605 001. Ph: +91 413 2353532 Fax: +91 413 2356444 Email: wowpondy@gmail.com

CONTACT (for tourist info):-

Director of Tourism, Dr.Ambedkar Salai, Opp : Indira Gandhi Sports Complex Pondicherry 605 001. Ph: +91 413 2358570,73,76 Fax: +91 413 2358572 Email: tourism.pon@nic.in, pondytourism@gmail.com http://tourism.pondicherry.gov.in/

CONTACT-2 (for tourist info):-

Tourism Information Centre , 40,Goubert Avenue Pondicherry-605 001, India Tel: +91 413 2339497 Email: tourism.pon@nic.in

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