Now officially known as Puducherry, Pondicherry used to be a French colonial settlement until after independence- 1954. The remains of French influence are still very visible in the lanes of this Indian union territory. The French built a separate part for themselves in Pondicherry, known as the French Quarters or White Town, with formal grids lined with swaying palm trees and houses built in French architecture. On the other hand, the Tamil Quarters or Black Town was over the drain and grew organically. The sea-facing French Quarters are something that charm tourists from India and abroad even today. The brightly painted houses, eclectic cafes and chic boutiques are all as Instagrammable as Pondi gets!
Apart from the rich heritage and blowing hippie scene, the adventure sports in Pondicherry also bring in a massive tourism inflow. By the Bay of Bengal, this little post-colonial town offers a wide range of activities to choose from. Of all water sports in Pondicherry, scuba diving is a must-try. With its artificial reefs and exotic underwater marine species, scuba diving is definitely one of the best water sports activities in Pondicherry. Apart from this, other sports like kayaking, jet ski, sailing, parasailing and canoeing are other popular water games in Pondicherry.
Whatever your fix might be- bumming on the beach, finding your spiritual self at Auroville, getting an architectural overdose at the French Quarters or pumping some adrenaline with activities like parasailing in Pondicherry, this town has you covered. Cafe hopping, yoga and meditation, swimming in the sea or getting your adventure sports game on- everything is possible here!