Literally meaning a small hamlet or a village, Puducherry lies in the Coromandel Coast and is the educational hub of the southern India. It consists of four districts –- Pondicherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe. Pondicherry is the biggest district from which the union territory gets its name.
As discussed before, Puducherry shows a remarkable French influence. But the territory reflects a heady mix of English, Danes, Portugese, Dutch, besides Tamil flavors also, as it has been home to these people at one or the other time.
Pondicherry has several attractions that include, among the others, Aurobindo Ashram, Arikamedu Archaeological Excavations, Botanical Garden, Pondicherry Beach, Old Navy Pier, and Auroville. The town of Pondicherry is architecturally beautiful and has separate French and Tamil quarters.