Top things to do

Top Choice Multicuisine in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Deservedly popular for its excellent Continental cuisine, Satsanga, like most places in this genre, offers a full Indian menu as well. It's especially strong on steaks, fish, prawns and pâtés. There are good vegetar…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Gorgeous, jewel-coloured silk and cotton fashions, as well as accessories, incense, essential oils, handmade-paper trinkets and more, mostly made at Auroville, where there's another branch.
Top Choice Italian in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

La Pasta

Pasta lovers should make a pilgrimage to this little spot with just four check-cloth tables, where a real Italian whips up her own authentically yummy sauces and concocts her own perfect pasta in an open-plan kitche…
Bar in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


A quirky little semi-open-air upstairs bar/cafe lounge that's friendly and sociable, and does good cocktails (assuming the barman hasn't disappeared).
Gardens in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Botanical Gardens

Established by the French in 1826, the botanical gardens form a green, if somewhat litter-strewn, oasis on the southwest side of town.
Cathedral in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, completed in 1791, is a robin’s-egg-blue-and-cloud-white typically Jesuit edifice in a Goa-like Portuguese style.
Church in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Notre Dame des Anges

The twin towers and dome of the mellow pink-and-cream Notre Dame des Anges, built in the 1850s, look sublime in the late-afternoon light. The smooth limestone interior was made using eggshells in the plaster.
Church in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Sacred Heart Basilica

The brown-and-white grandiosity of the Sacred Heart Basilica is set off by stained glass and a Gothic sense of proportion.
Hindu Temple in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Pondy may have more churches than most towns, but this is still India, and the Hindu faith still reigns supreme. Don’t miss the chance to watch tourists, pilgrims and the curious get a head pat from the temple eleph…
Clothing in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Going strong since 1960, the Fabindia chain stocks stunning handmade products predominantly made by villagers using traditional craft techniques, and promotes rural employment. This branch has a wonderful collection…