Located in the state of Tamil Nadu and heavily French-influenced, Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry or Pondy) was under French rule until 1954. The vestiges of French colonialism are still downright evident, from the lifestyle shops and restaurants that sell French-inspired fare and ware to the people who up to this day still speak the European language. Brightly painted houses, large boulevards, French road signs, colonial buildings, and massive gothic churches are what make Pondy famous, but if you’ve been in India for a long time, its unique French cuisine is a breath of fresh air. Pondicherry Aurobindo ashramam is a world famous religious place for Aurobindo followers. The Pondicherry lake, boat house, Auroville, Immacuate Cathedral, Ousteri Wetland, war memorial and museum are a few attractions in this place.