Pondicherry – White Town


 

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Being a heritage lover the best part of Pondicherry according to me was the walk around White Town. As the name suggest it was a secluded section in Pondicherry which was exclusively reserved for the white French people who had settled here and called it home after 1674 when they acquired it and used it as a trading post along with other locations such as Mahe, Karaikal, Yanam and Chandannagar.

I have been to Chandannagar since it’s quite near to Kolkata and the classic French architecture is present but not like what we can see in White Town. The moment you enter this locality you will be transported a century back into some French town. The roads, houses, hanging balconies, crisscrossing streets are typical that of a French town something similar that I had seen in St. Louis in Senegal.

It was a visual pleasure beyond words, bright yellowing houses with hanging veranda, bougainvillea covering the entrance and for a change spick and span clean streets. Even though Pondicherry was officially handed back to India in 1954 by the French government but the town remained the way it was and thus creating a pause in its history which is to be cherished.

This is a photo blog that I am dedicating to this wonderful little French town in India. Let the images speak a thousand words to you.

Map of White Town in Pondicherry
Map of White Town in Pondicherry
Lt Governor’s Residence at St Louis Street, White Town – Pondicherry
Lt Governor’s Residence at St Louis Street, White Town – Pondicherry
Lt Governor’s Residence at St Louis Street, White Town - Pondicherry
Lt Governor’s Residence at St Louis Street, White Town – Pondicherry
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St Louis Street, White Town – Pondicherry
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J N Street, White Town – Classic Hanging Veranda – Pondicherry
St Louis Street, White Town – Pondicherry
St Louis Street, White Town – Pondicherry
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Brightly Painted Houses at White Town – Pondicherry
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Classic French Architecture at Law De Lauristor Street, White Town – Pondicherry
Brightly Painted Houses at White Town – Pondicherry
Brightly Painted Houses at White Town – Pondicherry
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Council House at St Louis Street, White Town – Pondicherry
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Street Sings both in Tamil and French at White Town – Pondicherry
Street Sings both in Tamil and French at White Town – Pondicherry
Street Sings both in Tamil and French at White Town – Pondicherry
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My Favourite Petit Canal Street at White Town – Pondicherry
Public Library at White Town – Pondicherry
Public Library at White Town – Pondicherry
Classic Hanging Veranda at Francois Martin Street, White Town – Pondicherry
Classic Hanging Veranda at Francois Martin Street, White Town – Pondicherry
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Chambre De Commerce at Rue Suffren, White Town – Pondicherry

 

Old World Charm, White Town – Pondicherry
Old World Charm, White Town – Pondicherry

 

 

Old World Charm, White Town – Pondicherry
Old World Charm, White Town – Pondicherry
No barking….I Mean No Parking
No barking….I Mean No Parking

Other Blogs on Pondicherry

Churches of Pondicherry

Beaches in Pondicherry

Pondicherry – Things to Do In White Town

Places To Eat In Pondicherry

Arikamedu – The Lost Roman Trading Port Of India

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10 thoughts on “Pondicherry – White Town

    1. Thanks Kapil, the time I was shooting was midday and with the sun and heat I guess more or less the streets were empty. But it really took a hit on me physically, I was panting like a dog and drinking gallons of water and soda… 🙂

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    1. Thanks, French India is often overshadowed by the British India, this needs to be changed and the architecture and cultural revolution brought in by the French, Dutch, Portuguese needs to be highlighted as these can become major tourist attractions… 🙂

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