The remarkable French links, greenish avenues, attractively old fashioned colonial inheritance and stretches of exquisite beaches, brands Puducherry as a radically distinctive location that draws thousands of tourists from all over the world. Relish the unearthly scene wearing a spectacle where the glass is made by the French and the frame by the Indians. A wide range of entertainment spots along with the choice of eating houses offering delectable cuisines is sure to make you forget about the routine lifestyle.
Puducherry: Past and Present
After the nation attained independence on August 15th 1947, the then government of India and the French Government came to an agreement to hold polls in French occupied parts to decide their social and political futurity. The day of 1st November 1954 holds significant importance in the history of Puducherry as Pondicherry was reassigned to Republic of India.
The Treaty of Cessation, 1956 states
"The Establishments will keep the benefit of the special administrative status which was in force prior to 1 November 1954. Any constitutional changes in this status which may be made subsequently shall be made after ascertaining the wishes of the people."
During the year1962, under the 14th Amendment of the Indian fundamental law, Puducherry got constituted as a Union Territory to be administrated by the President of India. Puducherry has really come long way, originated as a small fishing village and today the urban centre is regarded as an important port city in the country.
Administration in Puducherry
Contrary to the other Union Territories of India, Puducherry has been granted partial statehood, and that is the primary reason behind Puducherry having its own legislative assembly with elections. The Treaty of Cession, 1956 is the principal reason behind Puducherry having its own legislative assembly and elections.
At the same time, the administrative abilities of the legislative assembly of Puducherry and its council of ministers are limited to a certain extent as most of the lawmaking conclusions must be appropriated for the consideration and acquiescence of the President of India.
Tourism in Puducherry
Some of the popular tourist attractions of Puducherry include amazing beaches like Serenity Beach, Auroville Beach, Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach and historic religious sites like Kanniga Parameswari Temple, Manakula Vinayagar Koil,Vedhapureeswarar Temple, Notre Dame de’Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple, Church of the Capuchins, Church of Our Lady of Good Health, The Notre Dame des Anges, The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Meeran Mosque, Jamai Mosque, Kuthbha Mosque and Mulla Mohammed Mosque.
Puducherry is also renowned for its awe-inspiring heritage buildings and monuments like Children’s Park & Dupleix Statue, The Mairie, Le Cafe, Gandhi Statue, French War Memorial, 19th Century Light House, Aayi Mandapam, and illustrious museums like Puducherry Museum, Jawahar Toy Museum, Bharathidasan Museum, Children’s Museum, Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum and many more. Some of the notable backwater sites and gardens of Puducherry include Puducherry Botanical Gardens, Bharathi Park, Keezhoor, Chunnambar Backwater and other important tourist attractions like Ari Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville.