Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast of India. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual sceneries, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches and backwaters and a surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines provide a heady mix of experience that draws travelers from near and far to the city. ... It is the perfect place to come if you want to take the pace of life down a few notches.The Union Territory of Puducherry comprises of four coastal regions namely Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Puducherry and Karaikal are situated on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu, Yanam in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe on the West Coast in Kerala.
There are bout 15 Temples out of which Manakula Vinayaka, Sri Vedapuriswar, and Kamatchiamman are the most famous. Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry that is before 1666. It has a golden spire and walls portraying forty different forms of Ganesha.
French missionary zeal in the 17th and 18th saw a number of imposing churches built here. "The Sacred-Heart Church", situated on the south boulevard, stands out as an oriental specimen of gothic splendor. It contains rare and beautiful stained glass panels depicting saints and events from the life of Christ. "The Immaculate Conception Cathedral", on the Cathedral Street, was first built in 1692. It took its present shape in 1791. "Our Lady of Angels Church" is notable for its masonry and prayer mass are done in French, which makes this church quite unique.