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News @ Puducherry » The Puducherry administration is keen to starting the operations in Puducherry Airport at the earliest possible in the interest of tourism promotion. Puducherry Welfare and Tourism Minister P.Rajavelu urged Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to earmark sufficient funds for Pondy for development and introduction of new tourism related projects in the Union Territory.
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Puducherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues, which, combined with the systematic town planning and the well planned French style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambience.
The most popular tourist destinations are the four beaches in Puducherry, which are Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, The Auroville Beach and Serenity Beach[8]. Sri Aurobindo Ashram located on rue de la Marine, is one of the best-known and wealthiest ashrams in India.

Auroville (City of Dawn) is an "experimental" township located 8 km North-West of Puducherry. Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. Puducherry is little away from Chennai in the east coast, and east coast is having continuous stretch of mangroves.

Quiet beaches and peaceful resorts to the north and south balance the towns bustling, yet easy going life. But Pondy hasn't only its own special attractions to offer.

It is a perfect base to explore the rich destinations around it, even in daily trips: Auroville, the international City of Unity; the imposing Gingee Fort, the holy temple towns of Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chidambaram, the heritage sculptures and magnificent rock temples of Mamallapuram, and the cool and lush hill stations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal.

For the greater part of the year Pondicherry has a hot and humid climate with temperatures ranging between 26°C and 38°C. During this time it is mostly dry with a blue sky. The main rainy season is in November-January and the 'small' monsoon in July-September relieves Pondy from the summer heat with light showers.

Though there is usually a high humidity in Pondicherry, during the months of May and June there may be at times a hot dry landwind blowing. The summer runs from March till July. The skies are cloudless and temperatures are soaring upto 40 degrees and beyond in May and June. The monsoon on the west coast brings some relief in July-August with milder temperatures and occasional showers, which may last till October.

The winter starts in November and the north-east monsoon cools the days and nights with the rains it brings along. Temperatures hover around the 30 degrees and the evenings are usually pleasantly cooler. This is the best season in Pondicherry, especially for the foreign visitor. Along the boulevard walk is a wonderful with a refreshing and invigorating evening sea breeze.

Cotton clothes are the most comfortable choice. Pondicherians are used to western style casual clothing within limits. Chappels and sandals are practical and there is a wide choice, in case you didn't bring with you. During the monsoons a light raincoat or umbrella are useful and are locally available.

Pondicherry has its own unique festivals with its own colourful ambience: The International Yoga Festival in January, Maasi Magam in February - March at the beach of the Fishing Village and Fete de Pondicherry in August.

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Puthucherry offers a wide range of accommodation options to the tourists including hotels,furnished homes and guesthouses.
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Puthucherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples, and
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Pondicherry has a special ambience, not felt anywhere else in India. It is a blend of spiritual aura, French colonial
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There are several Temples, Churches and mosques in Puthucherry.
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