Pondicherry (Union Territory)

The old French colony had two distinct city portions the Ville Blanche and the Ville Noire, the latter being for the natives. The world renowned Aurobindo Ashram is here. The Govt museum, Jawahar Toy museum, Police museum, Sacred Heart Church, French Institute, Manakula Vinayagar, Drowpathiamman Temple, the Botanical gardens, beaches, Auroville, etc are among other attractions. Nearest airport: Chennai (166 km).