Puducherry is known for its serene beaches, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville and French heritage, and is referred to as “The French Riviera of the East”. Pondicherry is the capital and the largest city of the union territory of Puducherry.

The name Puducherry said to be derived from local words “putu” (new) and “ceri” (village). It is formed out of four districts, namely Puducherry (Pondicherry), Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.

The climate of Pondicherry is tropical wet and dry, similar to that of coastal Tamil Nadu. Summer lasts from April to early June, when maximum temperatures reaches upto 41 °C.