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Tamil Quarters, Pondicherry

About Tamil Quarters, Pondicherry

Pondicherry (Puducherry or Pondy) is one of the 8 Union Territories of India....Read More

Best Shops In Tamil Quarters, Pondicherry

About Tamil Quarters, Pondicherry

Pondicherry (Puducherry or Pondy) is one of the 8 Union Territories of India. There is definitely more to the coastal city of Pondicherry than just about relaxing and discovering inner peace. From textiles, designer wear, export surplus, leather items, Kashmiri carpets to pottery and furniture, Pondicherry has everything to offer. There are exclusive shops for Kashmiri carpets and shawls that are popular with tourists. Starkly different from the French quarters (also called White Town) is the Tamil quarters that resembles those in any South Indian towns. Going on a shopping spree in Pondicherry? Let’s check out what Shops in Tamil Quarters have to offer…

 Shops in Tamil Quarters

Shops in Tamil Quarters are crowded and chaotic with a lot of activity and traffic at all times of the day. The names of the streets and roads are also typically Indian as against the French names in the French quarters.

The houses in this part of town have a characteristic small veranda (or a roofed platform along the outside of a house) in the front. It’s quite different from the houses in the French quarters that have high ceilings with no verandas. Further, there are several well-known temples in the Tamil quarters.

Auroville shops

Locals typically own the shops in Tamil Quarters, Pondicherry. We recommend you to visit popular shops like Kalki and La Boutque. They stock exclusive Auroville products.

Further, Casablanca is the most popular department store. Hidesign, which is very popular for its leather bags, is also in this part of town.

The MG (Mahatma Gandhi) Road, JN (Jawaharlal Nehru) street and Ambalatadyar Madam street are the prominent streets for shopping in Pondicherry. Ananda Bhavan is a famous restaurant in this part of Pondicherry.

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French Quarters, Pondicherry

  • French Quarters- The sea facing Promenade The French quarters is the most beautiful setting in Pondicherry. Right in front of the sea , facing the Promenade, are neatly arranged rows of houses in a grid pattern . It is very idyllic and European in ethos and atmosphere. There is a lot of history here. The French ruled in Pondicherry from 1670 to 1954 and left an indelible mark on the city with their architecture, among other influences. Historical French Quarters In addition to the Gandhi statue , there is also a tall statue of Dupleix as well as a French War Memorial on Goubert Avenue on the Promenade .There is also a marble statue of Joan of Arc, which is located in front of the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Dumas Street. The Bharathi Park, the Governor’s residence, the Pondicherry Museum and the Aurobindo Ashram ,are all in the French quarters. Shop in Rue Rolland& Rue Dumas The French quarters is characterized by churches, convent buildings and villas painted in white or cheery yellow. Several of these residences have been converted to boutique shops in Pondicherry . Wander around these streets , all with French names ,on foot and shop at a relaxed and easy pace. There is no market frenzy that you would typically have in other big cities. Rue Dumas, Rue Romain Rolland, Rue Suffren and Rue du Bazar St Laurent are some of the streets with best shops in Pondicherry. Many of these shops have small cafes with interesting cuisines situated within their premises. Check out Shopkhoj for reviews about markets in Pondicherry
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