Pondicherry is a small town ,South of Chennai.It was a French colony until 1954.
The interesting fact is that Pondicherry still retains a distinct French look about it . What’s more, there is a French area (known a French quarters )& Tamil area known as Tamil Quarters. The French Quarters near the Promenade Beach is a quiet,organised part of town with some excellent shops. Rue Romain,Rue Rolland, Rue st Laurent are some of the market areas that one can easily walk through .While it does get a bit warm in the peak summer months, it is a pleasure to walk around this area as there is very little traffic. There are many expats who have set up a manufacturing presence in Pondicherry and prefer to live here
The French Quarters has shops for antique furniture, an embroidery center and several shops for tourists that stock a multitude of products form all over India,
In addition,There are shops that sell candles and other products manufactured in Auroville.
The Tamil Quarters in comparison,is more chaotic & less orderly . There is a lot of vehicular movement in this part of town. Hence,it is not easy to cover this market on foot. There are a combination of shops such as shops for all things Indian ,dresses,jewellery & such like.
Hi Design is another internationally famous leather goods manufacturer that has a presence in the Tamil Quarters in Pondicherry. Kalki, Kasha ki Asha & Casablanca are other prominent stores in this pondicherry Market.
Auroville on the outskirts of Pondicherry is another important shopping market. Auroville is a township that encourages sustainable manufacturing. Once you arrive in this township, the Matri Mandir is a place to visit . Take a car ride into the premises and you will be amazed at the variety of manufacturing activities that here . Garments in cotton to bamboo firbres, leather shoes, paper products from lantern to table mats,personal care products , potpouri,the list is varied and interetsing . There are 3 shops as La’Boutique,Kalki & Meera in the Auroville premises that stock all products manufactured here.