As opposed to the normal time of visit in Pondicherry, try to visit during the festive seasons in Pondicherry this time. It is unlike any festivals anywhere in India since its not the normal Hindu festivals celebrated all across India. Pondicherry is the place where you will be introduced to the celebrations of festivals where you will never see anywhere in India.
Pondicherry is one exciting holiday destination which you should have atleast heard about even if you may not experienced it by being there. It has a very strong French influence which is apparent in the architectural structure and lifestyle of the locals in the place. The best time to visit Pondicherry is during the peak seasons of winters and during the month of July and August when most of the festivals and events are held. It is brilliant place to enjoy the beach rave parties or just have a quiet nice vacation. You will surely experience a culture if you start exploring the streets as the restaurants and hotels in Pondicherryhave a strong influence in their cuisine and you can find a decent meal of wine and steak. Mentioned below are some of the festivals of Pondicherry and some experiences you should look forward to.
Fete De Pondicherry
Fete De Pondicherry is the most cultural festival in Pondicherry. It is held from August 15th to August 17th coinciding with Liberation Day and Independence Day. This festival is celebrated commemorating the freedom and liberation of Pondicherry from French dominance . This day freed the people of Pondicherry from any foreign dominance. Dance and music performances are organised in every parts of pondicherry and the three days are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur. Other competitions in various categories are also held in many part of Pondicherry.
Sri Aurobindo Birth Anniversary
Sri Aurobindo’s birth anniversary which also falls in August 15th is celebrated with equal pomp and grandeur. It is one of the great occasions of Pondicherry and it is all over India as well. The best place to celebrate this event is at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry where a huge crowd gathers every year to take part in this mass and grand celebration.
Veerampattinam Car Festival in Pondicherry
One of the most popular festivals in Pondicherry, the Veerampattinam Car Festival is held every year in the month of August. This festival is celebrated in a grand manner with the VIPs parades on a chariot decorated with ornamental sculptures around the fishing village of Veerampattinam in the midst of all the devotees of the temple. People turn out in thousands even from neighbouring states and is a grand celebration every year.
Bastille Day in Pondicherry
The influence of the French is so strong in Pondicherry that the national day of France, La Fête nationale, otherwise known as Bastille Day in other english speaking countries, is commemorated with such a huge celebration. Pondicherry celebrates it with big pride and honour and the army in uniforms march through the streets and both the Indian and French National Anthems are played. It is truly a remarkable experience to witness two cultures celebrating an occasion with such pride and joy. The French National day or Bastille Day falls on the 14th of July.
Shopping at Pondicherry
Pondicherry has some of the best and most diverse street markets. A huge assortment of everything from electronic and electrical goods, textiles, pottery, handicrafts, home decor items and jewellery can all be found. You will also find some really interesting antique shops in and around Pondicherry. You cannot go to Pondicherry and not get a taste of the street market there.
Pondicherry has an airport and railway station and several buses going and coming from neighbouring cities on a daily basis. Air Indiaflights are the most common which operate in the Pondicherry airport with flights going into the Kempegowda International airport in Bangalore.