Some Historical Touch
‘Pondicherry’ is a well known word for the international travelers. During 1670s, the French occupied the areas of Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam, apart from Pondicherry. Years later, the present day Union Territory consists of the districts Mahe in Kerala, Karaikal and Pondicherry in Tamilnadu and Yanam in Andhra Pradesh.
There are several historical stories available about Pondicherry. However, it is widely believed that the Portuguese were the first to occupy occupied the South Indian town in the 16th century, followed by then Danes and the French, who arrived in 1673. The French developed and ruled the town till 1956. As a result, the city’s architecture and culture are majorly influenced by the French.
Roaming Through Pondy
Tourism plays a vital role in Pondicherry’s economy. People visits ‘Pondy’ throughout the year and being one of the nearest getaways for neighbouring states, most of the union territory’s revenue is accumulated from tourism.
The ‘New Town’ came to the lime light with the foundation of Sri Aurobindo Ashram by spiritual leader and political revolutionary, Aurobindo Ghosh, in 1920.
Apart from the ashram, Auroville global village and matri mandir, started by Mirra Alfassa, popularly known as The
Holy Mother, are famous for the unique meditational experience
However, the main attraction for tourists has largely been the beach located north of the town. The beautiful 1.5 km long promenade is decorated by trees along stretch.
The other tourist spots are Manakkula Vinayaka temple and Nehru street. Besides these, people looking to pump their adrenaline, visit Chunnambar Backwaters, situated four kilometers away from the town.
Nostalgic Notes of Literature
Pondicherry played a prominent part in Tamil literature. Notable poet Bharathidasan was born in Pondicherry. He was running a monthly magazine ‘Kuyil’. Also Pondicherry government announced his song as the official Tamil prayer song. He was also participated in politics in 1950’s and became the member of Legislative Assembly, Pondicherry. He was awarded with Sahithya Acadamy for his play ‘Pisiranthaiyar’. Later on, Bharthidasan’s house was transformed into memorial after his death on 1964.
Bharathidasan’s guru and freedom fighter Subramania Bharathi also resided in the town for sometime in order to escape from British police. During his stay wrote letters to his wife Chellamma which become popular on later. The periodicals published from Pondicherry and Chennai like India, Vijaya, Karmayogi, Chakravarti which were edited by Bharathi. He lived in Pondicherry for 10 years. In his memory, the Pondicherry government named the Central park near the beach to Bharathi Park.
Economy Of the State
The territory’s economy is mainly based on Tourism, agriculture and fishing. Paddy, sugarcane, pulses and cotton are the main crops growing in and around Pondicherry. More than agro, fishing is the main source for live-hood. pondy have a long stretch of 50kilometer and there are 30 fishing villages.
In the industry side Pondicherry nearly has 5500 small industries and 80 medium industries and 20+ large scale industries. They varies from food processing, chemicals, textiles, metals, and light engineering. It provides a huge employment for the people who residing in Pondicherry also for those who residing in nearby districts of tamilnadu.
Pondy- The Travellers Pride
As from a recent reports more than 2,00,000 travelers visiting Pondicherry in every year, thus way tourism supports in a huge way, Based on this Pondicherry’s investment opportunities are also tremendous – hotels, resorts, amusement parks, and spas, all are profitable sectors.
Being a well planned township, even when neighboring eastern coastal areas were hit by cyclone, and flood stalled normal lives, no major harm happened to Pondy. The safety and security also maintained in a strict manner throughout the territory.
Though Pondicherry appears as a small place in Indian map But, It always justifies that “Size Never Matters”.
All photos taken from Web.