A French colonial settlement in India until 1954, Pondicherry is very much a tale of two cities. In the quieter old town, you'll find clean streets lined with charming, colonial-style townhouses while, in newer Pondy, you'll be immersed in the colours and commotion that are synonymous with southern India. During your Pondicherry holidays, enjoy a walking tour of the city to admire its eclectic architecture,
ducking into plenty of boutique shops and tasty eateries to escape India's relentless sun. For an ocean breeze head to the pretty, sea-facing promenade or, for some gorgeous greenery, escape to one of the city's shady parks.