Pondicherry is located 162 Kms (100 miles) south of Chennai (Madras) on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal.. Pondicherry which is the old name is also known as Puducherry. It consists of four former French coastal settlements whose administration was transferred to India in 1954.A former French colony with well-laid, wide streets still carrying French names. It is an unpolluted haven for tourists and all those seeking a break from the hustle & bustle of big towns & cities.
Pondicherry’s beauty lies in its quiet existence and vibrant surroundings.To somebody looking for inner peace, it is the tranquil land that embodies spirituality. Its cosmopolitan outlook with an inter caste, inter religious and international population living in harmony, is a unique feature of this town. With a coast line of 32 kms, well-planned French Boulevard town, palm-fringed beaches, resorts, backwaters, water sports centre, fishing villages, harbor, the pier, the famous Aurobindo Ashram, the international city of Auroville, Yoga centres and other attractions. Pondicherry boasts of 8 Medical & Dental colleges apart from the renowned Jawarlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER).