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Puducherry . India

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Capital - Pondicherry

No. of Districts - 4

Population - 1,247,953

Area - 492 sqkm

Pop. Density - 2,598/km2 (6,730/sq mi)

GDP - 0.359 lakh crore (US$5.0 billion)

Literacy Rate - 85.8%

Gender Ratio - 1037

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About - Puducherry

Puducherry, also known as Pondicherry, is a Union Territory in India, located on the southeastern coast. Here are some key facts about Puducherry:

  1. Geography: Puducherry is situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal and is surrounded by the state of Tamil Nadu. It consists of four unconnected districts: Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam.

  2. Former French Colony: Puducherry was a French colonial settlement until 1954 when it was incorporated into the Indian Union. It still retains a strong French influence in its architecture, culture, and cuisine.

  3. Official Languages: The official languages of Puducherry are Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and French. However, Tamil is the most widely spoken language.

  4. Governance: Puducherry has its own legislative assembly and government, headed by a Chief Minister. However, it is also administered by the central government through a Lieutenant Governor appointed by the President of India.

  5. Tourist Attractions: Puducherry is famous for its beautiful beaches, French colonial architecture, and spiritual centers. Some notable attractions include Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, and the French Quarter.

  6. Economy: The economy of Puducherry is primarily based on tourism, fishing, and agriculture. It also has some industries such as textiles, chemicals, and electronics.

  7. Education: Puducherry is home to several educational institutions, including Pondicherry University, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), and several colleges affiliated with universities in Tamil Nadu.

  8. Religious Diversity: Puducherry is known for its religious diversity, with Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam being the major religions practiced in the region. There are numerous temples, churches, and mosques across the territory.

  9. Festivals: Puducherry celebrates various festivals with great enthusiasm, including Pongal, Diwali, Christmas, and Easter. The French Bastille Day is also celebrated here owing to its colonial history.

  10. Transport: Puducherry is well-connected by roadways and has a network of national and state highways. The nearest airport is located in Chennai, about 135 kilometers away. Additionally, there is a railway station in Puducherry with trains connecting to major cities in India.

These facts highlight the rich cultural heritage, governance structure, and economic significance of Puducherry.

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