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Puducherry

पुडुचैरी

UNION TERRITORY OF INDIA

WEBSITE
http://pon.nic.in

TOURISM WEBSITE
http://tourism.pondicherry.gov.in

COUNTRY
India

CAPITAL
Pondicherry

ESTABLISHED
01-07-1963

AREA
492 sq km/190 sq miles

AREA RANK
4th (Among U.T.)

ISO 3166 CODE
IN-PY

VEHICLE REGISTRATION
PY

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
French, Tamil, Malayalam & Telgu

ABOUT
Puducherry, formerly Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India formed out of four enclaves of former French India and named after the largest, Pondicherry.
The Tamil name is (Puducherry), which means "New Town". Historically known as Pondicherry, the territory changed its official name to Puducherry in 2006. It is also known as "The French Riviera of the East"

The union territory of Puducherry consists of four small unconnected districts: Pondicherry, Karaikal and Yanam on the Bay of Bengal and Mahé on the Arabian Sea. Pondicherry and Karaikal are the largest sections in terms of territory and population, both being enclaves of Tamil Nadu. Yanam and Mahé are enclaves of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala respectively. The territory has a total area of 492 km²: Pondicherry 293 km², Karaikal 160 km², Mahé 9 km² and Yanam 30 km². It has a total population of 1,244,464 inhabitants (2011).
Some of those enclaves are themselves amalgamations of non-contiguous enclaves, often called pockets in India. The Pondicherry district is made of 11 such pockets, some of which are very small and entirely surrounded by the territory of Tamil Nadu. The Mahé district is made up of three pockets. This unusual geography is a legacy of the colonial period with Puducherry retaining the borders of former French India.


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