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History Pondicherry or Puducherry is a Union Territory of India that finds its mention as a marketplace for Roman trading during the mid 1st century. The area was supposedly a part of the Pallava Kingdom of Kanchipuram in the 4th century followed by the Cholas of Thanjavur in the 10th century until Pandyas took over in the 13th century. In 1674, it became a French colony and they held control over the territory with occasional intervention from the British and Dutch. On 1st November 1954, the territory was integrated with the Indian Union along with the rest of the colonies that were under French rule. However, a formal agreement was signed only in the year 1963. The present city holds testimony to the French rule in the form of various edifices, museums and memorials. Attractions The city's statues, temples, churches and colonial buildings exhibit the influence of French colonisation in an extremely planned and stunning way. For experiencing serenity, visit the water lapping shores of the popular beaches of Puducherry, including Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach and Serenity Beach. Besides, the well-known Shri Aurobindo Ashram is also the pride of Pondicherry. Travellers can also explore Auroville, the City of Global Unity, which is in the state of Tamil Nadu though but can be easily reached from Pondicherry. This experimental township aims to be a utopian world where people from every religion and country co-exist in perfect harmony to one another. The union territory is also close to the holy towns of Chidambaram, Kanchipuram and Thiruvannamalai. Hotels The region's colonisation by the French has made impact on its buildings and infrastructure, and this can be seen in its boutique hotels, guesthouses and lodges. The accommodations of the region are strategically built near famous attractions, beaches and Pondicherry Airport for the convenience of guests. Visitors can choose the hotels befitting their preference. Accord Hotel, The Dune Eco Beach Hotel, Sunway Manor and Kailash Beach Resort are some of the finest properties available here.