Pondicherry is a mix of East and West. It's s fairly small place, but was the largest French colony in India and there is still a very French influence in the old part of town with roads being called Rues and Boulevards and with French bakeries and old French houses. French is still spoken by many people - including the children.
We stayed in a lovely old villa that had been home to the French Governors. It was just behind the present home to the Indian Governor and opposite a rather nice little park.
The beach and promenade run the length of the French Quarter. Much of it is being restored, including Le Cafe, right on the front where we whiled away a few hours over food and drink watching the waves crash to the rocks beside us.
Right opposite the hotel was the Manakula Vinayagar Temple, complete with its own elephant Laxmi.
One day we went to the Chunnambar Boat House and took a motor boat across to Paradise Beach. It was very quiet and very hot - and not much to do. The waves in the Bay of Bengal were strong, and while we paddled a bit, it was certainly too rough to swim.
All in all, Pondicherry was a great place to spend a lazy, long weekend.