Facts and Figures
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||7,98,003 (1991 census)
||Tamil, English, French, Malayalam and Telugu.
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The beaches are the best to visit in Pondicherry.The 1500 metre long beach that borders the town on the eastern side is clean and is an ideal place for swimming and sun bathing.
The gardens planned by C.S. Perrotet in 1826, have a good collection of exotic flowering plants from India and abroad.
Temples / Churches
There are several temples in Pondicherry that were built by the Cholas between the 10th and 12th centuries. Most of them are dedicated to the local goddesses of the villages where they were constructed. There are also quite a few temples dedicated to Lord Vinayaka or Ganapathy. One of the most beautiful is the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus located on South Boulevard. It is built in the Gothic style and has three stained glass panels in a corridor behind the altar which depict the life of Christ.