South Indian Breakfast
Breakfast foods from South India are popular "snacks" that are eaten at other times during the day all over India.
My photo shows a sample breakfast. From top left: uppama/upma, kesari, pongal. From bottom left: red chutney, coconut chutney, masala dosa, and vadai/wada. A sambar is also served.
Uppama/upma is made from pounded rice, semolina, vegetables, and spices (one of my favorites).
Kesari is a sweet dish made with semolina, ghee, coconut milk, and a few other ingredients (very good!).
Pongal is made from rice, dahl, spices, etc.
The chutneys and sambar are used for dipping your dosa or vadai/wada.
Masala dosa is a wafer-like lentil flour pancake stuffed with a potato masala (great any time of day).
Vadai/wada are deep-fried dahl and vegetable cakes shapped like a donut.
Not pictured but also a very popular dish is idli - a spongy, fermented rice cake. Sometimes served with a vadai/wada, chutneys, and sambar.
It is unlikely that you will spend anytime in India and not try at least one of the above! Dosas especially are very popular, come in several varities, and can literally be a yard long.
Be sure to try a little bit of everything. Bon Appetit!
This 19th Century Lighthouse in Pondicherry is a significant landmark and its unique architecture of a round tower made it a modern lighthouse at the time it was built.
There is an interesting story behind its construction. At that time there was no signal for the ships coming to Pondicherry. The only light that was there was the fire located on the top of the Red Hills. Therefore, all the principal merchants and captains of the ships set up a committee and asked the government to build a lighthouse. After much delay the project was finally taken up during the tenure of Governor Saint Simon in 1835. The engineer of the project, Louis Guerre laid the foundation at the end of 1835 and the inauguration ceremony of the lighthouse took place in February 1836. However, the lighthouse was not used from that time since the beacon, which was coming from France, did not reach Pondicherry till later and so the first time it was used was on 1st July, 1836.
Raj Niwas, The Governor's Mansion
An interesting combination of Indian and French architecture, Raj Niwas, is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governors of Pondicherry. Completed around 1738, it is a beautiful "house".
Built in typical Indian fashion there is a courtyard on the ground floor of the house. Beautifully carved wooden pillars surround the courtyard. Decorated masonry columns of European design support a first floor terrace.
Outisde a water monument is placed in the middle of a well-maintained garden. The lawns are decorated with sculptures. Two canons sit on either side of the main gate. Unfortunately you will only get a glimpse of the elegant white mansion from outside the gates since it is not open to the public.
Church of Sacred Hearts
The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, constructed in Gothic style, is a highly revered religious destination in Pondicherry. Lot of visitors and believers are thronging to this church to offer prayers. One can be blessed by seeing the wonderful stained glass windows highlighting the life of Jesus.
Every year this church witness growing rush with thousands of devotees from different place visiting this place. This gigantic church is one of the most attractive churches in Pondicherry
Sacred Heart Church
This very distinctive brown and white painted church is located near the train station in the south of the city centre. It was built in the 18th century and its most interesting features are its large stained-glass windows depicting incidents from Christ’s life.