Colonial Walking tour in Pondicherry

Puducherry, India

Experience hosted by Karthik

2 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 2 people
Includes tickets

What you'll do

The Colonial Walking tour has been created to give tourists the real French colonial experience in the Pondicherry. France is still in the food, the architecture, the games of boules played by local Tamils and the language French is spoken widely in the city. Come and join us to know more about Local History, food, festivals, customs, street names, connections with French, etc. also. Please let us know your timings and dates in advance so that we can confirm your tour.
Other things to note
This is completely a walking tour for 2 hours and kindly wear comfortable footwears or shoes, Sunglass, good camera to click pictures of beautiful streets of the French colony
The Colonial Walking tour has been created to give tourists the real French colonial experience in the Pondicherry. France is still in the food, the architecture, the games of boules played by local Tamils and the language French is spoken widely in the city. Come and join us to know more about Local History, food, festivals, customs, street names, connections with French, etc. also. Please let us know your timings and dates in advance so that w…

What's included

  • Tickets
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Meet your host, Karthik

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 27 Reviews
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Am born & brought up in Pondicherry. Created this Colonial tour on my own with the stories collected from the Local old people and their livelihood during the French rule in Pondicherry. I have been organizing this Colonial Walking Tour Experience in Pondicherry for more than 2 years and collecting more stories from Old French professors, Local Merchants, History Lovers of the town.
Please contact me if you are looking for specific dates and time for the tour.
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Where you'll be

We will be having our 2 hours walking tour which gives more information about the town and we can have a detailed conversation about the Present and Past Pondicherry over the coffee in one of the French cafe with incroyable Colonial Architecture.

Rated 4.48 out of 5 from 27 reviews.

Abhinay
September 2021
I've given this 4 stars and not 5 stars (I'd rather give it 4.5 if I could), because I would not describe my experience as a "colonial walking tour." That said, I had an excellent time, and Karthik was a lovely, open and eager host - he showed me lots of different local food spots where we tried some (tasty) street food, and he peppered our journey with lots of fun and interesting anecdotes. I'd definitely recommend it, but it's better to align with Karthik on the experience you're expecting vs. what he has in mind as well.
Tia
July 2021
Karthiks Pondicherry experience is a good introduction to the town. He has a lot of knowledge but its more of a architecture based tour and some of his stories are not very engaging. At times the tour felt rushed and the food stops in the end could be improved. However, overall it’s a good intro, for someone new to pondi and looking to learn about its French and Tamil history quickly on a bike tour.
Pritam
April 2021
It was an amazing evening with Karthik. A very easy guy to talk and listen about the Pudducherry colonial past. Time flew like seconds. A must tour to take when you are here. You will simply start finding stories related to each street.
Tarunima
March 2021
It was a very good experience. kartik explained the details and stories and personal experiences about Pondicherry and made me feel very comfortable. He was also in touch later suggesting places I could visit
Skinny
December 2020
This experience enlightened me of the little known French influence in this tiny port of India. Karthik has in depth knowledge in the history of the French in Pondicherry. He also helped me on whereabouts in Pondy even days after this experience. Many thanks Bro.
Avani
December 2020
Karthik is a very gregarious individual and easy to speak to. That said, what was described and what transpired was a bit of a mismatch. Firstly, I recommend that you take the tour only if you just arrived at Pondicherry and haven't looked around much. The White Town, where the tour is operated, is a small area that can be covered on foot by this single tour. Although we had already been to most of the places we were taken to (it was Day-3 for us), we were expecting something more than what internet or tourist information guides would tell us. There were striking differences between certain stories we read at the museum and what was told on the tour. The coffee that was promised wasn't a part of the tour either. Some of the questions that came from other tourists received extremely generic answers. We were joined by some latecomers and it quickly turned from an unusual AirBnB experience to a regular guided tour. The tour quickly ended after this, much before the scheduled time. Also, the group size was too large for social distancing during these difficult times. But to his merit, Karthik did end up giving us a few trivia that we wouldn't otherwise have known. Recommend this tour if you absolutely don't know the town, just arrived or didn't read up about it before going.

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  • Sun, 26 Sep
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    ₹1,399 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

sunglasses and hat can be carried and come in comfortable footwears