Food trail

The canal that divides the city into two —the French Quarter and the Tamil Quarter, if it could, would reveal many a narrative from the past of this seaside town, which was laid claim to by the French colonists. They have definitely left an enduring legacy behind be it in the food or the architecture, but the Tamil community of Black Town held firm to its roots and fiercely secured the core of its cultural richness.

For centuries, Pondicherry has been a place of refuge and reinvention and all of this is reflected in its vibrant food. Find out how ancient Indians made frozen desserts under the sweltering sun. What does a hard-working politician eat for brunch? What did a prisoner get? What does the caste system have to do with the food you eat? And what IS it, with Indians and sugar? Delve into all this and more while you dig into a variety of treats. Join us as we eat our way through Pondicherry, uncovering delicious stories at every corner.

  • Uncovering the culinary secrets of Pondicherry on a walk through ‘Black Town’
  • Savour the tastes,  sights and sounds and historic roots of Black Town
  • Unwind to the adventurous past of this once colonial hub and those influences which still mark its culinary heritage

Take a walk through Pondicherry's lesser-known Tamil Quarter. We will fill you up with tales of what life was like in the lively, eclectic "Black Town". And along the way, we will introduce you to some of the foods the locals love to eat.

Take a walk-through Pondicherry’s Tamil Quarter. We will talk about the people who made Pondicherry such a vibrant city, and we will taste the foods that tagged along with them when they travelled. As you discover the food that Pondicherry loves, you will uncover forgotten stories and histories of the people who make up this town.

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