The Strange Geography of Puducherry

The map of UT of Puducherry looks like this.

The former french colonies - Pondicherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe united and formed the Union territory of Puducherry and joined India in 1954.

All 4 districts are separated from each other and enclaves in 3 different states of India where 3 different languages are spoken.

Though the area of Puducherry is roughly 483 square kilometers, you have to travel 1183 km from Mahe to reach Yanam. For comparison Nagpur is just 938 km from Mumbai both of which are located at the ends of Maharashtra.

If that’s not strange take a look at the capital of Puducherry.

It is made up of 11 enclaves inside the state of Tamil Nadu. It’s really strange living here outside the city limit because you really get confused which is Tamil Nadu and which is Puducherry, at least for me.

Enclave - An enclave is a territory (or a part of one), that is entirely surrounded by the territory of one other state.

That red circle is the enclave where my house is located and you can see all the surrounding region is Tamil Nadu. Even if we want to go to some parts of Puducherry we have to go through Tamil Nadu.

One time I remember playing cricket where the Batsman was standing in Puducherry and Bowler is Tamil Nadu. The pin code of our house belongs to the Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu rather than Puducherry.

Puducherry is mostly unknown for most of India and when people from Puducherry or Karaikal travel to other parts of India they say they’re coming from Tamil Nadu, Yanam people say they’re from Andhra Pradesh and Mahe people say they’re from Kerala.

The Strange Geography of Puducherry The Strange Geography of Puducherry Reviewed by Moses chandramouli on January 24, 2021 Rating: 5

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