Puducherry beckons tourists to unwind and relax at the calm and serene beaches of it. If you are looking for some exciting activity, you will not be disappointed as you have enough opportunities to unplug yourself at the usual carnivals and fares. The Union Territory of Puducherry (earlier Pondicherry) comprises of the four unconnected, erstwhile French settlements of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Cultural life of Puducherry is made up of a potpourri culture with elements of French, Tamil and Malayali culture. Another important place here is Arabindo Ashram which gives a spiritual tone to Puducherry.