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Pondicherry, India


Perennially one of South India’s tourism stalwarts, Pondicherry, which is one of the settings in the hit novel and film Life of Pi, combines the dual lures of a French colonial look and an Indian spirit.

Published on Feb 20, 2013

Traditional stays

Dune Eco Village & Spa is home to traditional Kerala Planter houses with
private pools on a coconut plantation (

Healthy renditions of classics
Chicken biryani made with Dune’s own organic millet along with local ingredients such as beet root to bring out the flavors of the spices.

A fusion menu with organic vegetables

Smoked chicken combined with French mustard, cream and local herbs and seasonings, served at Dune’s F.U.N (Food U Need) restaurant.

Ageless designs
One of the resort’s 20 rooms is surrounded by south Indian temple columns that date to the 15th century, though the furnishings are more modern.


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