A major port, Karaikal, is about 130 km south of Puducherry, and warrants a visit. It is home to one of the best natural beaches in southern India. The region was under the control of Raja Pratap Singh of Tanjore before 1739, and it was on February 14, 1739, that the French took possession of the fort of Karakalcheri, eight dependent villages and the Karaikal town after Frenchman Dumas reached a deal with Thanjavur’s Sahuji for their possession for 40,000 chakras. Its rich architecture boasts a trademark Chola style and is believed to be the hub of the Chola kingdom. Previously, a historic centre of Puducherry, the district now has only faint remains of the dynasty left.

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