Pondicherry (/pɒndɨˈtʃɛri/ or /pɒndɨˈʃɛri/) or Puducherry is a city, an urban agglomeration and a municipality in Pondicherry district in the Indian union territory of Puducherry. It is affectionately known as Pondy, and has been officially known by the alternative name Puducherry since 2006.
Puducherry, formerly Pondicherry /ˌpɒndɨˈtʃɛri/, is a Union Territory of India formed out of four enclaves of former French India and named after the largest, Pondicherry.
The Tamil name is புதுச்சேரி (Puducherry), which means "New Town". Historically known as Pondicherry (Pāṇṭiccēri), the territory changed its official name to Puducherry (Putuccēri) in 2006. It is also known as "The French Riviera of the East" (La Côte d'Azur de l'Est).