Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum

One of the many intriguing tourist spots in Pondicherry is the Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum set up in the western recesses of the town. The museum’s claim to fame rests in it being the mansion of Ananda Ranga Pillai who was one of the famed scribes of Francois Dupleix, a former Governor of Pondicherry, under the French rule. The diaries of Pillai serve as a wealth of information on 18th century French India. Pillai’s mansion, which was completed in 1738, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Pondicherry. It was referred to as “natives” quarters in the 18th century and its architecture is representative of a tasteful mix of French and indigenous styles.

Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum

The mansion was once lavishly furnished; the present day museum however pales in comparison to the mansion that it used to be, in the days bygone.  The museum nevertheless offers a peek into the colonial times and is a must see on the list of most informed visitors. A special permit is required to visit the premises for both domestic and international tourists.