Pondicherry is a union territory in Southern India. The French East India company occupied Pondicherry around 1674, and proceeded to transform it into their own home on Indian Soil. This architecture and planning remains till this date in the french quarter of Pondicherry, and makes for many pleasurably walks and sightseeing opportunities.
Very few businesses are headquartered in Pondicherry, and it gets most of its revenue from the tourism industry. Its buildings, churches, beaches and temples have made it one of the most popular destinations in India. Other popular landmarks are the Aurobindo Ashram, the Mahatma Gandhi statue and the famous promenade road. Therefore a large proportion of the jobs are service sector jobs.
The recent development of Auroville as a free town and spiritual destination has increased the allure of Pondicherry even further for both domestic as well as foreign tourists. Auroville is meant to be a universal town with entry barriers, and is best known amongst tourists for its variety of accommodation options, and often very authentic european restaurants run by expats themselves.
The multitude of handicrafts produced in Auroville also contribute significantly to Pondicherry's economy.