Before 1739 Karaikal was under the regime and control of Raja Pratap Singh of Tanjore. In 1738, Dumas, a shrewd calculative prudent man and a lover of peace and above all one who was anxious to extend the French territory in India by smooth means, negotiated with Sahuji of Thanjavur for possession of Karaikal, the fortress of Karakalcheri and five villages for 40,000 chakras. On 14 February 1739 the French took possession of Karaikal town, the fort of Karakalcheri and eight dependent villages.

Karaikal is a major port city on the east coast of India and is part of the Union Territory of Puducherry. It has one of the best natural beaches in South India and is home to the temples of Lord Shiva and Vishnu. These temples are mentioned in the holy books Nayanmars and Alwars.


130 Kms to the South (2h 48min drive)

Forget the race, visit Pondicherry. A city of bon vivants- heritage, peace, delicious food and memories in store just for you. Come once, you will come again.


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