Arikamedu , Puducherry (Pondicherry)
Arikamedu, the ancient Roman trade center and now an archaeological site is located 7 KMs from Pondicherry on the bank of Ariyankuppam River. Arikamedu gives unforgettable experience by taking you back to 2nd Century BC. According to archeologists, Arikamedu used to be a Tamil fishing village which was formerly a major Chola port dedicated to trading with Roman traders.
Currently, the ancient port & settlement does not bare much except the perpendicular walls that were excavated and the French Jesuit Mission House - which was built in the 18th century.