Pondicherry Warnings and Dangers
Pay attention and respect the culture when in India. There are many different social norms and taboos here, so research the area you’re visiting and follow these safety tips.
Travelling with Infants/Toddlers
Indians adore children and you will see (and hear) children all over – at all times – of the day and night, but if your infant/toddler is new to traveling or is not a good traveler, India may not be the best place to visit – there are few or no facilities for very young children. With the exception of 5 star hotels and Western food chains (McDonalds, Pizza Hut, etc.) you won’t find high chairs. Sometimes cribs are available – although once we got a hospital crib sent over to our hotel. Car seats are almost unheard of – even if you bring your own, most taxis don’t even have seat belts to hold them in. Roads and sidewalks are full of cracks, potholes, etc. – and traffic is chaotic – making using a stroller a bad adventure.
Within India dial 101 or 108 for police, fire and emergency. Always carry your passport with you. Put a sticky note inside with the local telephone number of your consulate. Do not buy, sell, or use narcotics.
Be aware of travel warnings, as some areas are considered unsafe for foreigners. Never accept a ride if there’s someone accompanying the driver in a taxi or rickshaw. Don’t wear jewelry or carry large sums of money.
Drink bottled water (check to confirm seal has not been broken). Don’t drink tap water or any water served in a restaurant in a glass unless you saw it being poured from a sealed bottle. Use common sense and trust your instincts.
Women need to be extra careful. Do not travel alone at night. If traveling alone on the train, request to be accommodated near other women travelers. Where available, use women’s only areas/compartments on public transportation. Never ride in the general men’s compartment.
Unless on the beaches of Goa, it’s best to dress conservatively. If someone does touch you or becomes aggressive, yell for help and tell the authorities.
Carry tissue/toilet paper: You never know when you’ll need it.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Pondicherry.