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Arikamedu

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A historical site, 4 kms south of Pondicherry, which revealed local trade with Romans as early as 2nd century B.C. Some even believe Roman settlements existed. Wine seems to have been a major import as excavated amphora jars suggest. In return, textiles, precious stones and shell-jewellery left these shores. Moreover, you'll still find the amazing ruins of an 18th century French Jesuit Mission House here. It was abandoned in 1783.