The Union Territory of Puducherry or Talab Nudicherry, as it was earlier called, is spread over 479 square kilometers with a population of 12.44,464. UT has a 45 km wide coastline. Puducherry is the capital of the union territory.
The territory of this eastern French colony is divided into four administrative districts of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. All districts are pockets or enclaves connected with coastal areas and adjoining states. Karaikal district is situated on the east coast in the state of Tamil Nadu, south of Puducherry. Mahe, the small district is situated on the Western Ghats. It is located 603 km from Puducherry on the Malabar coast of Kerala. Yanam district is located 807 km from Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh.