In the midst of Pondy was a little green space, Bharathi Park. A walkway skirted the octagonal perimeter under shady trees past a children’s playground.
The park had once been the site of a French fort back in the 1600s when the French were keen to trade in textiles. Around a century later however, the British destroyed the fort.
While the park was named after a Tamil poet, the monument at the centre was dedicated to a courtesan from the sixteenth century.