Pondicherry Light, with a racon, is shown from a white tower with black bands. A ruined iron pier projects E about 0.2 mile from the shore, 1 mile NNE of the light.
The following landmarks are conspicuous from the offing:
1. A red chimney, 56m high, about 1 mile WNW of the light.
2. Two square towers and cupola of the cathedral about 1 mile NNE.
3. The port flagstaff about 0.5 mile NNE of the light.
4. A conspicuous TV tower lying 0.4 mile WSW of the port flagstaff.
Pondicherry has been reported to be a good radar target up to 18 miles. Pondicherry Hills, which lie 3 to 5 miles NW and N of the town, have been reported to be good radar targets up to 24 miles.