Suraj Sharma in Pondicherry's Grand Bazaar
Suraj Sharma in Pondicherry's Grand Bazaar

Check out The Guardian's photo gallery of locations in Pondicherry, India used in Ang Lee's "Life of Pi." Among the settings used for the film gorgeously shot by cinematographer Claudio Miranda are the Botanical Gardens, which were transformed into Pi's family's zoo; the Pondicherry pier, on which Pi and his love share a melancholy farewell; and the town's idyllic French Quarter, which serve as the backdrop for many of the film's early sequences. Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry) is a unique travel destination where the French colonial and Indian cultures blend. Highlights shown below.

Above: Suraj Sharma as Pi in Pondicherry's Grand Bazaar.

The French Quarter in Pondicherry, India
The French Quarter in Pondicherry, India
Pondicherry's Botanical Garden
Pondicherry's Botanical Garden
Entrance to Pondicherry's Botanical Garden
Entrance to Pondicherry's Botanical Garden
Pondicherry pier
Pondicherry pier