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Bahour is located in Puducherry
Bahour is located in India
Location in Puducherry, India
Coordinates: 11°48′21″N 79°44′34″E / 11.8057275°N 79.7426721°E / 11.8057275; 79.7426721Coordinates: 11°48′21″N 79°44′34″E / 11.8057275°N 79.7426721°E / 11.8057275; 79.7426721
Country  India
State Puducherry
District Puducherry
Taluk Bahour
Commune Bahour
Population (2001)
 • Total 36,983
 • Official Tamil, English, French
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 607 402
Telephone code 0413
Vehicle registration PY-01
Sex ratio 50% /

Bahour (Tamil: பாகூர்) is a town, Commune, Taluk and Assembly Constituency in the Union Territory of Puducherry, India. It consists of 4 non-contiguous areas, including 3 of the 9 true enclaves of Puducherry. Bahour has reports of Lignite deposits but it is not exploited due to its close proximity to the sea and the likelihood of seepage of seawater, thus adulterating the ground water. It is a major access point for villages south of Puducherry and forms southern border to the Union territory.


Mulanathaswami Temple belonging to Chola period provides more information about Bahour's History. Evidence exists for ancient Sanskrit college in Bahour.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Bahour had a population of 36,983. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Bahour has an average literacy rate of 81.49%, male literacy is 88.89%, and female literacy is 74.13%. In Bahour, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Bahour is located at 11.806° N 79.74°E. Bahour is 21 km. from Puducherry city. It is directly connected with Puducherry and Cuddalore by frequent bus service.

Road Network[edit]

Five RC Roads passes through Bahour. They are

  • Villianur–Bahour Road (RC-18)
  • Kirumampakkam–Bahour Road (RC-27)
  • Kanniakoil–Bahour Road (RC-28)
  • Bahour–Karaimedu Road (RC-31)
  • Pakkam–Cuddalore Road (RC-33)

Place of interest[edit]

Mulanathaswami Temple, Bahour[edit]

Mulanathaswami Temple is located in the heart of Bahour. This temple belongs to Chola period. Marvel sculptures in the temple displays Chola's architecture. It is declared as an Archaeological monument and is maintained by ASI.[2]

Bahour Lake[edit]

Bahour Lake is a major tourist spot in Bahour. It is one of the bird area in Puducherry, the other being Ossudu Lake. Bahour lake is the second largest lake in Puducherry. It gets feed from South Penniar via Bangaru Canal.



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