One of the historic and beautiful building that surround the Bharathi Park is the Cercle de Pondicherry, situated in Rue Victor Simonel. Since the French times, Cercle de Pondicherry is a members-only club that has existed. The club founded in 1899 as an avenue for recreation in the city. The club was only open to Europeans and forbidden for Indians in those times.
The club has some great facilities that are Court for Petanque, a game which is popular in France but rarely played or even heard about in India.
A high number of French members, the club still remains a members-only venture, though as well today the membership is open to Indians.