Mahe, officially known as Mayyazhi, is a nearby town, which is officially a part of the Union Territory of Puducherry. The town derives its name from the word Mayyazhi, meaning Eyebrow of the sea. Formerly a French Colony, the town now serves as a municipality of Mahe District. A popular festival of Vishnu is celebrated on a grand scale in the region. The Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church is one of the prominent attractions of the town. An annual feast is organised between 5th and 22nd October. The Puthalam Temple, Tagore Park, Mahe Walkway and Water Sports Complex are some of the other major attractions of the site. A boat house, situated at Manjakkal, provides speed boats, pedal boats and kayak boats for boat rides. A popular statue named Marianne, a symbol of the French revolution and the headquarters office of the Mahe Administration is a fine example of French sculpting. Other attractions located in the vicinity of the headquarters office, are the tall flag mast, remnants of a fort, a lighthouse and the Thacholi Othenan's Fort. The St. Theresa Church, St. George Fort, Sree Krishna Temple, Puthalam Bhagavathi Temple and Sree Narayana Mandir are some of the other popular attractions of Mahe.