is a union territory, which is confined by the south Indian state of Tamil
Nadu from all sides.
Tourist Attractions :
Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville; The
Pondicherry Beach; The French Institute; The Churches of Pondicherry;
Pondicherry Temples; The Botanical Gardens; The Pondicherry Museum; Jawahar
Best Buys :
Local handicraft items.
Best Hangouts :
The Pondicherry Beach
Best Activity :
Strolling along the beach side, Lazing
Nearby Tourist Destinations :
Bangalore 503 kms,
Chidambaram 68 kms, Kanchipuram 113 kms, Chennai 162 kms, Mamallapuram 134
kms, Thanjavur 170 kms, Thiruvannamalai 103 kms, Trichy 198 kms, etc.
When to Visit :
Any time of the Year.
A colonial enclave in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry a
fine blend of spiritual aura, French colonial heritage, Tamil culture and
the cosmopolitan flair of many nationalities in a small but varied town.
This picture perfect town is home to the much acclaimed Audorobindo Ashram
and is noted for its lovely French architecture and cuisine. Quiet beaches
and peaceful resorts to the north and south balance the town's enthusiastic,
yet smooth sailing life.
is a perfect base to explore the rich tourists destinations around it, like
: Auroville, the international City of Unity; the imposing Gingee Fort, the
holy temple towns of Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chidambaram, the
heritage sculptures and magnificent rock temples of Mamallapuram, and the
cool and lush hillstations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal. Well connected by rail
and road to other French capital leaves an inerasable image on one's mind.
Major Tourist Attractions in Pondicherry
Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville
Shree Aurobindo and The Mother, his most noted disciple, set up the
Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville in 1926. Together they explored the
possibilities of yoga and meditation as a path to salvation. At the Ashram
residents continue to practice their teachings and run a lot of the cultural
activity in Pondicherry. There is an educational centre, which occasionally
hosts lectures, screens films and holds play performances.
The Pondicherry Beach
The sun, sea and sand are best at the beaches of Pondicherry. Serene
surroundings, bracing breeze, the musical sea, they all manage to make your
leisure time more fruitful. The town beach has a 4 m high statue of Mahatma
Gandhi and French World War I memorial. There is a 150-year-old lighthouse
also, a place not to miss.
The French Institute
The French Institute is built in french architectural style. It has some
remarkable old French books that are very rare. The Romain Rolland library
has over 60,000 volumes and overlooks the sea.
The Churches of Pondicherry
It is the churches of Pondicherry, that help the town retain its European
charm. The church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception or Notre Dame de
la Conception is almost 300 years old. The church to Our Lady of Angels is
known for an oil painting that was gifted by Napoleon III. The most awesome
however is the grand gothic Sacred Heart Church with 3 stained glass panels
of the life of Christ. Just outside the town is a replica of the Basilica at
of the temples around Pondicherry are dedicated to Ganesh, the Destroyer of
all Obstacles. The oldest ones date back to the 10th century AD Chola
Empire. The Vinaynagar Manakula temple has a golden dome and a collection of
40 beautiful friezes. The fire festival in July-August at the temple to the
local goddess Drowpattiamman is a sight to view.
The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens are pleasant for a walk and the aquarium has a
collection of amazing ornamental fish. This is the best place to sit and
The Pondicherry Museum
The Pondicherry Museum showcases an eclectic collection of art, Pallava
sculptures, handicraft, weaponry, archaeology, geology and the old French
governor Dupleixs bed, an old palanquin and other interesting things.
The nearest airport is in Chennai (160 kms) from Pondicherry.
Villupuram (32 kms) is the nearest railway station connected
directly to Chennai which in turn is connected to major cities in India.
Pondicherry is connected by good motorable roads to places in
Accommodation is available at the luxurious, middle class and small
budgeted hotels and lodges in Pondicherry. There are also a wide range of
hotels, motels and youth hostels for a comfortable stay. All the
accommodations are good enough to spend a memorable holiday.