Auroville, Pondicherry
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Auroville

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Auroville City is considered to be a ‘City of Dawn’ that is situated around 8 km from the main town of Pondicherry. It lies on the East Coast Road and was founded by Mirra Richard in 1968. This city was designed by the French architect Roger Anger with the purpose of achieving human unity. The word Auroville essentially means a universal town, where people can live peacefully, irrespective of nationality, colour, caste and creed.

Auroville was officially inaugurated on 28th February, 1968 and was endorsed by UNESCO and the Government of India. During its inauguration, soil from over 124 countries was placed and mixed inside a lotus shaped urn, symbolising universal oneness. Auroville was built to welcome people from all over the world to live together and explore scientific, educational, cultural and spiritual pursuits as per the Auroville charter.

Tourists can visit the Auroville Information Centre and Matrimandir (meditation hall with one of the biggest man-made crystal balls in the world). Matrimandir has a unique architectural shape, which was conceived by Alfassa, resembling ‘a symbol of universal mother’. It has around twelve gardens, future lakes, banyan tree, twelve petals and an amphitheatre.

The residents of Auroville are engaged in administration, handicrafts, agriculture, commerce, education, healthcare, alternative technology and development projects. There is a visitor centre located near Bharat Niwas, which is the Indian National Pavilion in Auroville’s International Zone. It has a permanent exhibition on philosophy and the history of the project.

This information centre offers brochures, books and leaflets about Auroville. The centre also has three boutiques, a cafeteria and a bookshop inside the attraction. Presently, Auroville covers an area of about 2 square miles, resided by over 1,900 members from 40 different countries.

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What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

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  • Very Good 44
  • Good 22
  • Average 10
  • Below Average 7
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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146 traveller reviews for Auroville

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Murugaiyan Csk
  • Murugaiyan Csk
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 2 Reviews

"Staff must give proper instruction to the tourist" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Last year I went to Auroville Mathirmanthir. It was such a amazing place. The Auroville community is bad, they are not giving proper instruction to the tourist. The Auroville beach is good place in Auroville. The hotels are very good. Auroville was a excellent place in Pondicherry. I ever seen in my life.
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Ashwin swain
  • Ashwin swain
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews

"A nice thing to visit" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Good place to spend some peaceful time, but the staff is arrogant when asked for the meditation time and needs to improve. Overall had a nice time but one time visit I would say.
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Phani Simha
  • Phani Simha
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"An educative and fun place to visit with family" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a unique experience visiting Auroville. It has a charm unsurpassed. Lots of things to explore, learn and enjoy. The Auroville Matrimandir is a wonderful place to visit. Make sure you don't miss it.
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Kriti Goyal
  • Kriti Goyal
  • Lives in Noida
  • 4 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Many places to see, takes one full day. Amazing stores to shop from. Golden globe temple is a must visit. Nice cafe inside, parking available at minimum rate.
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K Panja
  • K Panja
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Good for heritage view" new review

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Good if interested in heritage and culture. Need to walk a lot. Auto available inside for ferrying to and fro. Meditation and Yoga. Need to spend long time here and get soaked in spirit of the centre.
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Suresh
  • Suresh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Good but too far from the city"

  • 3.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good but too far from the city and absolutely for the people who want some peace. There is a globe where people sit and meditate but not everyone is allowed to go inside for some reason.
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Rahul Jain
  • Rahul Jain
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Must visit"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Its a must visit for everyone out there whose visits Pondicherry, good meditation centre. Go one day before to book a slot for you, you will be allowed to meditate for 15 min in the mandir.
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Vinayagam
  • Vinayagam
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"A very neatly maintained place to see"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good place to visit, meditate and mind relaxation. A very neatly maintained place to see. You have to maintain absolute peace within the premises where cell phones cameras are strictly not allowed.
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Rashmi ns
  • Rashmi ns
  • 2 Reviews

"Ticket must be taken"

  • 3.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
They have lot of rules like if it rains you are not allowed, if you have not taken the pass at the entrance not allowed. But the place is awesome, since we had gone with kids ideally we cannot meditate.
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Virat
  • Virat
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 19 Reviews

"Must Visit"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Great Place. A bit far from the main city but transportation is easily available. Refreshing change of pace from the hustle and bustle of cities. Amazing eating outlets if you are willing to walk a bit. Totally worth a visit.
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