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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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Sanish Kb

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  • Sanish Kb
  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 9 Reviews
  •  392 readers

"Wonderful place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Wonderful place to visit at Pondicherry. Had a nice experience. A good place to relax. A good place for meditation too. A must-go place at Pondicherry.
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Mahesh mahipati

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  • Mahesh mahipati
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1237 readers

"Nice place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is good place to be with friends and family. To reach this place we need to trek almost 4 km. The meditation is allowed only in the morning and you have to book tickets well in advance.
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Swateek Jena

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  • Swateek Jena
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 10 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  6790 readers

"Serene and peaceful place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We visited this place on our bikes. Everyone has to walk a good distance to reach Matri Mandir, and there's no way someone would get bored in the walk. You see the mandir from a distance, since not everyone is allowed inside. To book a meditation session, you have to contact the city office. This has to be done a day before you visit the place.
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Pushkar

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  • Pushkar
  • Lives in Adoor
  • 14 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1882 readers

"Decent place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A decent and must visit place if you happen to be here, service, location, place all is extremely beautiful. Basically it's in a shape of Nucleus, and feel good to see that. It's recommended to go in evening as there is very hot climate there. Shuttle service is available for free and also a video room is there for the demonstration of the whole Ashram. There are many different species of Flower plants.
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Sailesh

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  • Sailesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
  •  343 readers

"One of the most serene place in Pondi"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We did not book appointment for meditation but apart from the serenity and natural beauty of the place the main reason to visit this place is to do meditation. This is must visit place of pondi.
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Rohith swaminathan

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  • Rohith swaminathan
  • 14 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1344 readers

"Great place to visit at Pondicherry"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 12, 2016
It is a great place to visit at Pondicherry. The area uses electricity from the solar power panels installed at site making the place sustainable. The place relaxes your mind and body and improves the mental state of your mind. The golden globe itself is the centre of Auroville and implies that nature always hides its precious stones.
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Senthil Kumar

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  • Senthil Kumar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1540 readers

"Unforgettable experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 11, 2016
Pondicherry... It's a mini Goa... Neat and clean. Beach road is beautiful and had a windy drive along the coast. Nearby is the Ganapathi temple, mother ashram and lots of seafood restaurants. 20 mins drive to Auroville is another astounding place well maintained and beautiful. The mall and the medic centre is very nice and must visit. Lots of spas around Auroville and didn't had time to enjoy those as I spent too much time in Auroville itself. Unforgettable experience...
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Ketan Vaniawala

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  • Ketan Vaniawala
  • Lives in Surat
  • 6 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  834 readers

"Spiritual journey, an heavenly experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 25, 2016
Lovely place worth visiting, on arrival, I went through the whole place of Auroville which included the locality, exhibition centre, matrumandir from distance, restaurants, etc. And tried to capture the essence, concept and the experiment of Auroville. I read a lot of the available literature and was thrilled with the same. I got the permission to meditate in the ball of 'Matrumandir' on the succeeding day and was a heavenly experience. The architecture of the ball and the place is mind blowing and a must visit place for students of architecture. Beach and bakery of Auroville is a must visit site.
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Rahul

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  • Rahul
  • 8 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  15068 readers

"Quite a different exp"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 14, 2016
Auroville is just gorgeous, but one must have time to enjoy this, rushing through Auroville makes you miss many fine things about the place. and one must be in good physical shape cause you will need to walk in humidity for more than 30-45 minutes to reach there, there is direct access also, but they make you walk the whole jungle before you reach the auroville point. it is generally humid so be ready to sweat, light cotton cloth is highly recommended with comfortable walking shoes.
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  • 5 votes

Sibuboy Yash

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  • Sibuboy Yash
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 4 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  1183 readers

"Shinning Ball"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2016
This is a dream of The Mother which came true finally in Pondicherry. The two crystals in Auroville are spectacular and unbelievable. When sunlight enters the room and capsize with the crystal then the big room inside gets illuminated without any electric bulb. Besides the crystal has a cooling effect which maintained the temperature of the room below outside temperature.
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