Auroville, Pondicherry
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Auroville

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About Auroville

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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  • Excellent 48
  • Very Good 38
  • Good 16
  • Average 9
  • Below Average 5
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 2
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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  • Camera/Video allowed
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118 traveller reviews for Auroville

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Neha Aggarwal
  • Neha Aggarwal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Memorable experience" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Visit to Auroville was very relaxing. Felt at peace. This place was a little far from city and involves good decent walking. A couple of refreshment shops available that provides snacks too tired travellers. Overall, enjoyed it. Good for peace loving people.
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Sriharsha Donthi
  • Sriharsha Donthi
  • 1 Review

"Must visit top spot in Pondy" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Auroville, also called as Matrimandir is a place truly worth the travel and wait at Pondy. This is a large and beautiful dome shaped structure in dazzling gold colour. There are few conditions to enter the place, including a video session 1-2 days prior to actual entry. Also, small children are not allowed inside the structure to ensure peace and serenity for visitors. I can describe the place as an experience that cannot be explained in words, since it truly transports your senses and elevates to a higher level, the moment we enter inside. Transport from visitors entrance to the magnificent structure is provided by local transport. I would call this the top spot to visit in Pondy.
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Bina Gandhi
  • Bina Gandhi
  • Lives in Adra
  • 2 Reviews

"Wished to have a meditation" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Should not miss visiting Auroville. I thought I should have also spent little more time there. I did wish to go and do meditation but could not do as I did not book for the same, you must book online for meditation.
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Joby Thomas
  • Joby Thomas
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 19 Reviews

"For a spiritual seeking person." new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I really like this place for the simple reason that it is a different place. It is like a different community living and working for a different world. If you want to explore more about their way of living, you have to spend more time there, other wise its good to visit a half day. There is a dome which is one of the main attraction, though not everyone allowed inside. A calm place just away from the city, there is also a beach nearby.
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Ganapathy Ram
  • Ganapathy Ram
  • 6 Reviews

"Good during day time" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Wow it was amazing place in Puducherry, which is so nice place to visit, spend more hours will be so perfect during day and at evening time after the day it won't be good to visit because after it looks horror to stay there.
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Vaibhav Gandharva
  • Vaibhav Gandharva
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 4 Reviews

"Feel as a different world" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Its a nice place to visit, once you enter the premises you are in a different world power of meditation. You will find people from all over the world staying there.
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Prabu Sivanandam
  • Prabu Sivanandam
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Peaceful Place for meditation" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is one of the cool place where we can enjoy the silence of mind. As well you can feel very free when you take some time for meditation. Dont miss the opportunity to make a glance on this best place
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Indranil Kar
  • Indranil Kar
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 4 Reviews

"A walk is good" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was worth walking so long and getting enriched with lot of insight knowledge. A must visit place. It will take a little long time to cover with a free video about the place.
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Virender
  • Virender
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 4 Reviews

"Beautiful architect work" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Its worth visiting this place, mainly for meditation purposes. Its required 2-3 sittings and have to pay some nominal charges else you can have look from outside.
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Ravishankar Vasanthaiah
  • Ravishankar Vasanthaiah
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing structure of Matrimandir" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Visited Auroville for the first time and was amazed to see the Matrimandir structure from outside. Before you proceed, you are advised to watch a video for 10 min, which is very interesting, and you are given a pass to see the Matrimandir from outside, nobody is allowed inside.
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