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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Veeral Bhiwandiwala
  • Veeral Bhiwandiwala
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews

"Calm place to meditate" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Its a centre not for visiting for time-pass. You should spare half a day and go inside the meditation centre. The structure is very good and the material used keeps the place cool even the temperature outside is 36 degrees.
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Naveen kumar moturi
  • Naveen kumar moturi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 photos
  • 5 Reviews

"Just to relax" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
So clean and calm just relaxes you. The place is huge and be prepared to walk, you can get shuttle too, but walk and carry water with you, had a awesome time, do visit the museum too.
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Venkat K
  • Venkat K
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 17 Reviews

"Relaxing and amazing place" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Time to relax amazing gardens. If you can meditate, this is the place you should look forward to. One can opt for a bike as in Goa and can travel from Pondicherry.
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Moksh Juneja
  • Moksh Juneja
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  • 11 Reviews

"Serene and Calm place" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Loved this place for its serene, calm. The only thing is that you need to have your own vehicle - a cycle, two wheeler, which is available for hire. This place so huge to even go from one point to another, you need to have your vehicle. You could choose to relax here or do some activity.
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Noreen Rao
  • Noreen Rao
  • Lives in Kollam
  • 7 Reviews

"A nice place" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This is the right place to relax in nature and good food. The French people mostly live here. It's close to the beach has a meditation dome. Good pizzerias around the place. A nice souvenir shop with aromatic items for shopping.
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Murugaiyan Csk
  • Murugaiyan Csk
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 2 Reviews

"Staff must give proper instruction to the tourist"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • 7 Reviews

"A nice thing to visit"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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