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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  • Average 11
  • Below Average 7
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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188 traveller reviews for Auroville

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Jyoti Sarma

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  • Jyoti Sarma
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  19 readers

"A nice walking adventure" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Quite far from the main city of Pondi, a nice walking adventure once you receive the spot. Lot of other things to look around before reaching the spot.
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Veena Joby

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  • Veena Joby
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 10 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  258 readers

"A must visit place in Pondicherry" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A good place in Pondicherry for a half day visit, as a visitor, there are restriction to certain areas, but still a good place. They have restaurants, shopping place to buy artefacts and place to meditate.
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Ravi

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  • Ravi
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews
  •  568 readers

"Long walking in sunlight- tough" new review

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Visiting Auroville is a good experience, as I was from Kolkata and Sri Aurobindo was from my city, so wanted to have a look into it but walking in the afternoon with sunny is tough, though I enjoyed a lot.
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Soumitra Chatterjee

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  • Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 11 Reviews
  •  341 readers

"quite and peaceful destination" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is a place in the French colony where Swami Aurobindo was cremated. In this place tourist will find different books and pics of swami's. The place is very quite and peaceful, a must go in Pondicherry.
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Bk shaw

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  • Bk shaw
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  110 readers

"Gives peace to mind and handmade goods are available around" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its a very nice and beautiful place most important thing is that it gives us chanting peace to our mind. We enjoyed the whole day, lots of handmade goods are available around to purchase it.
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Prasenjit Biswas

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  • Prasenjit Biswas
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  99 readers

"Can stay here for a longer time" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a nice, quiet and calm place, anyone can stay for longer periods in Pondicherry and can try to find peace of mind inside the Auroville visiting it again and again.
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Sudhakaran Sivasangar

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  • Sudhakaran Sivasangar
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  202 readers

"Auroville - Visit atleast once in lifetime" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Clean & Neat. Everyone should visit atleast once in lifetime. 10 km from Pondicherry city. Very nice globe. Need proper appointment for visiting globe.
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Divakar Manogar

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  • Divakar Manogar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  207 readers

"Auroville a Peaceful Heaven" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I have not seen such a beautiful greenery place in between a city, but Auroville such a beautiful place, a must place to visit in Pondicherry because of its heritage. The globe is the outstanding part of Auroville a marvellous creation.
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Sarath Shenoy

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  • Sarath Shenoy
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 11 Reviews
  •  415 readers

"Find your peace within" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Find your peace within. Yes go get lost in between peace loving people and come back home all fresh just wanting to go back again. People from different cultures have come along and built a home far away from home.
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Brinda Majithia s

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  • Brinda Majithia s
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  245 readers

"Must visit when in Pondicherry" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Yes it was worth the hype. The whole concept of the ashram, the landscaping along with the paisa vasool cafes.

We visited in the afternoon (in July) and it was too sunny so it seemed tiring to go to the viewing place. However there were vehicles to drop off at the main entrance.
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