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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  • Below Average 7
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Enoch Shreyas
  • Enoch Shreyas
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Calm and peaceful place" new review

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted Today
Good place to visit but calm and peaceful, video a must see before they allow you to go around the place. One time visit place, elders might not be able to walk so much.
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M Barish
  • M Barish
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 7 Reviews

"Excellent place of visit to progress in life" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
I happened to visit Auroville while in Pondicherry for the first time last week. Once a barren plateau of largely red earth, thanks to the untiring tree planting efforts of the first pioneers. Auroville has been transformed into a lush green landscape in which a city is progressively beginning to take shape, radiating out from its centre, the Matrimandir, into four zones - the international, cultural, residential and industrial - each focusing on an important aspect of community life. A green belt will surround the entire city area. At the inauguration ceremony of Auroville on 28th February 1968, representatives of 124 countries and 23 Indian States placed a handful of earth from their homelands in a lotus shaped urn at the centre of the future township, in a symbolic gesture of human unity. They invite to Auroville, all those who thirst for progress and aspire to a higher and truer life. It is worth visiting and excellent.
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Sudarshan pai
  • Sudarshan pai
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews

"Community living spiritual place of interest" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
This a place to visit and understand how to live happily and lead a life with meaning. Great place to visit here you can purchase gift items or items for decorating your home, personal items too available.
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Golu Shivam
  • Golu Shivam
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Lot of traditional handicrafts are for sale here" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I went to visit Auroville when I was returning from Pondicherry to Chennai, I made a pit stop here and thought of talking a peak. The area was full of foreigners and they were also managing it, a huge collections of traditional handicrafts and handmade stuffs were for sale. Though the items were a bit expensive but it was worth it.
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Neeraj Mohan
  • Neeraj Mohan
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 1 Review

"The concept of peaceful village" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you are looking for a peaceful stay, silent and away from your day to day life, this is it. Created and concept during independance and built by French architect, this village signifies living in harmony with each other. You will find all kinds of people from different countries and different culture walking or cycling inside.

There is a giant globe where people usually meditate. It is the main tourist attraction. Make sure you get the pass the previous day. The architecture of the houses are notable and they utilize renewable source of energy. Petroleum products and plastics are avoided. You can find a good number of restaurants. Auroville bakery serves wonderful croissants ( time 8 -12am) and tantos offers fresh furnace made pizza.

If you are looking to kill some time with chai and sutta, Dinesh restaurant is your place. These places are not really expensive. Carrying 1000rs is more than enough. Auroville beach is right opposite the main road. If you are looking for resort, there is Purple Resort and Pondy Ville. There are number of low budget cottages also (around 500- 1000 rs). I would suggest you not to roam in the night as it is not very safe. The place gets very dark and secluded in the night.
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Akash Raj
  • Akash Raj
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"In search of peace" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a place where people from different countries come in search of peace. Auroville is mostly crowded with foreigners which is good to see. The place is quite pleasant specially the matrimandir which is the epicentre of the auroville.
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Smriti Das
  • Smriti Das
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 190 photos
  • 53 Reviews

"Spectacular place for quiet & peaceful evening" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Auroville is a small town. It's located just outside of Pondicherry. We drove for half an hour to reach Auroville but car wasn't allowed within the township. It is a spectacular place to visit. At first we entered the visitor's centre from where we got some idea about the history of Auroville & after that we collected a token from the information service desk to visit the Matrimandir viewing point. From a certain point we were picked up on township's van & dropped near to the gate of Matrimandir. Around the Matrimandir there are some beautiful gardens. It's a nice globe shaped & golden in colour meditation hall. We'd no sufficient time in our hand to cover the whole thing, so we visited it only from the view point. It's a beautiful place to spend a quiet & peaceful evening.
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Sathish Kumar
  • Sathish Kumar
  • 3 Reviews

"Super environment" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Very neat and good place, the environment also very super, its very near to beach. Everything available in this place, I really enjoyed.
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Sanjeeu
  • Sanjeeu
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Must see place"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Auroville is a must see place when visiting Pondicherry. Maitree Mandir was worth seeing although we need to book atleast 1 or 2 days in advance in order to see it from inside. Very cute eating area and gift shops.
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Dinesh kumar
  • Dinesh kumar
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 2 Reviews

"Calm and peaceful place"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Peaceful place, complete calm, good place for meditation. I along with my family like the place very much. It has also a very good library with many good books.
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