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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What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

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  • Excellent 63
  • Very Good 51
  • Good 24
  • Average 11
  • Below Average 7
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 2
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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158 traveller reviews for Auroville

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Smriti Das
  • Smriti Das
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 175 photos
  • 53 Reviews

"Spectacular place for quiet & peaceful evening" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 days 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
  • 2 Reviews

"Super environment" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 week 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" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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Satish
  • Satish
  • Lives in Agra
  • 3 Reviews

"Good place to visit" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nice place to visit, for children lot of space is there for playing. Walking experience will be good carry water bottles. If small kids are there please carry baby carriers.
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Rasikh Shah
  • Rasikh Shah
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"The place is worth god led" new review

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The place has a old MATRI mandir which is aesthetic, it has a great luxury and calmness everywhere. The place is having soothing smell, there are beaches near too, its a must go place everyone should visit.
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Shiri Baghar
  • Shiri Baghar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews

"Good place to relax"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is a small township a little away from Pondicherry. Main attraction is Matrimandir. It is nice and peaceful to go there and just relax for a while. We did not go inside Matrimandir as there is a pass to be obtained one day before and can go the next day.

There are shops and restaurants around. The shops here have great stuff, but are a bit pricey on the fragrant oils and other fragrance related stuff and soaps. Much cheaper in Pondicherry in the Aurobindo ashram shops.
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Veeral Bhiwandiwala
  • Veeral Bhiwandiwala
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews

"Calm place to meditate"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • 19 Reviews

"Relaxing and amazing place"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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