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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  • Very Good 55
  • Good 27
  • Average 11
  • Below Average 7
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Gopinath Das

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  • Gopinath Das
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 28 Reviews
  •  68 helpful votes
  •  26987 readers

"A must visit" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Pondy auroville is a destination in itself. This is place which is a must visit for every visitor. The various products made are to be seen whatever you can afford you should buy. There are many things you can take as a souvenir some very unique one.
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Lalith Kashyap

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  • Lalith Kashyap
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 9 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  1038 readers

"Auroville - Eco-Friedndly Township" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Auroville is township which was the brain child of the the mother of Aurobindo Ashram. This is about 10km from the city center.

The Auroville complex boasts of a numerous organic restaurants and shops. Being a random visitor you cant access all the parts of Auroville.

One structure you'll be spell bounded is the matri Mandir a gigantic golden globe. Which happens to be a place of meditation. You got to take permission one day in advance to get inside Matri Mandir.

On the ECR road which leads to auroville is the auroville beach which is pretty silent and non-crowded. There are no activities on the beach and one thing to keep in mind is that you don't have public changing rooms so after you visit the beach it might be a little difficult. There are no sign boards which guide you to the beach. The only landmark is the hotel Surya which is on your right while driving from pondicherry.

Carrying some snacks isn't a bad idea at all.
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Anuraj

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  • Anuraj
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  274 readers

"Its good for meditation" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was nice to be there. We were able to know many things. Its a place of meditation. They will guide us fully, overall felt good. Travellers should visit if you go to Pondicherry. Location is not that far.
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Chirag Gupta

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  • Chirag Gupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 10 Reviews
  •  231 readers

"A place of ultimate peace" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Auroville is wonderful planned village in Pondicherry. Its a wonderful place to spend time in peace. One should book the slot in Matrimandir which is a meditation place with pin drop silence. Built in the shape of crystal and covered with brass circular plates looks magnificent.
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Amit Anjanee

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  • 14 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Nice place to meditate" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a family trip and we reached to Auroville while returning from Pondicherry trip. It is well planned and structured place a must visit place. But we were very disappointed to reach to Mata Mandir after 1 km of walk. Nothing much is there to see from outside. To get inside you need to book a ticket in advance in person.
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Haresh kumar sharma

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  • 2 Reviews
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"Very calm and quite place to enjoy" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The place helped me in meditating and keeping me engaged in some good experience. The visit was worth paisa-vasool. The place is mainly suitable for religious mined and adhyatmik persons
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Karan singh

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  • Karan singh
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1201 readers

"Its one of its kind" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The place was very silent and I was attracted by the silence, it gave peace. They first show the video and then we can see the Matrimandir. The golden coloured Matrimandir is one of its kind.
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Radha Krishna

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  • Radha Krishna
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 8 Reviews
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"Feels like a paradise"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place to go and relax, it has time constraints so we are allowed for only two hours and we can go for boating in the lake, its affordable too, just 200 for boating and the beach. It has food facilities at the beach also we can have beverages at the beach.
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Aaditya Nagpal

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
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"Relaxing and serene place"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Yes it is worth to visit the place, it's in North of the main Pondicherry Town. The place is amidst nature and very relaxing place. Do visit the Matrimandir do not reach after 4 pm reach well on time to explore the place well. Lot of buses go to Auroville from the main town. Do try the cafes inside for nice food and coffee.
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Enoch Shreyas

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  • Enoch Shreyas
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Calm and peaceful place"

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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