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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  • Very Good 44
  • Good 21
  • Average 9
  • Below Average 6
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 2
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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140 traveller reviews for Auroville

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Rahul Jain
  • Rahul Jain
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Must visit" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Its a must visit for everyone out there whose visits Pondicherry, good meditation centre. Go one day before to book a slot for you, you will be allowed to meditate for 15 min in the mandir.
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Vinayagam
  • Vinayagam
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"A very neatly maintained place to see" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Good place to visit, meditate and mind relaxation. A very neatly maintained place to see. You have to maintain absolute peace within the premises where cell phones cameras are strictly not allowed.
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Rashmi ns
  • Rashmi ns
  • 2 Reviews

"Ticket must be taken" new review

  • 3.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
They have lot of rules like if it rains you are not allowed, if you have not taken the pass at the entrance not allowed. But the place is awesome, since we had gone with kids ideally we cannot meditate.
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Virat
  • Virat
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 19 Reviews

"Must Visit" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Great Place. A bit far from the main city but transportation is easily available. Refreshing change of pace from the hustle and bustle of cities. Amazing eating outlets if you are willing to walk a bit. Totally worth a visit.
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Merrin Joseph
  • Merrin Joseph
  • 4 Reviews

"Peaceful place" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
In order to go inside the golden globe you should book earlier, that's one of the mistakes we did. Its a beautiful place, this place will be like the peaceful part of your trip.
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Dr pradeep Naik
  • Dr pradeep Naik
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 13 Reviews

"A great golden experience" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The place is as serene and calm as it can ever be. The place is crowded but the destination is huge enough to accommodate one and all comfortably. You would not feel that you are far away from you home but you will feel relaxed and wonderful.
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N s ramanathan
  • N s ramanathan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"A place to meditate" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Auroville is a silent serene place mainly to seek oneself. If one has to do the meditation inside the dome prior booking has to be done two days in advance. We were given to understand that there was no online booking. It is a place worth visiting and one can purchase books, herbal medicines etc. and enjoy with nature.
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Soumendra
  • Soumendra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Awesome Place"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place for all religions, Guides are good. Polite behavior, only thing we could not make it to the Matri mandir. Everyone should visit this place once in their life time.
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Madhusudhan Chikkanna
  • Madhusudhan Chikkanna
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"A place to relax"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Here very nice to visit with your children it has Matrimandir for improve concentration nice nature walk. Nice shopping good food available in French style. Nice museum for kids to gain knowledge. Ample space for play. Comfortable for every person. It is good relax and comfort zone.
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Rutavi Mehta
  • Rutavi Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 12 Reviews

"Place to learn about serenity, art & Culture"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I did 5 days trip to Pondicherry, and one part I included in it was Auroville I couldn't all the great spots of Auroville because of time constraint. I walked around the inner roads of auroville where there are various homes stays managed by international, saw couple of eco tourism places as well. Tip- Take Auro card which helps you with discount to many places if you are going to stay for long.
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