Pondicherry Tourism

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About Pondicherry

Pondicherry

Pondicherry or Puducherry, the capital of the Union Territory of Pondicherry, is located along the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal. Pondicherry is also the largest coastal enclave in the Union Territory of Pondicherry, the others being Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Pondicherry is situated in Tamil Nadu at a distance of about 160 km to the south of Chennai.  


According to mythology, Pondicherry was known by the name Vedapuri. This place is also believed to be the abode of the revered sage, Saint Agasthya. Pondicherry later came under the rule of various dynasties like the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Pandyas. As per ‘Periplus of the Erythraean Sea’, Pondicherry had trade relations with Rome during 1st century AD. Roman pottery excavated from Arikamedu near Pondicherry, which dates back to the first half of 1st century AD, also points to this fact. 


The unique location of Pondicherry captured the attention of Portuguese, the Dutch, the Danes, the English and the French. Pondicherry came under the rule of the French in 1673 and since then it became the site for the battle between the British and the French. Pondicherry remained as the capital of French India for about 300 years, before it attained its independence in 1954. It was in 2006 that the name Pondicherry was changed to Puducherry, which means ‘New Village’ in Tamil language. Tamil, English, French and Hindi are the languages used in Pondicherry.


The heritage city of Pondicherry, which is a living monument of the French culture, is a conglomerate of different cultural influences. The French part of Pondicherry still exhibits the streetscapes and the architectural style of the colonial era and the Tamil part is typical of the Tamil architectural style. Bordered by Bay of Bengal on the East and South Arcot District of Tamilnadu on the other sides, Pondicherry is a popular destination of tourists in the South. 


The coastal city of Pondicherry is famous for its serene beaches. Hotel de Vile, French War Memorial, Puducherry Museum, Aayi Mandapam, Auroville Ashram, Shri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade, Chunnambar Resort, Old Light house, Romaine Rolland Library, etc. are some of the major tourist attractions in Pondicherry. 


The vicinity of Pondicherry to the temple towns of Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chidambaram, the heritage town of Mamallapuram and the hill stations of Yercaud and Kodaikanal has made it popular among wayfarers.


Pondicherry, fondly called as ‘Pondy’, is a haven for foodies and shopaholics as well. Travellers to Pondicherry can buy anything that range from textiles to traditional dolls to aromatics. Renowned for palm-fringed beaches, scenic fishing villages, serene backwaters and French boulevard towns, Pondicherry is also a famous stage where several art festivals and cultural programs are conducted every year. To know more about Pondicherry, visit www.pondytourism.in.

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Vishal Tiwari

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  • Vishal Tiwari
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  47 readers

"Good place as weekend gateway." new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
At single place you will gate most attraction near rock beach. I mean most attraction you see on internet are the like memorials, church, garden, bay. Etc etc.
Places to visit :
Rock beach
Paradise beach
Auraville Matrimandir - don't forget to book prior to 2 days.
Aura and serenity beach.
Among aura beach is beautiful among all but not maintained.
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Richi Richard

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  • Richi Richard
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 13 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
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"Amazing place to spend time" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Being many times to Pondicherry but yet to again visit the same place still enjoying every day with new different experience over there and the beach wow amazing place to spend either alone or with friends 100% enjoyment guarantee so visit their during weekends.
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Durgesh ranganath Rajadhyaksha

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  • Durgesh ranganath Rajadhyaksha
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
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"Pondy- A Close Cousin of popular Beach Destination - Goa" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Visited Pondy for 4 nights stay, o Welcome the New Year 2017 & found this beach city to be a close cousin of the popular beach destination - Goa. The roaring sea of Bay of Bengal, the French colonies, relishing Sea Food as well as the International Cuisines of Italy & France as well as coal South Indian delicacies made our stay memorable. However, ( Pondicherry Tourism Development Corpn has to improve a lot as their currently aptly suits as Pondicherry Tourism DESTRUCTION Corpn. The facilities maintained by them do not work. The team is not at all interested in communicating with the Tourists. The place in itself is truly mesmerizing & a 2-3 days stay is good enough to explore the city. Please nte that most of the spots within the city can be covered walking leisurely as they are within 1500 meters radius. ( 20 min walk).
We stayed in Hotel Ram International, a 2 Star property offering really Value for Money deals in their 50 + AC rooms in Anna Salai Area
We visited the Sacred Heart Basilica, & Botanical gardens in 1st Half & after lunch, visited Primal Temple, Vinayagar Temple, Bharathi Park & Aai Mandapam within, Museum, Aurobindo Ashram. Evenings on all days were reserved for strolling along the 1500 meters long Promenade which had attractions like Gandhi Mandapam, Ambedkar Mandabam, Lighthouse, Rock Beach, French War memorial, Kargil war Memorial, Church, Jawahar Toy Museum Dupleix Statue & Garden.
The next day 1st Half was spent at Auroville. It is located 8 Kms away from the city & can be reached either by rickshaw / cab or the cheapest public transport, local bus at just Rs 5 from city of Pondy. After alighting at the stop, Auroville is further inside 8 Kms & ca be reached by rickshaw for Rs 200 one way fare, Rs 400 return fare. It takes 10-12 minutes to reach from the highway by rickshaw / 20-25 minutes from Pondy City. A lot 90-120 minutes to explore this place. The visitor's pass is offered free at the Visitor's Center. A Video of the activities is shown for 10 minutes. Then a 1 Km walk through the Green environs leads to Matrimandir & its surrounding gardens. We can view only from outside. In case one has to go inside & meditate etc, permission is to be obtained from the office above Visitor's center & then a confirmation is given for the next day or the day after. Also, spot the massive Banyan Tree on the way to Matrimandir. If driving in pvt vehicle, stop at Tanto for lovely Pizza - Pasta session & Auroville Bakery too. After returning to the highway junction, we walked down to Auro Beach on the other side. The fresh Fish Fry served by the local vendors is worth trying.
The next day 1st half was spent for Chunambar Boat House & Paradise Beach. Chunamber is 6 Kms away from the city & can be reached in Cab/rick or local public bus Rs200 tickets for Motor Boat are issued by Counter & a 20 minutes boat ride through the back waters leads us to Paradise Beach, which is an island. Though boards are put up offering Water Sports like Banana Boats, Kayaking, Water Scooter, Para Sailing etc, nothing is functional. Swimming is not recommended as Bay of Bengal Sea is very rough & dangerous due to roaring splashing waves. This takes up to 3-4 hours based on the tourist traffic.
The best part of Pondy trip is that it is a foodies paradise. Along with lovely South Indian Cuisine, we relished on etc. Offered by many Restaurants on Mission Street, Nehru Street, M G Road on our walks towards the Beach. Strongly recommend Intalia ( Now being re maned Italize on Mission Street for Quattro Formazi Wood Fired Pizza & Mix Veg Lasagna & Tangy Pasta. This is much better than the popular hyped Xtasi. Also try Pizza-Pasta at Farm Fresh & Ravioli-Pasta-Pizza at Gelato Factory, on Mission Street Corner with Bussy Street. For South Indian Cuisine, try Pongal, Wada, Idly, Dosa etc at Mayura, Hot Chips, Anand Bhavan, adyar Ananda Bhavan, Archana, etc.
For boozing, Beer & Bacardi rates are amongst the lowest in India. E, g, Bacardi sells ar Rs 510 ,, Bacardi Remix at Rs 570 & Beer at Rs 50 & Strong Beer at Rs 70. Bacardi Breezer at Rs 55. So Chill Out!
Overall a good family destination.
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Harish Manek

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  • Harish Manek
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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Puducherry is a good place to visit if you have a liking for booze and love beaches as these two things are here and sure to get full paisa vasool. The beaches, if you are lucky enough to have a cloudy climate, would be a treat. Do I say anything more, just experience it.
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Vivek

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  • Vivek
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"Access to all needs in Pondicherry" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a good town located with beach. Enjoyable and fun filled city for gents. Variety of sea foods are available. Can buy clothes at cheap rate in sunday market. Well connected with road, rail and air transportation. 2 to 3 hours travel from Chennai as well as trichirapalli.
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Neeraj shrivastava

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  • Neeraj shrivastava
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"Beaches and rented bikes good for friends and couples"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We stayed for 2 days and that is enough to cover whole Pondicherry. This place is full of beaches from Rocky to Sandy beach and rented bikes add adventure to your trip. Rented bikes are easily available at around 200 to 500 RS per day depending upon type of Vehicle. Rock beach is most famous and have a night life and surrounded by lot of eateries and monument but you can't take Bath or swim here. For that you need to go for serenity beach (around 8 km from main city) or Paradise beach (around 25 km from main city also give feeling of back water).
Places to visit:
Auroville: gives you peace of mind you can club it with serenity beach. A lot of walk so elders and couple with kids please avoid.
Rock Beach: It runs along white town area Main area of Pondicherry, all Historical Monuments and buildings are located near by, main shopping and eateries are near by. Go for evening or morning walk have lot of food and selfies.
Aurobindo Ashram: In White town area in the heart of city, go for peace of mind.
Paradise Beach: You can enjoy sea Bath in sun or a boat ride in back water here. Little far from main city and not so clean. Took around 1 hour from main city no public transport so go by rented bike. Or self hired taxy or auto. Also the road to paradise beach is not very good, only go if you want to spend some time in sea waves.
Bikes: Main attraction of Pondicherry is Rented Bikes, hire them and search your own destination. Language is an issue but with little use of hinglish you can find your way.
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Sudhir Vatsa

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  • Sudhir Vatsa
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Poor cousin of Goa"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you have been to Goa then you will feel the stark contrast between the two places I. E Pondy and Goa. Pondy is not a well maintained city compared to other coastal cities. Its a lot filthier with dirty beaches and minimal recreational facilities available.
Go for it you have an explorer''s attitude. If you prefer a fun filled, relaxed vacation then better opt for Goa. The tourist destination touted in Pondy are a big letdown either it be Paradise beach or Auroville. Nothing to go gaga about any destinations in Pondy.
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Jitendra mistry

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  • Jitendra mistry
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"Jitendra Mistry"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Aurobind Ashram situated at French colony is very good experience, the site is well disciplined and quite to meditate. French colony buildings and roads are giving the experience of European culture blended with indian one. Walking along the beach is quite good experience to see life at its fullest with enjoyable moments at evening. Le Cafe on beach front is very nice to dine with all sorts of coffee.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"The France of India"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pondicherry, Puducherry or Pondiville whichever you name it, is totally worth of visit for the friends, family, solo or with your love. The place has adobe of history, spirituality and coastal culture. The French colony (White Town) has still a appearance like French living society. You may smell that, all the roads and roads are mostly French named. The evening time at the beach day time in museum and Aurobindo ashram and coastal cuisines, Pondi has a lot to offer you. You may hire a bike or bicycle on rent to roam around the city. Best time to go there is winter else be ready for the heat.
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Lohit Veda vyas

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  • Lohit Veda vyas
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Getaway to Pondicherry from Hyderabad"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pondicherry is a pleasant place to visit as the French colony and Gandhi statue beach gives you a pleasant vibes, we stayed at soorya beach resort which was a good resort for 2 people it costs around 3100 for 3 nights. Best beach was paradise beach from which we can go to paradise island and The next best thing about Pondicherry was auroville the international city which cannot be described in words one has to visit that place. And make sure you have a camera
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