Pondicherry Tourism

Pondicherry Tourism


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.

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Radha Krishna

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  • Radha Krishna
  • Lives in Chennai
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"The best weekend getaway with the French flavour" new review

  • 5/7
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This place was a french colony and so you have the french flavour added to the city. There is Aurobindo Ashram and then Auroville beach and Rock beach, the Mahatma Gandhi statue and the Nehru road for shopping. You can take a evening walk along the Rock beach and there are many eateries available there and nice place to have fun in the weekend. The city has a lot of good hotels for a comfortable stay. Less populated and everything so close that you walk around for things. Only drawback there are no call taxis, if added it would be more comfortable, but as now autos are doing good job.
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Salim Saleem

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  • Salim Saleem
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A best destination with good environment" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
Best place I have ever visited till now, cool climate and pollution free and clean road and with less populated people. Nice hotels to stay, neat and clean area, best place to hang around with friends, low cost for travelling and staying, nice beaches, and good food available.
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Aaditya Nagpal

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Nice relaxing beach place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Pondicherry is a nice place and has that French charm to it in the main White town area. Has lot of good eating places and cafe's. The drive to Pondicherry is beautiful. The Aauroville and Aurobindo Ashram are good for people looking to relax. Overall a good holiday destination.
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Vinita Vanjani

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  • Vinita Vanjani
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"It is not what they show in TV shows" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Travel Date: Feb'15

Pondy was more like a small village.

Beautiful places included the White Town, Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram, Paradise Beach. White town was about a 2 sq km area with good eateries, good bars, economic bars, hotels, and beautiful lanes dotted with brightly painted buildings. Promenade Beach, which is in White Town, reminds me of Marine Drive, Mumbai. A walk to remember.

Aurobindo Ashram: Frankly, Disappointing, especially because the one in my hometown - Vadodara is way larger. And since the Pondy one is more famous, I was looking forward to something different, bigger.

Auroville: The beautiful Golden Lotus with 12 petals (all 12 meditation rooms), The beautiful little organic and handicrafts market place, the small food court sort of thing where we had south Indian thali made in a Frenchman's restaurant, the fact that the foundation was laid by the soil of each country, and finally, the very pious motive of Auroville's existence, makes us feel we are in a different, more earthen world. We definitely feel a different vibe.

Stay: We stayed at Beach Bubbles, who's review I have written separately. In brief, It is a good beach side resort and well located with good proximity to most of the important tourist places in Pondy.

Paradise Beach: The best beach I have seen, second only to Radhanagar beach in the Andaman's. At the time of our visit, very less sports were active. Lot of sunscreen needed in this weather, but still got tan.

Serenity Beach: Looking for quietude, this is the place. Having a steep slope on the beach, and large waves, makes it risky entering the waters. As the name suggests, not many are aware of this beach, hence it makes it a peaceful place, with just one bar/shack out there. The shack, although, disappointed us. After a sunny day, we wanted to spend the sunset at the Serenity beach with beer, but the place was out of stock!!

Overall: Good place to visit, only once.
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Enoch Shreyas

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  • Enoch Shreyas
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"A must visit place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Nice place to relax with friends/family. Absolute must visit for alcoholics. Liquor was very cheap, some amazing sea food. Overall, Pondy is a must visit place for people of all ages!!! Sun, beach, food and nightlife its got it all!!! People looking for a calm and relaxed holiday can visit this place!!
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Pranab sanket

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  • Pranab sanket
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"Good place but beware of auto drivers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
The place is good except the auto drivers. They saw us and said the fare to our hotel was Rs 100. Then I had a doubt and looked for Google map and found it was only 2.2 km. So we walked and went. Later when we came to hotel the auto driver asked for Rs 60 And we bargained and he was ready to come at Rs 40. So be little careful with these auto guys.
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Anand babu parakash

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  • Anand babu parakash
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"A good heritage location" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Since I visited on heat of summer and didn't have time for sightseeing, there is nothing much to write about.

But I can say that summer is not a good time to visit.Its a city with poor rail connectivity. Costly autorickshaw for inter city travelling. Lot of tourist attraction, serenity of french half of town and auroville are notable attraction. Its also nearer to chennai and many pilgrimage sites(thirunallar).
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Sankalp Jena

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"Good place to travel" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's one of the French colony. You will come to see a lot of French buildings. French is the second language in Pondicherry. Gandhi beach is one of the best beach in Pondicherry but the beach is vanishing day by day. Another beach is Auro beach, it's also a good beach to visit.
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Gowtham

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  • Gowtham
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"A good place to roam and enjoy" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was well a gods place. I visited Auroville. It was so good to enjoy and roam. Climate was also good compared to Chennai. I roamed well on bike. I hired a bike over there. It was awesome and the best place I ever visited. I'll be always coming there to enjoy.
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Thomas

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"Nice destination for a short visit with family" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I like Pondy for its food, beach, dining and drinks. I always cherish my every visit to Pondy. Two cultures, ie, French and Indian is difficult to see. 2 different sets of lifestyle, food and behaviour. A good destination for a short visit with family and friends.
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