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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Sumiya Ebrahim

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"Auroville, getting close to sustainable life style" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Auroville is a global community where you can meet people from all over the world who have made a complete shift in the way they have lived their life and have chosen a sustainable living style that is more close to nature.

Visit Maatri Mandir, the huge iconic golden globe in Auroville. To visit the interior of Maatri Mandir, booking should be done a day before. If you have more days in hand, you can visit different communities like Buddha Garden, Bamboo Centre and many more to attend a workshop or to get an understanding of the sustainable lifestyle they lead. There are also lot of small cafes in and around where you can sit, read or relax they way you want.
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"Total fun and no bakwas!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
My first visit to Pondy and trust me the best place to enjoy, take a scooty and explore the city with your loved one and enjoy with some awesome food, sea food, jannat for food loves and masti lovers. You can be here without any interpretation of any people, be in your way in your choice, love to visit again and again. Of course, the people were lovely. It is a small and sweet city to travel with lots of french effect and beautiful landmarks and travel destinations with perfect helpful people and security cops!! Keep it up Pondi..!!
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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's a nice place to visit. It's an international city. You can observe multi cultures. Auroville is one of the wonders in pondicherry. You can visit rock beach, temples, parks, theaters and many more places to go. You can see lot of multicultural people roaming here. Have fun guys.
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"One shot place for all" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a one shot place for all. Name it, and it's there. From traditional home food to french delicacies, lazy bum beaches to adventurous scuba diving (contact- temple adventures), spiritual auroville to modern cafes, nationalities to internationalites. In addition to all above, DO TRY the seafood, and an evening stroll in the french town - it's a must!
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"A nice destination with good attraction" new review

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  • Posted 1 month ago
I would Summarize in short:

Travel to Chennai Airport and have a Private Travels bus to Pondicherry (can book on redbus) which takes 4 hours approximately to reach Pondicherry Bus Stand. Pondi Bus stand is not much far from the French quarters which is a major tourist spot. There are quite local hotels to stay there or can find a good hotel at a great price on goibibo.

The places to visit are not many so won't take more than 2 days of your trip.

Places and Spots to visit at Pondicherry:

1. Aurobindo Ashram (Must go)
2. Cafe Xtasi - An amazing Pizza Spot (Must go)
3. Cafe Des Arts - A French Cafe with Exact french Taste (Must go)
4. Promenade Beach and the Gandhi Statue : Its Adorable. (One will anyway go there because it's centrally located and all other places revolve around this spot)
5. Bharti Park - An OK OK Park (Don't miss out on something if u dont visit)
6. Serenity Beach - A beach that serves Alcohol (Must go)
7. Cafe Ole : Amazing place to have Shakes and Coffees (Must go)
8. Cafe Zuka : Amazing Desserts (Must Must go)
9. La Villa Shanti : Good and an Expensive Place
10. La Plancha : Good and an Expensive Place
11. Auroville : A meditation Spot for which 1 or 2 day prior booking is recommended. If not a meditating person then also a visit is must for the structure of Auroville (for the view of the Auroville prior booking not required) It's a bit far from the city but a must go. Also check the Timings of the place online and later plan the day.
12. Arikamedu : Always heard about the Place but when I personally went there to visit had to come back without seeing the place as it was full of Local people and dint find it safe at all ( recommended only if You are in group not for Singles and Couples)
13. Local Shooting Spots are also available which the locals can guide with!
14. ECR (EAST COAST ROAD) : The most beautiful road that leads Chennai to Kanyakumari with the most Beau offsets on the road, amazing beaches pass by, tress and serene beauty!! This route is a must travel route. (see to it you travel in the daytime as at night it turns a bit risky being a single lane highway with less lit up roads)

According to me Not more than 3 days are Required at Pondicherry!

Have a nice stay!
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"Really a good place to relax"

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  • Posted 1 month ago
It is really a good place to enjoy the sea breeze and sit near the beach. They have kept many of the old French building built in the early times. Some of the old building are transformed into hotels. Really a nice place to enjoy with your family. I would truly recommend it.
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Suresh Anand

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"A relaxing weekend"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondicherry trip was a very relaxing weekend, we were a gang of 4 and had a real fun time on the beach and the island visit was very pleasant one. The food and other products were very costly at the island. It would have been good if the costs were reasonable for all classes of people.
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"Quite & Fun place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you are fan of off beat places then Pondicherry is one for you. Quite beaches laid back people just add the right amount of fund to this place. I was really tired and bored of all the malls and night life so I decided to head to Pondicherry one weekend.

Backwaters of Pondicherry is a must see, you can visit local churches, shops and if you are not a vegan like me, you can surely enjoy some sea food here. Aureville centre and Matrimandir is must see it is situated little far off the city say about 20 Km. But its worth the time. You can rent a bike or hire a cab or auto to reach Aureville centre.

It was built for the global citizen no matter how much I describe it you gotta see yourself to experience the mystic Charm. Do visit the French Consulate here this yellow building by the sea side is quite a delight to watch. Amazing Fact is people of Pondicherry have right to vote for French Elections & hold dual citizenship.

Museum, Park & the temples are delightfully welcome you in all seasons, but it is strongly advisable to visit during winters as in summers it really get hot and humid in here. You really do not want your vacation to be spoiled by sun stroke. Consume lots of liquid while in Pondicherry, and local Narial Pani (coconut water) just you need to get you going in humid weather. Happy Travelling People!
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"Excellent place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place, but too hot better to visit in the month of December to February, book AC room only, walk in French colony is nice, beach and beach side road are attractive, specially in the night and evenings, since no vehicles, kids play in the road was not allowed, auroville is another attraction, 8 kilometres from city, aurobindo ashram, vinayaka Temple, paradise Beach, Sunday market, churches, are best, museum is not worth visiting, chidambaram Temple is 50 kilometres, half day worth visiting,
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"Nice place for a weekend"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondicherry being a small city, can be covered on a weekend. Mix of French and Tamil heritage gives it a distinct look, feel and culture. Also Auroville, the global township being there in the outskirts of this city, makes international cuisine available everywhere. Pondicherry can be a foodie's paradise for this reason. The seaside Promenade is one of the must-visit places in the city.
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