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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Adarsh Mechakkattil

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"Really a good place to relax" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days 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" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days 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" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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Praveen Heggeri

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"Excellent place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week 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" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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Priyank Pahwa

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"Decent experience" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a very nice city with Promenade street being the highlight. The cafe at Promenade (sea-facing) is superb with amazing delicacies at cheap prices.

You can click some really nice pics on Promenade and the architecture of this city is beautiful. Do visit Auroville and Matrimandir. It's worth a visit.
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Janakiram Jayaraman

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"Pleasant trip to Pondicherry" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Super experience. Only caution - play in the beach in the early morning or early evening. Any time after 10 am till 5 pm will cause suntan and will cause damage to your skin, especially in children.

You can try continental cuisine in the town. There are historical places to visit. You need to spend at least one full day roaming the streets and enjoying.
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"Simple yet mind blowing destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is a very small and simple place. The atmosphere here is superb. This place has a French touch to it. The beach is too good. One can spend long hours on the beach like I did. The Ashram of Sri Aurobindo and the museums are also mind blowing. Overall a lovely location to spend a peaceful vacation. Beach is the best part of Puducherry.
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Hari krishnan

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"Beautiful place" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is the first time for me to visit Pondicherry. I like the city, it looks beautiful. The road conditions were good. The price for buying products are low. I like to travel in car. Travelling in car helps to see many places in Pondicherry. I liked the beach in Pondicherry.
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"Feb is a good time to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Pondy in feb is a good time to visit. We went to aurobindo ashram - park guest house the booking for which was done from kolkata. This place located right on the sea side. Pondy city do not have a beach but a wall. This old french town is a destination in itself. We visited aurobindo house, auroville, and the museum. There are other places but we skipped them all. Staying in the guest house for 3 days right on the sea was very soothing for us and the evening walk on the sea side was very healing for a city dweller like us.

It is best reach there by train from Madras or other places. The railway station is very close to the french town, travelling by bus one has to take a auto to or from the bus stand. There are many things one can buy from auroville, but the candle of auroville is must collect item. There are handicrafts one may like to buy some items can be found only there.

However pre book your hotel / guest house or else you may be for a rude shock.
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