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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Vivek Kumar
  • Vivek Kumar
  • Lives in Meerut
  • 1 Review

"A lovely place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Visiting Aurobindo ashram on beach road Auroville is lovely. You get good food near beach road market and 40 km away is Hanuman temple, worth viewing as the statue of Lord Hanuman is made of one single piece of stone. In Auroville, you shall find the globe.
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Arumugam Sixface
  • Arumugam Sixface
  • 3 Reviews

"The best place to enjoy" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Pondy is the best place to enjoy its like mini foreign. Pondy has club, auroville beach, foreigners and pub. So enjoyed a lot with my friends. We walked around the pondy. It was nice experience and we went Tamil movie - "kaaki sattai" first day show. We played volleyball with my friends in auroville beach. We took lot of photos.
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Soumyajit Kundu
  • Soumyajit Kundu
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 48 Reviews

"Nice place for a weekend tour"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Its one of my favourite destinations in India. Though the weather is hot throughout the year, given its position near to the sea, but the place has a different charm with the beautiful French colonies, clean and well maintained roads, does not feel we are in India. Rishi Sri Aurobindo rightly preached in this place and many throng to visit the Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville. The beach within the city is not like a regular beach with white sand, its more with boulders used to prevent damage from sea waves. If you want to enjoy beach you can go further towards Auroville and get some guest houses which give more of a sea beach feel. There are two wheelers available for rent and are the best mode of travel within the city. The total area is very small so you can plan your trip for maximum 3 days which includes Ashram, sightseeing and leisure as well. One of the other major attraction is trying out French Delicacy in French Town.
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Rahul Porwal
  • Rahul Porwal
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 5 Reviews

"Awesomeness Experienced!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
An awesome holiday destination with lots to do! A beautiful rock beach, scenic light house, French estates, auroville and its people, different beaches in the ECR and the food of Pondicherry! All are so good that one will miss something great if not experienced all this!

Peacefull Pondicherry! Give time a Break!
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Deepak
  • Deepak
  • Critic
  • 7 Reviews

"A must visit place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Pondicherry on official trip. Pondicherry is place to be only for pleasure. Even from my busy schedule, I managed to spare time to visit Rock beach and restaurants nearby. The seafood available there is good and to my taste (I dont like food with overdose of chilly and spices). There's a lot more to see in Pondicherry. Auroville is must visit. I could not visit this time because of time constraint.
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Solomon Palani
  • Solomon Palani
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 9 Reviews

"Overall, a good city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We had a lovely time driving down by road from Chennai to Puducherry. The roads are so well and hardly we felt the driving tiringness. Of late the city seems to be far better in terms of traffic and also the cleanliness has improved a lot though in some places work is still in progress like the previous time I had visited a hotel called sri kamatchi serving awesome non veg meals prawns etc but couldnt go there this tme as some railway work was going on n we had to take a detour.
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Prabakaran Murugesan
  • Prabakaran Murugesan
  • Lives in Tiruvannamalai
  • 1 Review

"Place to have fun"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We stayed there for 2 days and 1 night. Booked 'Beach View Resort' near Kottakuppam, their cost is reasonable with good hospitality. Best place to get cheap liquor and can enjoy the french food and architecture style. Do not miss to see the sun rise because of hangover ;) There were many couples but we went with college gang. Go to beach at night it gives you an excellent breeze and will not be much crowded. Serenity beach is preferred over Rocky beach.
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Divya Krishna
  • Divya Krishna
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 1 Review

"A beautiful city to enjoy French culture"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondicherry is an amazing place! So many interesting things to do if you enjoy French culture. A very different place. As soon as you enter the french quarters, you feel like you have reached a quaint city in France. Beautiful houses, quiet cafes which serve amazing food and next to the sea. Some of the places you have to visit when in Pondicherry:

1) Baker Street - Go in the morning and have an amazing breakfast. Fresh breads, croissants, cakes, chocolates etc. Slurrrrrp!

2) Auroville - A very unique concept and many amazing food places

3) Promenade - A beautiful view to the sea

4) Church near Promenade - French style church with colourful windows

5) Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Very inspiring to read Aurobindo's writings

6) Zuka - A chocolate shop where you will be spoilt for choice

7) Cafe Xtacy - Wood fried Pizzas are amazing! :)

All in all, i had a very good time and will definitely go back!
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Rahul Gupta
  • Rahul Gupta
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Peace at Pondy"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Pondicherry twice, a good place to relax & unwind if you like the calm city. You have many places to see in and around, auro beach, gandhi beach, paradise beach, Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram, a temple, or you can just take a leisure walk in the evenings on beach road which is a very nice place. We stayed in aurobindo ashram guest house which is perfect for a long stay. Liked the place, will visit again for sure.

Hire a bike, for as low as 250/day and just roam around the streets, stopping by at the beautiful churches and ancient temples.

My advise to you is leave your hotels early in morning and carry summer clothes and footwear so you can roam around with ease and enjoy.
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Phani Simha
  • Phani Simha
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"A must visit destination!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We were excited about our visit to Pondicherry for three main reasons:
1. To visit the French Quarter
2. To visit Auroville and the famed Matrimandir
3. To take a stroll on the picturesque Promenade

In addition to the above, we covered Tranquebar which is a few hours drive from Pondicherry.

It is an experience unto itself. You travel in time when you visit the French Quarter and Tranquebar. You are surrounded by positive energy when you are at Auroville and the Aurobindo Ashram.

Goubert Avenue or The Promenade is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. It is best to visit during early mornings. It transforms into a sea of people in the evenings. Those who love crowded places like fairs may want to visit during the late evening.
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