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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Gopinath Das

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"Feb is a good time to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 days 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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Karthikeyan Kamaraj

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"A nice place to enjoy" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Please to enjoy
1) Aurobindo ashram
2) Auroville village
3) Auroville beach
4) Beach walk near gandhi statue
5) Parks (botanical garden and bharathi park)

Take a 2 wheeler for rent and enjoy roaming around pondicherry.

Enjoy many non-veg places (akbar biryani palace, Thalappakatti, anjappar, etc).
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Ursgokul Gk

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"A good city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
City beach views are superb. It is very hot. Nice beach, we can walk in the morning very good relax. Overall, we spent 2 days max to see Pondicherry. There was nothing for Nightlife expect for only saturdays DJ. Other than that Italian foods are good in near mission street. Boat house just board riding nothing else. Auro beach is very good.
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"Every time I travel to pondy I fall in love with it even more" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Pondy is a place I have visiting since I was a little girl. Its a nice place which is suitable for holidays with both family and friends. Every time I travel to pondy I fall in love with it even more. Love the beaches the great french colonies tasty continental cuisine and so on. On whole good to relax.
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Ayyan mukerji

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"Awesome destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome place to visit. Let it be your fiancee or family or your University group meeting after long. It has all the facilities to make you happy. Has temples for family, beaches for couples and awesome drinks for group friends. Just walk out and enjoy that's what Pondicherry ask.
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Gaurav

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"A good place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is very good place to spend time with friends. Can go weekly once with friends. Can have good time in beach. Nice hotel and in good place. Nice climate and road. Good drinks and food. Nice place to spend time with group of Friend's and family. Can recommend many people and nice place to visit again.
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"Too hot and sultry" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Since I had to attend a wedding, I visited Pondicherry. Otherwise this is not the season to visit Pondicherry.

The french style of straight roads leading to the beach is something needs to be appreciated. Open drainage system is too bad - even to enter into any hotel or restaurant, one has to cross the drainage. Usually they have laid a small grill over it.

In spite of staying in A/C hotel and driving an A/C car, one can not get out even for few minutes. The specs get blurred as you get out of the car. One has to enjoy the beach, a single wave beach. Mosquito repellent is a must.

Cashew toffees are nice buy from french shops.
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"Enjoyed the trip" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Tour was good, this destination has two wheeler hire facility and petrol/diesel is very cheap here. Even food also reasonable in restaurants as they don't have any taxes. But the adventure and sports activities in the beaches are expensive, we enjoyed the paradise beach and French Street is unforgettable memory. We can Visit Sriperumbudur, Kanchipuram while going to Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram is on the way to Chennai.
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Sumeet Maharana

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"Just a weekend getaway nothing much" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
* Just a weekend getaway.
* No night life compared to Goa
* Cost of food is very high.
* Got reviews about restaurants from Tripadvisor
* Cafe Ole - Excellent Coffee - Must Try
* Zuka - Excellent chocolates - Must Try
* Sri Kamatchi Non Veg Hotel - Don't try. Service is poor
* Surguru - Don't Try
* Ende Nadu Restaurant - Bad Management. Poor service

Not that great place
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"Pondi with not much Cherry" new review

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I visited puducherry in June-July, I stayed for 40 days. I stayed in many places. There is nothing special but just one road which is only good at sunrise and there was local crowd in the evening. Beach is not for enjoyment but just to relax. You cant go inside due to huge waves, govt put big stones(barrier) for security. There is only one thing which is sunrise, looks charming from ocean.

I am from west India. We have sunset view in ocean so its amazing. At some urban seaside places local people use beach as wash-room and toilet, its worst. There is much hot so you cant go outside in day time or ready to bare heat.
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