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. To know more about Pondicherry, visit www.pondytourism.in.

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Deepak cm

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  • Deepak cm
  • 3 Reviews
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"Brilliant place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Pondicherry one of the most romantic place in india. Its a UT with beautiful Beaches and awesome culture. People here are very nice interactive, kind, polite and helpful.
Since it was a very short trip to pondi I could not see all the places but enjoyed a lot. It was very beautiful experience for me. Food is so authentic, I have visited few places like Rock Beach, Paradise, French colony, MG Road, Aroville etc. I did some shopping in MG Road and French colony food is awesome here alcohol is so cheap.
Le Club, Cafe Xtasi, Le Dupliex, Hotel South avenue opp: Railway station are good places for food and drinks. I am sure you will have a beautiful experience in Pondi.
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Neha jain

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  • Neha jain
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"Heritage feel" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It's nice serene heritage town .. White town area is really good ... Near by beaches are not that much clean but will give a feel of coastal area .. Food is nice as there are lots of French and Italian food available. Auroville is good to visit .. However it's huge so be prepare to walk ... There is a heritage walk of the city done by Mr. Ashok panda which is quite good as you get to know about lots of information on architecture and renovation of some heritage properties ..
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Trip to Pondicherry"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been to Pondicherry by road in the month of April 2016. Pondicherry is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of South India. The must-visit attractions around Pondicherry include the Pondicherry Museum, French war memorial, Promenade Beach and Auroville. The Pondicherry museum is located in the Bharathi Park. It has a collection of sculptures and rare archaeological findings. The French war memorial was built in 1971 in honour of the bravehearts who laid down their lives in world war I. It is located opposite to the Gandhi statue. The site is illuminated every year on Bastille day, ie, July 14. The Promenade beach stretches to a total distance spanning 1.5 km. One can spot many attractions on this beach including the Mahatma Gandhi statue, statue of the Joan of Arc and the old lighthouse and the customs house. One can even play Volleyball and swimming in the evening. Auroville is located at a distance of 8 km in north-west Pondicherry. It is also called as the city of dawn and came into existence on 28th February, 1968. Roger Anger designed Auroville and it currently has 2000 residents inhabiting it.
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Mahesh mahipati

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  • Mahesh mahipati
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"Stay at ponicherry"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was quickly planned trip and make my trip has helped a lot with good air fare tickets and great discount of the hotel booking. This is good time to visit pondi and you can cover lot of places.
After you check in the hotel hire a bike or car depending on comfort zone and use google map to reach out to your destination. You will have lot of option for food and at reasonable rates.
This is safe place to travel and french colony is definite place to visit.
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Swateek Jena

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"Beautiful place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The little French town had always been a dream place to visit since my very childhood. Growing up far away from here, I lucky enough. But now being in Bangalore, it was just a night away. The temptation was too good to resist.

A Friday night train from Yeshwantpur is the best one reach Pondy, I was lucky to get an accommodation in the White Town area at the Aurobindo Ashram and thus was just a kilometre away from the Rocky Beach. Hired a vehicle at 300 INR per day, and that was my commute for all the 5 days I was there.

Things you should never miss - The rising sun at the Rock Beach, a lazy evening walk along the Promenade, jog along the promenade in the evening, enjoy the silence of Aurobindo Samadhi, look at the French houses, shop and shop the various Ashram made goods, visit Auroville and meditate at Matri Mandir, enjoy the evening breeze at Paradise Beach.
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Thangavel

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"Good place claimate is very nice."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I have visited pondy is official trip and I have stay already is hotel jayaram many times
Pondy is very good place. I have enter is pondy feel like a franch trip. Many sight seeing places in pondy. Now the city is very clean our honourable governor Mrs. Keeran beedi (IPS) direct visit many place campaign instructed to keep the city clean. My hearty thanks governor.
Load ganapathi manakul vinayagar, and arabindo asram, beech very nice.
I love very much pondy and nice climate.
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Vikram  Kumar

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  • Vikram Kumar
  • Lives in Patna
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"Must visit to see France of India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It's very nice place .. Clean city. Here many place to for spending time like Pondicherry museum, arvindo ashram, Pondicherry library, Pondicherry beach, all are very good .. Surrounding of beach is like France ... Here france culture we will see .. Road and market is very clean. It's lovely place, and once in life once should visit here with love one to enjoy France culture and for shopping ... We can spend with some time with love one in evening on beach sitting near water and having ice cream ...
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B raja

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  • B raja
  • Lives in Palani
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"Truly cosmo"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pondicherry is a truly cosmopolitan town having a great heritage. I visit every month not just to visit Aurobindo asram and Auroville but also to have a feel of this great city which is unique in several aspects.
A city still having its colonial connections is studded with lots of educational institutions apart from lots of bars. (Liquor is cheap- Pondicherry is notoriously popular for booze). So many hotels to choose.
I love you stay in this seaside town atleast once in two months.
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Sen Simo

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"Good places to roam around"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 12, 2016
The 2 day stay was soothing in Pondicherry. Good enough to cover entire Puducherry.

Not required to start your day early in the morning, unless:

1. You intend to cover all the sights at one go in a single day.

2. If at all you are a follower of, Early to Bed & Early to Rise".

First day, I moved out of the hotel only at 1530 hours & covered Sacred Heart Church, Paradise Beach, Rock Beach, French Colony, Church situated around the colony, Aurobindo Ashram, Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, MG Road.

Second day, I yet move out at 1530 and went ahead towards Botanical Garden, Auroville Beach, Serenity Beach, and did manage to make it to the Sunday Market too.

Well it's a lovely place, a lot humid and good enough hot. Carry / drink a lot of water and chilled beer on your return to the hotel (well that's your personal preference).

A little more about my experience, if you are even a bit Religious.

Please, please do not miss the Sacred Heart Church. I was fortunate to visit the church on a fest and it was the most lovely church I ever saw.

Next "Paradise beach" is just beautiful, if you are a beach lover - I bet you will love it and I suggest if you'd like sitting at the shore and chilling, try getting there by atleast 16:30 because you will need to take a ferry that charges Rs. 200 per person to take and bring you back and this usually has a long queue before it's your turn for the boat ride, and the last return ferry is at 5:30 - so plan right. They may have a different schedule during monsoons.

Next I'd mention is the Rock beach, worth a walk at the Promenade, however no swimming here. It's clean, beautiful, peaceful.

If you are a party person, the clubs / lounges there have a saturday DJ night, on other days you can chill with your drink at the table, but I must say Puducherry does have good joints with good crowd. And yes, they have good sea-food too..

All you gotta worry about is a good hotel stay and your travel. Hire a bike, I say..

Otherwise keep the cash ready for the auto, they don't ride on meter..

Lastly I had many suggesting to visit the Auroville Globe, but only when I learnt that I'd need a prior appointment to get in which I did not have, I somehow did not make the choice of making a visit to see the structure from the outside. But for those interested, Serenity and Auroville beaches are just a few minutes away from the globe.
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Vijay Reddy

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  • Vijay Reddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Must visit"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2016
Pondicherry is a distance of 350 km from Bangalore. Well Pondicherry is nice place to relax, Not much traffic in city, But Auto Drivers Gonna chat with Guys like anything, So please be aware of auto drivers. The moment you get down in pondicherry you can go for Paradise Beach, This Beach is meant only for having some chit chats and so on but you can't swim and enjoy like in Auroville Beach.

In Paradise beach there are so many things to do, you will get too many chats and Drinks. Beer and all won't allow into Beach, Next from paradise beach you can go for Auroville Beach, Auroville Beach has Less Crowd, you can enjoy peacefully, None will disturb you. Beside of this beach only you may get fish and all. Then from there you can go for Globe. There is nothing much to see in this place since its a Big Globe. Church of South India nice place with Good Ambience, you can sit for a while.

Overall Pondicherry is Good. Food Cost if very High, Transportation cost if very less especially in Buses, Auto Drivers gonna rob you. Lodges and all are Little bit costly. Nightlife in Pondicherry is Good, you can go for Strip tease only place in India where you can see a Strip tease rather than else where. Prostitution is Quite Common in Pondicherry. Climate in Pondicherry is Completely Hot, Hotte
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