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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Thangavel

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  • Thangavel
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Good place claimate is very nice." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • 75 photos
  • 6 Reviews
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"Must visit to see France of India" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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  • 3 Reviews
  •  802 readers

"Truly cosmo"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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  • Sen Simo
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"Good places to roam around"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2874 readers

"Must visit"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  10351 readers

"A place to relax - Away from busy life"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a bike ride from about 350 km in the month of March, on the eve of Good Friday. We left Bangalore, around 4 a. M. , to reach Pondicherry via Vellore-Arcot route (this route got 80% of travel in.

Places you should visit:

1. Serenity Beach

2. Rock beach - The best, according to me, in this UT.

3. Auroville Beach.

4. Paradise Beach - This is a different kind of beach.

5. Matrimandir - You should book ticket one day prior to visiting this place. I got to learn this after I visited. Also there is entry time restriction till 4 p.

6. Shri Aurobindo Ashram - A peaceful place where you can find people doing meditation. There is a library where you can find the books in different country languages.

7. You can also visit some church if time permits.

Place where you should dine:

1. Le cafe - It is on the Rock beach. So have a cup of coffee with cool breeze, what more can make you relax.

2. Le Dupleix - You can find different kinds of cuisine apart from Indian recipe. So enjoy it instead of having some regular foods which you can find easily everywhere. Its bit costly, but again you are on Holiday. Baker Street - Its really an amazing place to get some bakery. People are so talented to make a simple thing more presentation, for e. G. You can find Rabbit shaped chocolate.

Pondicherry does not have the facility where you can booze and relax in beach unlike Goa. So there is a probability some may find lack of fun. But its really an amazing place to be relaxed.

I would suggest not to visit this place during summer days.
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Darisa Rohith

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  • Darisa Rohith
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 8 Reviews
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"Place where India meets France"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is the place where India meets France. You can look out for the French colonies over here which are very awesome to roam around and awesome stunning pictures can be taken with friends being around. There are couple of temples and Ashram to visit. One such is Aurobindo ashram which is seeming to be highly knowledge oriented dn pleasant. I would suggest everyone to visit this place when you visit Pondicherry. There are couple of beaches around in Pondichery like Rock Beach, Paradise Beach, the awesome one of all. Other than sceneries, you can get alcohol for cheap over here (Just Saying :P ). And Tree Houses which are pleasant to be in and near to beach.
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Raymanoj

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  • Raymanoj
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"Very beautiful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pondicherry is famous for Rockbeach. The sea side road and a healthy atmosphere increase the visitors from our country as well as from the abroad. Also there are churches which makes them holy. It is a beautiful place of nature. Visit there.
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Elamma Varughese

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  • Elamma Varughese
  • Lives in Himatnagar
  • 6 Reviews
  •  3075 readers

"An OK place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was nice, though didn't like open drainage system. Also, very crowded as compared to five years ago. I think the serenity at mother's house still remains. People seem relaxed. Overall ok for one or two days.
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Mumtaz Nabiuddin

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  • Mumtaz Nabiuddin
  • Lives in Howrah
  • 36 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  95716 readers

"Good place for weekend outing"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pondicherry is one of the best beach destinations in India, the UT is mainly inspired by French People and you can still find that today. It is one of the cleanest beach in India, inspired by the French Culture, you will find lot of French Colonies and in some streets you will feel like you are in France.

The Beach side has nice view, lot of people sit by the beach to enjoy cool breeze.

When going to pondy, make sure you visit Aurobindo Ashram which is few KM away from beach.
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