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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Elamma Varughese

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  • Elamma Varughese
  • Lives in Himatnagar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  25 readers

"An OK place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days 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
  • 31 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  10905 readers

"Good place for weekend outing" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 4 days 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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Radhika Gupta

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  • Radhika Gupta
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  1688 readers

"Good place to relax and unwind" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Pondicherry is a very clean place unlike rest of the country. You can visit beaches like Paradise and Serenity. Sightseeing places include French colonies, Churches, museum, matrimandir. You should also visit Auroville, the experimental township. If you love meditation, prebook matrimandir, one day in advance.

Tanto is an Italian restaurant and you must not miss the chance of having homemade lemon ice-tea over there.
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Janavarman sundara Pandian

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  • Janavarman sundara Pandian
  • Lives in Madurai
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  174 readers

"A great time at Pondi" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was great to spend my measure time over there, had fun, swimming, spa, beach walk and good food. It was a overall new experience to a union territory were I have not been so far. The only defect is it is not to my expectation. I expected a huge crowd of foreigners especially French people but found a every few.
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Deepak Kumar

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  • Deepak Kumar
  • Lives in Bhagalpur
  • 1 Review
  •  184 readers

"Clean and green city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The city is clean and green. But due to summer the traveller is facing a lot of difficulty. We couldn't reach all the destination in puducherry due to the sunny season. We went on bike from Bangalore to Puducherry. It was a good experience. The traffic system is also good. But there is rush in the city. The road is too narrow.
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Vsk Madhavi

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  • Vsk Madhavi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 11 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1008 readers

"A must visit place for ocean lovers" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The best place to visit with family for 2 to 3 days. We loved going to Aurobindo ashram, Paradise beach, local beaches in Pondicherry. Must visit Paradise beach for the clean beach experience. The French colonies in Pondicherry gives a overwhelming feeling throughout the trip. The local French people riding bullet bikes inside colonies is a different world itself.
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Rahul

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  • Rahul
  • 7 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2249 readers

"Difference between Day and Night" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I have been to Pondicherry many times, but always a day trip from Chennai and honestly did not like to humidity and sun. Would always wonder what the heck for this journey till I was forced to stay in night. The Pondicherry city is for the relaxed traveller, I you are in rush, this is not the place.

The Promenade is must for either family or couple. The Cafes and Restaurants are amazing. Coffee till midnight without a rip off. A Pedestrian paradise as Vehicle entry is stopped in Promenade. Colonial Era is so thick around you.

The Beaches in Pondicherry are nice, not great but one cannot complain on east coast.

I recommend stay near Sea, walk around and try different cuisine.
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Shafik ahamed Mohamed

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  • Shafik ahamed Mohamed
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  226 readers

"Good place to spend leisurely" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Haven't visited Pondy for long as it was widely believed to be paradise for alcohol. So this was just a leisure trip for us, but we enjoyed all the neat beaches. Above all, it was Pongal holidays and we all enjoyed the cultural events held at the Beach. The pleasant stay at Abi Krishna, for a relatively cheaper cost also ensured that the trip was within budget.
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Archana bhaskara

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  • Archana bhaskara
  • 2 Reviews
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"Summer in pondy not advisable !" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Pondicherry as of what I had heard was a calm quiet colonial place. But it wasn't quiet at all when I visited in April this year. Very hot, dusty and market area is heavily crowded. Prices were okay. Not hyped. Overall, okayish experience.

1. Promenade Is good for evening or early morning stroll

2. Serenity I read in internet reviews as a clean beach. Alas it was dirty. Fishermen are there. Stone walkway up to the sea is good. Not recommended for a beach experience

3. Auroville is a quiet place good to see. If you manage to get tickets for the matrimandir that will be great. It has small shopping area and a cafe.

4. Aurobindo ashram takes hardly 10 minutes as a tourist.. If you are a follower it is a quiet place to meditate.

5. Museum is totally useless. Its near the ashram but the building itself is on the verge of collapsing it seems.

6. Paradise Beach is the best. Recommended for sea bath. Clean well maintained has washrooms shower. Boat ride costs 200 per person but worth it for spending a longer time.

7. Ganesh temple is good to see.

8. Botanical gardens are good.

9. Market - the mission street is just another market. No point wasting time there.

Best would be to search some good french cafe n spend time there.

Weather is a big factor. Check before you leave for pondy! People are nice.
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Arun Rajan

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  • Arun Rajan
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 72 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  7011 readers

"Excellent place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondicherry is a wonderful place. The beach, temples, ashram everything is great. The rates are comparatively cheap and you can try out the vegetarian restaurants at an affordable price. This place is worth visiting and one should not miss the beachside walk when they visit Pondy.
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