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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Phani Simha
  • Phani Simha
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"A must visit destination!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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Jagpreet Kaur
  • Jagpreet Kaur
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Must visit - you will fall in love with Pondicherry" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
pondicherry - Its a fresh, energetic, romantic and relaxing city. I have fallen in love with Pondicherry. Its amazing, awesome, incredible, romantic & lovable city. Its a french colony, beautiful beaches, tasty cuisine. Temples, church, greenery.
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Senthil Kumar
  • Senthil Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Food are available at any point and all item are very good and cost also is cheap. Here parathas are very good and the grilled chicken are famous. There are lot of places to visit. We can easily hire bikes and go around.
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Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
  • Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Punalur
  • 112 photos
  • 114 Reviews

"A neat tourist spot beach" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Pondicherry has a beautiful neat beach. Among the beaches I have ever visited this beach tops in the first for neatness & cleanliness. The entire beach area separated for tourists remain neat always. The gandhi mandapam Kamaraj mandapam etc are very attractive neat & clean. Pondicherry state assembly building near the beach is also neat & beautiful. Evening large numbers of tourists spent time in this beautiful beach. Near the beach area Aurobindo Ashram is also functioning. A famous Ganapathy temple is also near the beach.
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Shilpi Jain
  • Shilpi Jain
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 10 Reviews

"Refreshing and soothing place for peaceful vacation" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondicherry one of the most popular holiday destination and I must say it was worth visiting. Puducheery (new name), a small Union territory, makes you relieve all stress and you enter into joyful mood. The town is full of colours, with building painted in refreshing colours of red, yellow, orange. The architecture of the city gives a feel of French colony and that is what it is, "India's Largest French Settlement".

The city does not have many conventional tourist attractions points, but the one's which should be on your must visit list includes Paradise beach, Aurbindo ashram, Auroville, Le Cafe.

We gave our first day a spiritual beginning with visiting Aurbindo Ashram, a peaceful place as it had to be. You feel the tranquillity of the air seep deep in your soul. The aura in the Ashram transmits positive energy. You get to see different varieties of flowers and plants. The ashram also has a small library cum book shop. It has a collection of different books written by Sri Aurbindo, his mother, disciples, etc. You can pick some if you wish. I did get one for myself.

Our next destination was Paradise Beach, one of the most clean and beautiful beach to visit. In order to get to the beach you need to take a speed boat or a ferry. Have you ever been on speed boat? No! Then it will be an exciting experience. Different types of fishes following you, spill of water coming on your face and cool breeze blowing through your hairs. It's Amazing!! After a 10-12 minutes ride you'll reach your destination. Unlike the beaches of Goa the sea here is so silent that it gives a feeling as if time has stopped. No distractions of vendors selling eatables, photographers asking you to take pictures for express-30-min-developed-print, no water rides, etc. It's just you and mesmerizing nature to engross your self. After this our next destination was the most recommended Le Cafe.

We drove back to the city. After a brisk walk and a couple of beautiful pictures along the sea shore, by the time we reached the cafe it started drizzling. The cafe is located on the street with rich French architecture and the icing on the cake is, it's sea facing. Imagine yourself sitting in a cafe along the sea, having perfectly brewed hot coffee and opposite to you you have colourful buildings, giving a feeling as if you are in a French colony. Completely Mesmerizing!!

On the next day we headed to see Auroville. Auroville is a small city where men an women from different countries live in peace and harmony above all political and national boundaries. It is all together a different experience to visit such a place. The surroundings clean and architecture simple.

If you are food lover, then you are in for a treat. Chettinad cuisine is the speciality of the region, payasams, different varieties of rice and pongals. And who can one miss the bese-belle-bath, a spicy rice-lentil preparation which is a speciality of Tamil cuisine. There are also numerous cafe and bistros which serve mouth watering cakes and breads.

If you want a rejuvenating and calm weekend, visit Puducherry with its strong French influence and number of cafes and cathedrals scattered across the town.

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Saish Amonkar
  • Saish Amonkar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Good Destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place to visit if you want to go to a beach destination other than Goa. A good outing if you are looking for a close by destination from Bangalore. Auroville was the best part and really enjoyed during the trip. Island was also good and enjoyed the boat ride.
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Kaarthik Sr
  • Kaarthik Sr
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 9 Reviews

"Peaceful town"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondicherry is a nice peaceful town, where time passes by rather slowly. The french influence is visible, with cafes littered all over the town. Some places to visit are Auroville, which is an ashram about 12 Km from town and the Ashram of Amma, which is in town. This ashram serves free meals to everyone. If you want a bunch of activities, and are looking for something exciting, its not the place for you. However, if you want to relax, and not do much, Pondicherry is perfect
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Pranati Velpanur
  • Pranati Velpanur
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Rejuvenating!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had gone to pondi on one of the long weekends when it was very very crowded. But the best part about pondi is you can still rejuvenate and relax and give time a break. I chose to not go to any of the tourist places there. Instead I hired a cycle(for a very cheap price) and cycled my way around the French colony and other places doing my own exploration. Almost all roads in the French colony have good cafes and they are not very expensive.. They serve the best pizza and pasta. Besides people in pondi are at peace with themselves and the world. Its not surprising when strangers start an interesting conversation with you. It is one of the safest travel destination for women. Words are not enough to describe what the travel experience was, but I would suggest that you pack right away and go there, sit on the rocks facing the beach eating corn and experience the bliss of having nothing to do!
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Dr pradeep Naik
  • Dr pradeep Naik
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 17 Reviews

"Beach masti meter"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The beaches at Pondicherry are well maintained and take away your stresses and leave you with rejuvenation of a lifetime. Have your extra swim wears since you are bound to get wet even after your first drench. Please do not try any adventurous jumps though. Food is awesome with easy availability. Spend more on your time at the beach for you are going to miss them all for sure.
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Rajdeep Roy choudhury
  • Rajdeep Roy choudhury
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 4 Reviews

"Amazing experience in French heritage town"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We went by the scenic ECR from Chennai. We stayed at a nice and quaint European style bungalow owned by an Anglo Indian lady (of French descent). The furniture and décor was breathtaking and seemed to transport us to a bygone era. There are a lot of nice cafes and shops selling antiques and other interesting stuff. The Promenade beach and the ad joint road is nice to walk on at night.
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