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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Serenity Beach, Pondicherry

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Matrimandir, Pondicherry

Beautiful Auroville entrance
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Matrimandir, Pondicherry

Nursery at Auroville
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Paresh nissar

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  • Paresh nissar
  • 12 Reviews
  •  198 readers

"Very calm and peaceful holiday destination. Must for a STRESS FREE holidays."

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The beautiful clean beaches, the grand Vinayaka Temple, the great Aurobindo ashram, the botanical garden, all must visit places. The local restaurants serve authentic yummy south indian food.
Surely visit Auroville village, 8kms from the city. French culture homes, an excellent cheese factory and some superb bakeries serving a delicious variety of cakes and breads.
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Vijay Anand

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  • Vijay Anand
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 58 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
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"White town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Group of guys we went to Pondy for the weekend.
Where to go in Pondy?
Ya the same voice, to the French colony at the beach.
Everybody should visit this place atleast for a walk on the vehicle free zone and a iced latte at Le Cafe.
This place is vehicle free from 6pm to 7. 30am and it's completely maintained clean.
You won't find many shops on the beach road but on the parallel road you could find many cafe's and restaurants (french style ).
Try out the varieties of eateries and shops located midst the streets. Walk around in the eve to lose yourself between the breeze.
Happy tripping.
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Pranav Raj

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  • Pranav Raj
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  36513 readers

"A cool & calm place for friends & couple"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We went on a Team outing trip to Pondicherry. I love the aura and phenomenal ambience of the place. One could get complete peace package along with the romantic move. I would recommend this place for all who wants a peace either after too much work pressure (my case) or want to spend a quality time with your closed one. Really enjoyed a lot. You get lot of options for beaches, restaurant and pubs. Be safe and enjoy hard. Have a good time in Pondicherry.
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Shubham Kumar

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  • Shubham Kumar
  • Lives in Brajrajnagar
  • 1 Review
  •  392 readers

"Wanderlust"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Poducherry - in name resides peace and spirituality. Basically the place is well known for the work place of spiritual guru shri Aurobinda and Meera. The thing which catches the soul is how beautifully everyone over there maintains the dignity of the place from a street vendor to the job holders each and everyone respect the responsibility of other. Sea beach had its own charm of enchanting your thoughts. Aurovil- a place 12 to 15 km away from the town .. Heart of Poducherry .. The Golden temple over there resembles the heaven .. The fire place near it contains soil of 120 countries .. People from all over the world come there to meditate and find the inner self. The rules and regulations are different from other places we come across in our dad to day life. The feeling of world brotherhood is not only an ideology there .. The idea is well executed. More over in a line it's a place for your soul.
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Sampathkumar arumugam

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  • Sampathkumar arumugam
  • 3 Reviews
  •  868 readers

"The park was good"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2017
The park was good. But the weather too much hot. If anyone want to go beach I suggest please go on evening. And you cannot come out in the afternoon outside. Better try to stay inside. And we went for the Sunday market near the beach. The dresses are cheap.
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Ashish

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  • Ashish
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
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  •  914 readers

"Pondicherry ... A must visit destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2017
Pondicherry can be also termed as Goa of south east India. It has Avery peaceful and tourist friendly environment with very clear and clean water of bay of Bengal. Autobindo ashram and auroville are heart of Pondicherry .. Very reasonable prices hotels and food makes it an ideal weekend destination too .. We loved 3-night stay with so many local shopping options .. Go for it .. Paradise, beach and promonade are, very beautiful .. Though sea adventure sports and beer near sea are a miss but still manageable .. It's high time for a small airport to be set up here .. Very clean city and good infrastructure gives you wow feeling as soon as you come here .. Auroville is a fantastic place to roam and do shop .. Very good pottery items and leather stuff is available here ..
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Deepti Thomas

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  • Deepti Thomas
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Auroville"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2017
Auroville is not a place
It is a way of life
Though we couldn't get to stay at Auroville, I would say call them up in advance and get your bookings done so that you get to stay for a week
Apart from being a marvel for the eyes, you get to meet people from different parts of the world, volunteering, living together, so sign of any differences or anything that could tell people apart ..
In fact it reminded me of Avataar Movie .. The Ewa tree where all souls are connected and live as one ..
Auroville is a place where you feel sanitized of all the things that usually bind you and just Be
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Brolin john

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  • Brolin john
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"Awesome"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 12, 2017
French colony, really an appreciation needed to French people. Very good place for couple, I enjoyed the place, Beautiful destination. Will visit once more, neat and clean place. For my babe to chill out we run through the beach my friend has lot of nostalgia there, it was a happy and relax place
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Sangavi Kailash

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  • Sangavi Kailash
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  1015 readers

"Enjoyable trip to Pondicherry"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2017
Awesome trip Pondicherry !! Few things not to miss while in Pondicherry, and we enjoyed lot over there like
1 Rock Beach ::: Excellent view of "Sun Rise" at Rock Beach around 6 to 6. 30 am, Driving in day time in Rock Beach Road French Building & Statues not to miss out for selfie along with my friends, Night Walk in Rock Beach with Ice cream at corner of that beach road.
2. Look at Museum & Bharati Park, Spend Some time in Botanical garden.
3. Ride in boat at paradise beach enjoyed the breeze there.
4. Drive to auroville where we had excellent time one can plan for Auroville interior Globe sight seeing spot and Serenity Beach.
Over there All our Sight seeing plan and roaming around in Pondicherry was awesome & great
We planned it well without much complication the things and hired a Self drive car from "San Cars pondicherry" which is much Comfortable when compared to other means of transport for us. Self drive car/
Hope it will be helpful... Enjoy..
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Mohit Madan

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  • Mohit Madan
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 1 Review
  •  1024 readers

"Mesmerizing - Place which touches your soul!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 6, 2017
So How many times have you gone to Goa? How many times you thought there cannot be a better place than this? Try Pondicherry! Caution : This place is only meant for the peace lovers !!
The roads, the architecture, the jaw dropping sight of trees in front of Yellow colored houses and not a puff of dust on road. This place is India Incredible! This place has many french colonies. Care for a nice beer with sea breeze, try Sea Gulls Restaurant at the Rock beach. Auroville Beach is yet another great beach.
Limelight of this place is the restaurants and cafes. Stop by a Bikerspoint cafe for a refreshing coffee. If you really want to test your taste buds, Cafe Xtasi is famous for it's Wood Fired Pizza's.
Le Club, a pub near Rock beach, the place with great crowd and a pleasant dinner with drinks.
PS: Everything in Pondy closes down at 10 PM. So get those rented bikes (Cycles as well) and paint the town!
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