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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Sandeepta Das

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  • Sandeepta Das
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"Pondy, a foreign touch in India!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
We visited on August, 2015 & stayed at 'The Richmond'(LA Bourdonnais Street) in Frech Colony. The hotel was good & the food was good too.

But, mostly we ate in different restaurants near our hotel. There are few best restaurants & all are walking distance. So you don't need to take vehicle. Le Dupleix, La Villa shanti is very good option for appetite. There are many cafe's which you can choose too.

The two restaurants which I have already mentioned those two has serve best food. If you are looking for good Continental & French food. Le Club Pondicherry is also a good Restaurant which is part of 'The Promenade'(near to the beach). Pondy is nice place to visit. The roads are very clean & the locals are very friendly.

Aurobindo Ashram is the best place if you are looking for relaxation & meditation. The beaches are also good. Serenity beach is there but the way to go there is quite different & its going through by local colony. Two wheeler is the best option. One of the best beach in Pondy which we liked very much, the Paradise Beach. It's an island beach. You can take auto rickshaw or personal vehicle to go there. When you will reach then you have to take a boat ride to go the island.

Auroville is a good place to visit. Matrimandir is there. Auroshikha is the best place to shop essentials & candles. Pondicherry is the best place for relaxation.
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Ruchi Shitole

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  • Lives in Mumbai
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  •  4 helpful votes
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"A place for solo women travellers !" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Pondicherry is a ideal destination for a group, family, friends but most ideal for Solo women travellers too. I visited Pondicherry during Pongal festival 14th Jan 2016. The serene beaches can keep you engaged and the lovely French lanes will make you ponder in thoughts.
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Shinita Kothari

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  • Shinita Kothari
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  •  2 helpful votes
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"Mind-blowing place for outing!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
An offbeat destination and one should never miss it in their life. A weekend outing to pondicherry created a broad smiles as it has perfect weather, easy hotel availabilities, very less crowd and best pizza in world. I would always recommend everyone of every age to have 2 days trip to pondicherry in their travel bucket list.
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Dattatri Bhatt

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  • Dattatri Bhatt
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Pondy, an awesome destination!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Pondy is the heaven in this earth. One should visit this place in his life time. Beautiful beach, best quality hygiene food, beautiful temples, churches, Aurobindo ashram, and Aurovil is added attraction to this small but beautiful city. Karaikal and yanam are the other two cities situated in Tamil nadu and andhra are the part of this state. Food is excellent in Pondy.
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Rajesh kumar Panda

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"Beautiful Pondicherry" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Places to cover with your better half. Stay close to rock beach. Because you can have a evening & night walk across the beach. Have some shopping for her from street markets, the clothes were beautiful, cheap. Must visit to paradise beach for quality & lonely time. Ganesh temple, Aurobinda Ashram & Maitri Mandir were sacred places never miss them.
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Arun Chandar

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"Pondicherry, a French City" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a wonderful place to visit in India. It is also known as French city in India. It is famous for it's spiritual and entertaining places like Arabindo asharam, Arovil, and beaches etc. It is one of the best tourist spot.
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Jose prakash

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  • Jose prakash
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"Perfect weekend destination" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Visit Pondy for a relaxed weekend and if you are a beach lover. There are plenty of beaches and boating options at Pondy. Its got lot of old churches and temples if you love architecture. You can also visit Auroville and do some meditation at the Matrimandir. The sun is really hot even during winters and plan your clothing accordingly. You have food sea food options if you are a foody
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Balachandar Bala

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"A wonderful experience in Pondy" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I had a wonderful experience in Pondicherry. It is a well known UT all over India and it is a coastal town. Moreover it is just 150 kms away from metropolitan city Chennai. It has many places for eg. Promenade beach, manakula vinayagar temple, ancient churches, world renowned universal township Auroville. And the streeta are perfectly laid and depicts the French architecture. Additionally it is a very calm and silent place to visit at least once in a lifetime.
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Selva Vinayak

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  • Selva Vinayak
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"Pleasant city" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a pleasant city, many enjoyment places are there. Nice climatic condition and many tourist places, lovable people and temples and resorts.
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Robert Amon

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  • Robert Amon
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"Business with pleasure"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is about Citi business hotel Pondicherry. A great place to be. Right at a short distance away from bus stand and Railway station. Just 7 minutes away from pomegranate beach and auroville.

Reception: Friendly and eager to serve you better.

Rooms : Clean and tidy with a wardrobe and a dressing table matching mirror a portable table and a couple of chairs a split ac full time hot and cold water, daily a bottle of mineral water. And a complimentary breakfast. A well stocked bar where you can get a drink free if you order a couple of drinks and good restaurant to tend to your taste buds.

A cool place to nudge away from all noises and rest blissfully after a day's work. Yes I'll love to spend my time here again when I drop in at Pondicherry again.
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