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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Pranab sanket
  • Pranab sanket
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Good place but beware of auto drivers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
The place is good except the auto drivers. They saw us and said the fare to our hotel was Rs 100. Then I had a doubt and looked for Google map and found it was only 2.2 km. So we walked and went. Later when we came to hotel the auto driver asked for Rs 60 And we bargained and he was ready to come at Rs 40. So be little careful with these auto guys.
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Anand babu parakash
  • Anand babu parakash
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"A good heritage location" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Since I visited on heat of summer and didn't have time for sightseeing, there is nothing much to write about.

But I can say that summer is not a good time to visit.Its a city with poor rail connectivity. Costly autorickshaw for inter city travelling. Lot of tourist attraction, serenity of french half of town and auroville are notable attraction. Its also nearer to chennai and many pilgrimage sites(thirunallar).
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Sankalp Jena
  • Sankalp Jena
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 1 Review

"Good place to travel" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It's one of the French colony. You will come to see a lot of French buildings. French is the second language in Pondicherry. Gandhi beach is one of the best beach in Pondicherry but the beach is vanishing day by day. Another beach is Auro beach, it's also a good beach to visit.
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Gowtham
  • Gowtham
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place to roam and enjoy" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was well a gods place. I visited Auroville. It was so good to enjoy and roam. Climate was also good compared to Chennai. I roamed well on bike. I hired a bike over there. It was awesome and the best place I ever visited. I'll be always coming there to enjoy.
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Thomas
  • Thomas
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice destination for a short visit with family" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I like Pondy for its food, beach, dining and drinks. I always cherish my every visit to Pondy. Two cultures, ie, French and Indian is difficult to see. 2 different sets of lifestyle, food and behaviour. A good destination for a short visit with family and friends.
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Naresh Kumar
  • Naresh Kumar
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 9 Reviews

"Excellent for a beach come foodie holiday" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Beaches -- go to Serenity Beach for a dip in the waters. It is friendly, there is a hotel and restaurant right on the beach. Also go to Paradise beach, you have to go to Chunnambar Boat House, take a ferry to Paradise Beach. The drop and pickup cost is Rs 200. Paradise is a lovely beach, with a small shack restaurant and a bar. Dont bother to go to Surya Beach as the sea and the locals are not friendly there. Too many drunks spoil your fun.

Food - go to Kamatchis, Biriyani House, Karai Chettinad, Beans, Karaikal Chettinad for Indian food. Go to Farm Fresh for excellent wood fired pizzas, delicious burgers and pastry. But go to Auroville Bakery for the best of pastries.

Go to Adyar Anand Bhavan for some really tasty snacks. Go to Arun Ice Cream parlours for delicious, excellent variety of ice creams--and they cost hardly anything.

Shop for curios, knickknacks, soaps, perfumes, flower juice syrups, and many other things at Auroville, or JN Road, Casablanca, or a lovely small shop opposite Hotel Du Park.
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Akash  Raj
  • Akash Raj
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 4 Reviews

"A trip to remember!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The overall experience of pondichery was just outstanding! You have to give 2-3 days time to enjoy the full beauty of pondicherry. The best part was Paradise Beach. It is simply fabulous. Auroville, Aura beach, gandhi beach and the exotic beauty of church will leave you awestruck! French style colonies is a delight to watch!
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Anjani Gupta
  • Anjani Gupta
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"Overall, a nice trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was nice trip. And specially all the bachelors for enjoying the beach and the alcohol. The best thing is that the alcohols are very cheap and all types are brand are available. Very nice place and people those who have not yet visited, kindly visit it and take the best moment's of the life.
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Subhash Sahu
  • Subhash Sahu
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"Best place for the bachelor's" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Periodicity is a nice place for enjoying the party and the beach moment with friends and family. Also it seems to be a nice place with a unique things located there. I enjoyed very much even in the beach. Also the best place for the bachelor's life.
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Niha D
  • Niha D
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"A good place for shoppping" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was peaceful place, there are many beaches. It is a clean city, good for shopping. Weather is not that good. Ice-cream was too good. Transportation was good. Aurovindo ashram is there. Paradise beach was awesome. Beaches were peaceful. You get rented bike to roam. Hotels are affordable, pothys is good shopping place.
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