Pondicherry Tourism

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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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Drona Julka
  • Drona Julka
  • 2 Reviews

"Excellent place with good food and French charm" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a good place to spend a weekend. My friends and I took a weekend break here. We stayed at a hotel near the beach. We did not roam much in Pondicherry. We spent most of the time on the beach. It is a very laid-back destination with all the French charm. It is also an excellent place for good food. But over the last few years, I had seen the place become more commercialised.
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Kanchan Patel
  • Kanchan Patel
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 1 Review

"Awesome Place To Visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was an awesome experience, I went with my friends and the trip was absolutely amazing. The beaches, hotel, restaurants everything was good. Especially the food, we went to french colony for food, and I bet you won't get authentic Italian, French and Mexican food as good as you get in that colony. The ambiance of each and every place we visited in french colony was just best. One of the awesome trips of my life.
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Dhileep Balaji
  • Dhileep Balaji
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 1 Review

"A Pleasant and Charming visit to Pondicherry" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I came to Pondicherry because it is a is a very laid back destination with all the French charm. We were a group of four and we stayed in our uncle home near beach. It was very good to see the beach on early morning and we spent some hours on beach in early morning then went to church near the beach. The Swami Vivekananda memorial place near beach is very good place to see. Finally we spent our wonderful time at Pondicherry for 3 days.
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Don Freecharge
  • Don Freecharge
  • 1 Review

"Little French flavor in India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a great experience being in Pondi. It is a French colony and you can see a lot of French people there. For me, it was a comfortable and pleasant time spent with family.
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Ashish Rathi
  • Ashish Rathi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Pondicherry-a worthy holiday!!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a very laid back destination with all the French charm and an excellent place for good food. Most of the hotels are overrated and are expensive. We found good food at some restaurants on the way to Auroville and the taste at these places were much better than the ones in Pondicherry city: both the French and the Tamil quarter.
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Praveen Jain
  • Praveen Jain
  • 2 Reviews

"A must see destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This place is really special because of excellent beaches and nice resorts near the beach. It is a cheaper destination with value for money for people who want to have more fun. The must see are the beaches and Aurobindo ashram. These two are extremes of this place to visit. For liquor lovers, this is one of the cheapest place. This was a french colony and hence u can see that all the roads are straight and cant find any curves and it all leads to the beach.

The food is southindian and good food to people who loves to have local flavours of southindia. We were busy whole day with water sporting activities and beaches.
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Baskar Jesu
  • Baskar Jesu
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"About Pondicherry" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
There are no good hotels and I really had a good time. It was a wonderful experience for me. The place has an old world charm about itself. I really love that aspect.
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Jeevith
  • Jeevith
  • 4 Reviews

"Pondicherry is a wonderful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a good place to spend a weekend. We were a group of four friends and we took a hotel near the Pondicherry beach. We did not roam much in Pondicherry. We just spent time in the beach and had some good food in a couple of restaurants including Asian House and Anjappar. The beach was very nice and we were able to spend the entire evening with friends taking pictures and having fun.
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Guruprasad
  • Guruprasad
  • 3 Reviews

"Pondicherry: A place with French flavour"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondicherry is a very laid back destination with all the French charm and an excellent place for good food. But over the few years I have seen the place becoming more and more commercialized and food prices have soared very high. Most of the hotels are overrated and are expensive. We found good food at some restaurants on the way to Auroville and the taste at these places were much better than the ones in Pondicherry city: both the French and the Tamil quarter.
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Kapildeb
  • Kapildeb
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 11 Reviews

"Very Good Place To Stay"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
When you say the word pondy only BOOZE strikes our mind but there are other places and things to do in Pondy like visiting in Auro Ville. It was an amazing experience with friends and enjoyed a lot. It was a weekend trip. The hotel we stayed was also very good. The decor was superb.
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