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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Kaarthik Sr
  • Kaarthik Sr
  • 4 Reviews

"Peaceful town" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days 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!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days 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
  • 13 Reviews

"Beach masti meter" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days 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" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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Kshitij  Deopa
  • Kshitij Deopa
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a small place you can see everything in 2 or 3 days. The beaches, temples, churches and also you can dive and surf in pondy. You can rent bike, scuty, cycles on reasonable rates. The cheapest hotel where I checked in was for Rs 150 per day. And yeah it is very beautiful during day but at night tourists are not allowed to go near the sea. And also if any police man ask for bribe ( because they do incase if you are driving in one way on the opposite direction) do not give them a single penny. P. S. Take a map from pondy tourism.
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Ramasubramaniam Srinivasan
  • Ramasubramaniam Srinivasan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"A paradise for the tourist" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Pondicherry is a tourist paradise. It is the Goa of South India. The must visits are the Aurobindo Ashram, Beaches in around the city, Auroville- Center of Meditation, French Colony which will take you to a mini Europe in South India.
It is also a place of great food. Good place to buy leather products. Please visit the main bazaar for great deals but be prepared to bargain.
Go for long walks and be prepared for sudden downpours (between Oct to Dec particularly).
Take a good hotel if you are meticulous about service, most of the hotels have average service. Take a mosquito repellent as we found that our kids were troubled by mosquitos.
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Praveen
  • Praveen
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Fun place for guys"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondy is know for its booz and beaches. A mini goa of sorts, were booz are cheap compared to Tamilnadu and closeness to beach would make your stay even more fun. There are not many adventure based activities out here, but one would enjoy the calmness with its French influence to a good extent. Not a place for party animals, but at the same time it a place were you wont miss the party either.
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Tapash Poddar
  • Tapash Poddar
  • 1 Review

"The best beaches ever"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been to Pondicherry with my family on 7th november. I stayed there for 2 days and enjoyed the best days of my life. Discovered the best beaches ever. The people are very humble and helpful. I din't have any problem during my stay. Good roads with wide connectivity. One should definitely visit pondi in lifetime.
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Balaji
  • Balaji
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews

"Wonderful place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lovely city, it is Union territory adjacent to Tamilnadu. French heritage is the highlight of this city . There are many streets and places which will give us a feel like living in France. Pondicherry is known for liquor which you will get because of tax difference. You can visit Aravind ashram, auroville and lovely beach. Wonderful place to visit.
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Kabilan Kumaravelu
  • Kabilan Kumaravelu
  • Lives in Erode
  • 1 Review

"Good place for a day plan"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pondicherry, India would be really a good choice if you visit Chennai. You can spend a whole day with a plan here. It has a place called auroville where you have a variety of things to see. A museum, paintings, cultural things and most importantly the auroville sphere. Then it has a stone beach with a clean road and a Gandhi statue there. Pondy has a botanical garden. Even at the evening you can go for shopping where you can find a variety of things cheaper. Dress, Cosmetics, ornaments etc
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