Pondicherry Tourism

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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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Neeraj shrivastava

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  • Neeraj shrivastava
  • 2 Reviews
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"Beaches and rented bikes good for friends and couples" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We stayed for 2 days and that is enough to cover whole Pondicherry. This place is full of beaches from Rocky to Sandy beach and rented bikes add adventure to your trip. Rented bikes are easily available at around 200 to 500 RS per day depending upon type of Vehicle. Rock beach is most famous and have a night life and surrounded by lot of eateries and monument but you can't take Bath or swim here. For that you need to go for serenity beach (around 8 km from main city) or Paradise beach (around 25 km from main city also give feeling of back water).
Places to visit:
Auroville: gives you peace of mind you can club it with serenity beach. A lot of walk so elders and couple with kids please avoid.
Rock Beach: It runs along white town area Main area of Pondicherry, all Historical Monuments and buildings are located near by, main shopping and eateries are near by. Go for evening or morning walk have lot of food and selfies.
Aurobindo Ashram: In White town area in the heart of city, go for peace of mind.
Paradise Beach: You can enjoy sea Bath in sun or a boat ride in back water here. Little far from main city and not so clean. Took around 1 hour from main city no public transport so go by rented bike. Or self hired taxy or auto. Also the road to paradise beach is not very good, only go if you want to spend some time in sea waves.
Bikes: Main attraction of Pondicherry is Rented Bikes, hire them and search your own destination. Language is an issue but with little use of hinglish you can find your way.
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Sudhir Vatsa

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  • Sudhir Vatsa
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
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"Poor cousin of Goa" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
If you have been to Goa then you will feel the stark contrast between the two places I. E Pondy and Goa. Pondy is not a well maintained city compared to other coastal cities. Its a lot filthier with dirty beaches and minimal recreational facilities available.
Go for it you have an explorer''s attitude. If you prefer a fun filled, relaxed vacation then better opt for Goa. The tourist destination touted in Pondy are a big letdown either it be Paradise beach or Auroville. Nothing to go gaga about any destinations in Pondy.
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Jitendra mistry

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  • Jitendra mistry
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"Jitendra Mistry"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Aurobind Ashram situated at French colony is very good experience, the site is well disciplined and quite to meditate. French colony buildings and roads are giving the experience of European culture blended with indian one. Walking along the beach is quite good experience to see life at its fullest with enjoyable moments at evening. Le Cafe on beach front is very nice to dine with all sorts of coffee.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"The France of India"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pondicherry, Puducherry or Pondiville whichever you name it, is totally worth of visit for the friends, family, solo or with your love. The place has adobe of history, spirituality and coastal culture. The French colony (White Town) has still a appearance like French living society. You may smell that, all the roads and roads are mostly French named. The evening time at the beach day time in museum and Aurobindo ashram and coastal cuisines, Pondi has a lot to offer you. You may hire a bike or bicycle on rent to roam around the city. Best time to go there is winter else be ready for the heat.
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Lohit Veda vyas

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  • Lohit Veda vyas
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Getaway to Pondicherry from Hyderabad"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pondicherry is a pleasant place to visit as the French colony and Gandhi statue beach gives you a pleasant vibes, we stayed at soorya beach resort which was a good resort for 2 people it costs around 3100 for 3 nights. Best beach was paradise beach from which we can go to paradise island and The next best thing about Pondicherry was auroville the international city which cannot be described in words one has to visit that place. And make sure you have a camera
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Surbhi Mahnot

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  • Surbhi Mahnot
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"An awesome place to relax"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I went to Pondicherry in October with my husband for a much needed break to relax and the city satisfied us ... Much more ... It's a quite place with beautiful beaches and amazing food.
The best way to travel the city is via rented vehicles. There are many rental shops in the city at a decent price. Take 2-wheeler or a bicycle or car whichever is more comfortable for you and explore the city to the best.
Promenade Beach is a must visit. (Though you cannot swim here) Also, by evening all vehicles entry on road is restricted which makes it comfortable for a walk. Serenity Beach is good for getting yourself in water but the beach itself is not very clean.
Explore Paradise beach via boat or go on your own, it's amazing. Boat rides are available from Chunnambar Boat House.
Pondicherry serves very good food. We tried European, Italian and French cuisines and all were fab. Do not forget to try rich desserts, pastries and Icecream!
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Millo Ankha

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  • Millo Ankha
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"Balmy Pondicherry."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pondicherry is best for travelers who loved to be charmed by life as it is.
This place, so culturally vivid and amalgamated with the character of the town feeling no less than amused and fascinated at the same time.
Rock beach is a very pretty side of the town, that has the pier, the gandhi statue and the french memorial. Its a very clean street and simply elegant.
The serenity beach is a little away from the town, nevertheless this beach is so clean and you will find surfing avtivities happening here.
The paradise beach is my favourite. Its backwaters is equally stunning in beauty and mood. I spent a good 3 hours in this beach which is so blue, its unavailable.
Lesser known Archaeological site is Arikamedu. Its a little out of town, but the site is worth a visit.
Auroville, one of the most peaceful places in India is must for people of all age and minds.
Local experience was best experienced in Maison deperumal, which is a good hundred years old house turned into a restaurant.
Strolling the streets of balmy Pondicherry is the best way to explore the town.
ECR is the best way to go to Pondicherry.
Must carry sun block, slippers and loose clothes. Since the place is humid.
Localites are super friendly. And helpful.
Millo Ankha
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Gaurav Joshi

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  • Gaurav Joshi
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Way above than my expectations"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This town will give you some really breathtaking moments with its beaches and beautiful monuments. Beach town a must place to visit. Very clean and police staff I found really humble ones.
Paradise beach was much cleaner than even some popular Goa beaches
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Deepak cm

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  • Deepak cm
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"Brilliant place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pondicherry one of the most romantic place in india. Its a UT with beautiful Beaches and awesome culture. People here are very nice interactive, kind, polite and helpful.
Since it was a very short trip to pondi I could not see all the places but enjoyed a lot. It was very beautiful experience for me. Food is so authentic, I have visited few places like Rock Beach, Paradise, French colony, MG Road, Aroville etc. I did some shopping in MG Road and French colony food is awesome here alcohol is so cheap.
Le Club, Cafe Xtasi, Le Dupliex, Hotel South avenue opp: Railway station are good places for food and drinks. I am sure you will have a beautiful experience in Pondi.
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Neha jain

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  • Neha jain
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"Heritage feel"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It's nice serene heritage town .. White town area is really good ... Near by beaches are not that much clean but will give a feel of coastal area .. Food is nice as there are lots of French and Italian food available. Auroville is good to visit .. However it's huge so be prepare to walk ... There is a heritage walk of the city done by Mr. Ashok panda which is quite good as you get to know about lots of information on architecture and renovation of some heritage properties ..
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