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Good beach

Good beach  Video Review
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Seaside Promenade

Shreyas Bardoloi
2nd Nov 17

Not worth a visit

Not worth a visit  Video Review
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Serenity Beach

Mohit Grover
13th Mar 17

Chunnambar Boat House

Chunnambar Boat House  Video Review
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Chunnambar Boat House

Susparsha Kher
13th Dec 17

Serenity beach Pondicherry

Serenity beach Pondicherry  Video Review
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Serenity Beach

Susparsha Kher
12th Dec 17

Promenade Beach

Promenade  Beach  Video Review
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Promenade Beach

Susparsha Kher
12th Dec 17

A Centre of Meditation

A Centre of Meditation  Video Review
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Matrimandir

Mohit Grover
6th Nov 17

One of the most prominent beach

One of the most prominent beach  Video Review
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Promenade Beach

Megha G krishna
23rd Jul 17

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar  Video Review
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Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Kapil chowdhry
14th Dec 17

Paradise beach

Paradise beach  Video Review
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Paradise Island

Susparsha Kher
13th Dec 17

Chunnambar boat house Pondicherry

Chunnambar boat house Pondicherry  Video Review
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Chunnambar Boat House

Kapil chowdhry
13th Dec 17

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Reasons to go to Pondicherry

1Get some some insight on the history of yoga at Matrimandir Ashram
Get some some insight on the history of yoga at Matrimandir Ashram

HolidayIQ Reviewer VIRINDER VAID shares, “Pondicherry is famous for the Aurobindo ashram and Auroville's Matrumandir.

HolidayIQ Reviewer A S adds, “The best thing what I saw at the museum was a huge chart explaining world history how the evolution happened and where are we are today; and it was amazing. ”

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2Paradise Island for a stunning time
Paradise Island for a stunning time

Beach | Peaceful | French Colony | Architecture

HolidayIQ Reviewer Priyam Goyal shares, “Paradise Island has many activities like kayaking, canoeing, speed boat, banana ride etc. I would totally recommend this place if you visit Pondicherry”

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3Take a ferry to Paradise beach for shaded shacks and less crowd
Take a ferry to Paradise beach for shaded shacks and less crowd

Beach | Peaceful | Peace | Sunrise

HolidayIQ Reviewer Priyam Goyal says “Paradise Island has many activities like kayaking, canoeing, speedboat, banana ride etc. There is a shack that sells food and water I would totally recommend this place if you visit Pondicherry”

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4Visit Pondicherry Museum for history under one roof
Visit Pondicherry Museum for history under one roof

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amit Rao shares, “A very old Temple with a big background history, a must visit The temple is in the white town of Pondicherry.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer A S shares, “Cute Little Museum - Pondicherry Museum I would say it is a great attempt to preserve Pondicherry history under one roof. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Smriti Das says, “ At first we entered the visitor's center from where we got some idea about the history of Auroville & after that we collected a token from the information service desk to visit the Matrimandir viewing point. ”

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5Don't forget to see this top-notch lighthouse built in 1830s
Don't forget to see this top-notch lighthouse built in 1830s

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amit Rao shares, “A very old Temple with a big background history, a must visit The temple is in the white town of Pondicherry.

HolidayIQ Reviewer A S adds, “Pondicherry Museum I would say it is a great attempt to preserve Pondicherry history under one roof.

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Ajeet Singhaniya

Ajeet Singhaniya5.0/5

51 reviews

Pondicherry: The French Legacy

Pondicherry, a French colonial Union. The place is excellent and beautiful. The city is well planned and beautifully managed . . Pondicherry is known for its beaches and french legacy. The popular beaches like Paradise Beach, Rock Beach are famous. The place is beautiful, specially the colony near to Rock Beach is well planned. Evening and night near to Rock Beach is really great. The place has its own peace. Adventure near to beaches you can do. Traditional south indian food is good there. The place is extremely hot during day time. I suggest travelers to visit during November- December. Please avoid deep into waves when you go to beaches. Have a Wonderful Trip

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Aditya bhandekar

Aditya bhandekar5.0/5

5 reviews

Perfect place if someone is looking for a getaway in low budget in Tamil Nadu

As someone living in Chennai, this is the most convenient place for me to go to for a getaway without spending a lot of money. It is three hours drive from Chennai. The French colony, the multicuisine in cafes, restaurants and bars, the rock beach, all of this is something that you probably can't find together in the place you live.

Recommended Duration in Pondicherry

Number of days to spend in Pondicherry as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

8.3%

2 days

25%

3 days

58.3%

4 days

8.3%

Pondicherry Overview

History of 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.

People and Culture of 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 Ville, French War Memorial, Puducherry Museum, Aayi Mandapam, Auroville Ashram, Shri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade, Chunnambar Resort, Old Lighthouse, Romaine Rolland Library, etc. are some of the major tourist attractions in Pondicherry.

Things To Do 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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