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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

1Mix of Tamil and French culture – Puducherry
Mix of Tamil and French culture – Puducherry

Puducherry or more lovingly Pondy is a charming mixture of Tamil and French culture. The French legacy is preserved in the French Quarter. Hit these beautiful beaches during the summers for a sense of serenity and enjoyment. This French Colony Puducherry, has a lot to offer to your family for this year’s summer vacation diaries.

HolidayIQ reviewer Ganesh Jayaraman says, “Staying at Club Mahindra Puducherry resort was a very pleasant experience with the family. They have a lot of fun activities and an excellent beach. The stay was worth it. We really enjoyed the occasion. The resort’s facilities and the proximity to beach are all really great”

Club Mahindra Puducherry resort is an eco-friendly sea-facing vast 24 acre property. The resort’s studio apartments have an appealing mixture of modern and old-world aesthetics. Luxuriate in the comfortable rooms, take a stroll around the property, laze on the beach, try your hand in fun activities such as zipping on the sands on an ATV, bull ride, bungee jumping, beach volleyball, water zorbing, paintball, etc. They say food tastes better when you eat it with family, hence the wide variety of flavourful biryanis, seafood dishes and Creole cuisine will make every meal a scrumptious one.

HolidayIQ reviewer Neha Chohan says, “The lobby, which is actually a long sea facing veranda, is where everything happens like where enthusiasts can use the bowling machine, trampoline, kiddie cars or go land zorbing. They also offer water zorbing. Besides this, the resort arranges all the usual activities for kids. The chilly crab, Kariveppilai fried fish and the Pondicherry manga fish was great.”

To know all about the breathtaking sea views, delicious sea food and activities at Club Mahindra Puducherry resort, check out what other happy Club Mahindra members have to say about the way they enjoyed their holidays here with family.


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2Freeze the moment!
Freeze the moment!

We all click pictures on our phone. However, with the new Nokia 8, you get to click pictures that will make you look like a professional. Blue skies and blue waters and streets that exude colonial vibes, Pondicherry is every photographer's dream come true. Check out Sancheeta’s picture of Madras Crocodile Bank Trust. Every detail in the picture stands out, including the water, fence and the croc. Plus, notice the vivid greenery that is captured too!  

The above picture is the magic of Nokia 8’s stellar  ZEISS optics. With lens quality so good, you end up with nothing but Instagram worthy pictures all the time. Get along and #UniteFor #Bothie as you discover new ways of visual storytelling!

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Jain saysWe went to Pondicherry last week, it's really a break from your time. It's a serene and peaceful place where you can explore French architecture French cuisine. It offers you calm beaches, temples, churches and varied food. You can explore beaches or do scuba-diving, you have plenty of options, at the end, you shall rejuvenate yourself


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3Dolphins, wine and French food, Pondicherry
Dolphins, wine and French food, Pondicherry

Why: Walk down the historic promenade, get blessed by an elephant, go boating or spirituality, Pondicherry has something for everyone. Off-season rates and less tourist crowd make this an excellent summer getaway.

HolidayIQ reviewer Priyam Goyal says, “We took an impromptu road trip to Pondicherry in March. Though the weather is hot and humid, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The city has some nice places to eat and is a haven for seafood lovers. The Promenade is the landmark spot of the city and the entire tourist population flocks there in the evenings. Chunnambar Boathouse and Paradise Island is a must-visit and one can easily spend an entire day there.”

It’s going to be hot! So carry enough sunscreen. Take appropriate casual summer clothing and some favourites for the exciting party wear. eBay has an excellent collection for all what you're going to need on this trip.

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4Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry
Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry

The Ashram offers accommodation in a number of guest houses situated within a mile of the main Ashram building. These guest houses are meant primarily for visitors to Sri Aurobindo Ashram and not for tourists looking out for cheap accommodation during their stay in Pondicherry. HolidayIQ Traveller Karan Singh says, “The ashram is very silent a kind of no silence zone. People stay there and pray in the ashram. Shoes need to be kept outside and cleanliness is well maintained.”

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5A taste of French culture
A taste of French culture

HolidayIQ reviewer Brolin says, "French colony, really an appreciation needed for French people. Very good place for couple, I enjoyed the place, Beautiful destination. Will visit once more, neat and clean place."

HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam says, “Promenade is the landmark site of Pondicherry. Long stretch of rocky beach running along the road! The long stretch of road turns into a carnival in the evenings. Cars are not allowed there in the evening. Experiencing the ocean sprays while walking on the Promenade is truly amazing.”

HolidayIQ Traveller A.S. says, “Right after the Police headquarters we saw this huge and beautiful church - The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges. You will notice a statue of a lady with the newborn Jesus in her arms. Architecture is very attractive, I must say and very well maintained church.”

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Ajeet Singhaniya

Ajeet Singhaniya5.0/5

45 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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Sunrise At Pondi
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