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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

1You Do Things Outside Your Comfort Zone
You Do Things Outside Your Comfort Zone

Travelling is more than just packing your bags and exploring a relatively new destination. It's about stepping outisde your comfort zone. Don't we do exactly that when were are in love with someone? HolidayIQ Traveller Anisha Mehta shares, “There is so much to discover in Pondicherry. Beyond the touristy sights and the ashrams and the French Colony, Pondicherry food culture is evolved and must be explored by foodies. Right from restaurants in French Colony such as Baker's Street, Hotel Du Parc and Le Club to small cafes in Auroville, a food trail in Pondicherry should be on every traveller's bucket list. Do visit Le Club for its nibbles they serve with beer and other interesting mocktails. Baker’s 'street is a must! Reach there by 9 am and treat yourself to fresh croissants, pastries, pizzas and of course, yummy coffee. At Auroville, avoid visiting the cafe at the Visitor's Centre. Instead, visit this place called Tantos that serves legendary pizzas. Run by an Italian gentleman, you must try their range of vegetarian pizzas. Also, there is a small cafe next door run by a couple that serves delicious crepes. Try their cold coffee!”

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2The French Life - Pondicherry
The French Life - Pondicherry

Displaying the quaint flavour of a French colony, Pondicherry is one of the best leisure holiday retreats in India for solo travellers like you. With a host of tranquil beaches, ancient churches and temples, Pondicherry is also a yoga and meditation hotspot.

HolidayIQ Traveller Vaibhav Gandhavara shares his experience, “The French restaurants and colonies are a must visit. Travelling is pleasure! Just rent a bike and explore the city.”

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3Live Like The French Did In India
Live Like The French Did In India

Displaying the quaint flavour of a French colony, Pondicherry is one of the best leisure holiday retreats in India for solo travellers like you. With a host of tranquil beaches, ancient churches and temples, Pondicherry is also a yoga and meditation hotspot.

HolidayIQ Traveller Vaibhav Gandhavara shares, “The French restaurants and colonies are a must visit. Travelling is pleasure! Just rent a bike and explore the city.”

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4East Coast Road
East Coast Road

One of the stunning highways in India, this road is not popular amongst roadies.

HolidayIQ Traveller Inbasekar shares, “I love to drive and enjoyed driving via ECR road. Got to see some good scenic beauties. The route is filled with places to eat and relax. There are good restaurants, hotels, resorts etc. to help you have a good time. Also, make sure you visit Shirdi Saibaba Temple near the Pondicherry Engineering College.”

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5For Beaches, Water Sports & Pleasant Weather - Pondicherry
For Beaches, Water Sports & Pleasant Weather - Pondicherry

January is the best time to visit Pondicherry. The weather is perfect. Aurobindo Ashram is buzzing with activities in January as they celebrate anniversaries of both Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Visit the peaceful ashrams, go shopping and pig out at the french cafes that Pondicherry has to offer.

HolidayIQ Traveller Anisha Mehta shares, “There is so much to discover in Pondicherry. Beyond the touristy sights and the ashrams and the French Colony, Pondicherry food culture is evolved and must be explored by foodies. Food, sightseeing and shopping: Right from restaurants in French Colony such as Baker's Street, Hotel Du Parc and Le Club to small cafes in Auroville, a food trail in Pondicherry should be on every traveller's bucket list. Do visit Le Club for its nibbles they serve with beer and other interesting mocktails. Baker's Street is a must! Reach there by 9 am and treat yourself to fresh croissants, pastries, pizzas and of course, yummy coffee.”

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Reviews (741)

Ajeet Singhaniya

Ajeet Singhaniya5.0/5

46 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.

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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