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Arikamedu, Pondicherry

  • About the Place:

    Arikamedu which means eroding-mount has been a trade center for Romans for years. It is the most popular excavation that was carried out in the year 1940 by Mortimer Wheeler. It used to be a home for people from Rome, Cholas and French people. It also used to be a fishing town earlier which was later altered into a harbor town. Excavations carried out these years have revealed many artifacts like Amphorae- the pink wine jars, having two handles and Arretine ware- burnt clay utensils. There is no evidence of Arikamedu settlement which is existing other than this. Arikamedu got damaged in the cyclone of 2011. However, The French Mission House still remains intact. Interestingly, this site also had some artifacts from Chinese origin.


    This place is about 4 km away from the Pondicherry. It lies in Southern India, in Kakkayanthope.

    Best Time To Visit:

    October to March is the appropriate time to visit this hot humid place.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand

    This famous archaeological site lies at a distance of 8.5 km from the bus station. This might take around  25 minutes to cover this distance.