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What You Should Know More About Pondicherry

  • Pondicherry- A Unique Destination for Wellness and Beauty

    Pondicherry is a haven for nature lovers and those who enjoy living in tranquility amidst nature. It has a French style architecture and colonial culture. Auroville, also known as the ‘City of Dawn’ is an experimental township built by Mirra Alfassa where people of nearly 49 countries and ethnicities dwell peacefully. It has a unique sustainability model on which the Aurivillius thrive. Enjoy Pondicherry’s diverse culture as you take the city tours and heritage walks. The 4 reefs are not only heavenly looking but also are a spot for learning scuba divers. The clear and turquoise water of the Bay of Bengal ocean, sandy beaches, splendid landscapes are synonymous to Pondicherry. Everything about this place is meditative and scenic. Seek the thrill of water adventures with kayaking, sailing, boating, surfing, and magnificent sunrise when you take a trip to this place. Foodie and nature lovers’ nirvana with a significant dose of spirituality can help you rejuvenate your love for life in Pondy.

    Visit ashrams, temples, enjoy the clear sky, bird watching, and stay close to the magnificent nature this city offers. Get on the bicycle errands for sightseeing the city. The bicycles that you hire are in vintage style. A paradise for foodies, you can enjoy the widespread platter of French, continental, and South Indian cuisines.


  • Travel Advice

    • The climate of Pondicherry is humid during summers, and monsoon rains are heavy. You can carry lightweight clothes in cotton and fleece while travelling here.

    • There has been a rise in crime against women in the recent time, so you must take adequate precautions not to travel in lonely areas at night.

    • Trekkers and hikers who are travelling to Pondy for thrill seeking adventures must carry their own backpacks, sleeping bags, and other water sports gear.

    • The best month to visit Pondy is from October to February. Winters are cooler here and you can still enjoy water adventures during this season.

    • You can travel to Pondy through, rail, bus, or by air.

    • Enjoy the global cuisine that is made in French and continental style with finest of wine in Pondy restaurants.

    • Avoid street food as much as possible and always carry disinfectants and water bottle with you.

    • For commuting in Pondy, you can rent a motorcycle.

    • Pondy markets are shoppers Shangri-la for buying creative and artistic products.

    • Women must avoid wearing short clothes or dresses when in Pondy.

    • Remove footwear when entering temples and ashrams.

    • You must always bargain when you go street shopping.

    • Most of the ashrams and guesthouses have a strict policy of no smoking and no drinking.

    • Wi-Fi is usually not available at restaurants in Pondicherry.

    • You can pay through cash in most of the places as credit cards are not accepted in most of the places in Pondy.

  • Tipping

    You can give a tip of 10% of the bill, as this is also followed as a standard tipping etiquette in Pondicherry restaurants. For porters, you can give a tip of 20 to 25 INR per bag. Auto drivers are also likely to ask you a tip if you are travelling long distances.


  • Drinking Laws

    The legal age for drinking is above 18 years in this autonomous Union territory, Pondicherry. You cannot carry liquor from Pondicherry to any other state. Alcohol is flowing in abundance in Pondy but you cannot carry it along with you when travelling out of Pondy.  


  • Our Recommendation: What You Can’t Afford to Miss?

    Beaches
    You can visit 9 beaches in Pondy. Quiet beach in Pondicherry is a calm and a serene location. It is located 8 kilometers from this place and provides you tranquility. The Karaikal beach is a decent hangout for friends and family, where you can play water sports and enjoy the sunrise. Mahe beach has beautiful palms on the coastline and white sands. Promenade beach is great for walking and strolling. You can live in the boat house and enjoy kayaking in Paradise beach. You can also visit the Serenity beach, reppo beach, and Auroville beach for a peaceful time.

    Culture and heritage centers
    You can visit many places of religion like, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church, Chidambaram temple, and many other temples dedicated to Ganesha and Lord Vishnu. You can also visit the Anglo-French textile mills, Pondicherry museum, and memorials to get a taste of French and Roman culture. 

    Parks and Aquariums
    Botanical gardens provide vibrant species of plants, herbs, and flowers. This is a place not to be missed by nature lovers. You can also visit the Bharathi Park and Keezhoor Park for sightseeing. 

    Auroville
    This is one of the best places to visit in Pondy. You can visit the ashram, Matrimandir, and spend a day here in meditation and take courses in cooking, ayurvedic medicine, yoga, and other wellness programs. You can also enjoy street shopping in Auroville and bring home artistic artifacts.

  • What would you like there?

    French style architect
    You will enjoy the French culture and the global cuisine, wine, and continental food when in Pondy. You can relish on these dishes and enjoy the local cuisine as well when you visit this place.

    Tranquility and nature
    For those who love to live their lives in calm and serene atmosphere, this is the right place to be. Not too popular for nightlife, you can visit this place for experiencing global culture and scenic habitat.

    Yoga and outdoor sports
    You can learn yoga and meditation while in Pondy. For people who are spiritually inclined as well as those who want to take a course in scuba diving and other water sports, this is the best place to be.
    Shopping sprees
    You will not find luxurious malls in Pondicherry, but it has always been popular for street shopping. The local bazaars are stocked with artistic handicrafts, showpieces, clothes, jewelry, incense, candles, and more home décor items. 

    Food and nightlife
    Though, you will not find the nightlife Ibiza style, it is good enough to satiate your recreational needs. The food is something people love about Pondy. Your platter of steak and wine, dressed in French style and more can give you mouth watering moments. 

  • Recommended Reads for Destination

    Website :

    Pondichery Websiite

    Ixigo Pondichery

    Books :

    Pondicherry: That was once French India by Raphael Malangin


Traveller Tales from Pondicherry

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Akshainie Kaniyar

10 October 2015

Pondicherry has some of the most beautiful beaches in India. I had heard a lot about this when I finally decided to visit. It was such an awesome experience. We stayed at this superb luxurious resorts with wonderful facilities. The staff is also very courteous and always there to take care of your needs. We were very happy with the food too. Pondicherry has amazing sea food and we tried some wonderful delicacies in the resort. The bullock cart ride was a unique experience for me...it was my first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Such beautiful beaches and landscapes. It is a perfect holiday spot for beach lovers. The rooms are so comfortable...you can also relax by the pool and have a good time. They also have facilities for indoor and outdoor games...so there is no dull moment or time to get bored as you can keep yourself engaged and do something fun. It was such a great experience that I would definitely recommend everyone to visit at least once.

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