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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

    Books :

    Pondicherry: That was once French India by Raphael Malangin


  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Pondicherry?

    Being a popular tourist destination, there are numerous stunning resorts in Pondicherry. a popular tourist destination. However, there are some that are a class above the rest and cater effortlessly to today’s discerning traveller. Have a look.

    • Gate House
    • La Maison Tamoule
    • CGH Earth Hotel Maison Perumal
    • LeDupleix
    • Hotel Du Parc

  • When is the best time to visit Pondicherry?

    The best time to visit Pondicherry is from October to February. This is the winter time when temperatures range between 22 degree celsius to 32 degree celsius.

     

    Summers:

    One can also visit during summers if he/she does not mind some sun. During this time, the

    temperatures range from 26 degree celsius to 42 degree celsius.

    Monsoons:

     Monsoons can be a little unpredictable but it adds to the natural beauty of the place.

    Temperature ranges from 25 degree celsius to 35 degree celsius during these months.

  • How to reach Pondicherry?

    A: Pondicherry is well connected by Road, Rail and Air.

     By Air

    Pondicherry has a Domestic airport that is well connected to Bengaluru through regular

    flights. Also for international travellers, one can travel to Chennai and Trichy and travel

    onwards to Pondicherry which is a few hours from either places by road besides flying in

    from Bengaluru.

    By Rail

    Nearest station to Pondicherry is Villupuram. The station is linked to major cities such as

    New Delhi, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Bengaluru. Nagarcoli

    Express and Pondicherry Express are two of the most popular trains travelling to Pondicherry.

    By Road

    Pondicherry is well connected by road with cities like Chennai and Bengaluru. One can take

    an overnight bus to reach the destination by road or book a taxi to the destination from

    Chennai or Bengaluru.

  • Which are the best beach resorts to stay in Pondicherry?

    Holidaying in a coastal city like Pondicherry provides numerous opportunities for beach fun. If you love the sound of the sea and can’t be bothered traveling a ways to get to the beach, stay at a beach resort. Here are 4 of the best resorts –

    • Kailash Beach Resort
    • Asokam Beach Resort
    • Beach View Resort
    • The Ashok Beach Resort

  • What are the different things/activities to do in Pondicherry?

    A: There's a range of activities to do in Pondicherry. A few are listed as follows:

    Boat ride up to Paradise Beach Island

    Birdwatch at Ousteri Lake

    Scuba diving

    Water activities at Kariakal beach

    Surfing at serenity beach

    Bicycle tour of city

    Kayaking

    Bonfires at the beach

    Nightlife

    Yachting

    Shopping

    Visiting Aurobindo Ashram

    Recreation classes at SIta Cultural Center

    Volunteer at Auroville

    Visit churches

    Visit Museum

    Tour of Dune Eco Village

    Walks at Roff Garden

    Walks at Botanical Garden

    Shopping

    Visit Bharathi Park

  • Which are best places to stay near Pondicherry Airport?

    If you have an early flight home, it makes sense to stay close to Pondicherry Airport. There are several good hotels you can choose from that are located about 15-20 drive away. Take your pick from these 5 popular choices –

    • Hotel Atithi
    • Shenbaga Hotel & Convention Centre
    • Hotel Bon Sejour
    • Ginger Hotel
    • Hotel Annamalai International

  • Which ones are the best resorts to stay in Pondicherry?

    A : Pondicherry’s hotels and resorts capitalize on the experience of cultural confluence

    across historical time. Naturally one can expect a diverse and cosmopolitan touch to the

    hospitality offered to its guests who frequent the place from all over the world. A few of th

    most popular resorts are:

    Ashok Beach Resort

    St. James Court Beach Resort

    Open Spray Beach Resort

    Palaise de Mahe

    Purple Resorts

    Dune Eco Village

    Sea Gull Chunnambar Beach Resort

  • Which are the best homestays in Pondicherry?

    Get up close and personal with Pondicherry’s culture and make new connections with locals by opting for a homestay. Tastefully decorated with a homely feel, these 5 options are among the most popular.

    • Gratitude Heritage
    • Les Hibiscus
    • Nila Home Stay
    • Dumas Guest House
    • Vatika Guest Home

  • What are the best romantic resorts in Pondicherry for couples?

    Couples looking to get away from it all and spend time in each other’s company will find terrific romantic resorts in Pondicherry. French colonial architecture with hints of Indian elements and unmatched hospitality and service await you at these charming resorts.

    • Palais de Mahe
    • Villa Shanti
    • La Villa Pondicherry
    • Grand Serenaa Hotel & Resorts

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Pondicherry?

    Pondicherry is best explored on foot. However, there are provisions for renting bicycles, bikes and cabs to commute in Pondicherry.

  • Which are the best budget stays in Pondicherry?

    Go easy on your wallet without sacrificing comfort with budget stays in Pondicherry. Strategically located and featuring modern conveniences, they’ll help make your stay in the city unforgettable.

    • Hotel Ram International
    • Hotel Coromandel Heritage
    • Hotel Green Palace
    • Ramana Residency
    • Vedanta Wake Up! - Auroville Beach

  • Which are the best hubs for shopping in Pondicherry?

    A: Pondicherry offers a range of items that tourists would love to take back with them

    besides of course unforgettable memories. A few places for every shopper are:

    Casablanca

    Muthu Silk Plaza

    Mission Street

    Serenity Beach Bazaar

  • What is the best local cuisine out here? Where can I get to try it out?

    A: Pondicherry is famous for its French, Italian and South Indian delicacies. One should

     definitely try the bakery products on Baker’s street, try the Chettinad chicken at Appachi and

     pizza at Tanto Pizerria. A few other important eating joints where one can find local cuisine are:

     Cafe des Arts

     Le Cafe

     Cafe Artrika

    Carte Blanche at De’Lorient

     La Maison Rose

  • Which are the most luxury resorts in Pondicherry?

    Pondicherry’s dotted with world-class luxury resorts. From stunning beach resorts in Pondicherry and poolside bars to spas and custom-made itineraries, your satisfaction is guaranteed.

    • Le Pondy
    • The Windflower Resort and Spa
    • Ocean Spray Beach Resort
    • Dune Eco Village and Spa
    • Promenade Pondicherry
    • Accord Pondycherry

  • Which are the famous beaches in Pondicherry?

    A: The most famous beaches in Pondicherry are as follows:

    Mahe Beach

    Auroville Beach

    Karaikal Beach

    Promenade Beach

    Serenity Beach

  • Which are the famous spiritual centers in Pondicherry?

    A: Pondicherry is famous for its spiritual centres which attract people from the world over. Few of the most famous centres are:

    Shri Aurobindo Ashram

    Auroville

    Manakula Vinayagar Temple

    Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • Which are the famous sightseeing places in Pondicherry?

    A: The famous sightseeing places to visit in Pondicherry are:

    The Serenity Beach

    The Promenade Beach

    Shri Aurobindo Ashram

    Auroville

    Ousteri Lake

    Paradise Beach island

    Goubert Avenue

    Museum

    Dune Eco Village

    Roff Garden

    Botanical Garden

    Bharti Park

    Saram China Market

    Manakula Vinayagar Temple

  • Where can one enjoy boating in Pondicherry?

    A : One can enjoy boating in Chunnambar boat house.

  • Which are the best beaches for surfing in Pondicherry?

    A: Pondicherry sees a lot of tourists surfing on its picturesque beaches. Few of the popular beaches for surfing are:

    Serenity Beach

    Auroville Beach

  • Where can i enjoy Kayaking in Pondicherry?

    A: The most popular kayaking destination in Pondicherry is Karaikal beach. Kayaking and Canoeing is a much popular water sport there.

  • Where can i enjoy scuba diving in Pondicherry?

    A: Scuba Diving is a one of a kind experience. It opens one up to the marvels of the underwater world. The coral reefs and mosaic of different coloured fishes makes the visual experience almost surreal. It is definitely a high priority activity for any tourist who intends to make the trip to Pondicherry worth every penny. The most famous Scuba Diving spots in Pondicherry are:

    Temple Reef

    4 corners

    Coral Shark Reef

    Ravines

    Aravind’s Wall

    Padi Dive Center

    The Hole

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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