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Best Places To Stay in Pondicherry

Visiting the coastal city of Pondicherry is like stepping into another world. Along with modern buildings are older structures boasting lovely French colonial architecture and French street names that will have you believe you’re not really in India. You can find the best and unique places to stay in Pondicherry like you can spot the cherry on the cake. Colonized not just by the French but by the Dutch, British and Portuguese, this is a land of varied cultures, temples, churches, eateries and beaches in Pondicherry.

There’s a lot to see and do
things in Pondicherry from visiting the 300-year-old Immaculate Conception Cathedral – the cathedral mother church – to going on a food tour of European and south Indian cuisine. The French part of town is instantly recognizable with a promenade, cobbled roads and quaint cafes. You’ll enjoy the quiet and taking a walk through the streets is one of the best ways to spend the afternoon. As you head away from here and towards the newer part of town, the scene and ambience begin changing to a bustling south India.

Old and new don’t always mix but in Pondy, it creates a beautifully balanced world. It’s this uniqueness that has consistently ranked the town as one of the top destinations to visit in India. If you want to experience a taste of the past and still witness the energy of south India, this should be on your bucket list. It’s a place like no other and one can easily find the best and unique places for stay in Pondicherry.

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Attractions

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Shri Aurobindo Ashram

About the Place:

This ashram was founded by renowned freedom fighter Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa in the year 1926. It is a holy destination for many travelers who are seeking spirituality. Not only this, the ashram which is one of the most spiritual places to visit in Pondicherry, teaches different ways to make your mind calm and peaceful. Yoga and meditation is usual practice in Aurobindo ashram. If you need to do photography inside the ashram, you have to take the permission of authorities. Ashram also consists of a library which can only be entered after taking a gate pass.

Location:

The ashram is situated near the junction of Manakula Vinayagar, Kovil Street and Marine Street, White town, Pondicherry.

Best Time To Visit:

The ashram is open on all the days of the week. You can easily spend 1 to 2 hours in this peaceful place.

Timings:

The ashram remains open from 8 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm every day.

Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is situated at a distance of 2.6 km from the bus station which is a journey of 9 minutes.


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Rock Beach

About the Place

Rock beach is regarded as one of the most attractive sight-seeing places in Pondicherry. This beach is situated on the busy streets of Pondicherry. In the evening, a lot of activities take place on the beach which makes the place even more happening. It is surrounded by restaurants, art galleries, and the famous French war memorial is just 0.4 km away from the beach. In order to get a sunrise view, many people book a hotel near the rock beach. You will also find many food outlets located nearby. So you can spend your evening enjoying your favorite food and a scenic view.

Location

A beauty spot at the heart of the city, Rock beach is located in White Town, Pondicherry.

Best Time To Visit

It is a memorable moment when you see sunrise or sunset at the beach. Most people tend to visit the beach in evening or the early morning. You can give a refreshing start to your morning in midst of this serene spot.

Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand

The Rock beach is situated at the distance of 2.7 km from Pondicherry bus stop. It might take just 10 minutes to cover this distance.


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Raj Niwas

The Raj Niwas building is constructed on the foundation of a hotel named Hotel De La Compagnie. This is the government house of the Pondicherry and is a blend of both Indian and French architecture. The previous name of this Raj Niwas is Palais du Government. The Raj Niwas isn’t open to public but it is one of the attractions in Pondicherry. Most of the people who went on a trip to Pondicherry will surely pay a visit to this Raj Niwas to enjoy the Indo-French architecture. The monolithic pillars, fountain are the biggest asset of this Raj Niwas. They enhance the look of the construction as well as add royalty too. The public can go into the Raj Niwas on some special days and occasions only.

Location:

White Town

Pondicherry 605001

Best Time To Visit:

The Best Time To Visit: Raj Niwas will be between 12 pm and 1:30 pm as you will be allowed into the house. The point to remember here is the passes are limited to 40 per day.

Timings

The Raj Niwas will be open between 12pm and 1:30 pm

Distance Between Pondicherry Bus stand and Raj Nivas

The distance from Pondicherry bus station to Raj Nivas is 2.6 kms which can be travelled in 4-5 mins.

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry

Immaculate Conception Cathedral is also known as Samba Kovil. It is the mother cathedral church for all the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral present in Pondicherry is pretty much similar to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral present in France. The church was built in 1791 and still looks at its best. The lady holding the Jesus statue is present in the front of the church. Many people love the old charm that this church exerts and adore it. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry. This beautiful piece of architecture will leave you spellbound.

Location:

Mission St.

MG Road Area

Pondicherry 605001

Best Time To Visit:

Visit this church in between April to June.

Timings

Similar to other churches you can visit the church at any time and peace of mind is guaranteed.

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Immaculate Conception Cathedral

The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Immaculate Conception Cathedral is 2.2 kms which takes 2-3 minutes to travel.


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Auroville Beach

About the Place:

This beach is situated at a distance of 12kms from the Pondicherry town. This destination is most popular among youngster and people who love swimming. You can find a plethora of people at the beach on weekends. You can find many hotels and restaurants along the beach. The morning scenes at the beach are too crowded as many people would love to walk around this calm and serene Location:, looking at the sunrise. The beach closes at 6:30 pm in evening. This is the most crowded street in Pondicherry.

Location:

The beach is situated at a distance of 12 km from the region of Pondicherry. It exactly lies in  Periyamudaliar, Chavadi, Tamilnadu.

Best Time To Visit:

The Best Time To Visit: this place is early morning as the environment at that time is calm and tranquil.

Timings :

The closing time for the beach is 6:30 pm.

Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

This beach lies at a distance of 10.5 km from the union territory of Pondicherry. It would roughly take around 20 minutes to travel to the bus stand from this beach.


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Basilica Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Pondicherry

About the Place:

This church, one among the 21 basilicas in India, is a famous pilgrimage for roman catholic Christians and considered one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry.It was built in 1908 by French missionaries. The sacred heart Basilica, a 100- years- old structure represents gothic architecture. It is 50 meters long, 48 meters wide and 18 meters high. Inside the church, there are 28 glass paintings which are a depiction of the life of Christ and saints of the church. The church has a huge area on the exterior too.

Location:

The church is located on the south boulevard of Pondicherry. Its address is 132, Subbaiah salai, Pondicherry, 605001.

Best Time To Visit:

This sacred abode of Jesus remains open throughout the year. People visit the church in masses during the Christmas festival. Though there is no specific time of the month to visit, a large number of outsiders can be seen here during winters considering the climatic condition of Pondicherry.

Timings:

Monday-Saturday: 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Distance From Pondicherry Bust-Stand

The church is situated 2.5 Km away from Pondicherry bus stand towards south boulevard.


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Botanical Garden

This is one of the most beautiful as well as interesting places in Pondicherry. The botanical garden was built by the colonists of French and gives perfect knowledge and information that is required. The park is the representation of French architecture. It is the best place to get educated as well as have some recreation. The garden was built in 1826 in a complete French style and is spread out in 22 acres of land. People can witness nearly 1500 different species of plants here. All the plants have placards that give the complete information of the plants. The garden is comprised of six attractive fountains, one dancing fountain, Japanese rock, kids train, ornamental fishes in an aquarium and many more.

Location::

Marimalai Adigal Salai

Near Anna Statue

Orleanpet

Pondicherry-605001

Best Time To Visit:

There is no Best Time To Visit: botanical gardens. You can visit anytime during the visiting hours.

Timings:

The botanical garden is open from 10 AM in the morning to 7 PM in the evening daily.

Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Botanical Gardens

The distance between Pondicherry bus stand and botanical gardens is 1km and it takes nearly 2-3 minutes to travel.


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French Soldiers Memorial (War Memorial)

The French soldiers memorial is constructed in order to honor the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country in World War I. The war memorial was constructed in 1970 and is one of the best attractions in Pondicherry. The memorial is decorated beautifully on 14th July of every year and is celebrated as Bastille Day. The people from complete Pondicherry and remaining other places visit this war memorial and respect the soldiers in the form of homage. The war memorial is smaller in size and doesn’t take much time to take a trip around it. The memorial itself has a good and positive vibe which make many people from in and around Pondicherry to visit it.

Location:

White Town

Pondicherry 605001

Best Time To Visit:

The Best Time To Visit: this war memorial is in the morning. You can enjoy the nature as well as spend some pleasant time in this place.

Timings

The French Soldiers memorial is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to French Memorial

The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to French memorial is 3.5 km which take 2-3 minutes to travel.


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18 December 2018

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18 December 2018

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    • Hotel Bon Sejour
    • Ginger Hotel
    • Hotel Annamalai International

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    • Nila Home Stay
    • Dumas Guest House
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  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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

  • Q. Which are the most luxury resorts in Pondicherry?

    Pondicherry’s dotted with world-class luxury resorts. From multicuisine restaurants 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