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Best Places to Visit in Pondicherry in 2018

  • Like travelling back in time, Pondicherry is a great weekend escape from Bangalore. Beautiful beachfront, resorts, cathedrals and a walk in the French colony will help visualize what the bygone era must have entailed.

    You could simply wander though the warm town of fishermen and witness how artisans craft beautiful artefacts. The lavish heritage buildings adorn Pondicherry are a sight to behold. Seeped in history and Spirituality, Pondicherry offers a generous helping of both. Head to the Aurobindo Ashram or the National Museum.

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  • 01 Shri Aurobindo Ashram

    Shri Aurobindo Ashram
    Image Credit : 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.




  • 02 Rock Beach

    Rock Beach
    Image Credit : 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.




  • 03 Raj Niwas

    Raj Niwas
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    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.

    Image Credits: thehindu.com


  • 04 Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry

    Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry
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    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.




  • 05 Auroville Beach

    Auroville Beach
    Image Credit : 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.




  • 06 Basilica Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Pondicherry

    Basilica Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Pondicherry
    Image Credit : 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.




  • 07 Botanical Garden

    Botanical Garden
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    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.




  • 08 Pondicherry Museum

    Pondicherry Museum
    Image Credit : Pondicherry Museum

    About the Place:

    If you are interested in historical monuments and museums, this is the place for you. This museum which is located in Bharathi Park tops the list of Pondicherry tourist places. You can find a collection of old sculptures, handicrafts and archaeological findings from Arikamedu settlement in this museum. The museum also consists of items from the French colonial times such as coins. Art from Chola and Pallava temples is also seen in the sculpture gallery. You can purchase food from the available shops there. The visitors can avail washroom facility too. If you want to capture the beauty of the monument, you can easily do it, as the cameras are allowed here.

    Location:

    It is situated at St. Louis Street, near White Town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    The museum remains open for all the days except Mondays and Public holidays. It is advisable to visit the place during daytime. So, don’t miss an opportunity to visit Pondicherry museum, one of the favorite tourist attractions in Pondicherry.

    Entry Fee:

    Entry fee for this historical museum is just Rupee 15.

    Timings:

    The museum remains open on all the days except Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    Pondicherry museum is located at a distance of just 3 KM from bus stand. Isn’t it convenient?




  • 09 French Soldiers Memorial (War Memorial)

    French Soldiers Memorial (War Memorial)
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    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.




  • 10 Promenade Beach

    Promenade Beach
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    A stretch starting from War memorial and ending at Duplex park, Promenade Beach is a 1.2 -kilometer long stretch. It has some other best Pondicherry tourist places near it including Old lighthouse, The War Memorial,  Heritage Town Hall etc. 

    The beach is a crowded spot of Pondicherry where travelers enjoy sports and hang out with their loved ones. You can also enjoy the mouth-watering street food of the food stalls present at the corners of the beach. Not only this, if you love handicraft materials, then the beachside shops offer beautifully knitted handicrafts too. 

    This is the most preferred Location: by nature lovers and wanderers for sightseeing in Pondicherry.

    Location: It is located at Beach Road, Pondicherry starting from War memorial and ending at Dupleix Park.

    Best Time To Visit: With its busy street and breathtaking sunset view, the beach is most likely to be visited most in the evening time.

    Timings: The beach can be visited any day of the week from 5 am to 8 pm.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: The Promenade beach is at the distance of 2.5 km via South Boulevard from the bus stand. This will take approximately  9 minutes to reach the bus stand from the beach.




  • 11 Chunnambar Boathouse

    Chunnambar Boathouse
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    About the Place:

    This place is located along the Cuddalore Main Road. If you are a person who loves boat riding, then this is heaven for you. Chunnambar Boathouse which is 8 km from Pondicherry offers you a chance to sail downstream and create a night camping experience for yourself. This boathouse is also called as Paradise Beach. You can spend your day enjoying beach sports and getting sun-kissed. Chunnamabr Resort offers rental boats for visitors as well as organizes beach sports. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant called as Seagulls, which serves delicious Chinese and Tandoori food.

    Location:

    It is located at Pondy-Cuddalore Road, Nonankuppam. This is 8 km away from Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    It is advisable to visit this place for the rides and water sports during afternoon time and come back to the shore by evening.

    Entry Fee

    Entry fee is Rs. 10 per head, with extra charges for different water sports.

    Timings

    The boathouse remains open from 9:30 in morning till 4 pm in evening.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    The two places are 6.4 k away. If you travel via Cuddalore Road, it will take around 15 minutes to reach the destination.

    So this is Pondicherry, a place that has a variety to offer. If it is known for its sacred churches and historical monuments, one cannot forget the adventurous time it gives you with its beachside views and water sports. Indeed this small territory is a unique combination of fun and tranquility. So now are you convinced to book a ticket to this land of beaches, this winter?




  • 12 Mahatma Gandhi Statue

    Mahatma Gandhi Statue
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    About the Place:

    The statue located on the Promenade Beach is an important landmark among all the Pondicherry tourist places. It also offers a view of Old Lighthouse and the famous Nehru Statue. This is a 4 meters high statue which is surrounded by granite pillars brought from Gingee, a fort situated at a distance of 70 km from Pondicherry. Mahatma Gandhi Statue is formed by Roy Choudhary, a renowned sculptor from Madras school of arts. There is a square space in front of the statue. This space is called as Gandhi Thidal, which is used for musical activities.

    Location:

    It is again situated at Beach road, White Town, Pondicherry. Now you can not only enjoy the scenic view of the beach but also explore this historical statue.

    Best Time To Visit:

    Since it is situated near the beach, it is best to visit this place either during sunrise or sunset.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    It is located at beach road, which is 2.5 Km from the bus station. So your all the sites are in close proximity to each other as well as the bus station. Isn’t this the best thing for outsiders?




  • 13 Serenity Beach

    Serenity Beach
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    This is the perfect spot to relax and get all the tensions out of your head. The name serenity was picked exclusively for this place as it is the most beautiful and outstanding shoreline.  This shoreline is considered as a heaven for the newly wedded couples which is why most of the couples pick Pondicherry as their honeymoon spot to enjoy the beauty of Serenity beach. It is one of the most peaceful places and you will enjoy the shore from the bottom of your heart. You can do surfing here to pump up the adrenaline rush in you. The lovely palm trees and beautiful surroundings will give you the most peaceful experience.

    Location:

    Kottakupam

    Pondicherry 605101

    Best Time To Visit:

    It is a beautiful beach and you can visit at any time of the day but it is better to visit the beach at morning and evening to have a pleasant experience.

    Timings

    The beach will be open from morning 5 AM to evening 7 PM.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Beach

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to the beach is 7.9 km and it takes 7 mins to reach the beach from bus stand.




  • 14 Statue of Dupleix

    Statue of Dupleix
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    This 2.88 meters high statue was commissioned as a symbol of French rule in Pondicherry. This granite statue was erected in the memory of the French governor named Joseph Francois Duplex. He ruled Pondicherry between the years 1742 to 1754. He tried to prevent the British domination in Pondicherry and is one of the famous French governors. Because of the defeat in a Second Carnatic war, he resigned for his governor post and went back to France. The statue of Dupleix has been built in 1870. The statue is situated on beautiful granite columns and gives a peaceful and ambient look to the city. This statue is considered as a major landmark and the historic representation of the city.

    Location:: Statue of Dupleix is located at children’s park present at

    Goubert Avenue

    Beach Road

    Pondicherry-605101

    Best Time To Visit::

    Tourists can visit the statue of Dupleix at morning, afternoon and evening. It is not good to visit the place at night.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Statue of Dupleix

    The distance from the statue of Dupleix to Pondicherry bus stand is 3kms. The time taken to travel from bus stand to statue is 30mins. There are cab and auto services between the statue and bus stand.




  • 15 Pondicherry Light House

    Pondicherry Light House
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    How can one miss visiting one of the best sight seeing places in Pondicherry, the Pondicherry light house? This nineteenth century light house is one of the amazing tourist attractions present in it. It was constructed by the French rulers and is one of the main city attractions in Pondicherry. The French rulers planned to build this light house in order to make the people who travel by understanding that they are in Pondicherry now. The design of this light house is a little bit different from the design of the usual light houses. The tower was built on the rectangle base.

    Location: of Pondicherry light house

    This Pondicherry light house is located at Dubrayapet

    Pondicherry, 605004

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: Pondicherry Light house is at the time of sunset.

    Timings

    The light house of Pondicherry will be opened at 3 pm every day and will be closed by 7 pm.

    Distance from Pondicherry Light house to Pondicherry Bus stand

    The distance from Pondicherry light house to Pondicherry bus stand is 4 kms and can be travelled in 12 mins.

    Image Credits: dreamtrails.in


  • 16 Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

    Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
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    Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges or Our Lady of Angels is one of the most beautiful and amazing Pondicherry tourist places. The church is present at the corner of Surcoof street and Dumus street. The architecture found in this church is Greco-Roman which gives you a nice feel. One can experience an angelic feel in the church which is divine. The white chapel of this church is very famous too. The limestone and egg white brought a new and different color to the chapel. Inside the church you can find various beautiful paintings and sculptures which will leave you spell bound. Point to remember is it is the oldest church present in Pondicherry.

    Location:

    The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges is located at

    Rue Dumas

    White Town

    Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit: Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

    You can visit and enjoy the beauty of this church at any time but the best months to explore this church are from September-February. The church looks amazing at this time

    Timings

    Similar to various other churches there are no specific Timings :to visit Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, you can visit at any time you want.




  • 17 Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple

    Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple
    Image Credit : Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple

    Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple is the most different temple present in the world. The temple is constructed in the shape of a pyramid and is located at Pudhukuppam beach. When the temple is seen for the first time you will wonder whether it is a pyramid. The Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple is dedicated to the deity Lord Shiva and is one of the best Pondicherry tourist places. The temple is designed with best in class architecture and attracted many people around the world. Founded by Karan Singh, the Auroville foundation chairman, the temple made a statement back in 2000 only. This is the most different yet amazing temple present in the world.

    Location:

    Gangiamman Koi Street

    Pondicherry 604303

    Best Time To Visit:

    You can explore the temple at any time of the year but visiting the temple in the months of February and march will give you a different experience.

    Timings

    The temple will be opened from

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm



  • 18 Veerampattinam Beach

    Veerampattinam Beach
    Image Credit : Veerampattinam Beach

    Each and every beach present in Pondicherry is amazing. Veeramapattinam beach is one of the best sightseeing places in Pondicherry. If you are planning a trip to Pondicherry then don’t forget to visit this outstanding beach. 

    This is the lengthiest beach present in Pondicherry and is the best attraction of Pondicherry. Veermapattinam is the coastal village present in Pondicherry. The village is 7 kms away from the Pondicherry center but the buses are always available so there is no need to worry about it. The veeramipattinam hosts one of the biggest festival called temple car festival. 

    The visitors of this beach are provided an option  to see the real fisherman working at some dedicated spots. The clean and long beach is the perfect pick to enjoy your vacation. The beach isn’t so crowded so if you are from one of those who loves to stay peaceful then this is the right place.

    Location:

    The beach is located along the village Veerampattinam which is located between Pondicherry and Cuddalore.

    Best Times To Visit

    Beaches can be visited at any time so there are no boundaries to visit this wonderful beach. But vacationing in monsoon is advisable.

    Timings

    The beach is opened at 8:00 am and is closed at 9:00 pm in the night.

    The distance between Pondicherry Bus stand and Veerampattinam Beach

    The Distance between Pondicherry Bus stand and Veerampattinam Beach is 9.6 km and it takes nearly 16-20 mins to travel.




  • 19 Cafe Xtasi

    Cafe Xtasi
    Image Credit : Cafe Xtasi

    Enjoy the tasty dishes from different kinds of cuisines at this wonderful place. This is the best pick if you are interested to taste various kinds of dishes. Whether it may be hot coffee or yummy pizza this place provides you with all kinds of food items. The beverages and pizzas offered at this café are mouth watering and have a lot of craze among the people. It is the best hangout place for friends.

    Location:

    245, Mission Street

    Opposite VOC School

    Pondicherry

    Best Time To Visit:

    There is no Best Time To Visit: this place, whenever you have a craving to have some tasty food then crash at this café.

    Timings

    The place will be opened at 11:00 am in the morning and is closed at 11:00 pm at night.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Café Xtasi

    The distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Café Xtasi is 2.3 kms which takes approximately 8 mins to travel.

    Image Credits: cafechennai.in




  • 20 ISKCON Pondicherry

     ISKCON Pondicherry
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    ISKCON (International society for Krishna Consciousness) temples are very famous all over India. They are present in almost all metropolitan cities and are founded by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. If you are from those people who like to have a peace of mind and like to meditate then this is the right place for you. 

    The temple gives you the most ambient environment which helps you in finding inner self. The serenity, divine feeling that one gets after visiting this temple is beyond words.  Most of the people adore the beauty of the temple as well as the charisma of the deity Krishna. 

    The idols in these ISKCON Temples are different from idols used in other temples and look like the best idols present in the world.

    Location:

    No. 2-B

    7th cross corner, Krishna Nagar main road

    Krishna Nagar

    Pondicherry 605008

    Best Time To Visit:

    The temple can be visited at any time of the year and it is sure that you are going get the most peaceful experience in your life.

    Timings

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry bus stand to the ISKCON temple

    The distance from the bus stand to ISKCON temple is 6 kms.




  • 21 Kanniga Parameswari Temple

    Kanniga Parameswari Temple
    Image Credit : Kanniga Parameswari Temple

    Explore the uniqueness of Kanniga Parameswari temple’s architecture which is a perfect blend of Indian and French architecture. Goddess Shakthi is the deity who is prayed in this temple. She is one of the most powerful goddess according to the Hindu mythology. You can see the mixture of Tamil and French architecture in the designing of this temple. The ceiling of the sanctum present inside the temple is designed in the Tamil traditional style. The temple is one of the famous attractions in Pondicherry and people from all over the country visit the temple.

    Location:

    MG Road

    Pondicherry 605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    The temple is always wonderful and you can pay your visit at any time of the year without any hesitation.

    Timings

    The Timings :to visit this amazing temple are

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus stand to Kanniga Parameswari Temple

    The distance between Pondicherry bus stand and Kanniga Parameswari temple is 3kms which can be travelled in 5 mins at most.




  • 22 Bharathi Park

    Bharathi Park
    Image Credit : Bharathi Park

    About the Place:

    This is the green blanket of Pondicherry. It is surrounded by lush green trees. There is a reason for why it is listed among the best places to visit in Pondicherry. Its panoramic view makes it the frequent spot for picnics.  

    At the center of the park, there is this famous monument called Aayi Mandapam. It was named after the famous lady courtesan, Ayi. There are many buildings around this park including Villa Aroume, French Army Band, Chamber of commerce and The general hospital.

    Location:

    This park is located at Rue Saint Gilles Street, White Town. If you want to calm yourself, this is a perfect place for you.

    Best Time To Visit:

    This beautiful park takes you to the lap of nature. If you visit here at sunrise and sunset, you would be able to witness the most charismatic view.

    Timings:

    The park remains open from 6 am in the morning to 8 pm in the evening. So you have an entire day to spend in midst of nature’s blanket.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    It is just 2.5 km from the Pondicherry bus stand. So you would not take more than 10 minutes to travel in between the two places.




  • 23 Paradise Beach

    Paradise Beach
    Image Credit : Paradise Beach

    Beaches are always the best place to relax and refresh from the everyday hassle. Paradise beach also known as Plago Paradiso is not an exemption for that. As the name states the beach is very beautiful and gives you a great refreshing feeling. Most people prefer this amazing beach to spend their holidays because of its beauty and positive vibes. 

    This Paradise beach is ranked as number one in the list of best Pondicherry tourist places. The golden sand, cold waters will surely make your vacation the best. The ferry rides, boat houses, mangrove forests, beautiful birds everything about this place sounds fun as well as interesting. Taking the walk along this beach will surely refresh your brain and gives you a beautiful and fresh feel. Don’t expect to have fancy restaurants here but you can get snacks like coconut water.

    Location:

    40, Goubert Avenue

    Pondicherry, 605001

    Best Times to visit

    The Best Time To Visit: Paradise beach is monsoon, the back waters in the sea will be in green color this season.

    Timings

    The beach stays open from 8am to 8pm.

    Ticket Price

    The ticket price to enter into this beach is 150 INR per person and extra 75 per hour for chairs.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Paradise beach

    The distance is 2.7 kms which takes 3-4 mins to travel.




  • 24 Auro Beach

    Auro Beach
    Image Credit : Auro Beach

    Auroville beach or in short Auro beach is one of the most beautiful Pondicherry tourist places. Auro beach is located a kilometer away from the Serenity beach and is the best place to enjoy the cool waters. This is less crowded beach compared to the Serenity beach and is the best place for the people who are hoping to get some privacy and enjoy their lonely time without much noise. This is the first place picked by many youngsters to hang out and takes a walk. If you want to enjoy pleasantness and spend your time peacefully then think no more and crash in Auro beach. The hard rock present in the beach adds extra beauty to it and enhances the look of the beach.

    Location:

    Bommayapalayam

    Pondicherry 605101

    Best Time To Visit:

    As it is a beach it depends on the individual preferences, if you like to be kissed by morning sun shine then go in the morning or want to relax and enjoy the sunset then go in the evening.

    Timings

    No one is allowed past midnight into the beach

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Auro Beach

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Auro beach is 10.1 km which take nearly 20 mins to travel.




  • 25 Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil

    Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil
    Image Credit : Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil

    Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil is also known as Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple or Villanur temple is one of the famous Lord Shiva Temples. Lord Shiva can be viewed in the form of Shiva Linga in this temple. The temple was constructed by Cholas centuries ago and is in Dravidian architecture. Another specialty of this temple is the sunrays that touch the deity on 9, 11 and 19th of a month named Panguni which can be considered as a month in between March-April. The importance of this temple is related to the Chola King Dharmabala Chozhan.

    Location:

    The Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil is located at

    E-Car St, Villanur

    Pondicherry-605110.

    Best Time To Visit: Temple

    The Best Time To Visit: this amazing temple is during the celebration of a festival named Bramhotsavam. The festival is for ten days and the temple will look at its best.

    Timings

    The temple is opened from

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Temple

    The distance between Pondicherry bus stand to this temple is 7.8 km and it takes 22 mins to travel.




  • 26 Matrimandir

    Matrimandir
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    About the Place:

    Matrimandir is situated at the center of the Auroville in a huge space called, Peace. Auroville itself is situated at a distance of 14.1 km. Matrimandir has been started by The mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It is a large sphere which is surrounded by twelve petals. There is one meditation hall inside the central dome. The structure consists of four pillars. These four pillars signify four aspects of the mother. The south pillar, called Maheshwari denotes her calmness and compassion. The north pillar called Mahakali stands for her strength, her will,  and her passion. The east pillar, called Mahalakshmi is a symbol of her attraction and beauty. The west pillar, Mahasaraswati tells about her perfection in everything she does.

    Location:

    It is situated in Auroville town in Bommayapalayam.

    Best Time To Visit:

    The duration of  November to March is favorable to visit this place. Since the climate of the place is tropical, you need to choose a comparatively cooler season.

    Timings:

    Matrimandir remains open from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and again 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    Matrimandir is located at a distance of 14.4 km from the Pondicherry bus stand. It takes almost 36 minutes to travel this distance




  • 27 Golconda

    Golconda
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    Golconda is the first modern building present in Pondicherry and it is surely present in the list of places to visit in Pondicherry. It is considered as the introduction of modernism to India. It is a home to accommodate philosopher named Sri Aurobindo and was later converted as a dormitory. Golconda was designed by the famous architects George Nakashima and Antonin Raymond. The building is sensitive to the environment and is one of the best constructions of the modern era. It was build during the period of 1937-45. Golconda is a three storey building with two wings which are connected by a stair case in between. It was a kind of do it yourself project for the devotees present in the ashram and was build with both skilled and nonskilled people.

    Location:

    Dupuy St.

    White Town

    Pondicherry 605002

    Best Time To Visit:

    Golconda can be visited at any time of the day.

    Timings

    There are no particular Timings :to visit the place, you can go there at any time.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Golconda Ashram

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Golconda Ashram is 3 km which take 3-4 mins to travel.




  • 28 Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Puducherry

    Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Puducherry
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    This temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is a Vaishnavite temple. The temple was build in the 12th century and follows Dravidian architecture. The principal deity of the temple is Venkatachalapathy and the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha Swamy is placed right behind the Venkatachalapathy idol. The architecture of this temple is similar to the architecture of Vedhapureshwarar temple. The five feet idol present in the temple has been buried in the earth and was found by some archeologists. The idol of Lord Vishnu is just marvelous and the smile surely gives the devotees positive vibes. Actually, the history tells that the temple was built for Lord Sree Rama, his wife Seetha and Hanuman but before bringing the idols to the place the idol of Narasimha Swamy was found.

    Location:

    Mahatma Gandhi Road

    Heritage Town

    Puducherry-605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: this amazing temple is at morning time.

    Timings

    The temple is opened from

    • 6.00 am to 12.00 pm

    • 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Varadharaja Perumal Temple

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Varadharaja Perumal Temple is 2.6 km and it takes 13 minutes to travel.




  • 29 Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

    Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
    Image Credit : Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

    About the Place:

    It is one of the most popular tourist destination situated in Pondicherry. This is a Ganesha temple and has a religious importance attached to it. It was constructed three centuries ago. inside the temple, stone walls have carvings of forty incarnations of Lord Ganesa. 

    Also, there is one shrine which is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The architecture style of this temple has a striking resemblance to south India. There is one elephant Lakshmi in the temple, who gathers coins from the tourist and showers her blessings. This sacred importance of the temple makes it one of the most common names in the list of places to visit in Pondicherry.

    Location:

    This temple is situated at Koli Street, opposite the Governor Office in Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    It takes only half an hour to one hour to complete the prayers and get a view of the temple. It is not much crowded on the usual days. However during the mega-festival during months of August and September, people from all around the world visit this temple.

    Timings:

    The timing for offering prayers extend from 5:45 am morning to 12:30 am in evening and 4:00 pm to 09:30 pm.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    The temple stands at a distance of 2.7 km from the bus stand. It is hardly a 10 minutes journey. If you are Lord Ganesa devotee, this is a good news for you.




  • 30 Ousteri Lake

    Ousteri Lake
    Image Credit : Ousteri Lake

    About the Place:

    Ousteri lake is one of the famous wetlands of Asia. This is the most freshwater lake in the union territory of Pondicherry. If you are looking for a place for a nice evening stroll, this lake is the best option. You can also see a lot of birds here, during the months of March and October. There is a chance to get a boat ride costing rs. 100 per person from the boating point near the lake. It is also called as Osudu Lake. It is located at a distance of 10 km from Pondicherry. This freshwater lake is a home for a variety of Flora and Fauna. The lake has a complex structure which comprises of wetland, mudflats, and water. If you are a person who enjoys being surrounded by miracles of nature, Ousteri Lake is a place for you. This is one of the most peaceful site among all the Pondicherry tourist places.

    Location:

    It is located on the Vazhudavoor road in Pondicherry. It is 10 km away from the main township of Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    Winter season is the recommended time to visit this lake. You can enjoy the soft breeze as well as watch different species of birds during this time.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    Ousteri Lake is situated at a distance of 10 km from the Pondicherry bus stand. In order to travel between both the points, you will take 30 minutes.

    Image Credits: Flickr


  • 31 Aayi Mandapam

    Aayi Mandapam
    Image Credit : Aayi Mandapam

    About the Place:

    Aayi Mandapam, a monument which is named after a lady courtesan, Aayi is situated at the center of Bharathi Park. It is also called as Park Monument. The monument was built during the reign of Napolean for the supply of water to the French city. There is a story behind the construction of this park monument. It is said that Vijayanagar king, Krishnadevraya was once traveling to meet Uyyakonda. On his way, he saw a mansion, which was well maintained. He thought of it as a temple and prostrate before it and offered his prayers. Actually, it was not a temple but house of a local devadasi. She decided to dismantle her house and construct a pond for the village.

    Location:

    It is situated at the center of the famous Bharathi park in White Town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    It is advisable to visit here after the rains as it will be a major relief form the hot climate of the place.

    Timings

    It opens at 6 am in the morning and get closed by 9 pm in the night.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    It takes just 11 minutes to cover the distance of 2.5 km between bus stand and Aayi Mandapam.




  • 32 Arikamedu

    Arikamedu
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    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.

    Location:

    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.




  • 33 Pondicherry Science Centre And Planetarium

    Pondicherry Science Centre And Planetarium
    Image Credit : Pondicherry Science Centre And Planetarium

    About the Place:

    So here is a place for science lovers. If you are among those people who love to experiment, you are at the right place. This is a public science planetarium which is set up by National Council of Science Museums. Here students conduct various experiments and demonstrations. It has a section called The Fun Science Gallery. Here anyone can come and explore different aspects of science in an entertaining way. Another section called The Children’s Corner brings a variety of puzzles for kids. It is an entertaining yet learning session for youngsters. The science park helps the visitors to know about principles of science. This place is different from all the Pondicherry tourist places.

    Location:

    It is situated at First Cross Road, Lawspet, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    It remains open for all the days except Monday. So you can visit here for the remaining 6 days.

    Entry Fee

    It charges a nominal fee of Rs. 5 and Rs. 10 for the children whose age is below 1 years and for the adults, the fee is Rs. 10 and 20 for the science center and planetarium respectively.

    Timings:

    It remains open from 10 am to 4:30 pm for all the days except Monday.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    It is situated at a distance of 4.9 km from the bus station. It will take you around 12 minutes to cover this distance.




  • 34 Immaculate Conception Cathedral

    Immaculate Conception Cathedral
    Image Credit : Immaculate Conception Cathedral

    About the Place

    This church is one of the most popular Pondicherry tourist places. Being 300 years old, It is regarded as the oldest site in Pondicherry. It is also known as “ Samba Kovil”. Here Kovil means church and samba stand for saint paul. This cathedral mother church is meant for Roman Catholics. In the front of this church, there is one statue of a lady and she is holding infant Jesus in her arms. This place has its own religious importance and it is regarded as a major tourist attractions in Pondicherry. The structure of the church is well-constructed with the beautiful exterior as well as interiors.

    Location

    Immaculate Conception Cathedral,  which is one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry, is situated at Mission St., M.G road area.

    Best Time To Visit

    Travellers from all around the world visit this holy church whenever they travel to Pondicherry. 8 December marks the fest of this church and many people from neighboring states come to celebrate it.

    Timings

    Mass timings:

    5:15 AM to 6:15 AM – Monday to Saturday

    5 PM – Sunday

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    It is situated at a distance of 2.5 Km from Pondicherry bis station.




  • 35 Bharathidasan Museum

    Bharathidasan Museum
    Image Credit : Bharathidasan Museum

    About the Place:

    Bharathidasan was a Tamil poet who was born in Pondicherry. He was a disciple of Bharathi. Both of their works are often compared as they are equally praiseworthy. He also wrote some scripts for films on the issue of women empowerment. His home was later converted into a museum which preserves his great literary works. Some of his best compositions were created in this house. His works reflect the golden age of Tamil literature. If you are a person who has literary interest and if you have tried enough sightseeing places in Pondicherry, you must visit this museum.

    Location:

    The museum is situated at Ranga Pillai Street, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    You can visit the museum anytime throughout the year except for Monday. Monday is considered as a weekly holiday.

    Timings:

    The museum remains open from 10 AM. To 5 PM. except for Mondays.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    You need to cover just 2.3 km from the museum to the bus stand. It would hardly take you 7 minutes. So your destination is closer than you calculated.