40+ Places to Visit in Pondicherry - 2020 Updated List & Photos
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Places to visit in Pondicherry: Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Rock Beach, Ousteri Lake, VaradarajaPerumal Temple, Ousteri Wetland and National Park, Meeran Mosque, Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion, etc.

These places in Pondicherry are known for preserving the remnants of French heritage with Indian culture and offering a jolly good time to tourists. From its beaches to historical monuments and from its temples to churches, Pondicherry is an interesting tourist destination in India. The laid-back charm of Pondicherry is clearly visible when you visit the quaint French part of the town while tourists will also cherish the authentic Indian feel that the city brings through its culture and people.

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Tourists in Pondicherry can also indulge in various water activities like surfing, scuba diving etc. if they are seeking an adrenaline rush. For seekers of spirituality, Pondicherry is known for Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville attracting thousands of tourists to explore this beautiful city.

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For nature lovers too, Pondicherry is a serene retreat replete with various beaches and lakes that takes the breath away of the tourists on the first glimpse. Along with that, Pondicherry is a great place for shopping lovers and foodies alike.  
With so many unique and exciting list of places to see in Pondicherry, it is probably a dilemma for all the tourists where to go and not to do in such a short time.

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1) Things one Must Do in Pondicherry.

2) Beaches in Pondicherry to spend some amazing time.

3) Best resorts in Pondicherry for a relaxing stay.

Must Visit Places in Pondicherry

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Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach
Located at Chunnambar along the Cuddalore road, Paradise Beach is one of the spectacular Places to visit in Pondicherry. A ferry ride from Chunnambar takes you to this pristine beach that fascinates every traveller with its blue waters, white and golden soft beach sand and tranquil environ. The picturesque beach has pre-built shacks to lounge below, decent changing rooms, showers, and clean toilets.

The beach is frequented by locals and tourists during the weekends and gets extremely crowded. Visitors are not allowed to booze around at this beach and swimming at Paradise Beach is not advisable. However, you can rent a fishing rod from the nearby shop and try your hand at fishing.

Timings
: The opening hours from 9 am to 5 pm

Price
: Free 

Location
: 40, Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: It is located at a distance of 8 kilometres from the bus stand

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Auroville

Auroville
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Coveted as the “City of Dawn”, Auroville Ashram is a futuristic township that is the brainchild of the Mother, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. Auroville aims to unite humans from all walks of life and from all parts of the world against barriers like caste, creed, status, and religion and to let them live in harmony with one another.

The huge golden globe-like structure at the center of Auroville is the Matrimandir, which is actually a massive meditation center where one could just sit and focus on one's inner self. While building this township, soil from 124 countries was brought to the ashram and were put together in an urn and mixed. Today, one can find the urn in the amphitheater amidst Matrimandir Gardens.

Price
: Free 

Location
: Viluppuram District, Pondicherry, India.

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: It is located at a distance of 14 kilometres from the bus stand.

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Rock Beach

Rock Beach
The Rock beach with golden sands in one of the topmost photogenic places to visit in Pondicherry with friends and family. The beach is well-kept and spectacular that you can spend hours gazing at the beautiful sight of the undulating waves touching the rocky shores. You can also walk along the long stretch of the beach breathing in the fresh ocean air.

The beach does get crowded on weekends but still is well-maintained and clean. There are many restaurants and eateries along the shoreline to savor some scrumptious snacks. Visit the beach at the morning hours when the beach is less crowded and witness the ball of fire rising from the blue water in its full glory. 

Timings
: It is open for 24 hours

Price
: Entry Free 

Location
: White Town, Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: Rock Beach is located 3 km away from the bus stand in Pondicherry.

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Old Lighthouse

Old Lighthouse
Built in the 19th century by the erstwhile French rulers in Pondicherry, the old lighthouse is one of the most important historical places to visit in Pondicherry. It once offered the only light for guiding the ships in the sea across the Red Hills and today stands as an integral reminder of engineering and architecture.

This interesting spot in Pondicherry is a delightful visit for those fond of history and looking for places to try their hand on photography. 

Location
:23, Goubert Ave, White Town, Puducherry, 605001

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: It can be reached at a distance of 3 km from the bus stand in Pondicherry.
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Timings: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM | 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
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Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram
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One of the most peaceful and spiritual Tourist Places in Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry is well-known across the world and was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo. The ashram is sprawling and has libraries. It hosts many physical education activities such as sports, asanas, strength training, and swimming.

At the centre of the ashram is the Samadhi or mausoleum of Sri Aurobindo under a frangipani tree. If you have an inclination towards spirituality, yoga, and meditation, this ashram is one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry to find your inner self.

Timings: 
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: 
Near Junction of Manakula Vinayagar No. 9 Marine Street, Manakula Vinayagar Koil St, Near Junction of, Puducherry, 605002

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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French War Memorial

French War Memorial
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Located at Goubert Avenue, The French War Memorial is one of the major historical places to visit in Pondicherry. The memorial was built as a homage to the valiant soldiers who laid their lives to rest during the World War I.

On 14th July every year, on the occasion of Bastille Day (French National Day), the memorial is decorated with lights and locals and tourists gather here to pay their respect. The memorial is truly an architectural magnificence and stands tall telling untold stories of the war.

Timings: 
10:00 A.M to 17:00 PM

Location: 
Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry 605001, India

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Mahatma Gandhi Statue

Mahatma Gandhi Statue
Situated across the street from Jawaharlal Nehru statue, the Mahatma Gandhi statue is a renowned tourist place for history buffs in Pondicherry. The famous statue is surrounded by eight granite pillars that are believed to be bought from Gingee that is a fort located 70 kilometres away from the city of Pondicherry.

Encompassed by a garden, it is an interesting point of interest for many people in Pondicherry Tourist Places. 

Location:
Beach Rd, White Town, Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand:
It is just 3.7 kilometres from Pondicherry Bus-stand
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The Pondicherry Botanical Garden

The Pondicherry Botanical Garden
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Spread across 22 acres of land, The Pondicherry Botanical Garden is one of the no-miss Places to visit in Pondicherry. This lush green garden was built by the French colonists who brought exotic plant species from all across the globe and nurtured them here.

Today, the garden boasts of 1500 species of plants and there are placards that indicate the species' names and their common name. Additional information like the uses of the tree, the amount of oxygen generated and its medicinal value make this outsmart other Tourist Places in Pondicherry. The main entrance of the garden characterises the French architecture.

Timings: 
9:00AM - 6:00PM

Location: 
Marimalai, Maraimalai Adigal Salai, Near Anna Statue, Orleanpet, Puducherry, 605001

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

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The Pondicherry Museum

The Pondicherry Museum
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This art and history museum in Pondicherry has an enviable collection of 81 intricately carved bronze sculptures from the Chola empire. Apart from the bronze statues collected from the Chola and Pallava dynasties, the museum also houses artefacts from the archaeological excavations at Arikamedu that takes one on time travel to centuries before.

It takes two full hours to witness all the collections on display. While most Pondicherry tourist places are open all through the week, the museum is closed on all Mondays.

Timings:
9:00AM - 6:30PM

Location: 
Easwaran Kovil Street, Canteen St, Puducherry, 605001

Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand: 
Pondicherry museum is located at a distance of just 3 KM from bus stand.

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Promenade

Promenade

Pondicherry has a naturally formed rocky promenade that has become one of the most sought-after places to visit in Pondicherry by photographers. This naturally scenic place with refreshing cool sea-breeze is perfect for long strolls and fun-filled gala time with your loved ones.

There are several restaurants around this posh area offering a culinary feast. You can also find hawkers selling peanuts and cotton candies by the promenade. If one picture has to mark your presence in Pondicherry, then a picture at the Promenade Pondicherry does the job perfectly well!

Location: 
White Town, Pondicherry

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Park Monument (Aayi Mandapam)

Park Monument (Aayi Mandapam)

The Park Monument or the Aayi Mandapam is one of the interesting Pondicherry tourist places that has a beautiful history to it. A woman named Aayi gave her own house to erect a water reservoir to supply water for the city. Today, the Park Monument stands tall in the middle of the Bharati Government Park.

This reservoir was built during the time of Napoleon III, a French Emperor, and this white monument has become one of the iconic structures of Pondicherry.

Timings: 8 am – 8 pm

Location: 20, Rue Saint Gilles Street, White Town, Puducherry, 605001

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.

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Bharati Government Park

Bharati Government Park

Bharathi Park is located in the central region of the old colonial town of Pondicherry and is the primary lung space and one of the soothing Tourist Places in Pondicherry. The park is covered in lush greenery with well-maintained lawns. The seasonal flowers and the fountain accentuates the beauty of the park and offers a peaceful space to spend an evening with family and friends.

At the centre of the park lies the magnificent Aayi Mandapam or the Park Monument built in Greco-Roman architecture. If you are visiting the park with kids, do not miss taking them to the kids' play area, that features many play equipment like swings and slides making it top the list of places to visit in Pondicherry with family and kids.

Timings: 
6:30AM - 8:30PM

Location: 
20, Rue Saint Gilles Street, White Town, Puducherry, 605001

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.

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Ousteri Lake

Ousteri Lake
Ousteri Lake is a gorgeous tourist spot among places to see in Pondicherry for boating and appreciating the beauty of nature. It is frequented by visitors for many reasons be it grabbing a bite at its various restaurants, enjoy riding on a boat or just enjoy the sunset while sipping your coffee.

This important freshwater lake is recognised as an IUCN designated wetland and a source of many beautiful migratory birds who flock here. 

Timings
: The visiting hours at Ousteri Lake is from 9 am to 5 pm

Price
: The ticket price at Ousteri Lake varies according to the choice of boat you wish to hire

Location
: It is located about 10 kms from Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: Ousteri Lake is situated 10 kilometres from Pondicherry bus stand
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Chunnambar Boathouse

Chunnambar Boathouse

Also known as "Plage Paradiso", Chunnambar Boathouse is a spectacular boating and picnic spot located on the backwaters where the Chunnambar River meets the Bay of Bengal. At Chunnambar, you can sun lounge and get sun-kissed and even play beach sports with your family and friends.

You can also enjoy boating in motorboats, speed boats, sailboats, rowed boats, water scooters, paddled boats, and pedalled boats and sail through the placid backwaters amidst thick mangrove trees. There are many restaurants here that serve delicious, piping-hot Chinese and Tandoori food. Adventure lovers can enjoy jet skiing and have an unlimited thrill.

From Chunnambar Boathouse, there are frequent ferry services to Paradise Beach.

Timings:
9:30AM - 4:00PM

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

Location: 
National Highway 45A | Near Water Sports Complex, Nonankuppam, Pondicherry, India

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.

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Serenity Beach

Serenity Beach
For those looking for a day filled with tranquillity, Serenity beach is a mesmerizing visit in Pondicherry sightseeing for all the tourists. It boasts of the resplendent beauty of nature with its golden sands and blue waters that greet the visitors with a panoramic view.

The beautiful beach offers surfing and serves a great spot to laze around under the shade with your book or just enjoy the company of your loved ones with a refreshing day in Pondicherry. 

Timings: It remains open 24 hours for visitors

Price: Free 

Location: Kottakuppam, Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is located about 7 kilometres from Pondicherry Bus Stand

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Statue of Dupleix

Statue of Dupleix
One of the major attractions in Pondicherry, this statue was built in 1870 to honour the French governor Dupleix who ruled Pondicherry up to the year 1754. About 3 metres in height, this statue located in Goubert Avenue is made of granite and symbolises the legacy of French colonial rule over Pondicherry.

Situated at the end of the Rock Beach, this statue is a pleasant visit for those interested in history and visit the children’s park where it is located. 

Location: Marquis Dupleix Goubert Ave Street, Duppuypet, Puducherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is just 2.6 kilometres from the bus stand in Pondicherry
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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Known for its elegant gothic architecture, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most popular places to visit in Pondicherry. Offering prayers to the Almighty, devotees congregate here at this revered place of worship.

It is known for having the glass pictures of 28 saints and many glass panels depict the life of Jesus adding to the interesting sights of this church in Pondicherry. 

Timings: The mass timings here are 5:30 am, 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm from Monday to Saturday. For Sunday, the mass timings are 5:30 am, 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Price: Free 

Location: MG Road Area, Puducherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is about 2 kilometres away from Pondicherry bus stand
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Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Exuberating beautiful influences of French architecture, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges is one of the most religious places to visit in Pondicherry. The church has a gorgeous white chapel and is known for its statue of Mother Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms.

There are also many relics and statues of Joan of Arc which makes it worth a visit. One should visit the church on Sunday where the only mass is celebrated in Pondicherry. 

Timings: Its open from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm 

Price: Free 

Location: Rue Dumas, Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is about 2 kilometres from the bus stand in Pondicherry
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Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Immaculate Conception Cathedral
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Also known as ‘samba kovil’, Immaculate Conception Cathedral is a beautiful church and one of the oldest tourist places in the city of Pondicherry. It is a reminder of Portuguese styled churches of Goa and known as the mother church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore.

One must visit Immaculate Conception Cathedral when mass services are performed to appreciate the spiritual ambiance of this place of worship. 

Timings: It is open from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and then from 3:00 to 8:30 pm

Location: Mission St, MG Road Area, Pondicherry 

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: The bus stand is 2.2 kilometres away from Immaculate Conception Cathedral 

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Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Varadaraja Perumal Temple
This well known Vaishnavite temple is a notable temple built in the Dravidian style of architecture in Pondicherry. Built by the Cholas and later expanded by the Pandyas, VaradarajaPerumal Temple is famous for its five tieredrajagopuram and the enchanting idol of Lord Vishnu that stands in sanctum of the temple.

The temple looks the most beautiful when it is decorated during the festivals of Diwali, Pongal and Tamil New Year. 

Timings: The timings are from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and then from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Price: Entrance is free 

Location: Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Heritage Town, Pondicherry 

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: The temple is located 2.5 kilometres away from Pondicherry bus stand
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Cluny Embroidery Centre

Cluny Embroidery Centre
One of the most interesting places, Cluny Embroidery Centre is where you can see underprivileged women working wonders with their hand stitched designs. The workshop is run by a local convent and offers some of the most stunning vintage handicrafts not found anywhere else in Pondicherry.

Along with appreciating the brilliant work done at this heritage French bungalow, Cluny Embroidery Centre offers many shopping opportunities for tourists. 

Timings: It is open from 8:30am-12pm and 2pm-5pm daily

Price: INR 2000-15000/ USD 30-230

Location: White Town, Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is about 3 kilometres from Cluny Embroidery Centre
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Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Manakula Vinayagar Temple is one of the very ancient Hindu temples in India that is believed to be built before the 15th century. Manakulam translates to "sand pond" in Tamil and this temple is dedicated to Bhavaneshar Ganapathy (Ganesha). The temple is built in the royal Tamilian style of temples with a sprawling mandapam, raja gopuram and praharam and the walls have astounding paintings of events from Hindu mythology.

The chariot at this temple is the key attraction here which is made from 7.5 kg of gold and teak wood. Visit this temple during the Vijayadasami day of Dussehra when the Lord is carried out on this richly ornate chariot for people to witness. A list of places to visit in Pondicherry is never complete without Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

Timings: 
5:45 AM - 12:30 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: 
Manakula Vinayagar Koil St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001

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 good news for you.

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Kanniga Parameswari Temple

Kanniga Parameswari Temple
Dedicated to the Goddess Shakti, KannigaParameswari Temple is known for seamlessly amalgamating the French style with traditional Deccan architecture. This spiritually notable temple draws in a number of tourists who come here to seek the blessings of the goddess on important occasions like festivals, marriages etc.

The elaborate design of this temple makes it a must-visit for photography lovers in Pondicherry sightseeing. 

Timings: This temple is kept open from 6 am to 11 am them from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Price: Entrance fees is free. 

Location: M.G. Road, Pondicherry 

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is located 2.5 kilometres from the bus stand in Pondicherry
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ISKCON Pondicherry

ISKCON Pondicherry
For those looking for spiritual Pondicherry tourist places, ISKCON Pondicherry is the place to go and feel the divine connection. It was established to spread Krishna consciousness in the region and attracts devotees from far off places.

Tourists can visit ISKCON Pondicherry to seek meditative relaxation and enjoy the bhajans and artis dedicated to the lord. 

Timings: The timings at ISKCON Pondicherry is from 5 am to 8:30 pm. 

Location: No. 2-B, 7th Cross Corner, Krishna Nagar Main Road, Krishna Nagar, Pondicherry 

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is located 3.1 kilometres from Pondicherry Bus Stand. 
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Arikamedu

Arikamedu

Dive deep into the history with this archaeological site of South India, Arikamedu. It was built back in the 19th century and is adorned with Roman lamps, glassware, stone beads, and several other things.

The emporium was lately used for archaeological excavations and features a number of Red and black ceramic statues. If you are a history buff then you must not forget to add this destination in your list of places to visit in Pondicherry.

Timings: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: INR 10 for adults, INR 5 for kids, and INR 50 for foreign Nationals.

Location: Ariyankuppam, Puducherry 605007

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx. 7.1 km

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Ousteri Wetland and National Park

Ousteri Wetland and National Park

One of the most fantastic places to visit in Pondicherry is the Ousteri Wetland and National Park that features a hundred-year-old man-made lake. The park showcases a wide collection of flora and fauna that is a true delight to the eyes.

At this time, several migratory birds flock here and can be spotted in different segments of the park. Whether you are a nature buff or a bird lover, this is the perfect place for you.

Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price: Free of charge

Location: Pondicherry-Villupuram road, Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx 10 km.

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Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple

Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple
Based on the structure of Great Pyramids of Giza, Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple is a prominent temple in Pondicherry tourist places dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex has three paths for pradakshina according to Indian traditions and certainly a sight to behold for both the devotees and tourists.

The unique temple is oriented towards north while the entrance faces south as the Indian tradition considers Shiva as the Teacher of the South

Timings: The opening timings are from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: It is located on the beach at Pudhukuppam

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is located 17 kilometres from Pondicherry bus stand. 
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The Ganesh Garden

The Ganesh Garden
This tiny botanical garden is maintained by a French couple and an interesting visit among Pondicherry tourist places. This well maintained offers a lot of exciting insights into the world of plants and trees and people can go there to enjoy some relaxing time with their loved ones.

All those who appreciate the company of nature, Ganesh Garden is a great place to discover Pondicherry. 

Timings: It remains open from 9 am to 11 am and then from 4 to 6 pm

Location: Ramaraja St, MG Road Area, Pondicherry 

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is just 2 kilometres from Pondicherry bus stand.
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Veerampattinam Beach

Veerampattinam Beach
Veerampattinam Beach is one of the most beautiful places in Pondicherry sightseeing. This village holds an integral place in Pondicherry’s history and hosts some of the most exuberant festivals. It is known as one of the most gorgeous beaches in south India and attracts a lot of tourists.

Visitors at Veerampattinam beach can also watch the fishermen who work with their traditional nets to catch their daily fish.

Location: Veerampattinam, Pondicherry 

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: It is about 10 kilometres from the bus stand
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Cafe Xtasi

Cafe Xtasi
Famous for its thin crust pizza, Café Xtasi is an absolute for foodies vacationing in Pondicherry. With its rooftop ambience, this café is a great spot for hanging out with your loved ones and enjoy munching on some delicious snacks.

Some of the famous dishes offered on its menu are pork chops, peri peri chicken, pasta etc.

Timings
: The opening hours at Café Xtasi are from 11 am to 11 pm

Price
: INR 900/ USD 14 for two 

Location
: Shop No.245, Mission Street, MG Road Area, Opposite VOC School, Pondicherry 

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand
: It is situated 2.3 kilometres from Pondicherry Bus stand 
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Goubert Market

Goubert Market

Another one in the array of Tourist Places in Pondicherry is the Goubert Market that is located on the edge of the French Quarter of Vellala Street. The market is dotted with a number of vegetables, fish, and grocery shops.

Apart from this, here you can also find shops brimming with leather goods, intricate jewelry, and trendy apparel that will make you awe-struck. Get your shopping bags and explore the streets of the Goubert market of Pondicherry!

Timings: 24 hours open

Price: None

Location: Subaiya Nagar, Pudupalaiyam, Puducherry, 605005

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx 2 km

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Pudukuppam Beach

Pudukuppam Beach

Arched with the trails of coconut trees and sparkling golden sands, Pudukuppam Beach is one of the most serene tourist places in Pondicherry. With the laid back vibes of the beach, you can soothe your soul.

One must not dare to miss out on the sunset and sunrise time as the displays are beautiful. You can stroll along with your partner on the beach or just splash the waves with your family!

Timings: 24 hours open

Price: None

Location: Chinnaiyan Peth Main Road | 8 Km away from Town, Pondicherry 605013, India

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx 20.4 km

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ICYER

ICYER
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Locally called the Institute for Yoga Education and Research this is one of the tranquil Pondicherry tourist places. This is the place where you can learn about the various postures of yoga and even attain a degree in the same.

Apart from keeping the yoga sessions here, one can also learn about the origin and benefits of practicing yoga.

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price: None

Location: Mettu Street, 605104, Chinna Mudaliyar Chavady

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx 7 km

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Meeran Mosque

Meeran Mosque

Pondicherry is also home to the beautiful 350-year-old Meeran Mosque (commonly called as Meerapalli), built-in classic Gothic Islamic Style by the Arcot Nawabs.

An extremely important place of worship for Muslims, it’s beauty is further brought out by the Bronze Kallasa located out on the front-facing minaret with the main dome being held together by four pillars. Don’t forget to add this beautiful mosque in your list of places to visit in Pondicherry as it is worth-visiting!

Timings: 6:30 am to 8:00 pm

Price: None

Location: Yanam Vengadasalam Pillai St, MG Road Area, Puducherry, 605001

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx 2.5 km

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Auroville Beach

Auroville Beach

Located in the pristine “City of Dawn”, Auroville, this is one extremely hyped beach, and rightly so. Tucked neatly in the corner of a forest, Auroville beach is the perfect definition of serene and exotic. The beach is a favorite amongst surfers and its shallow waters make it perfect even for beginners.

The beach is often used by ashramites for relaxing, thus further enhancing the calming atmosphere. If you are looking for a soulful escapade then this is the right place for you.

Timings: 24 hours open.

Price: No fee

Location: Auroville beach, Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx 8.4 km

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Reppo beach

Reppo beach
Reppo Beach is located close to Auroville in North Pondicherry and the foreign visitors to this beach out win the locals. This beach is relatively secluded than other beaches and Places to visit in Pondicherry and hence the ambiance is calm and serene.

One can spend hours at this striking beautiful beach enjoying the sight of the boats sailing ahead, basking in the resonating sound of the waves and breathing in the fresh and salty ocean air. Photo buffs can take amazing photos with crowd-free backgrounds at this beach!

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Location: Kottakuppam, Puducherry, 605101

Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand: 
Reppo beach is located at a distance of just 10 Kms from bus stand
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Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion

Famed as one of the oldest places to visit in Pondicherry, the Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion is located opposite to the Grand Bazaar. This mighty mansion features a blend of different architectural styles that is Asian and European.

While the lower floors are adorned with the wooden pillars the upper floor resembles the European Gothic designs. In 1761, a lot of structures were ransacked by the Britishers but this magnificent mansion managed to stay intact.

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Price: INR 10 for adults and INR 50 for foreign Nationals

Location: Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx 2.5 km

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Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple

One of the holy places to visit in Pondicherry is the Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple that is built intricately. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and devotees from different corners come here to seek his blessings.

Though, one can clearly spot the French influence at the temple with the varied traditions. At this temple, a car festival is organized that showcases the French connection.

Timings: 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Price: None

Location: E Car St, Villianur, Puducherry 605110

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx 8 km

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Jawahar Toy Museum

Showcasing a variety of toys the Jawahar toy Museum is one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry with kids. The museum features as many as 120 dolls with vibrant colored costumes and styles. The dolls are collected from various states and wear the traditional costumes of the region.

This is one of the rare museums and is a perfect place to learn about the culture of different verticals of the Indian map. The doll collection is from Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, and several other states.

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days

Price: INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for kids.

Location: Old Light House on Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: Approx. 2.5 km

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pondicherry

  1. Which are the best resorts to stay in Pondicherry?

    There are a lot of luxurious resorts in Pondicherry starting from INR 1216. Click here to check the complete list.

    1. Le Pondy - Starting from INR 8309
    2. Ocean Spray Resort - Starting from INR 3736
    3. Purple Resorts - Starting from INR 1216
    4. Dune Eco Village and Spa - Starting from INR 5187
    5. La Maison Tamoule - Starting from INR 3639
    6. The Windflower Resort & Spa - Starting from INR 6019
    7. The Promenade - Starting from INR 5893
    8. Kailash Beach Hotel - Starting from INR 3564
  2. What can I do in Pondicherry in one day?

    In one day, you can visit so many famous places of this peaceful & beautiful french colonial settlement,Pondicherry. Click here to check out the complete list.

    1. Auroville - Famous for Spending time, Exploring Culture of different people.
    2. Old Lighthouse - Famous for high winds and stormy seas
    3. Bharathi Park - Famous for its Greenery
    4. Botanical Gardens - Famous retreat for locals and tourists
    5. Mahatma Gandhi Statue - It is the world's tallest bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
    6. Sri Aurobindo Ashram - It is one of the most well known and wealthiest ashrams in India
    7. Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple - It is a popular pilgrimage site and tourist destination 
    8. Pondicherry Museum - Famous for collection of fine lost-wax bronzes form the period of the Chola Empire.
  3. What are the things to do in Pondicherry?

    Click Here to experience amazing things to do in Pondicherry starting with just as low as INR 300. Steal the best deal.

    1. Scuba Diving at Eastern Coast of India - Starting from INR 7499
    2. Visit Auroville - Day outing starts at INR 1499
    3. Go on a City Tour -  Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Pondicherry Starting at INR 490
    4. Explore the City on BikeCycling Tour of Pondicherry starts at INR 1590
    5. Paintball - Starting at INR 300
    6. Go on a Shopping in PondicherryShop at Pondy Bazaar
    7. Experience Yoga at Yoganjali Natyalayam - Rejuvenating Yoga Experience Starting at INR 590
    8. Go for a Heritage Walk - Explore Pondicherry's famous French and Indian cultural sites.


  4. Is Pondicherry worth visiting?

    Yes, Pondicherry has everything from ancient temples and churches, alluring beaches and magnificent French-style buildings to adrenaline rushing water activities, vibrant nightlife and some of the world’s best bars and nightclubs.
  5. Is Pondicherry safe at night?

    Yes. Pondicherry is absolutely safe at night. The crime rates at Pondicherry tourist places are relatively less compared to other parts of the country.
  6. What is famous in Pondicherry for shopping?

    Shopping in Pondicherry is fun as well as inexpensive. So don't miss out the best offers.

    Pondicherry sells an amazing collection of crafts:

    - Ceramic tableware and ornaments
    - Terracotta toys and trinkets
    - Incense and scented candles
    - Handmade paper lampshades and stationery
    - Buddha and Ganesh figure
    - Brass statues and lamps
    - Colourful hammocks
    - Crocheted hats and dream catchers
    - Papier-mache vases and idols
    - Antique furniture and curios.

    You can head to the iconic boutiques like:

     - Janaki - Casablanca
    - Cluny Embroidery Center
    - Anokhi
    - The Cotton House
    - Kalki
    - Titanic
    - Auro Wordworks.

     Alternatively, you can head to the vibrant shopping streets and bazaars like to catch a glimpse of the city's liveliness:

    - Serenity Beach Bazaar
    - Nehru Street
    - Goubert Market
  7. What is the Speciality of Pondicherry?

    Known as the French Capital of India, Pondicherry has carefully preserved its rich French legacy. The French Quarters, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques are the highlights of Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is another huge attraction amongst other Pondicherry tourist places.
  8. How many days are enough for Pondicherry Trip?

    2 nights and 3 days are luxuriously sufficient to enjoy all the places to visit in Pondicherry.
  9. What is the best season to visit Pondicherry?

    The best time to visit Pondicherry tourist places is during the winter months from November to February. The day time temperatures during the months are around 32 degrees celsius and nights are pleasant as the temperature hovers around 22 degrees celsius.
  10. Why should we visit Pondicherry?

    Pondicherry is one of the very few cities in the world that is a complete tourist package in itself.

    1. For Beach LoversVisit the tropical climate and the alluring golden sanded beaches like:

    - Paradise Beach
    - Rock Beach
    - Promenade Beach.

    2. For Adventure Seekers: The city has a number of thrilling adventure activities like:

    - Surfing
    - Snorkeling
    - Scuba diving
    - Swimming
    - Boating.

    3. For Spiritual Seekers: The city still retains its French colonization  magnificent churches and colourful buildings of the French Colony:

    - Sri Aurobindo Ashram
    - Auroville Township
    - Ancient temples and churches

    Backpackers enjoy the astounding Places to visit in Pondicherry and soak in the beauty of beaches. The city is also a shopper’s destinations and Pondicherry’s ceramic tableware can luxuriate even the modest homes. The city is particularly famous for its electrifying nightlife and the surplus availability of cheap liquor of world-renowned brands.
  11. What is there to do in Pondicherry at night?

    Pondicherry has an electrifying nightlife and some of the best Places to visit in Pondicherry at night are:

    Visit the famous bars like:

    - Le club at White town Bamboo bar at MG road
    - Paradise lounge at Saram
    - Ecstasy at SV Patel Road 
    - St James court beach bar
    - Zero house bar

    One can also go for:

    - Pub crawl grooving to the galvanizing music of the DJs.
    - Enjoy a ferry ride from Chunnambar to Paradise Beach.
    - Stroll through the beaches and enjoying the gushing of the waves as they play hide and seek with the rocky shoreline.
  12. Is Pondicherry a good place to visit?

    Yes, absolutely. Pondicherry’s beaches, French colonial buildings, never-ending list of places to visit in Pondicherry along with a plethora of luxurious accommodations make Pondicherry an amazing holiday destination.

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