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  • Places to visit 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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    Some of the famous Pondicherry tourist places are Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Rock Beach, Ousteri Lake, VaradarajaPerumal Temple etc. 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.

    Travelling to Pondicherry for the First Time? Check out the following Guides for a perfect Holiday:


    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

  • 01Paradise Beach

    Paradise Beach
    One of the most spectacular places in Pondicherry for nature lovers, Paradise Beach is known for its splendid backwaters and its glittering golden sands. The mangrove forests makes it a haven for birdwatchers as well as for avid photographers.

    The number of beach shacks makes the outing exciting with their delectable street food. The best time to visit Paradise Beach is during sunrise and combine it with a quiet stroll. 

    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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  • 02Auroville

    Auroville
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    Designed by popular architect Roger Anger, Auroville is a strategically planned, experimental township that aims to develop India through the idea of peaceful co-existence. The township, located close to Pondicherry is often referred to as the ‘City of Dawn’ and is named after Sri Aurobindo.

    Auroville is the best place for those who seek to learn more about India and its spirituality. It was created to bring progressive harmony aims to transcend creed, culture, politics and nationalities. Visiting here is truly a unique experience. Take a break from your Pondicherry sightseeing and visit this spiritual escape.

    The project was initially founded in the 1960s by the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. The society founded this project to ensure that people attain divine perfection and find meaning of their existence through peaceful living with one another. The place also houses a large architectural marvel called Matrimandir, which features 56 kilograms of gold on its dome along with golden mounts. The building, which glows with sunlight, is widely considered as a harbinger of peace, serenity and tranquillity. The Matrimandir is a middle point of this township and a popular place of interest.

    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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  • 03Rock Beach

    Rock Beach
    Accentuated by the beauty of rocks sitting against the serene waters, Rock Beach is a beautiful getaway among places to see in Pondicherry. Whether you’re looking for a pleasant stroll while the splashing waters drench your feet or grab a bite while watching a beautiful sunrise, Rock Beach is amongst the most recommended Pondicherry tourist places for everyone. 

    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.

    If in Pondicherry than one cannot miss to spend some time on the beautiful beaches of Pondicherry.
  • 04Old 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
    : Rock Beach, White Town, Pondicherry

    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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  • 05Shopping in Pondy Bazaar

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    - Pondicherry is a heaven for travelers who love to buy handmade art pieces and souvenirs. This shopping tour of Pondicherry brings you to the best of the markets and artisans in the region so you can enjoy having a taste of the local handmade articles. 
    - You will be accompanied by a trained guide cum storyteller who will keep you engaged in the experience by telling you stories of the area. It is a unique way of exploring that the visitors will come to love. 
    - You will get to witness goldsmithing and silversmithing work in the shops, interact with the local artists and artisans, visit the local markets bustling with life, and to top it all off, you will get to taste the local delicacies at a famous cafe.

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM | 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
    Starting Point: KBS coffee bar, Bharathi st

    *Note: The tour does not operate on Sundays
  • 06Sri Aurobindo Ashram

    Sri Aurobindo Ashram
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    One of favoured tourist places in Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo Ashram is where people come to seek spiritual harmony and enlightenment. It once served as a spiritual community and is known for being the abode of spiritual guru, Sri Aurobindo.

    During the early half of 20th century, Aurobindo stayed here along with his few disciples and Mirra Alfassa, the mother of the ashram and his spiritual collaborator. Once he withdrew from public view, all the responsibilities of the place were handed over to the Sadhaks, his spiritual aspirants. The ashram is also responsible for founding the concept of peaceful co-existence in a township. Auroville, the township in Pondicherry is the direct product of the ideals and aims of this ashram.

    The ashram can be visited from 8 in the morning to 12 noon, or from 2 in the afternoon to 6 in the evening. This place is popular for following the internal yoga concept, which seeks to bring a transformation in life. It also follows the existential rule of living, wherein people are motivated to find a meaning of their life and attain divine perfection.

    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

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  • 07Raj Niwas

    Raj Niwas
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    Raj Niwas in Pondicherry is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor. It is one of the most important buildings, which once served as a palace during French colonization of the country. It used to be the residence of Dupleix, the official French Governor, who was notorious for trying to destroy Manakula Vinayagar Temple. 

    Currently, the Niwas is located in the Government Park and parts of it are opened for the public. Dr Iqbal Singh, the present Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry resides here. The place is well known for its parks and gardens, along with sculptures from medieval and contemporary era, giving a keen insight into the culture and life of Pondicherry. 

    Timings: 12:00 - 6:30PM

    Location: Ranga Pillai St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001

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  • 08French War Memorial

    French War Memorial
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    French War Memorial is a popular place of interest. Built on the Goubert Avenue or The Promenade, it serves as a reminder of those valiant soldiers who lost their lives during the World War-I from 1916 to 1919.

    The memorial, built in 1971, is reminiscent of the fact that war leaves fatalities behind and doesn’t answer any questions or offer any solutions. On the Bastille Day, i.e. 14th July every year, the memorial is illuminated in a beautiful manner, ensuring that locals and travellers can pay homage to courageous martyrs who laid down their lives.

    Closely located to the Gandhi Statue and surrounded by eight pillars, this statue reminds one of the era gone by and the Indian struggle for independence. French influence can be seen close by as an iconic, marble statue of Joan of Arc, located here.

    Timings: 
    10:00 A.M to 17:00 PM

    Location: 
    Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry 605001, India

  • 09Mahatma 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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  • 10The Pondicherry Botanical Garden

    The Pondicherry Botanical Garden
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    All over the world, botanical gardens are tourists’ delight. This Pondicherry Botanical Garden is no different. Providing respite from the heat and hustle-bustle on main roads, this garden serves as one of the delightful places to visit in Pondicherry.

    Located south of the New Bus Stand, it is a reminder of French architecture, providing an insight into how architecture in France developed and how colonization has had an impact on the development of Pondicherry. Built in 1826, the garden was initially laid out in ornate style so that locals could picnic and enjoy their free time refreshing themselves amidst trees, grasses and flowers.

    Tourists can enjoy the sight of fountains, gravel-lined paths, beautiful flowerbeds and pruned trees. One of the most ornately designed gardens in South India, the botanical beauty houses around 1500 varieties of plants. If you are looking for an opportunity to get upclose with nature this is one of the best Pondicherry tourist places.

    The Pondicherry Botanical Gardens are well known for exotic species of different plants procured from all over the world. Every weekend musical fountain shows are organised.

    Timings: 9:00AM - 6:00PM

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

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  • 11The Pondicherry Museum

    The Pondicherry Museum
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    The city of Pondicherry is widely known for its sculptures, architecture and cultural influences. Those who wish to acquaint themselves with Pondicherry should, therefore, visit the Pondicherry Museum which is a hub for art enthusiasts, history lovers and explorers.

    The museum is known for having remains from the Arikamedu Roman settlements. At the same time, it features a rare collection of bronze and stone sculptures that provide information and insight into the Chola and Pallava dynasties of India. Apart from this, the museum also houses some of the rare artefacts from Roman empires that once lived in Pondicherry.

    The museum is also popular for artefacts from literature and Dravidian culture. One of its regions is the Bharathidasan Museum, which is named after the popular Pondicherry poet and playwright. Here, one can find French diaries and other artefacts that reveal facts about how architecture in this city has flourished over the years. This museum must be at the top of your list of Pondicherry tourist spots.

    Timings: 9:00AM - 6:30PM

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

  • 12Promenade

    Promenade

    The Promenade, also known as the Goubert Avenue is one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry. Designed in a French style, it has boulevards and swaying palm trees all around. The seafront is best when visited in the early morning, when you can enjoy calm and tranquil nature and refresh yourself with a morning walk. This is also great for those who wish to socialize with locals and other joggers.

    After the jogging or morning walk, make sure that you try tea stalls and coffee stalls here. The place is great for enjoying the sound and mist of sea breeze. It is also known for its bustling bazaars in the evening. If you love the bustle, then evening is the time to visit. But if you favour serenity, make sure you visit it during the morning hours.

    Location: White Town, Pondicherry

  • 13Park Monument (Aayi Mandapam)

    Park Monument (Aayi Mandapam)

    Another tourist places in Pondicherry Park Monument is Park Monument. It is an attractive, alluring destination that is located in the picturesque area of Government Park. Built during the period of Napoleon-III during the 16th century, this is a place that will transport you to the era gone by.

    Currently, it is referred to by the name of Aayi, who was once a renowned courtesan. If the local stories are to be believed, Aayi destroyed her home and made a water tank instead of it. The king then believed that the candle lit house was a sacred place. It is widely believed that the tank was responsible for serving and bringing water from town to French engineers. This hassle free destination offers an insight into the lives and times of people in 16th century.

    Timings: 8 am – 8 pm

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

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  • 14Bharati Government Park

    Bharati Government Park

    Bharati Government Park is one of the most organised parks in the country. This important place to visit in Pondicherry is designed in such a way that it serves as its green centre. Considered to be a French Town, this park is now an area that bustles with life, thanks to a number of locals and travellers who visit here with their families and kids.

    The park features a beautiful pond and a local museum. Nestled around hills and traffic parks, this is where kids can learn and enjoy a variety of things. It is divided in four, almost equal parts and showcases an amalgamation of ancient sculptures and modern statues.

    The place is also known for housing Raj Niwas, the residence of the Lieutenant Governor. It once served as the Palace of French Governor of Pondicherry. An art gallery in the South and an Eastern side with French bandstand are popular in this park. When visiting here this is the place where your Pondicherry sightseeing should start from.

    Timings: 6:30AM - 8:30PM

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

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  • 15Ousteri 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
  • 16Chunnambar Boathouse

    Chunnambar Boathouse
    Image Credit : Ashwin Kumar

    Chunnambar River is widely popular for its backwaters, which offers travellers the opportunity to enjoy picnicking with their families and children. Among the tourist places to visit in Pondicherry, this boathouse not only allows one to stay in a luxurious manner, but also ensures that travellers enjoy the trip of a lifetime amidst nature and greenery.

    The boathouses here are driven by the crew and oarsmen in the Chunnambar River. They have one, two or three rooms along with sundeck, balcony areas and other facilities ensuring that you stay in a leisurely manner. Apart from boathouses, the river here also has a water sports centre, where travellers can enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities.

    A feeling of serenity and calm that is unique to this place with an unparalleled view that you cannot find it in any other of Pondicherry tourist places.

    Timings: 9:30AM - 4:00PM

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

  • 17Serenity Beach

    Serenity Beach
    For those looking for a day filled with tranquillity, Serenity beach is a mesmerising 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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  • 18Statue 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
  • 19The 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
  • 20Eglise 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
  • 21Immaculate 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 
  • Other Places to Visit in Pondicherry

  • 22Varadaraja 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
  • 23Cluny 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
  • 24Manakula Vinayagar Temple

    Manakula Vinayagar Temple
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    This Hindu temple, located in Pondicherry is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is widely considered a popular pilgrimage site. The temple and its antiquity reminds one of how Indian culture and heritage didn’t wither away even after years of colonization. During Dupleix’s tenure, several attempts were made to destroy the temple, but Hindu populations always managed to protect it through protests and threat of Maratha invasion.

    Revered for its beauty and structure, the temple came into existence even before French came to the country. Constructed before 1666 AD, this place of worship has different names and types of Lord Ganesha. Meaning ‘sand around pond’, several scholars have written about this temple.

    This place is also known for a saint, Thollaikkathu Siddhar, who stood 6 feet tall and had a broad forehead with blissful eyes. He is said to have attained enlightenment from this temple and later sacrificed his body here. People bring in their new born children here for getting blessings. 

    The shrine is well-known for its golden chariot, which has been made through donations by different devotees. 7.5 kilograms of gold has been used for constructing this chariot, which was estimated around INR 35 lacs. The chariot was first run in a grand ceremony on 5th October 2003. Now, it runs once a year on Dusherra.

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

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

  • 25Kanniga 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
  • 26ISKCON 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. 
  • 27Sri 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. 
  • 28The 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.
  • 29Veerampattinam 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
  • 30Cafe 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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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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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?


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Promenade Beach

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.


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Chunnambar Boathouse

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?


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Mahatma Gandhi Statue

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?


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Serenity Beach

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.


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Statue of Dupleix

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.


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Pondicherry Light House

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.

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Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

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.


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