15 Places to Visit in Pondicherry in 2 days : 2020 (Updated)

Places to Visit in Pondicherry includes Paradise Beach, Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Basilica Of Sacred Heart Of Jesus, The Pondicherry Museum and many other amazing places.

With being one of the most sought after tourist destinations in South India, there are many beautiful places in Pondicherry to visit for 2 days
. Known as the French capital of India, Pondicherry is a good mix of cultural, heritage, and religious sites that can be explored in the short span of 2 days.

The first thing that comes to mind is definitely the beaches here. Some of the most amazing beaches like Paradise Beach and Promenade Beach should be on top of your travel plans for a lovely time. 

Old Lighthouse, Pondy Bazaar and Botanical Garden are some of the other unique places that you can cover on your trip here. There are also some amazing cafes and restaurants that you can explore here. If you want to be in a food coma, you could stop by Café Xtasi to try out some finger-licking international food. 
So plan ahead with these places and enjoy traversing through this postcard-perfect destination.

Places to Visit in Pondicherry on Day 1

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Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach

Paradise beach, also known as Plage Paradiso, is one of the most beautiful beaches and among the best places to visit in Pondicherry in 2 days. You can reach the beach by taking a ferry from the backwaters which is a very enjoyable 20-30 minutes journey. The beach is located in an isolated area which adds to its feeling of calm and peace. It’s the perfect place to relax on the soft sand, next to the waves surrounded by greenery all around. 

Paradise beach is a very picturesque spot. Photography, bird watching and water sports are some of the leisure activities you can do at the beach. The beach is located at Manaveli Rd, Chinna Veerampattinam. It is best enjoyed during sunrise and sunset but at certain hours of the day, it is advised to stay away from deep waters due to high current.

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Auroville

Auroville

Auroville was set up as an experimental ‘Universal Town’ where people from all across the world and cultures come together to live in peace. It is located at about 15 kilometres from Pondicherry and was inaugurated in 1968. Currently, over 2,800 people from over 195 different nationalities officially stay in the township. The Aurovilleans live with their core principles of peace, harmony, sustainable living and 'divine consciousness'.

The place is an epitome of peace and tranquillity. Its unique architecture has garnered a lot of attention from tourists that come here from all over the world. One of the main architectural attractions here is the ‘Matrimandir’ with a 30 m high globe and lotus shaped base. The entry is free of cost and you can visit between 9 am to 4 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9 am to 1 pm on Sundays. On your trip to this  city, Auroville is essential on your list of places to visit in Pondicherry in 2 days.

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Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram located on Rue de la Marine is one of the most renowned and wealthiest ashrams in India. Set up in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo, philosopher and poet, the ashram is a perfect spot for spiritual seekers looking for a quiet and serene place. The work done by the vibrant community here has achieved global recognition.

The Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother lies in the central courtyard of the ashram where the followers meditate. The ashram has a library for those interested in knowing more about their teachings. Among other things near the ashram, there is a beautiful Ganpati temple which has a stunning architecture making it worth visiting. There is a market nearby where you can shop for some great local stuff.

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Mahatma Gandhi Statue

Mahatma Gandhi Statue

The Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, located on the beach front of Pondicherry was inaugurated on 26 January 1965. It was built by the famous sculptor Roy Choudhary and today it is one of the major landmarks in the city. The 13 feet high statue is surrounded by eight pillars which delicately carved out of monolithic granite that were brought from Gingee Fort. It is believed that a tunnel is built under the statue that leads to the fort but it still remains unexplored.

Large number of tourists flock to see the statue which is located in the middle of a garden at Dumas Street. Promenade beach lies close to this and people visiting the beach also pay a visit to this place.

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Basilica Of Sacred Heart Of Jesus

Basilica Of Sacred Heart Of Jesus

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Pondicherry for 2 days. The church was set up by French missionaries in 1908 and the statue inside was placed in 2011. The church has a marvellous gothic architecture with Biblical text in Latin engraved at the entrance. The insides are adorned with exquisite glass paintings, beautiful windows and the interiors are painted in moss green, scarlet and white.

The church is synonymous with tranquillity. If you are looking for some quiet space to relax and feel at peace, you must visit this beautiful church. It is located in the MG road area and can be visited on all days.

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The Pondicherry Museum

The Pondicherry Museum

The Pondicherry Museum is an absolute delight for art lovers and history enthusiasts.  It is located on the Saint Louis Street. The museum has a gallery with a great collection of artefacts, sculptures, coins, handicrafts from the French colonial times and also from the Pallava and Chola dynasties, excavated from Arikamedu, a city that had trade relations with the Romans.

The museum is ranked for one of the largest collections of Chola bronzes. One of the major attractions here is the central space which has three curious transport mechanisms - a coach, a palanquin and an earlier version of the rickshaw (called pousse-pousse). The museum is open on all days except Mondays. You can visit the museum between 10 am to 7 pm. A visit to the museum is usually on everyone’s list of things to do in Pondicherry for 2 days.

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French War Memorial

French War Memorial
The French War Memorial, located in the French town of Pondicherry was built in 1937 to commemorate the French soldiers that died during the First World War. The memorial is a very popular spot and one of the major attractions in Pondicherry. Located close to the beach, the war memorial is a very intriguing place and makes a fantastic sight.

Every year an annual remembrance is organized on 14th July as a tribute to the martyrs. On this occasion the place is beautifully lit up and decorated. The elegant structure makes it very attractive and since it does not take much time to explore it, it is worth visiting when you are exploring the nearby places.

Places to Visit in Pondicherry on Day 2

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Pondy Bazaar

Pondy Bazaar

Pondy Bazaar is an absolute paradise for shopping enthusiasts. This market has a range of handicrafts and artefacts helping you pick the best souvenirs from your trip. Shopping at Pondy Bazaar should definitely be on your list of things to do in Pondicherry for 2 days. A lot of artisans sell their gold and silver art pieces that are a must-buy.

The bustling local market has a lot to offer in terms of food. You must try some incredible local cuisines and explore the nearby cafes. A local guide may accompany you who will show you the best in this area and also share some amazing stories about the place adding to your delightful experience.

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Rock Beach

Rock Beach

Rock beach also known as Promenade beach is one of the most famous places in Pondicherry. In close proximity to the Mahatma Gandhi Statue and the Old Lighthouse, visiting the Rock Beach is among the top things to do in Pondicherry in 2 days. It is a central part of the city and is a must visit spot to enjoy the true beauty of this city. You can try a lot of great traditional cuisines and seafood at restaurants nearby and the area also serves some amazing street food.

You can visit Rock beach at sunrise or sunset to witness the stunning views, click some great photographs and take a walk along the beach. It is a favourite picnic spot and sightseeing places in Pondicherry where you can enjoy solo or with your group of friends or family.

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Old Lighthouse

Old Lighthouse

Just opposite the famous Mahatma Gandhi statue on the beach road, you have another remarkable landmark of Pondicherry, the Old Lighthouse. The lighthouse was initially set up in 1836 and then rebuilt in 1970. The graceful 29 metre high structure which is now converted into a museum is worth a visit due to its historical importance.

On climbing 10 floors of the lighthouse and going on top, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the entire city. A lot of commercial activities, music festivals and cultural events are held around this area. Since it is at a close distance to other tourist spots like the Mahatma Gandhi Statue and Rock Beach, we recommend this among places to visit in Pondicherry in 2 days. The timings to visit this place are from 8 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The entry fee is 10 INR. 

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Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Manakula Vinayagar Temple

The Manakula Vinayagar Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha. The temple was built before the year 1666 which is even before the French had come to settle in Pondicherry. Devotees and tourists flock to this shrine every day to offer their prayers and seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

The temple has beautiful stone carvings and the golden shrine gives the holy place a sacred aura. The magnificent temple is of historical significance as it has survived several invasions. The temple elephant named Lakshmi greets tourists and collects coins from them. You can visit the temple between 5:45 am to 12:30 pm and from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The temple is among the most popular places to visit in Pondicherry for 2 days.

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Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden at Pondicherry is a peaceful and beautiful garden with some of the most exotic variety of flora. Most of the exotic plants introduced by the French are still found surviving in the garden. The sprawling 22 acres garden has more than 1500 species of plants with their names and other interesting details written on placards placed next to it.

The garden has six fountains of which one is a musical and dancing fountain having two shows in the evening on weekends. It also houses a Japanese rock structure, toy train rides and an aquarium. You can visit the park between 10 am and 5 pm on all days.

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Chunnambar Boathouse

Chunnambar Boathouse

Chunnambar is about 8 kilometres from Pondicherry. The place is known for its beautiful Paradise Beach which has a lot to offer in terms of water sports and other activities. Away from the busy and fast life of the city, a visit to this serene town will be a great relaxing experience amidst the pristine sand and crystalline waters.

The Chunnambar Beach and Backwater Resort offers boating and backwater boat tours which are among the best things to do in Pondicherry for 2 days. Enjoying a relaxing boat ride while absorbing the scenic beauty of the environment can be a super joyful experience. You can take a boat ride between 8 am to 6 pm on all days. The area has a multi-cuisine restaurant and other options for food.

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Immaculate Conception Cathedral also known by its local name ‘Samba Kovil’ is a Roman Catholic Church located on Mission Street. The church was built in 1791 by French missionaries who came to settle in this region.

The magnificent church has great architecture with breathtaking designs on both the inside and outside. The design is a mix of Indian and French styles.
The intricate designs and works of art on the walls of the church make it a great place for art lovers. It has a huge bell hanging at its bell tower. Since it’s a place of worship, you must maintain the decorum in the church premises. The church is located very close to the beach and you can visit that as well.

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Cafe Xtasi

Cafe Xtasi

Café Xtasi is one of the most popular cafes in Pondicherry and is known for its delicious food. It is among the top favourites of the locals as well as tourists. You can start your day with some delicious breakfast at this café or visit this place after a long tiring day for some amazing delicacies.

The café is located close to Auroville and other major landmarks. The ambience of this place is very warm and welcoming. Most of the items on their menu are highly rated and the place has earned many regular visitors. It is the perfect spot to hang out with friends or family and enjoy some appetising food.

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"Great tour, and on time start and completion, covered more than what was in the itinerary and never felt hurried. Thanks to shabbeer and thrillophilia for making the day memorable... "
"The facility was good. the best part was that there were only two of us. instructors were friendly and extremely helpful. only problem is that you can't be sure of under water visibility in Pondicherry. someday it is clear, sometimes you can't see anything."
26 June 2019
Excellent
This was my first scuba diving experience, and it was just awesome. I have no words to express my happiness here. All credits goes to the instructor Mike and Khushboo and other team members, they very calm composed and teaching all the important things we have to take care during the dive. I had my best experience. I will definitely do this again here.
"Really nice and complete tourist tour of Pondichéry. \n\nWe booked for 2 just the night before! The service is very reactive. The car was comfy and with A/C. The driver was on time and flexible. He shared some knowledge about different places while driving. \n\nWe strongly recommend this tour as its price is definitely worth it. Check the different places that you'll visit to plan and make the most out of this great 8 hours."
Pondicherry is so beautiful and different from other places in India. I went to Pondicherry with my friends and we enjoyed a lot. We went to the church, Aurbindo Ashram and we even did boating in Chunnambar backwaters. Promenade Beach was so beautiful and alluring. We had a great time on the beach. The stays and food included in the package were very nice. Even the driver was so kind and nice.
We went to Pondicherry for a family vacation and we had a lot of fun there. The place is so beautiful and clean. Weather was also pleasant and soothing. We enjoyed a lot on the beach and w even visited the Church and Aurobindo Ashram. The trip was well organized and the facilities provided were amazing. Thanks for the great experience!!
03 February 2020
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So much thrilling adventure and what a view. Inside a water. I did this when I was on Pondicherry tour. The instructor was kind person, it was my second experience, first I have done this in goa but it was so different and like it was whole different world inside the water. Fun activity must do if you are in Pondicherry.
10 March 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place with so enjoyable weather and such an amazing instructor. We were 4 friends and had his. Thrillophilia arranged it nicely for us and with good instructor it became possible. Thanks
11 March 2020
Excellent
My first experience went extremely memorable as I am hydrophobic but the guide was polite and he made me believe that you have all the safety equipment and oxygen under the water, finally after some time and a bit of briefing I dive and it was super fantastic. I really enjoyed it and will definitely do this again.

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  1. How many days are enough for Pondicherry?

    4 days is usually enough to explore all the tourist attractions in Pondicherry. In case you don't have so much time, 2-2.5 days are good enough to visit all the major landmarks. It really helps to have a well-planned itinerary or shortlisting a couple of places you would want to visit.
  2. Is Pondicherry worth visiting?

    Pondicherry is one of the major tourist attractions in South India. Its pristine beaches, amazing architecture, French colonial heritage, historical monuments, churches and temples, delectable cuisines and stunning scenic views make it a perfect holiday spot. So whether you are looking to just relax by the beach or explore a different culture, Pondicherry is definitely worth visiting.
  3. What is Pondicherry famous for?

    Pondicherry offers fun and delightful experiences to tourists with its various offerings in terms of activities, food, historical places and sight-seeing. Apart from local products, one can also shop for some great French artefacts and antique items.
  4. Where should we stay in Pondicherry?

    Staying in areas near the French War Memorial or the beach road is highly recommended as these are the central points in the city and you can access most places easily from here. There are several hotels around the Promenade Beach and you also have other options like home stays or hostels.
  5. Is Pondicherry safe?

    Pondicherry is a very safe place but it is always advised to do some research on the culture before visiting to make sure you respect the local norms and do not cause any unintentional violation. If you are not an Indian citizen, always carry your passport with you. Do not wear flashy jewellery or carry loads of cash. Though the place is very safe, you must exercise caution when venturing out at night.

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