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Things to Do in Pondicherry are countless and fun like enjoy Scuba Diving, go on a city tour on a bike, try amazing yoga sessions, Visit Auroville, Relax at Old Lighthouse, Surfing at Serenity Beach, Go On a Boat Ride, Go On a Boat Ride and you can also visit the markets of Pondicherry for affordable shopping.

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If you are thinking about the things to do in Pondicherry, you have come to the right place! Not limited to sightseeing, this trip will be an adventurous excursion as well! Surfing at Serenity Beach, Scuba Diving at the east coast of India, exploring the city on bikes, or Ziplining, this destination has everything to quench your thrill thirst

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You will be surprised by the array of activities to do in Pondicherry, wanting you to extend your trip a bit more. An abode for cultural knowledge and spiritual enlightenment, Pondicherry has a perfect blend of the French and South Indian cultures. You can avail from various workshops and classes to indulge in several art forms, Indian cuisines, and yoga to name a few, under the stupendous guidance of the learned masters of their fields.

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Pondicherry is a shopping hub, there are abundant shopping areas in the vicinity where you can buy souvenirs to return with. France away from France, this union territory lives up astounding contrast of the old-fashioned tranquil grandeur along with the exhilarating adventures at the same time 

Some of the best things to do in Pondicherry:

Scuba Diving
- Surfing at Serenity Beach
- Visit Auroville
- Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram
- Explore Rock Beach
- Visit Pondicherry Museum
- Water activities at Karaikal beach

Whether or not, you visited this part of India, this below-given list of Pondicherry places and things will surely fill your Pondy trip with unlimited fun and excitement.

Must Do Things in Pondicherry

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Scuba Diving at Eastern Coast of India

Scuba Diving at Eastern Coast of India

Located on the kaleidoscopic coastlines of the Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry also proves to be a blessed scuba diving destination in the entire country! The azure and clear waters around this union territory offer astounding opportunities to take a dive into the mesmeric under-water world and discover its magical beauty.

One of the wonderful things to do in Pondicherry, scuba diving is a common trait among the locals and is now gaining immense popularity among the tourists. Conducted under the guidance of expert PADI certified divers, this adventure sport in Pondicherry is, in fact, a not to be missed activity.

Most of the diving sites in Pondicherry ranges from 5m to 40m and proves to be ideal for the novice as well as the expert divers. Moreover, the clarity of the water bed and the wide range of aquatic life make these dives an extremely exciting affair. 

Location:
Some of the popular diving sites in Pondy includes 4 Corners, Temple Reef, Coral Shark Reef, Arvind's Wall and The Hole. 

Best Time to visit
: October and November are the best months for this activity.

Cost
: INR 7499

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Visit Auroville

Visit Auroville

Without peace, serenity and brotherhood, the world will cease to exist! On the path to attain these elements, we should always purify our souls and explore the real meaning of life. The more we discover ourselves, the more meaningful life will become for us! And in order to achieve this divine stage, we all need peace of mind, relaxation and unity.

Auroville in Pondicherry is one such place that will help your mind to relax and explore the real meaning of life. It is a place, where caste, creed and colour are of no importance; everyone is welcomed here with an open heart.

With a motto to spread progressive harmony, this township in Pondicherry is known for the peace, serenity and devotion that can soothe your mind, help you in bonding with other members and make you realise the value of unity.

A must in the list of things to do in Pondicherry, a visit to Auroville will not only allow you to enjoy its tranquil ambience or be a part of its progressive harmony but will also encourage you to be a part of it. Also, within the ‘Matrimandir’ that is located centrally in this township, you can also indulge in meditation and find your mind's consciousness.

Location: 
Viluppuram District, Tamil Nadu.

Best Time to visit
: All year.

Cost:
INR 1499

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Go on a City Tour

Go on a City Tour
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After a blissful heritage walk through the quaint lanes of Pondicherry, a city tour is highly recommended. As the city covers an area of around 90km, this amazing tour around the city might take you 8-12 hours to complete this amazing tour.

Unlike the heritage walk, a city tour will take you through how Pondy's cityscape has changed in the last few decades; the mixture of culture and modernization is the main attraction of this tour. Beginning at around 09:30 AM, a city tour will take you across the length and breadth of the city.

Join these tours, visit the French Colonies in the old part of the town and some of the most gorgeous cathedrals, and get acquainted with the bucolic charm and appeal around. The tour will also introduce you with the authentic Tamil and French cuisines around the city; enjoy and relinquish over a gastronomic sojourn.

Also, by the end of your Pondicherry city tour, you can visit some of the major tourist attraction points like Botanical Garden, Government Museum and Panchavatti Anchanaya. There exist beautiful resorts in Pondicherry to make your vacation worth remembering for. Go and check out these resorts.

Location:
Pondicherry Tamil Nadu, India.

Best Time to Visit:
Throughout the Year

Cost:
INR 490

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Explore the City on Bike

Explore the City on Bike
Add a classic experience by riding on vintage bicycles to explore the beauty of Pondicherry on your visit. This activity takes you around the French colonies and Tamil settlements along with many exotic eateries, historical places and cultural centers as you pedal your way through beautiful streets of Pondicherry.

One of the best things in Pondicherry, this bike tour captures the essence of sustainable tourism and presents the most authentic face of the city. 

Location
: Pondicherry 

Best Time to visit
: October and November are the best months for this activity.

Cost
: INR 1590
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Relax at Old Lighthouse

Relax at Old Lighthouse
Brace yourself for some sweeping views by a relaxing time spent at the Old Lighthouse in Pondicherry. Built by French engineer L. Guerre in 1836, this lighthouse provided the only guiding light for mariners at night in the Red Hills.

Though it remains out of operation at present, the Old Lighthouse of Pondicherry is a very important architectural and historical landmark for the tourists. The stunning scenery by the lighthouse also makes for many photography opportunities in Pondicherry. 

Best Time to visit: September to January is the best time to visit the Old Lighthouse.

Cost: INR 10

Location: Promenade Beach, Pondicherry 
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Heritage Walk

Heritage Walk
Giving you a chance to dive into the rich blend of French and Indian cultures, this three-hour trail will give you the insights of the century-old colonies. One of the best things to do in Pondicherry, the Heritage Walk takes through some of the major scenic spots of the charming city including the vintage markets, the Indian Square and French Square, curating it to be an enlightening walk into the past.

Get ready to get smitten with the picturesque mustard and blue powder building and fascinating white structures still known by the names of the yesteryears. Experience the life of the locals as the promenade goes through the local fish and vegetable markets making this trail more enriching. You cannot miss out on the magnificent and tranquilizing heritage of this entrancing city, namely, Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient (EFEO), an institute devoted to Asian Studies, and Sri Aurbindo Ashram, to name a few. 

Location:
 62, Sri Aurobindo St, Heritage Town

Best Time to Visit:
Early Morning or Late Evening

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Go on a Shopping in Pondicherry

Go on a Shopping in Pondicherry
Your visit to Pondicherry might be incomplete if you return empty-handed without having shopped for anything. Among the best activities to do in Pondicherry is shopping and some of the best places to go and spend your money are at Casablanca, Anokhi, Serenity beach bazaar, Nehru Street, Goubert market, Cluny embroidery center, The Cotton house and more.

You can find authentic collections of handicrafts, art items, home décor items fabrics and readymade garments at these shops.

Location: Most of these outlets are located along the Romain Rolland Street in White Town.

Best time to visit: Check before heading out as most shops are closed on Sundays or Mondays
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Experience Yoga at Yoganjali Natyalayam

Experience Yoga at Yoganjali Natyalayam
Channel your celestial energy by practicing yoga and meditation at Yoganjalu Natyalayam to revive your senses and escape the hubbub of earthly worries. Experiencing yoga here is one of the most surreal things in Pondicherry with the help of professional practitioners and special training programs.

With a refreshing backdrop of beaches, ocean and gentle breeze brushing your cheeks, this activity is a blissful and therapeutic experience to enjoy by yourself in Pondicherry.  

Location
: Pudupalaiyam, Pondicherry 

Best Time to visit
: It is open from 9 am to 6 pm.
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Surfing at Serenity Beach

 Surfing at Serenity Beach
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For those adrenaline junkies who love to catch the wind and glide through the mighty waves, surfing proves to be a much sought after activity. A must to have experience in the list of things in Pondicherry, surfing take these water sport lovers far into the turquoise waters of the ocean and have a tryst with the gentle wind and play with the waves!

Paradise and Serenity beaches in Pondicherry, with their playful waves and gentle wind proves to be two of the ideal spots for the surfers. Among all the Pondicherry things to do, surfing is indeed the most enthralling experience an adventure junky can enjoy in this scenic union territory.

Come Pondy, get your surf-board and hit the waves! Once you have balanced yourself on the board, catch the wind and manoeuvre through the waves to get your desired dose of adrenaline! 

Location: 
Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu 605101

Best time to visit: 
All around the year.

Cost:
INR 1200

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Go On a Boat Ride

Go On a Boat Ride

Yet another option for the water sport lovers, boating can also be called as one of the most delightful things in Pondicherry! However, for those who love the blue waters, but prefer to discover their charm in a steady and playful way, the Chunnambar Backwaters serve as the ideal spot.

Located around 7km from the heart of Pondy and on the way to Cuddalore, Chunnambar Boat House is one of the most popular club that offers  boat rides along the silent  backwaters. Cossetted by lush and evergreen thickets, boating along this large expanse of tranquil backwaters has a unique and unmatched charm.

On your next Pondy visit, make it to Chunnambar and plunge into a pedal boat and discover the beauty of the backwaters as they makes their way to the mighty Bay of Bengal; motor boats are also available with the boating house.

In addition to a splendid boating experience, you can also indulge in nature photography and be a shutterbug for the day. For the nature lovers, these rides also offer an amazing opportunity to explore the lush beauty around the vicinity and also spot some of the exotic birds dwelling in this region.

Location
: Chunnambar, Pondicherry 

Best Time to visit
: September to January.

Cost
: INR 225

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Try Yachting or Sailing

Try Yachting or Sailing

Though the expanded coastline of Pondicherry satiates the requirements of most of the water adventure lovers, this do not sound enough for some of the thrill-seekers. In addition to thrill and adventure, they also yearn for luxury while sailing.

Well, for these classes of thrill lovers, Pondicherry offers a wide and charismatic ranges of yachts. Decked with almost all the luxury and comfort, these vessels usually come with a high-powered engine that ensures high speed and grooviness on the water.

A lively combination of speed, elegance and comfort, yachting has now become one of the most enjoyed things in Pondicherry and attracts a large number of tourists visiting this pictorial union territory.

Location
: Promenade Beach, Pondicherry 

Best Time to visit
: September to January

Cost
: INR 1750 onwards

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Enjoy Kayaking & Canoeing

Enjoy Kayaking & Canoeing

Like most of the other water sports, kayaking and canoeing are two of the activities that do not require much of hard and fast training or an expertise. With proper guidance and instructions from an expert trainer, even a first-timer can manoeuvre these vessels and embark on a delightful ride over the water.

And when it comes to things to do in Pondicherry, these two water sports should not be missed at any cost. Though considered as an enthralling water sport, it can also enjoyed by the beginners; the thrill quotient depends on the roughness of the water and the rapids.

If you are one of the kayaking or canoeing enthusiasts, make it to the scenic Karaikal Beach in Pondicherry and join for an amazing experience with both of these activities. Visited by a large number of tourists, this sandy retreat is an ideal destination that makes these two Pondicherry things to do a must to have experience!

Location:
 Karaikal Beach, Pondicherry

Best Time to visit:
 From January to March or from September to December.

Cost:
 INR 3500

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Take Boat Ride at Chunnambar Boat House

Take Boat Ride at Chunnambar Boat House

Experience an enthralling adventure with a boat ride at Chunnambar boat house in Pondicherry for a relaxing getaway. This idyllic place is a serene destination with natural scenery for sunbathing, chilling out and enjoy a wonderful vista of sunset for adventure sports in Pondicherry.

Along with boat ride, this place is also great for hiking, picnicking and camping in the beautiful backwaters of Pondicherry.

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

Best Time to visit:
One should visit Chunnambar boat house from January to March or from September to December.

Cost:
INR 300

17

Stroll Around Goubert Market

Stroll Around Goubert Market
Located at the edge of the French Quarter in the Vellala Street, the old-fashioned Goubert Market has everything Pondicherry is famous for at one place. Despite the confusing narrow pathways and crowd, nothing ceases the people from visiting this market. From daily supplies including vegetables, fruits, colorful flowers, fish to woven baskets, jewelry, clothing, and leather goods, the market has everything you can imagine.

It is better to visit the market in the early morning if you wish to click some fine pictures of the spectacular market. Be quick for that perfect shot as you might have to make way for the morning joggers on their everyday routine. Do not miss out on the lip-smacking food at the restaurants nearby that’ll leave your taste buds drooling in delight. Certainly it is one of the best activities to do in Pondicherry! 

Location:
 Grand Bazaar, Opposite to Police Station, JN Street

Best Time to Visit:
Morning

Cost: 
Depends on what you buy.
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Go at Shopping in Casablanca

Go at Shopping in Casablanca
Counted as the best places for Shopping in Pondicherry, Casablanca is a perfect fusion of mini-mall and boutique. Boasting highly of its pottery collection, it has a lot of extraordinary souvenirs that you could return with. This three-storeyed shopping mall has all the floors exclusively offering distinct goods.

While you can find an amazing collection of cosmetics and perfumes from the international brands, the first-floor beams with a wide selection of apparel for women and trendy jewelry - a paradise for ladies.

The top floor is a complete home section consisting of things that will surely make your heart drop. Bedcovers, table mats, cushion covers, candles and candle stands, teapots, vases, cups, and what not, Casablanca isn’t a place you can afford to miss when in Pondicherry. 

Location: 
165, Mission St, Heritage Town

Best Time to Visit:
Winter months

Cost:
 
Depends on what you buy.
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Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram

For a peaceful sojourn in Pondicherry, you must visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and seek blessings from the 'Mother'. Set up by Sri Aurobindo, a renowned spiritual leader; this ashram is a home for all who want to attain mental peace and yearns to discover inner consciousness.

Though last on the list, a visit to Aurobindo Ashram is a must while touring around Pondy. The pleasant and bucolic the ambience around the premises, the silence that dwells in its every corner and the various meditation programmes will surely make it for a soothing experience.

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

Best Time to visit:
 All year

Cost:
 Free

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Enjoy Stunning Sunrise at Rock Beach

Enjoy Stunning Sunrise at Rock Beach
If your idea of relaxation involves surreal daydreaming by the shimmering sands and the splashing waves, catching the sunrise at Rock Beach is one of the most mesmerizing things to do in Pondicherry.

This well-maintained beach is a serene retreat to enjoy with your loved ones in the early morning hours. To kickstart your day with the most stunning sunrise of your lifetime, Rock Beach in Pondicherry is the place to go for all the tourists. 

Location: 
White Town, Pondicherry

Best Time to visit:
Early morning hours from November to February are the most ideal time to visit.

Cost: Free
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Go On a Heritage Walk

Go On a Heritage Walk

Fringed with a diverse range of history and culture, Pondicherry makes it to the list of best historical places in the country. No matter in which corner of Pondy you be, you will always find yourself engulfed with its heart-warming locales and diversity!

Explore this gorgeous French Colony of India with a heritage walk through lively marketplaces, silent yet colourful lanes and witness how life thrives in this region. During the course of your walk, interact with the locals and get an opportunity to have a glimpse of their daily life.

Also, while strolling around, you can witness how perfectly the French essence of Pondicherry got blended with the aura of Tamil lifestyle and cultures. A visit to Indian Square in Vaishali Street will offer you the best picture of how these two cultures embrace each other.

On a whole, in the list of the things to do in Pondicherry, a heritage the walk is the best and convenient way to know more and get acquainted with this rustic union territory.

Location:
 Vaishali Street, Pondicherry 

Best Time to visit:
 All-day

Cost:
 Free

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Enjoy Nightlife at Pubs and Lounge in Pondicherry

Enjoy Nightlife at Pubs and Lounge in Pondicherry
When it comes to the most enthralling things in Pondicherry, the nightlife of the city is an unforgettable spectacle to be enjoyed at its pubs and lounges. Dance away your worries or dote on your loved ones with a delicious romantic dinner, the nightlife in Pondicherry is an affair to remember.

For party animals, Pondicherry is a great destination for the youth to have a great time. Some of the best places to enjoy the nightlife here are Zero House, Asta, Paradise Lounge, Bamboo Bar etc. 

Best Time to visit:
All over the year you can visit Pondicherry’s pubs and lounges during night. 
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Birdwatching at Ousteri Lake

Birdwatching at Ousteri Lake
Amongst the most popular Pondicherry things to do, birdwatching at Ousteri Lake offers a divine experience for the tourists. It is a picturesque man-made lake in Pondicherry that presents an unforgettable view of the setting sun in the evenings along with a plethora of avifauna that makes it a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers.

Along with appreciating the natural scenery, Ousteri Lake is also known for having a mesmerising boat ride in the IUCN designated wetland. 

Location:
 It is located about 10 kms from Pondicherry. 

Best Time to visit:
The winter months from September to January is the best time to visit. 
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Indulge Yourself in Water Activities at Karaikal Beach

Indulge Yourself in Water Activities at Karaikal Beach
If you are looking for an unforgettable adventure sport in Pondicherry things to do, Karaikal Beach is an overwhelming destination to check off from your wish list.

Famous for various adventure activities in Pondicherry like boating, canoeing, backwater sailing and camping at the beachside, Karaikal Beach is a postcard-perfect place to enjoy a day with filled with entertainment and thrill with your loved ones. 

Location: 
It is located 133 km away from Pondicherry. 

Best Time to visit:
October to March is the best time to visit Karaikal Beach.

Cost:
Depends on water sports.
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Sunbathe at Serenity beach

Sunbathe at Serenity beach
Certainly true to its name, Serenity Beach offers a refreshing break from the city to bask in the glorious sunshine and retreat with your solitude by the beach. Fringed by palm trees, Serenity Beach presents an extraordinary perspective of the Indian Ocean with its refreshing vibes.

With some breathtaking views and calming experience, Serenity Beach is a must visit among Pondicherry things to do for thousands of visitors. Along with sunbathing, Serenity Beach is favoured spot for youngsters who wish to indulge in surfing. 

Location:
 Kottakuppam, Pondicherry

Best Time to visit:
Sunrise and sunsets are the best time of the day for visiting Serenity Beach. 

Other Things to Do in Pondicherry

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Indulge in Some Mouth Watering Food at Bay of Buddha

Indulge in Some Mouth Watering Food at Bay of Buddha
Adding a gastronomic adventure in Pondicherry things to do, Bay of Buddha boasts of delicious food and sweeping views. Overlooking the postcard perfect background of the old lighthouse by the ocean, Bay of Buddha excels in inspiring the foodie in you with a breathtaking setting.

It is famous for its Pan-Asian cuisine and some of the most delectable dishes to try out here are sushi, seafood, mee goreng and chicken satay. 

Location:
 Goubert Ave, White Town, Pondicherry

Best Time to visit:
It remains open from 7 am to 10:30 pm every day.

Cost:
INR 1500 for two people. 
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Drink, Dine, Dance And Repeat at Asta Lounge

Drink, Dine, Dance And Repeat at Asta Lounge
If you are looking for a spot that offers all-round enjoyment and fun, this is the place to be at. You will find some of the best buffet options in non-vegetarian variety along with a delectable dessert collection at this lounge.

This is an excellent place to gather with friends and family and enjoy an evening of music and dance, along with a fine dining experience. If you are looking for things to do in Pondicherry then do try this place out for sure.

Location: 155D, 100 Feet Road, Mudaliarpet, Puducherry

Best time to visit:
 : The cafe is best visited during lunch hours and dinner hours when the place is abuzz with other guests. 

Cost: Rs 1100 for two people with alcohol
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Enjoy Some North Indian Meals at Roof Garden Cafe

Enjoy Some North Indian Meals at Roof Garden Cafe
Coming to South India but do not have a taste for south Indian food? You can totally give some relief to your taste buds at This Roof Garden Café, which is a one stop destination for tourists who wish to binge on some North Indian food. Among the most loved dishes at this café are Paneer Tikka and Shahi Panner.

Some of the best things that most tourists love about this café is its open air ambiance and setting, which is a welcome relief for them amidst the crowd and noise of the city. There are quite a lot many Things to Do in Pondicherry after which you can come to relax at this café.

Location: Ajantha Sea View, 50, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry

Best time to visit: Practically anytime when you want!

Cost: INR 800 for two
ime to visit these religious spots. 
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Discover Cultural Workshops at Sita Cultural Centre

Learning something new is the key to self-growth. Sita Cultural Centre welcomes you to indulge in various activities including Indian Cooking Class, Kolam, Mehendi, Massages, Pondy Cycle Tour, Yoga, and Dance. Bringing you closer to the South Indian art and culture, Sita Cultural Centre organizes various workshops and classes for you to unwind, relax and learn something new.

Even if you’re in Pondicherry for a week or less, you must check out any short term program that would suit your preference. A supportive team and guidance will make you return with a newly earned skill. Not to forget about the workshops devoted to the Indian Cuisine that will render you the age-old recipes and their authentic preparation procedures. You bet there are no better activities to do in Pondicherry than this! 

Location:
No-22, Kandappa Mudaliar St, MG Road Area, Puducherry
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Visit Churches of Pondicherry

Visit Churches of Pondicherry
Regarded on one of the most beautiful architectural marvels of the city are the churches in Pondicherry, which are on the top of Activities to do in Pondicherry. Some of the notable churches that you must visit while in Pondicherry are Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Our Lady of Angels Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, St Andrew’s Church, and Hallelujah Assembly of God Church. Each of these churches carry out a different denomination and are equally attractive to visit.
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Visit the Pondicherry Museums

Visit the Pondicherry Museums
Retrace the history of this exciting place by visiting the exquisite museums of Pondicherry. Hosting a rare collection of past dating back to the pre-Christian era, these museums are an entertaining and illuminating visit for all the tourists.

For all the history buffs and culture vultures, the most amazing museums to visit in Pondicherry are Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Jawahar Toy Museum, Bharathi Memorial Museum, and Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum. 

Location:
 Various Streets of Pondicherry

Best Time to visit:
October to February is the best time to visit the museums of Pondicherry.

Cost:
Starts from Rs.10 for adults, Rs. 5 for children and Rs. 50 for foreign nationals
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Go for Beach Walks & Indulge Water Activities

Go for Beach Walks & Indulge Water Activities

Blessed with an amazing coastline, Pondicherry is one of the most popular beach destinations in India. Unlike the other beach destinations in the country, beaches here are known for their tranquil ambiance and tranquillity. For the beach lovers, a visit to these beaches will not only make their holiday memorable but will also allow them to indulge in an array of fun-filled and exciting activities

Paradise Beach, Auroville Beach, Serenity Beach, Karaikal Beach, Promanade Beach, and Mahe Beach are some of the ideal retreats that attract most of the beach lovers visiting Pondicherry. While some of these beaches are often thronged by the tourists, few of them showcases a tranquil ambiance and are less crowded. 

However, irrespective of the beach you visit, you will always be promised with an array of fun-frolic and exciting moments! Swimming, beach volleyball, cricket, kayaking, boating, canoeing and fishing are some of the most commonly enjoyed activities around the beaches of Pondicherry.

Location:
Beaches of Pondicherry

Best time to visit: 
October and November are the best months for these activities

Cost:
Depends on the type of water activity you opt for.

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Enjoy at the Dune Eco Village

Enjoy at the Dune Eco Village
Get set for a superb holiday experience with a stay at Dune Eco Village to live the rustic charm of Pondicherry. The rejuvenating ambience of this place makes it one of the most mind-blowing adventure sports in Pondicherry.

With some splendid greenery all around, a refreshing spa, swimming pool and a plethora of sporting activities, Dune Eco Village makes a compelling case to enchant all the tourists visiting Pondicherry. 

Location:
 Pudhukuppam, Keelputhupet Village, via Pondicherry University

Best Time to visit:
December to March is the ideal time to visit this eco village. 

Cost:
INR 5300
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Clay Modelling at Golden Bridge Pottery Center

Clay Modelling at Golden Bridge Pottery Center
When you’re looking to awaken your inner artist in Pondicherry things to do, clay modelling at Golden Bridge Pottery Centre is something that you just can’t miss out. The pottery class here is full of fun where you learn basic techniques and learn first hand with many esteemed potters around the world.

Designed as an activity to cultivate your creativity, Golden Bridge Pottery Centre is known for bringing a revolution in ceramics and pottery in India. 

Location:
 No. 56, Thottakkal Main Road, Karamanikuppam, Mudaliarpet., Thottakkal Main Road, JVS Nagar, Mudaliarpet, Pondicherry

Best Time to visit:
September to March is the ideal time to visit. 
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Visit Cluny Embroidery Centre

Visit Cluny Embroidery Centre
Explore some excellent hand embroidered items and buy a few souvenirs to remind you of an unforgettable time at Cluny Embroidery Centre. Set as a support centre for many poor and helpless women, Cluny Embroidery Centre narrates the story of hope and survival of humanity.

It is run by Catholic nuns and offers a variety of masterpieces to enthuse the shopaholic inside you when you are in Pondicherry. Tourists can collect a range of items for table cloths, bedsheets, pillow covers, napkins etc with some brilliant and vintage motifs to decorate their homes at Cluny Embroidery Centre. 

Location:
 White Town, Pondicherry 

Best Time to visit:
It is open from 8:30am-12pm and 2pm-5pm daily. 
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Explore the Streets of Saram China Market

Explore the Streets of Saram China Market
Among the many Activities to do in Pondicherry is shopping and what can be a better place to shop in Pondicherry than the Saram China Market, which is popular for A grade Chinese goods and products and miscellaneous decorative items.

All tourists who come to Pondicherry, definitely take a stroll around this market which stays open from 9:30 in the morning till 9:30 at night and requires 1 – 2 hours of their time. You can easily locate multiple goods for gifting purpose and more, at very economic prices in this market. Bargaining is also quite common at this market.

Location: Puducherry Road, Naveena Garden, Brindavanam, Puducherry 605013, India

Best time to visit: You can practically visit the market at any time but the morning and evening hours are the best.
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Explore the Streets of White Town

Explore the Streets of White Town
If you wish to witness the French colonies in Pondicherry, then you cannot miss out on the White Town. Dominated by the pale yellow color, this area was once reserved for the French, referred to as White people.

This French part of the vicinity brews with the European-style fine streets, and elegant French architecture. You will find it hard to take your eyes off the exuberant architecture aging back decades, making it one of the best things to do in Pondicherry.

Also to mention the luscious French dishes that the restaurants serve that will lure your tastebuds, you cannot afford to miss them out. Grab your camera and try your best shots as this picturesque place will serve you the best pictures of your Pondicherry trip. I hope you remember to post it over social media platforms. Little flaunting never hurts, right

Location:
White Town, Pondicherry
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Stroll Around the Botanical Garden

Stroll Around the Botanical Garden
You will need around 1 – 1.5 hours to take a stroll around the park. This park owns a rare location near the sea and you will find this phenomenon only in Pondicherry. It is believed that a few exotic varieties of plants which thrive in the garden today, were introduced by the French.

There is a dedicated play area for kids over here where they can enjoy among themselves and with their parents. There is an aquarium in the park too, with an entry fee of Rs 10 and a toy train ride at Rs 10. 

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

Best time to visit: The months of December to February are among the best for travelling to this park in Pondicherry.

Cost:
Adults – Rs 20 per person
Children (Below 12 years of age) - Free
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Walk Along The Seafront at Goubert Avenue Beach Road

Walk Along The Seafront at Goubert Avenue Beach Road
Popular as the Rock Beach, this beachfront is a tranquil location along the Bay of Bengal. It is a one kilometre long stretch of soothing sands and calm waves of water which come along the beach and entice the visitors coming here to take a stroll.

The beachfront starts at the War Memorial and extends up to the Dupleix Park on Goubert Avenue. Visitors review this place as best visited during the morning hours when the sea breeze can be tangibly felt and you can take small snack breaks from a dozen stalls lined along the pathway.

Location: Goubert Ave, White Town, Puducherry, 605001

Best time to visit: Taking a stroll out here is best done during the early morning hours or later after sunset. 
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Discover Your Spiritual Side at Pondicherry

Discover Your Spiritual Side at Pondicherry
Pondicherry is notorious for its spiritual locations, drawing visitors from all over, who come to explore the religious side of the city. Here, temples are decorated in lavish architectural style and housed in tranquil locations. Some of the notable religious spots in Pondicherry are Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Vedapureeswarar temple, and Kanniga Parameswari Temple.

Each of these religious spots are an architectural marvel that you can witness while travelling around the city. A visit to these temples is among the top few Things to Do in Pondicherry when tourists come to visit the city and even if you cannot visit all of them, take out the time to go around one of them.

Best time to visit: The morning and evening hours are the best time to visit these religious spots.
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  1. Which are the famous beaches in Pondicherry?

    Spend your free time on the sandy beaches of Pondicherry with water activities:

    1. Auroville Beach - Famous for swimming, playing on the shore or just taking a lazy stroll.
    2. Rock Beach - Famous for Sunrise and sunset.
    3. Paradise Beach - Famous for his overflowing parties and Swimming, beach volleyball, fishing.
    4. Serenity Beach - Famous for Surfing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking
    5. Mahe Beach - Famous for Swimming, fishing, watching sunrise and sunset.
  2. Which are the best beach resorts in Pondicherry?

    Enjoy an amazing stay with a beach view in beach resorts of Pondicherry starting from INR 2452

    1. Kailash Beach Resort - Starting from INR 4616
    2. St. James Court Beach Resort - Starting from INR 3534
    3. Nalla Eco Beach Resort - Starting from INR 2452
    4. The Ashok Beach Resort - Starting from INR 3895
    5. The Windflower Resorts Spa - Starting from INR 5121
  3. What are the famous places to visit in Pondicherry?

    Here are some of the famous tourist places to visit in Pondicherry. Click here to discover more

    1. Paradise Beach - Famous for his overflowing parties and Swimming, beach volleyball, fishing.
    2. Auroville - Famous for Spending time, Exploring Culture of different people.
    3. Rock Beach - Famous for Sunrise and sunset.
    4. Old Lighthouse - Famous for high winds and stormy seas
    5. Shopping in Pondy market - Famous for textiles, leather products, Pottery, Boutiques
    6. Sri Aurobindo Ashram - It is one of the most well known and wealthiest ashrams in India
    7. Raj Niwas - Famous for a valuable collection of ancient artifacts.
    8. French War Memorial - A place built to give tribute to the French soldier. 
  4. What can we do in Pondicherry?

    Pondicherry is a beautiful city which is abuzz with tourists. There are many Things to Do in Pondicherry including:


    1.   Watching the sunrise at the Promenade beach
    2.   Taking a boat ride at the Paradise Beach island
    3.   Birdwatching at the Ousteri Lake
    4.   Taking surfing lessons at the Serenity Beach
    5.   Taking recreational classes at Sita Cultural Centre
    6.   Scuba diving at the Temple Adventures Centre
    7. Enjoying water activities at the Paradise Beach and Karaikal Beach and a lot more.
  5. What is there to do in Pondicherry at night?

    There are many Things to Do in Pondicherry to satiate your adventurous side. This beautiful Indian city which lights up under the stars in the sky when the sun goes down. Some of the popular pubs in Pondicherry which invite you to drink and have fun are Le Club, Kofi Bar, Toxic, L’Aqua, Tantra, Bay of Buddha and more. Paradise Beach is one place to visit on weekends, when the party atmosphere stays alive till 3 in the night. The Rock beach is another hip place in town, which is mostly found abuzz with party crowds and youngsters.
  6. Which is famous in Pondicherry?

    While there are endless small and big Activities to do in Pondicherry there are a few exemplary things that the city is famous for. Starting with its cuisines to its scenic sights and architectural marvels, you will find many beautiful sights in the city, worthy of attention. The city is famous for its cheap alcoholic drinks and tourist destinations, which are famous for their French touch. If you have a flair for travel, this place will thrill you just like any other city.
  7. What should I buy in Pondicherry?

    There are many things that are worthy enough of shopping. Textiles Authentic handicraft works pottery items leather products Boutiques in Pondicherry are also quite popular where you will find the genuine and local fabric of South India. You can always get these things for your friends and family.
  8. How expensive is Pondicherry?

    Going by the rates of food and cost of living in Pondicherry, you might not find the city expensive or posh. The average cost of a meal in Pondicherry is Rs 337 while the average cost of accommodation in Pondicherry is Rs 1500 for a couple.
  9. What is famous in Pondicherry for shopping?

    If you are travelling to Pondicherry, do not forget to get your hands on leather items, which are one of the most well crafted and innovative creations of the artisans in the city. Similarly, the city is also popular for its semi-precious stones, perfumes, marbled silks, French antique furniture and more.
  10. What is the best time to go to Pondicherry?

    If you are planning to travel to Pondicherry, the months from October to March might be the best pick for you. At this time, the temperature varies between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius, which leaves you free to enjoy the many Things to Do in Pondicherry. As an ideal vacation spot, Pondicherry truly happens to be a gem in South India. During the summer months, the temperature tends to rise up to 40 degrees, making it difficult for tourists to travel comfortably.
  11. Which is the best area to stay in Pondicherry?

    Here are some of the best places and areas to stay in Pondicherry:

    1. The Promenade in the French Quarter
    2. La Villa in White Town
    3. La Closerie Bay of Bengal in Dumas St.
    4. Palais De Mahe in Bussy St.
    5. The Richmond Hotel in La Bourdonnais St.
  12. Is it safe to travel to Pondicherry alone?

    Yes, it is safe to travel to Pondicherry. Generally speaking, the crime rate in Pondicherry is quite low and usually, reports of thugs, burglaries are quite less as compared to major metropolitan cities. Many people travel to Pondicherry for different purposes. Also, there are many things to Do in Pondicherry which make it an attractive tourist destination for many.
  13. Is Pondicherry safe at night?

    Pondicherry is generally considered to be safe for tourists at night time. Even during the night time, the beach area is abuzz with people who come here to enjoy drinks at the bars and the French colony. Although the markets, pubs and bars shut down by 11 PM, you can still expect to roam around safely till midnight, when the crowds can still be found walking the streets

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