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  • Boasting of a rich historical legacy, unique culture and many awe-inspiring things to do in Pondicherry, this tourist hub is an enchanting escapade. Also known as French Riviera of the East, Pondicherry, which was once a French colony in India, attracts scores of visitors to explore its beautiful places.

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    The spiritual ambience of this place is instantly captivating as Pondicherry is home to Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Along with that, Pondicherry excels in taking your breath away with its beautiful beaches, museums, temples and churches that are famous all over the world. With its French-inspired architecture, diligently preserves colonial villas and exuberant atmosphere, Pondicherry is a memorable destination with a lot to offer for all kinds of tourists.

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    In Pondicherry things to do, tourists can look for excitement and thrill with a plethora of water sports as well as seek a laid-back atmosphere by experiencing a surreal class of yoga and meditation. For lovers of history, Pondicherry has in store a number of rare collections to take you back to another time while for nature lovers, Pondicherry has the most mesmerising shoreline with the babbling ocean to greet you at your feet.

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    The food of Pondicherry incites the hunger pangs among all the foodies with its delicious seafood and French cuisine. The quaint town allows the tourists to indulge in so many adventure sports in Pondicherry so that you end up wishing that you never had to go back. 

    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

  • 01Scuba 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 offers 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 makes 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 1700

    Take a dive deep into the turquoise waters of Pondicherry, discover the enchanting beauty of the marine life, swim along exotic fishes, witness the gorgeousness of the coral reefs and curate some of the most magical memories of your tour!

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  • 02Visit 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.

    Best Time to visit: All year.

    Cost: No entry fees.

    Location: Viluppuram District, Tamil Nadu.

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  • 03Go 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 modernisation is the main attraction of this tour. Beginning at around 09:30AM, 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.

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  • 04Explore 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 centres 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. 

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

    Cost: INR 1700

    Location: Pondicherry 
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  • 05Paintball in Pondicherry Flat 60% Off

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    About Paintball:
    Paintball  is a fun way to escape the everyday routine and stress. A game best played in private groups, provides the ultimate fun-filled thrill, experience. You can work as a team, shoot your paintball guns with style and escape being a target.

    About the activity:
    Welcome to the paintball zone and fee the rush now! You will be given a basic detail about the rules and regulations with jackets and guns.
    - Pellets will be offered to you after this and now you can hop on for one of the best experiences in Pondicherry.
    - The activity is most suitable for a large group and is a successful team building task. Get extra pellets at added cost to extend the game and fun of your life.
    - Minimum number of people required to book this package is 4.
    - Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM.
    - The location is within 20 KM from city centre.
  • 06Relax 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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  • 07Go on a Shopping in Pondicherry

    Go on a Shopping in Pondicherry
    With a range of shops, boutique and local markets, Pondicherry is a haven for all those who are fond of shopping. Some of the famous things to watch out for shopping here include textiles, leather products, pottery and handmade paper.

    With so many specialities and cheaper prices, Pondicherry’s shopping complexes and markets offer one of the most exciting activity to do in Pondicherry. 

    Best Time to visit: September to March is the best time to explore shopping places in Pondicherry.
    Location: Pondicherry 
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  • 08Experience Yoga at Yoganjali Natyalayam

    Experience Yoga at Yoganjali Natyalayam
    Channel your celestial energy by practising 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 thing in Pondicherry with the help of professional practitioners and special training programmes.

    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.  

    Best Time to visit: It is open from 9 am to 6 pm.

    Location: Pudupalaiyam, Pondicherry 
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  • 09Pondicherry Adventure Package - Flat 21% Off

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    - The exclusive combo package includes activities like Zorbing, Target Shooting, Archery, Rope Course, Zipline, ATV ride and Sling Shot.
    - This whole package will surely thrill the person undertaking activities as they will surely experience amazing time out in the adventurous zone, away from hassles of regular life.
    - You will get to shoot your targets, balance on ropes, enjoy body zorbing while rolling over, ride ATV and bring out the best in you etc.Now, we hope you understand that this package is surely not to be missed in any case.
    - Timings: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
    - The location is within 20 KM from Pondicherry city centre.

  • 10Private Midnight Cruise With Dinner, Pondicherry Flat 21% Off

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    - Enjoy a private cruise boat on the seas near Pondicherry, and make your evening the most memorable ever as you set sail freely in the dead of the night. 
    - Party with your near and dear ones onboard with an amazing music system on the deck as you glide on the waters alongside an interpreter and a tour manager. 
    - Rest assured as there are al the necessary safety precautions in place to make this ride a comfortable one.
    - Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner onboard and let the party continue through the night. Sailing on the backwaters, the ship will be anchored at the time of dinner, and will then take you back to jetty to bring the experience to an end.
    - Minimum number of people required to book this package is 10.
    Timings: 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
    Starting and Ending Point: Chunnambar Boat House

  • 11 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!

    Best time to visit: All around the year.

    Cost: INR 1200

    Location: Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu 605101

  • 12Go 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.

    Best Time to visit: September to January.

    Cost: INR 225

    Location: Chunnambar, Pondicherry 
  • 13Try Yachting or Sailing

    Try Yachting  or Sailing
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    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.

    Best Time to visit: September to January

    Cost: INR 1750 onwards

    Location: Promenade Beach, Pondicherry 
  • 14Enjoy 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!

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

    Cost: INR 3500

    Location: Karaikal Beach, Pondicherry

    One can indulge in various activities with gentle waves, pleasant ambience and the favourable flow of the water around this beach will make kayaking and be canoeing an exciting experience for you!

  • 15Take 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.

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

    Cost: INR 300

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

  • 16Visit 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 Auribondo, 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 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.

    Best Time to visit: All yesr

    Cost: Free

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

  • 17Enjoy Stunning Sunrise at Rock Beach

    Enjoy Stunning Sunrise at Rock Beach
    If your idea of relaxation involves a surreal daydreaming by the shimmering sands and the splashing waves, catching the sunrise at Rock Beach is one of the most mesmerising 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. 

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

    Location: White Town, Pondicherry
  • 18Go 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 walk is the best and convenient way to know more and get acquainted with this rustic union territory.

    Best Time to visit: All day

    Cost: Free

    Location: Vaishali Street, Pondicherry 
  • 19Stroll Around the Botanical Garden

    Stroll Around the Botanical Garden
    Hosting a diverse collection of plants, the Botanical Gardens in Pondicherry is one of the most prominent attractions of this place. Built by C.S Perrotet in 1862, it is known for housing the most exotic and rare plants as well as an aquarium to fascinate the tourists.

    Along with the enchanting flora here, the Botanical Gardens of Pondicherry also present musical fountain shows in the evenings adding to the charm of this beautiful garden.

    Best Time to visit: It is open to tourists from 10 am to 5 pm daily. 

    Cost: INR 10

    Location: Marimalai Adigal Salai, Near Anna Statue, Orleanpet, Pondicherry 
  • 20Enjoy 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. 
  • 21Birdwatching 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. 

    Best Time to visit: The winter months from September to January is the best time to visit. 

    Location: It is located about 10 kms from Pondicherry. 
  • 22Indulge 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. 

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

    Cost: Depends on water sports.
    Location: It is located 133 km away from Pondicherry. 
  • 23Sunbathe 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. 

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

    Location: Kottakuppam, Pondicherry
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  • 24Indulge 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. 

    Best Time to visit: It remains open from 7 am to 10:30 pm every day.
    Cost: INR 1500 for two people. 

    Location: Goubert Ave, White Town, Pondicherry
  • 25Visit Churches of Pondicherry

    Visit Churches of Pondicherry
    Out of so many places of worship in Pondicherry, the churches here attract the maximum number of tourists. Representing the heritage and culture of this distinct place, the most famous churches of Pondicherry are Church of our Lady of Good Health, Church of our Lady of Lourdes, Eglise De Notre Des Anges, Immaculate Conception Cathedral and The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. These churches are a brilliant representation of French culture and showcase some intriguing architecture. 

    Best Time to visit: October to February is the best time to visit the churches of Pondicherry.
    Location: Various 
  • 26Visit 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. 

    Best Time to visit: October to February is the best time to visit the museums of Pondicherry.
    Location: Various 
  • 27Go for Beach Walks & Indulge Water Activities

    Go for Beach Walks & Indulge Water Activities
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    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 ambience 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 attracts most of the beach lovers visiting Pondicherry. While some of these beaches are often thronged by the tourists, few of them showcases a tranquil ambience 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.

  • 28Enjoy 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. 

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

    Cost: INR 5300

    Location: Pudhukuppam, Keelputhupet Village, via Pondicherry University
  • 29Enjoy Some North Indian Meals at Roff Garden Cafe

    Enjoy Some North Indian Meals at Roff Garden Cafe
    Roff Garden Cafe is located right next to the Rock Beach. The open area for seating renders a rather uplifting feel to the place, where one can healthy organic north Indian cuisine. The menu written on a board is small and kept at the entrance itself.

    The rooftop faces the beach directly and the best part is having beer with the awesome view of the promenade.

    Ajanta Sea View, 50, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Pondicherry
  • 30Explore the Streets of Saram China Market

    Explore the Streets of Saram China Market
    If you love to haggle and fancy some shopping then Saram China Market in Pondicherry will leave you in awe. Full of good quality Chinese products available at decent prices, the Saram China Market in Pondicherry is a place to put your bargaining skills to test.

    The market is best known for grade-A Chinese items and home décor products in Pondicherry. 

    Best Time to visit: It is open from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm every day. 

    Cost: No entry fees 

    Location: Pondicherry Road, Naveena Garden, Brindavanam, Puducherry
  • 31Clay 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. 

    Best Time to visit: September to March is the ideal time to visit. 

    Location: No. 56, Thottakkal Main Road, Karamanikuppam, Mudaliarpet., Thottakkal Main Road, JVS Nagar, Mudaliarpet, Pondicherry
  • 32Visit 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. 

    Best Time to visit: It is open from 8:30am-12pm and 2pm-5pm daily. 

    Location: White Town, Pondicherry 
  • 33Discover Your Spiritual Side at Pondicherry

    Discover Your Spiritual Side at Pondicherry
    The spiritual ambience of Pondicherry is best reflected at its places of worship and ashrams that draws tourists from miles away to delve into the matters of divinity. There are some famous temples like Manukula Vinayagar Temple and Parameswari Temple for the unique spiritual experiences.

    Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to explore the spiritual side of Pondicherry. 

Sightseeing in Pondicherry

Adventure in Pondicherry

Resorts in Pondicherry

Home stays in Pondicherry



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Mission St.

MG Road Area

Pondicherry 605001

Best Time To Visit:

Visit this church in between April to June.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Marimalai Adigal Salai

Near Anna Statue



Best Time To Visit:

There is no Best Time To Visit: botanical gardens. You can visit anytime during the visiting hours.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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?


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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges is located at

Rue Dumas

White Town


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


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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