Pondicherry is officially known as Puducherry, the most popular Indian Union Territory. Puducherry is also called as pondy in short & The French Riviera of the East. It was the largest French colony in India. 

Pondicherry is an interesting tourist destination in India, because of  its beaches to historical monuments and from its temples to churches.  Pondicherry is well-known for Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville attracting thousands of tourists to explore this beautiful city.

Puducherry is the best destination for spending holidays. The significant fascination of the region is. Scuba Diving, Scuba Jumping, and Surfing courses are accessible in Pondicherry beach and it draws an enormous number of visitors to the region. There are many places to visit in pondicherry, I have mentioned some of them. Before that, if you need any guidance the South India Tour Operator, YGO tours and travels, one of the best tours & travels in Madurai is operated to provide assistance,

Places to visit in Pondicherry:

  • Aurobindo Ashram
  • Auroville
  • Paradise Beach
  • Gingee Fort
  • Sri Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Promenade Beach / Rock Beach 
  • French War Memorial

Aurobindo Ashram :

Aurobindo ashram is located approx 3.8 km from the city center. This Ashram, Founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo and then passed down to a French follower, The Mother(Mirra Alfassa), This ashram famous for Serenity, Spirituality, Divinity.

The Aurobindo Ashram has developed from a small group of devotees now it is developed into a big community. 

“To learn constantly, not just intellectually but psychologically, to progress in regard to character, to cultivate our qualities and correct our defects, so that, everything may be an opportunity to cure ourselves of ignorance and incapacity, then life becomes tremendously interesting and worth living”

– The Mother – inscribed on the wall of the Sri Aurobindo Library, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.

From a guest’s perspective it is highly suggested for two reasons: to realize the spiritual spine of India, and to enjoy the marvelous structure of the Ashram Guesthouses. All Aurobindo Ashram structures are short good ways from the ocean.

Auroville :

Auroville can be reached from Aurobindo Ashram after traveling 12 km. Auroville, like most of Pondicherry, is a cozy and idyllic place. people from a lot of different cultures and nationalities can be found here. Auroville means ‘the city of Dawn’, founded in 1968. It is a universal town where men and women of any country can live together to progress in harmony and realize human unity.

Here are some of the must-do things in Auroville:

The Matri Mandir is at the heart of Auroville. It is a giant golden-colored globe that is actually a meditation center. It was established by The Mother (a disciple of Sri Aurobindo). It can be accessed from the Auroville Visitors’ center. Generally, you are only allowed access to a photo-worthy glimpse of the Matri Mandir, by a short walk. However, if you have two days at hand, you can collect passes from the office at the Visitors’ Center for a trip inside the Matri Mandir the next day.

– The Visitors’ center itself has a photo gallery and a small auditorium where they show an Audiovisual of the history behind Auroville. It also has a cafe (with good chocolate cake and ice cream) and three boutique stores that exhibit Auroville-made goods.

Paradise Beach :

Paradise beach can be reached from Auroville after traveling 24 km. Paradise beach is certainly the best beach in Pondicherry. It is clean, serene and a calm white sand beach. Very picturesque. It has nice shacks, changing rooms, showers and clean toilets. Snacks are also available at the beach.

We need to start early. Don’t go on weekends to avoid the heavy rush. Outside food is not allowed.

It is an island beach. The only way to reach the beach is by a speed boat or by small ferries carrying 40 or 80 passengers at a time. You can take a taxi/auto to reach the pick point.

BEACH TIMINGS: – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Beach RULES:-Don’t swim, No liquor allowed on the beach, Spend up to two hours on the beach for a timely return.

Gingee fort :

Gingee fort is one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry. The Fort is declared as a National Monument in 1921. Gingee fort is also called Senji, Chenji, Jinji or Senchi fort. There are actually Two hills namely Raja hills and Rani hills. The best time for visiting there is morning before 10 am. We will feel adventurous trips while trekking. There are three hillocks and reach the top one has to take a challenging trek for about an hour.

We can explore all the exquisite interiors of the fort. There are tanks, granaries, halls, marriage halls, and some more exotic spots. Cameras are allowed to be carried inside, so it makes a good place for some photography.  

 

The ownership of Fort changed many hands from Cholas to Nayakas to Marathas then Mughals, later it annexed to the French kingdom and ultimately, the British Empire put its stamp on it.

Its architecture is exceptionally great. The complex of this fort is in the triangle shape. The parameter as we could say it is, around 13 km and the protected area of the complex is 11 sq.km. Perhaps, this makes it the grandest triangle in the world.

Shivaji, certainly out of his experience, said that the fort is ‘The most impregnable fortress in India’. The British were no less enthralled with its splendor and proudly titled it, ‘The Troy of the East’.

Sri Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple :

Sri Gokilambal Thirukameswar temple is also called a Villianur temple. Brahmotsavam is a famous festival, which attracts more devotees from all over India and that occurs ten days continuously. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

 

This temple consists little bit of french heritage not in the architecture in its traditions. It has a huge 15 meters tall temple chariot that is normally taken out in a procession during the Brahmotsavam, which is basically the annual festival of Pondicherry.

Opening timings: All the days of the week (5:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

 

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :

 

This is the First Catholic Church for Pondicherry and Cuddalore region. The Basilica Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus was constructed on December 17th, 1907. This church is 50 meters long, 48 meters wide and 18 meters high and is held by 24 columns. This is one of the best places you will visit in Pondicherry.

Opening hours: All the days of the week except Sunday (7:00 AM – 6:30 PM).

Promenade Beach / Rock Beach: 

Promenade Beach is the most popular beach which is located on the coastline of the city of Pondicherry, this long 1.2 kilometer is a heaven for travelers and beach enthusiasts. This beach is also called Mahatma Gandhi beach.

The beach is also a favorite haunt for locals for the morning and evening walks besides being an all-time favorite picnic destination. As you explore the beach, you will find a statue of Joan of Arc, Dupleix’s statue, the old heritage hall, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, and the old lighthouse which is followed by a sea-facing restaurant to enjoy some local delights.

Opening hours: All the days of the week(12:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

French War Memorial / Kargil war Memorial:

The French War Memorial on Goubert Avenue at Pondicherry is a reminder of brave soldiers who laid down their lives for their country during the First World War. It was built in 1971. Every year on 14 July (Bastille Day) the memorial is beautifully illuminated and homage is paid to those brave martyrs. This is located opposite to the Gandhi statue.

The French war memorial is very well-maintained and in sync with the French style of architecture in the rest of the city.Kargil Memorial is located 600 metres from the French war memorial. 

These memorial is one of the major attractions of Pondicherry. The memorial has an enticing feel attached to it and is visited by students as well as tourists and people living in the nearby locality.

Open: Every day

Above I have mentioned some of the famous places in Pondicherry, beyond that, there are some famous places,  greeny areas and museums to explore. Also after once visiting this Pondicherry, it will tempt you to travel over and over.  If you are planning to visit Pondicherry, YGO Tours and Travels will help you to make your trip more convenient and pleasurable. For assistance contact ygotravels@gmail.com or tap on http://www.ygotravels.com