Places To Visit In Pondicherry
Pondicherry has array of places to visit for tourists. With its Franco-Pondicherry culture and architecture it attracts horde of tourists from neighboring states and abroad. The culture and architecture has added charm in Pondicherry’s tourism. A weekend is enough to stroll around the streets of teeny town.
This pacific town is situated in Vilupuram district. It was built by Mirra Alfassa in 1968 and its architecture is by Roger Anger. It was built with the thought of spreading humanity and egalitarianism universally. One can breathe peach and find stability while meditating here. It no doubt must visit place.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Built by Sri Aurobindo in 1926, this magnificent Ashram is worth kudos for its amazing spiritual environ. Thousands of peace seekers visit this Ashram every month for meditating and seek peace of mind. Yoga is one important feature of the Ashram.
Beaches in Pondy
Compared to rest of the beaches in India, beaches in Pondicherry are clean, calm and less cramped. Pondicherry owes 4 solitude and pacific beaches in all. All these beaches are ideal for honeymooners or couples to stroll hand in hand on the soft sand and even for those who wanna spare lonesome time in the lap of nature.
Promenade beach or Puducherry Beach
This beach is located between War Memorial to Dupleix Park. No doubt, Promenade is point of convergence of the town. The beach is stretched for about 1.kms. It’s ideal for strolling hand in hand with your beloved on soft sand at evening. It gives blissful view of sun set and seashore. Various tourists’ attractions are located just at the seafront such as the statue of Joan of Arc, heritage town hall, Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, old light house, etc.
Located 8km from the town, this heavenly beach is synonymous to its name "Paradise". Visiting this tempting beach is more exciting as it is only accessible via boat. Isn’t this exciting? Countered by flowing creek, this beach can be easily accessed by Chunnambar Resort. It is also popularly known as ‘Plage Paradiso’ in French.
As it names Serenity, it really represents serene view of nature at its best. This exotic beach is mere 10 minutes drive from north of the city. This beach allows people to swim and enjoy turns, watch sun sipping in the ocean, collect sea shells and many more.
The beach also has its presence on the flipping pages of Pondicherry history. The sands of the beach have witnessed Anglo-French wars centuries ago.
Auroville beach is situated in Auroville region, fencing Bay of Bengal. The shallow water gives opportunity for great swimming time. It’s ideal for families along with children to have some quality time with each other. Children will surely love being here splashing water and collecting shells.
Located at the heart of the town in French Town, this talk of the town park is ideal place that rescues one from blistering sun. Granite pillars are worth watching
Arikamedu is a historical place in Pondicherry representing Indo-Roman trade city. This place was discovered in 12th century. Lovers of antiquity will be stunned watching sculptures of the trade city in the museum. The sculpture gallery also includes snail shells, bronze statue of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, various Temple Lamps and specimens of Chola and Pallava art.
French War Memorial
Located on Goubert Avenue, this Memorial is built in the memory of brave warriors who lost their lives in WW1. 14th July is celebrated as Bastille Day in memory of these heroic warriors.
Manakula Vinayagar Koil
This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and houses 40 different forms of Lord Ganesha on its walls. This 300 years old temple also houses shrine of Lord Ganesha’s elder brother, Lord Murugan. It also has golden spire. Everyday more than 5000 devotees visits temple for seeking blessings.
Kanniga Parameshwari temple
The temple is dedicated to Godess Shakti. The Franco-Tamil architecture of the temple attracts horde of tourists as it is unique in itself. Located at M.G. Road, it has typical architecture influenced by French style with its arched walls, stained glass windows, etc. Granite pillars and sanctum sanctorum represents Tamil architecture.
The Notre Dame des Anges
Popularly known as The Church of the Our Lady of Agnes, this magnificent Church was built 1852. It is modeled in Greek Roman architecture style. It’s a rare combination of unadorned square towers, barrel vault interior, and pastel peach and lime colors.
Built in 350 years ago, Meeran Mosque is the oldest Mosque of Pondicherry. The old gothic Islam architecture is worth watching while being here. It was built by Arcod Navab