Pondicherry

Pondicherry, now officially known as Puducherry, is a city in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Pondicherry lies just south of Chennai and is an erstwhile capital city of the French colony. Pondicherry has a lot to offer to the visitors owing to it's Colonial history, it's vicinity to the Chola, Pandya empires and the long beachfront it has.

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Anand Ranga Pillai Mansion
2.5 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Anand Ranga Pillai Mansion is a historic building which was once the home of legendary chronicler Anand Ranga Pillai. Built in the year of 1733, Anand Ranga Pillai Mansion building stands as symbol of cultural heritage of Puducherry. The mansion is located opposite to Grand Bazar in Ranga Pillai street, located at a distance of 2. 5 Kms from Pondicherry city center.

Anand Ranga Pillai Mansion house has combination of different styles, though it is predominantly French. It has both Asian and European styles. The wooden pillars of the house resemble a traditional Tamil house. Terrac...

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Arikamedu
7 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Arikamedu is an unequalled archaeological attraction in the union territory of Puducherry. This stand-alone historical site is said to be the only evidence of trade relations of then Tamil dynasty with Romans, dating back to 2nd century BC. Located on the outskirts of Veerapattinam village, this ancient land also offers a breath-taking panoramic view of coconut trees and Mango plantations. It is at a distance of 7 kms from the capital town, Pondicherry and takes about 20 minutes to reach.

Arikamedu is a scenic city located on the banks of Ariyankuppam river. Arikamedu was once a m...

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Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar is a temple devoted to Hindu god, Lord Ganesha. It is one of most predominant temples of Puducherry. The grand architecture of the temple has a remarkable history, which is said to be dating back to 3 centuries, even before the arrival of French, who colonised Puducherry later. The temple is at a distance of 4. 4 kms from city center and takes about 14 minutes to reach.

The word "Manal" in Tamil means sand, and "Kulam" means pond near the sea, which is earlier said to have sand around the pond. The deity is called as Manal Kulathu Vinayagar, which trans...

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Aurobindo Ashram
3 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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The Aurobindo Ashram is a community located at a distance of 3 Kms from Pondicherry.

Pondicherry was the residence of Sri Aurobindo (Indian freedom fighter). The ashram was founded in 1926. It is one of the well known and wealthy ashrams of India. The ashram has one of the prime destinations for tourists and spiritual seekers.

Today Ashramites live and work in more than 400 buildings spread throughout the town. The central focus of the community is one group of houses including those in which Sri Aurobindo and the Mother dwelt for most of their lives in Pondicherry. Thi...

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Auroville Beach, Pondicherry
11 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Auroville Beach is a sandy beach situated along the shoreline of the east coast of the peninsula. Another name for the beach is Auro Beach, meaning it is in the Auroville region. Auroville Beach is one of the more popular beaches in the Pondicherry area. Auroville Beach is a popular destination for tourists and thus it gets pretty crowded on the weekends. Auroville Beach is located at a distance of around 11 kms from Pondicherry city, and it takes about 25-30 minutes to get to the beach

Auro beach is a 2 kilometer stretch on the coast. There are several entry and exit points to the ...

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Auroville, Pondycherry
8 kms from Pondicherry city limits

Auroville (the City of Dawn) is township located at a distance 8 Kms from Pondicherry(Puducherry). There are around 2000 permanent from various countries living at Auroville.

Auroville was founded as an experimental community in 1968. It is a Universal town where men and women of any country can live together to progress harmony and realize human unity. The main attraction in is the focal point of Auroville - Matrimandir, a golden metallic sphere in the center of town.

Recommended months to visit the place is during the months of October-March. Auroville is open during ...

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Basilica of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Ponducherry is a historic chruch located in Puducherry city. The verses "sanctificavi locum istum, ut sit nomen meum ibi" welcomes the visitors as they take their first step inside. Situated on the south boulevard of Pondicherry, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is a quintessential specimen of Gothic architecture and Podicherry history. It is only 2. 5 kms from the Pondicherry bus station.

This hundred year old, ancient edifice is 50 metres long, 48 metres wide and 18 metres high. It is supported by 24 main columns. The Latin engraving ...

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Bharathi Park, Puducherry
Within Pondicherry city limits
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The Bharathi Park also known as the Government Park, is a public park and recreational area in the Pondicherry city. Bharathi Park is at the historic centre of the French Precinct of Pondicherry's Boulevard Town and was traditionally known as: Place du Government. Bharathi Park is located within Puducherry city limits, at around 3. 5kms from the city center.

Bharathi Park is one of the main attractions in Pondicherry. Until the 1940s the Park was used as a parade ground for the colonial government. The Government Park or Bharati Park is in the green centre of the town. The Aayi Man...

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The Botanical Garden is a historic garden and a tourist attraction in Puducherry city which was once called Colonial Park. It is located towards the south of the New Bus Stand. A popular tourist attraction of Pondicherry, Botanical Garden was established by C. S. Perrotet in the year 1862. The garden is home to several exotic varieties of rare plants as well as an aquarium. It is located with Puducherry city limits.

A mix of endangered and exotic species of plants is spread out all over the place. There are 28 plots dividing the Botanical Garden and each has a separate theme. The g...

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Chunnabaram Boat House
7 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Chunnambar Boat House, the popular boating venue, is famous for its backwaters and lush greenery on either side. It offers great water sporting adventure and is an ideal place for having a relaxed sun bath. The sand is clean, and the water is crystal clear. There's a sizeable crowd - families, groups of youngsters, men nursing cold beers - yet serenity abounds. Chunnambar Boat House is 7 Kms past Pondicherry, along the Cuddalore Main Road. Located at a point where the Chunnambar River backwaters meet the Bay of Bengal, it has something for everyone,and can be reached by bus,taxi or auto ricksh...

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Eglise de notre Dame Des Anges, meaning the Church of Our Lady Of Angels, is the fourth oldest church in Pondicherry. The Church of Our Lady of Angels is one of the popular attractions in Pondicherry. It is at a distance of 3 kilometres from the Pondicherry Bus station. It is one of the historical landmarks of Pondicherry and is firmly embodied in the history of the Pondicherry city.

The Church was built in 1865 by the French Emperor Napolean III with the architect being Louis Guerre. Church of Our Lady Of Angels is Greco-Roman in its features. It is believed to be based off Notre ...

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French War Memorial, Pondicherry
5 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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French War Memorial is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices of the valorous French soldiers in the World War I. Located in the vicinity of the picturesque Promenade or Puducherry Beach, the Memorial overlooks the gushing waves of the Bay of Bengal and is one of the several heritage monuments which fringes the French Quarter or White Town area. The magnificent monument is within a radius of 5 kms away from the Pondicherry airport, bus station and railway station and is a popular attraction among tourists visiting the 'French Riviera of the East'.

The foundation stone of the French Wa...

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Golconde, Pondicherry
5 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Seated gracefully on the coastal lines of the Bay of Bengal in the French colony of Pondicherry, Golconde is an artistically carved dormitory for the disciples of the Shri Aurobindo Ashram. Completed in 1942, Golconde is known to be the first modernist building in India owing to its reinforced concrete structure. A unique blend of aesthetics, technology and spirituality, the revolutionary architecture of Golconde is the major attraction of the place. Situated in the French Quarter or popularly known as White Town, Golconde is located within a radius of 5 kms away from the Pondicherry airport, ...

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The Immaculate Conception Cathedral a historic church located on Mission Street, MG Road Area, Puducherry - 605001. This Parish church is for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry. It is located within Puducherry city limits and is firmly embedded in the city's history.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral was first established in the year of 1682 by the Jesuit Fathers but was demolished by the Dutch in the following year. After 4 attempts of re-building and re-establishing, the church finally opened on June 20th in the year of 1791. Post this, the Bell Tower was added. The chur...

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Jawahar Toy Museum
Within Pondicherry city limits
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The Jawahar Toy Museum is a unique museum located near the Old Light House on Goubert Avenue in Puducherry. Jawahar Toy Museum is very much within the city of Puducherry and can easily be a part of anyone's trip plans.

This museum has an exclusive collection of over 120 to 140 wide-ranging varieties of unique dolls. Each of the collection of doll has been carefully labelled and precisely dressed with appropriate costumes and this is what makes it an honoured museum as the toys depict variety and diversity in the cultures, traditions and lifestyles of the habitants across the countr...

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Lighthouse, Pondicherry
Within Pondicherry city limits

Lighthouse is a prominent landmark in Puducherry. It is one of the best locations for a bird's-eye view of the serene Pondicherry city. It is located at a within Puducherry city limits, right next to the famed Gandhi statue.

The original Lighthouse of Puducherry was constructed in 1836 by the French colonialists, it was closed down in 1979 and a new lighthouse was constructed in Kirapalaiyam village, to the south of the town. The space in front plays host to various cultural, musical and commercial activities throughout the year.

Lighthouse of Pondicherry can be visite...

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Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a historic Hindu Temple situated in the union territory of Puducherry is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Jawahar Toy Museum is located at a distance of 25 kms from the Pondicherry city center.

The Manakula Vinayagar Temple is of substantial antiquity and history as it is a 500 year old temple. The main deity of this temple is Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is considered to be the Lord of knowledge and wisdom. In ancient times, there was a pond situated at the western end of this temple. And due to the proximity of the sea nearby, the pond had i...

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Meerapalli, Pondicherry
Within Pondicherry city limits
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Meerapalli often known by Meeran Mosque is one of the most striking religious destinations for Muslims in Puducherry. The locals call it Meerapalli. Meeran Mosque is located on Yanam Vegadasala Pillai Street and is at a distance of 1. 7 kilometres away from the Pondicherry city center.

The Meerapalli is a historic mosque and was built over three hundred and fifty years ago and is the second oldest mosque in the region. It is one of the most famous mosques of Puducherry. The structure of the mosque has been inspired by the Gothic Islamic style and was built by the Arcot Nawabs and h...

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Moolanadhar Temple, Pondicherry
15 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Moolanadhar Temple is one of the most Historic tourist places in the city of Pondicherry. It is 1400 year old temple built by Paranthaka Cholan which was dedicated to the Hindu deities. This centuries temple is famous for its rock inscriptions and is one of the important sources of south Indian history. This famous temple located in Bahour which is 15 kms from Puducherry city center.

Moolanadhar Temple is one of the most ancient temples around in all of South India. Oral traditions claim that the temple was a center of a learning institution and many people like to associate the na...

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The Old Lighthouse is a historic maritime landmark in Puducherry. In November 1835, the French built the light house to be used a beacon for ships travelling to the French capital of India. The old light house now stays as a remembrance of the French and their regalia.

The Old Lighthouse 29 metres high structure with a round tower and a square base. It was considered quite modern in those times for its unusual structure. Initially the light source was a collection of six oil lamps and two reflectors. Electric lamp was introduced at The Old Lighthouse in 1913. The light house was sh...

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Ousteri Lake
10 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Ousteri lake, often seen on maps as Osudu lake is a large freshwater lake in Puducherry. Spread over 390 hectares, this man-made lake is shared between Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry. For a day away from the buzzing city and crowd, this isolated lake just offers the visitors the right amount of solitude. It is located at a distance of 10 kms from the Puducherry city center.

The scenic location of the Ousteri lake is famous for hosting a wide range of migratory birds. The tourism department has recorded more than 40 migratory birds that visit the Ousteri lake all t...

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Paradise Beach, Pondicherry
7 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Paradise beach, also known as Plage Paradiso, is a located on the east coast of the peninsula. Paradise Beach is one of the top tourist attractions of Puducherry. The real name of the beach is Chunnambar Beach, but it got the name of Paradise beach because of it's peaceful and serene atmosphere. The beach is about 7 kms from Pondicherry city center. To best way to get to the beach is drive to Chunnambar Boat house, which takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The beach is only accessible from this boathouse. Visitors take a boat from the boat house to get to Paradise Beach.

Paradise be...

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Promenade Beach, Pondicherry
Within Pondicherry city limits
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The Promenade Beach, also known as the Rock Beach, is one of the most famous beachs in Puducherry among the tourists that stretches along the city of Puducherry along the coastal line of the Bay of Bengal. It is located very close to Puducherry city limits.

The Promenade Beach is a total of 1. 2 to 1. 5 kilometre stretch along the Bay of Bengal line. This is one of the most visited and highly demanded tourist attractions at the city of Puducherry. The Promenade Beach is locally known as Puducherry Beach. Visitors of all age groups are permitted to relax, detox and take a good strol...

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Puducherry Museum
Within Pondicherry city limits
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The Puducherry Museum is a very prominent museum located in St Louis Street at Pondicherry. It is located within Puducherry city limits and is one of the most sought after destinations for tourists visiting Pondicherry.

Puducherry Museum is one of Pondicherry's most notable and famous museums. Puducherry Museum been a storehouse of all the ancient artefacts that belonged to the culture, tradition and livelihood of the Cholla and the Pallava dynasties. This museum also houses some of the most magnificent and unique stone-carved sculptures, storage vessels and potteries of the Greek ...

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Raj Niwas, Pondicherry
Within Pondicherry city limits
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Raj Niwas, literally translated as 'Government House' is a historic landmark building in Puducherry. This is where the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry officially resides. This house is located in White Town with a postal code of 605001. It is located well withing Puducherry city limits. The house is surrounded by many alternate tourist attractions such as the Promenade Beach and Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

In the year 1783, the French Governor laid down the first foundation of this historic building. Since then, it has been destroyed, demolished and raised to the grounds by many influe...

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Romain Rolland Library, Pondicherry
Within Pondicherry city limits
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Bibliotheque Publique, commonly known as the Romain Rolland Library, is one of the oldest Libraries in the country. Located in the Goubert Avenue, White Town, it is only 3 kilometres from the main city of Pondicherry. The library was opened by Desbassyns de Richmond in 1827 and on August 27, 1967, the library was renamed as the Romain Rolland Library after the birth centenary of the Great French Scholar Romain Rolland - a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi.

The historic Romain Rolland library, has a rich assemblage of more than 3,00,000 volumes of books both in French and in English. P...

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Serenity beach
10 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Serenity beach on the east coast of Tamil Nadu in Puducherry is one of the least known beaches facing the Bay of Bengal. Just as the name suggests, serenity beach stands out to be calm and peaceful, taking one to the state of tranquillity. It is perfect for outdoor activities, or to lay on those silky sands. It is around 10 kms from the north of the Puducherry town

Long stretches of golden sand spread over the serenity beach, sparkling azure blue waters offer a delightful view. The warm waters and smooth sands are perfect for a relaxing day. It is one of the easily accessible beaches ...

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Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple officially Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil, popularly known as the Villianur Temple, is a historic Hindu temple situated at a distance of around 8 kms from Pondicherry city center.

The Villianur temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in form of the Shiva Linga, with ornate sculptures and a colorful exterior. Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple complex was originally constructed centuries ago by the Cholas. It follows a typical Dravidian architectural style with a tall and inticrately craved gopuram (sanctum sanctotum). ...

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St. Andrew's Church is a historic Catholic Church located in the Reddiarpalayam Area of Puducherry. Pondicherry being a French settlement is famous for its churches and cathedrals, St. Andrew's Church is one of the oldest churches in the area which was built in 1745 in Gothic architecture. It was built by the longest serving dubash of the French East India Company, Kanakaraya Mudali. St. Andrew's Church is located within Puducherry city limits.

St. Andrew's Church is a prominent landmark of Puducherry. St. Andrew's is a present day working church with daily services and hourly pray...

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The Mahatma Gandhi Statue is a four-meter square statue in the middle of Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry. The Mahatma Gandhi Status commemorates the Bapu (Father) of the nation. It is the biggest statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the whole of Asia. It is located within Puducherry city limits.

The Mahatma Gandhi statue was built by the famous sculptor Roy Choudhary from Madras School of Art and Crafts. It is surrounded by eight magnificent granite pillars which were brought from Gingee. The pillars were erected in 1866, while the statue was inaugurated on January 26, 1965. The Mahatma Gandh...

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Varadharaja Perumal Temple
8 kms from Pondicherry city limits
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Varadharaja Perumal Temple is a prominent and historic Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located in Thirubuvanai village, Pondicherry. It is 8 kms away from Puducherry city center.

Varadharaja Perumal Temple is a fine example of Dravidian style of architecture. Varadharaja Perumal Temple is enclosed by a granite wall and has a five tiered rajagopuram - the gateway tower. The rajagopuram is 100 ft high. Varadharaja Perumal Temple was built by the Cholas during 11th century, later it was expanded by the Pandyas. The temple has an image of Varadharaja Perumal in standing p...

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