Places around Pondicherry with Architecture

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1/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture
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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2/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture
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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3/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture

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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4/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture
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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5/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture

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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6/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture
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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7/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture

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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8/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture
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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9/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture
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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10/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture

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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11/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture

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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12/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture
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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13/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture

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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14/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture
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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15/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture

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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16/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture

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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17/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture

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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18/18 Places to Visit in Pondicherry with Architecture
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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