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 beach is a little isolated beach off the shore. From food and drinks shacks to showers and restrooms, Paradise Beach has it all covered. Part of the fun of visiting this beautiful beach, is the boat ride. As the boat reaches the green backwaters, visitors will see beautiful green mangrove trees. People tend to spot several birds as well. If you're a fan of nature photography, the ride to the beach is a perfect setting for visitors. The sand on the beach is exceptionally fine, soft, and grainy. Swimming is permitted but it is advised not to go too deep into the water as currents are usually quite strong.
There are several things one can do on this beach. People can go take a quick dip in the water, or even play a friendly game of beach volleyball, football, or cricket. One can indulge into a great plate of 'hot bhaji' and drink fresh coconut water. Visitors can also try fishing here. All things needed for fishing are easily available. Paradise beach also offers water sports. Although these activities may not be available at all times, visitors can go jet skiing, canoeing or kayaking.
The best time to visit Paradise beach is from November to March. The boat rides do not function during the monsoon season (June to early October). Visitors can visit Paradise Beach during timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on all days of the week. There are no hotels or accommodations on the beach, therefore the last time to get off the beach is by the last boat, which leaves the beach around the closing time. There are charges for entry, boat rides, cameras, and food & beverages. Entry fee for the beach is 150 INR per person. Renting a chair would cost 75 INR per hour. It costs 200 INR for a to and fro boat ride. Taking a camera is 10 INR and a video camera costs 40 INR.