20 most beautiful places to visit in Pondicherry
1. Auroville Charter
Auroville (City of dawn) is an experimental township which is situated 8 km north-west of Pondicherry in East Coast Road. Auroville was designed by the French architect Roger Anger. Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.
2. Auro Beach
Auroville beach is close to Auroville. It is right off the East Cost Road, opposite the road leading to Auroville. Located around 12 km from the main Pondicherry town, its shallow waters and small waves make it a popular place for swimming. The beach lies by the ECR.
3. The Statue of Dupleix
It is seaside park with a statue of a Dupleix. Marquis Joseph Francois Dupleix was an integral part of Puducherry’s colonial past. He was the governor of Puducherry between 1742 and 1754. The 2.88 m tall statue of Dupleix stands at the southern end of the park.
Arikamedu, the ancient Roman trade centre is 4ms. south of Puducherry on the right bank of Ariyankuppam River. It has a long history that dates back to the second century B.C. The port town was inhabited by Romans, Cholas and French who left their mark on this wonderful place. An unforgettable experience that you wouldn’t want to miss.
5. Romain Rolland Library
Romain Rolland Library is one of the oldest libraries in the country, which was established in 1872 and was previously called as Bibliotheque Publique. There are more than 315,000 books in this library that have been printed in different language.
6. Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settle in Pondicherry i.e. before 1666. It has a golden spire and walls portraying forty different forms of Ganesha. There is also a temple elephant, Lakshmi, who gives blessings to the devotees.
7. Ousteri Lake
Ousteri Lake is located towards north at a distance of 10 km from Pondicherry town (Pondicherry Villupuram road). The wetland covers an area of about 390 ha (lies in both Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry) with a wide range of aquatic species and is mainly a bird sanctuary.
8. Sri Aurobindo Ashram
The Sri Aurobindo Ashram Founded in 1926 is a well known and wealthy ashram in India, with devotees from Indian and all over the world flocking to it for spiritual salvation. It spiritual tenets represent a synthesis of yoga and modern science. It is the residence where the Sri Aurobindo and revered Mother Mirra Richard, popularly known as Maa, spent the most part of their life. This place attracts many thousands of people each year. There are daily conducted tours for those interested in visiting he various units of the Ashram, the Pondicherry town, as well as the Auroville township.
9. The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Situated on the south boulevard, is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ. This church was supposed to have been erected in 18 century by French Missionaries. Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a catholic church and is white and brown structure.
10. Bharati Park
The Government Park or Bharati Park is in the green centre of the Town. The Aayi Mandapam is a famous monument which lies at the center of the Bharati Park. The significance of this park is derived from the fact that it is surrounded by some of the most important government buildings.
11. Botanical Garden and Aquarium
The Botanical Garden is located south of the New Bus Stand. The gate leading to the garden is reminiscent of French architecture and it stands out from its immediate surroundings because it is in the middle of the old Tail town. The Botanical Gardens were laid out in 1826 in the ornate French style, with pruned trees, flower beds and gravel lines paths and fountains.
12. Light House
This 19th Century Lighthouse in Pondicherry is a significant landmarks in Pondicherry. Its unique architecture of a round tower has made it a modern lighthouse at the time it was built. The 29 meter high light house with the unique features of round tower and a square base took just few months to be completed and the cost was just 10,000 francs.
13. Pondicherry Museum
Pondicherry Museum has a gallery with sculptures and has the remains of archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. The museum also has collection of rare bronzes and stone sculptures from the Pallava and Chola dynasties and artifacts excavated from Arikamedu.
14. Jawaharlal Nehru Street
Pondy Bazaar has a wide variety of shopping stores in all price ranges within a two or three kilometer radius. Along with independent retails there are name brand stores such as Ram Silks, Sathyams, Peter England… etc. Some of the popular restaurants here are Indian Coffee house in all the JN street Bazaar has fully crowed with tourists and many people’s from different part of India.
15. Chunnambar Boat House
Chunnambar boat house is one of the most desirable tourist destinations in Pondicherry which is located along the banks of Ariyankuppam River. While you take a boat tour in the resort, there is a beach at the closure of the river where kids and grown up play endlessly with joy.
16. Sunday Market
The Sunday Market has recently attained popularity among locals and tourists. Merchants from various places markets variety of products. The location of Sunday market is the cutting point of Jawaharlal Nehru Street and Mahatma Gandhi road. This is something exclusive only to Pondicherry and this special market is held once a week, where you can get anything, this shopping center offers a pleasant experience to the visitors. Wide ranges of stylish clothes, semi-precious stones, scents, hand-made incense, and aromatherapy items are available in the market.
17. Aayi Mandabam
Aayi Mandabam also known as the Park Monument, is one of the attractive monument in Pondicherry situated at the midst of picturesque Government Park (Bharati Park). Built in the 16th century during the period of Napoleon III in France and is name after a renowned courtesan named Aayi. The tower stands majestically at the center of the park, enhancing its look. The Aayi Mandabam monument was built in accordance to the Greco Roman style of Architecture.
18. French War Memorial
The stylish French War Memorial, located in the renowned Goubert Avenue, is a monument for those soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. Annual commemoration is celebrated every year on 14th July; during the period the memorial gets illuminated beautifully it is really a pleasant experience here, where the new generation pays their respect to those served the society and country. We, as the visitors, owe to visit this place and offer our tributes. A highlighting factor of the French Was Memorial and Pondicherry tourism is the gala Bastille Day celebration on 14th July, when the monument is all decked and illuminated to look its best. The pomp and grandeur of the celebrations are tinged with sentiment and nostalgia that arouse the patriotic fervor in tourists.
19. Immaculate Conception Cathedral
This 300 year old Immaculate Conception Cathedral – the cathedral mother church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore is located in the Union territory of Puducherry, South India.
20. rock beach
Promenade Beach (or, known as, “Pondicherry Beach”) is the popular stretch of beachfront in the city of Puducherry, India, along the Bay of Bengal. It is a 1.2-kilometre-long stretch in Pondicherry, starts from War Memorial and end at Dupleix Park on the Goubert Avenue.