It's a lovely place. Peaceful. Besides beaches , it has wonderful cafes serving continental cuisine mainly French cuisine. The places that are favourite for tourists are
The Light House
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Sacred Heart Basilica
Some off beat destinations are
Serenity Beach - catch the sunrise or sunset thee
Auro Beach - less frequented by tourists
Mangrove forest at Pichavaram - It's around 70 km from Pondicherry. You can take a boat ride through the forest for a surreal experience. If you want to enter the Matrimandir in Auroville (The golden globe, that is) , you need to make a reservation at least a week prior as very few people are allowed to enter and meditate and that too at a specific time.
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