Pondicherry Tourism & Travel Guide

For a dose of south Indian culture with a side of French flavours, travel to the city of Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry), perched on India’s east coast in Tamil Nadu. Peppered with Gallic landscapes of bougainvillea draped colonial townhouses, pastel villas and leafy boulevards, Pondicherry is a haven for both – the traveller in the quest for spiritual awakening, and the leisure-seeking tourist. One of the Puducherry’s most sacred attractions, is the internationally acclaimed Sri Aurobindo Ashram located off Goubert Ave. Drawing lakhs of devotees from across the world every year, the grounds are home to the shrines of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa (The Mother), and a meditation hall, which is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Pondicherry. Another must visit destination is the township of Auroville that was founded in 1968, located 8kms away from Pondicherry. The community, houses people of 45 nationalities. One of the lesser known things to do in Puducherry is bird watching at the Ousteri Wetlands, 10kms from the heart of the town. You could spend your mornings at city’s major beaches - Auroville, Serenity, Promenade and Paradise, and end your trip with a walk along the seafront promenade, as you chase the setting sun.
Best time to visit

Peak Season is during the winters, from October to February. Pondicherry is very pleasant during this time of the year, with the temperatures dropping below 20 degrees Celsius.

Budget
For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1300 a day
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500 to INR 3000 a day
For Luxury Travellers: INR 8000 and upwards

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Best Time to Visit Pondicherry

Peak Season is during the winters, from October to February. Pondicherry is very pleasant during this time of the year, the temperatures going as low at 17 degrees celsius.  

Shoulder Season: Monsoons (March to June)  are a lovely time to be in Pondicherry. These are the months that the region is at its vibrant best. Especially in August, when the entire city comes out to celebrate Sri Aurobindo’s birth anniversary.

Off-season: July to September are the months when temperatures go as high as 41°C. As the crowds are less, the hotel prices hit an all time low and Pondicherry can be experienced devoid of all the touristy cliches.

 


Budget for Pondicherry

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1300 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and basic fan rooms in guesthouses: INR 400-750
  • Food in coffee shops and local cafes: INR 200-350
  • Public Transport in buses (one-way ticket): INR 5 - 10
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 100

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays with air-conditioning and TV sets: INR 800 - 1200
  • Food in cafes and restaurants: INR 360 - 750
  • Local transport in local taxis: INR 100 - 400
  • Sightseeing & Guided Tours: INR 10 - 1000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 8000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 500 and upwards
  • Adventure activities and Guided Tours: INR 500 and upwards

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