Sri Aurobindo Ashram
This is the prime attraction of Pondicherry and is also known as Auroville. This is like a meditation center where everyone is not allowed to enter. You need strict permission to visit the place and then meditate here. The whole structure of the Ashram is of a ball which is wrapped with golden discs. you need to take off your shoes and enter this ashram with white socks. As you enter this ashram you have to cross a number of stairs and then enter the innermost chamber. Here you will see a huge flower with 12 petals and also 12 huge columns or pillars. The number 12 is a representation of the 12 common aspects of the Universal Mother. This is also the reason why this place is also known as the Mother House. The Pillars inside this chamber do not reach the ceiling. This is to depict that meditation and knowledge does not have any end to it. You find immense peace over here and also get a lot of answers for the inner questions which bother you.
This Serenity Beach is a ten minutes drive toward the town's north. This virgin shoreline, with its peaceful surroundings is a perfect spot to laze away your day. Beautiful and outstanding, the name "Serenity" is exceptionally selected for this shoreline. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that this shoreline is a heaven for honeymooners. You will feel casual and quiet, as well as feel a feeling of having a place. This shoreline will give you an extraordinary perspective of the Indian Ocean and you can invest your energy in a voyage. Since the shoreline is not extremely well known yet, it is detached and peaceful. So keep all of your considerations about extravagant excursions to Paris and Italy away, and make the most of your special night on Indian waters where you will get a desire for time to achieve a standstill. Comparatively this shoreline is cleaner calmer and has a popular surf school toward one side of this shoreline.
The Dumas Street is an important location of Pondicherry and is mainly known for the more famous Dumas Guest House. This place has been in existence for a very long time now and is one of the best in town. People from all parts of the world come and stay over here and also recommend the place to others. They have kept up with their popularity of being one of the oldest resorts and they surely live up to all expectations. Also the Dumas street is very close to the beach and also the shopping arenas and other tourist attractions.
Sea Side Guest House
If you are looking for budget hotels with very good facilities, then this is the wisest option in the city of Pondicherry. This is a lovely place with spacious rooms have awesome sea views. The staff are friendly and of course the food here is very good too. The room service is prompt and the people here are really gentle. You will however not get any WiFi or pool facilities but its location close to the beach grabs all attraction.
Baker StreetYou will find Baker Street in everyone’s recommendation. The French bakery in Bussy Street has an aromatic smell of freshly baked breads and cheese stored in the fridge. Even though the staff were native South Indian, they spoke fluent french with their french customers. You will be delighted to see an array of baguettes, multigrain bread, dinner rolls, pastries, macaroons, meringue, cheesecake, tarts and they even have pizza, salad, quiche, sandwiches, juice and coffee. One thing is for sure, Baker Street won’t disappoint you.
Le cafeLe cafe being the Government owned Cafe is open 24 hours and is located in the Rock beach. After an early morning stroll, sit down for some coffee and view of the sea. The best time to enjoy this cafe is during night, when cool breeze flows, make sure to take a rooftop table. The food here is just average, nothing great to go back again.
This is an important road in Pondicherry and is known for the importance it has for travellers and tourists. This is because this road is filled with all sorts of restaurants and tourist resorts and visitors centers. The Goubert Road is also adjacent to the beach and thus has a really nice atomosphere.
We visited the beach and relaxed there in the evening, there are couple of good beaches. You can go to rock beach or paradise beach. Driving through french quarters is in itself an experience. We had dinner at Cafe Xtasi, it is best in Pondicerry for pizza. The pizza here are wood fired and have awesome taste. You will be stunned on looking at the size of the pizza's here, just humongous. So, order the largest one and share the happiness.
French War Memorial
French War MemorialMemorial dedicated to the soldiers who sacrificed their life during the First World War. Located opposite to Gandhi Statue on Beach Road, it takes a small amount of time to stroll around the area. It was built in 1971 and is illuminated on 14th of July celebrated as Bastille day.
Café des Arts
Cafe des ArtsEven though I didn’t get a chance to visit this cafe because it was closed both the times I was there, I have read a lot of good reviews about this cafe. Graffiti painted walls with heart warming food. Go visit this place for a meal, and tell me how was it!Dilli 6My favourite place in Pondicherry to have a meal even if it’s a vegetarian restaurant. As the name suggest, a North Indian cuisine restaurant which gets full very fast. Go before half an hour your meal time to get a table. From Delhi chaats to Chole bature, you get all the delicious items here. Amritsari kulcha with Chole is would be my recommendation. The Indian interior and the ambience impressed me a lot as well for me to go back again.
The Sunway GRT Grand
You cannot ask for better if you are at the Promenade. This is one of the three best hotels of Pondicherry and everything about this place is awesome. Starting from the look of the hotel to the services here everything is superb. The rooms are awesome and deluxe and views from each rooms are fantastic. Cleanliness is maintained perfectly over here and the food is very good too. This is no wonder a 5 star hotel with the kind of lawns and gardens and pools over here.
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Known as the Church of Our Lady of Angels, here we see some brilliant masonry and architectural styles. When the church was built, to give it the colour of absolute white marble, fine limestone was mixed with lot of egg whites to make the walls very white. The upper part of the church was made in the Ionic style and the lower part was made in the Doric Style which are both classical styles of architecture. The design of the church was inspired from another chapel of France. The painting that you see on the wall of this church was gifted by Napolean Bonaparte. In front of this church is the statue of Mother Mary with Baby Jesus in her Arms. The church is in a place from where you can see the beach as well as the bay of Bengal. There are also statues of the Joan of Arc and other saints and personalities.
La Maison Rose
Not a very good place if you are in search of authentic French food but if you are just in for some nice taste and fusion of flavours you will find this place nice. They are nice, little shop with not many seating options also but whoever have come here have been really happy with the service. besides, there is no harm in tasting Indianized French food.
Bamboo Aikido Fedaration of India
This is a 19th Century building with complete French influence and colonial art and furniture pieces. The food menu is also a complete one made of French classical dishes. It is sheer bliss to dine over here with such a lovely ambience and such good food. The Gaspacho, sandwiches, pancakes and baguettes are a must try here. This is a perfect art cafe with such a nice, vintage collection and awesome food to go perfectly with the theme.
Kasha Ki Aasha
Kasha Ki Aasha, is a art Boutique and Cafe, situated amidst the lovely legacy city of Pondicherry, India. It proffers special, hand-made items from all over India in this restored Tamil home. Facilitated by neighborhood ladies who welcome you with South Indian neighborliness you will discover architect pieces of clothing, shawls, semi-valuable and outfit adornments, regular body items, home extras and also wonderful experiences for sure. An exceptional spotlight on Indian photography and workmanship offers a very special knowledge into the tradition and society of India through prints, books, magazines. One must also visit the cafe on the garden under the rooftop pandal for natural coffee, homemade cake, European Thali or a customary dosai with crisp coconut chutney. There is no better place to spend away a sultry evening. This place is highly recommended, and also a heaven for the photography lovers, one must visit this place once in their lifetime
We girls love chocolate and this place was on the top of our list. We reached there at night around 10 but the shop was about to close and they didn't let us in. So we went there the next day in the afternoon, had some yummy chocolate and took a lot for friends. It's a small dessert place with cute chocolate-like butterflies adorning the ceiling. There's a statue of Abdul Kalam made out of chocolate. Must visit if you have a sweet tooth.
Sacred Heart Church
This is a church which is situated on the southern boulevard of Pondicherry and is a very old one. This was definitely built by the French colonials in the Gothic style of architecture. The maintenance of this building is worth admiring because till date when we stand in front of the church it seems to be built just a few months back. The red colour of the church makes it look very bright and it also can be seen from quite a distance. The Belgium glass detailing inside the church makes it look even more beautiful. The cleanliness over here is remarkable and the beautiful Sunday Masses are worth admiring.
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
This is one of the most important temples of Tamil Nadu and is dedicated to the worship of the Siddhi Vinayak Lord Ganesha. This is a typical South Indian temple with gopurams and intricately designed facades and walls. They have the usual pillars and columns too. The best part is again how expert the hands of the artists are to have maintained such awesome finesse throughout. The inside of the temple is also very spacious and the temple is funded by the Pondicherry government. People come here to seek blessings for the Lord to bless them with knowledge and wisdom.
Pondicherry Botanical Gardens
Nature lovers, this one is definitely for you. The Ooty Botanical Gadrens was established in the year of 1847 along the slopes of the famous Doddabetta Peak. These gardens cover almost 22 acres of land and are the work of William Graham McIvor, a famous architectt of that day and age. The garden has around one thousand-plus species of flora that comprises of shrubs, ferns, and bonsai plants. The garden is divided into six areas namely Fountain terrace, nurseries, Conservatory, Italian garden, new garden and the lower garden. The place is green and the atmosphere is truly refreshing. April, May and September are the best months to visit this place.
It is one of the major tourist attraction of Ooty. It has some 650 species of plants and trees. Covering an extensive area of 55 acre, the garden is well-maintained and has a beautiful collection of many flowers. The place looks spectacular during its annual flower exhibition.
The Temple Adventures is situated at 16 Ramaraja Street, Opposite to Pondicherry Railway Station. They give proper training and certificates in all PADI scuba diving courses, for example, Open Water, Advanced, Deep, Nitrox and Divemaster, in addition to this they also guide qualified jumpers through astonishing portion of jump destinations in the area. One can also get photos of jumping in the amazing water as a unique and lifetime memory. They now offer a range of DAN scuba gear, protection, instruction and preparing projects, for both novices and experienced jumpers. If you are interested in more than simply snorkeling then it is recommended that you take an AIDA Free Diving course. Apnea is the craft of holding your breath while submerged, and this is at present the only Apnea School in India and can qualify understudies to 1, 2 and 3 star AIDA level. If you love for diving then you must visit this place.
Bussy Street Bus Stop
When you enter this upmarket, French bakery the staff greets you in impeccable French, you stutter a broken Bonjour and nod to them proudly. Baker Street on Bussy Street will truly feed the Francophile in you. The crisp coffees, éclairs, croissants, macaroons, meringues, mousses and pain au chocolat seem to be the envy of every diabetic patient who enters this French Bakery. Entry is by reservations and for dinner alone.
MuseumsIf you’re someone who is not a museum lover, skip this. As someone who loves history and seeing old antique things, I always make a point to see museums. Puducherry museum located on St Louis Street has a unique collection of excavated objects as well as a gallery of things used during the French Colonial. Photography is prohibited inside and with a minimal charge of Rs.10 to Rs.20, you get entry to the museum.
A history-enthusiast or otherwise, the Puducherry Museum is a must-visit. Displaying artefacts belonging to the Pallav and Chola dynasties, it also offers an insight into nature, with fossilised trunks of ancient trees preserves in the courtyard. The Museum remains closed on every Monday and National holidays, so you might want to plan you visit accordingly.Time required: 2 hours
Pondicherry Bus Main Station
By 4 P.M. I got into the bus, I took one that follows by pass route so that I could reach pondy as soon as possible as I didn’t prebook my pondy stay. In 4 hours I reached pondy and rushed to look up for stay options. finalised a decent guest house nearby bus stand only for that particular night as I knew I am not going to spend rest of the weekend there (safety concerns).