Pondicherry used to be India's biggest French colony, and is now the home of many French citizens. This has an influence on the architecture, food and culture. The rocky Promenade Beach is ideal to take long walks along the serene Bay of Bengal. The yellow sand, yellow sea and yellow sky merge to create a breathtaking panorama. Do indulge in scubadiving to experience the abundance of aquatic flora and fauna. The Soorya Beach Resort and Le Pondy Resort are excellent choices for staying by the sea. The city is also the location of Auroville. This innovative township houses explanatory concepts based on diverse philosophies and ideas. The Aurobindo Ashram here is a platform to seek spiritual pleasure. Through the method of integral yoga, the followers aim to become one with the divine, without renouncing the world. A distinct food culture is also notable due to the Franco-Tamil hybridity. Delectable French pastries, baguettes and appams! Seafood and continental! Savour the flavour. Oh! And I almost forgot to mention the rock-bottom prices of alcohol. For delectable food, try Cafe Xtasi and Baker Street. Try ice-cream from a wide variety at Ibaco. A visit is worth a palpable sense of contentment in India’s own French connection.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Pondicherry is from November to February
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
the last beach on the line of the four beaches, this is the least crowded and also an isolated sort of place. This beach is also known as the Full Moon Beach because of the round shape of it. The white sands and peaceful atmosphere of this place makes it even more charming. The best thrill factor here is that this beach has no road connectivity during and immediately after the monsoons and so there are only two ways by which you can come here. One is by Motor boating from the Half Moon Beach with which this beach is partly attached and the second is by hiking from the Om Beach. The first option is however much safer. You will naturally not fnd any holiday resort around but you can of course arrange picnics here. This beach is a favourite of hippies and the backpackers who love to camp rather than sleep in soft beds while they are on a trip. This is where they often camp during the nights and you can also do the same if you feel you have not had enough fun here.
An awesome place for mind relief. We went there on our first evening but loved it so much that went there again the next day and spent the whole evening. If you are at Rock Beach, you have to visit the cafe there (Le Cafe). The sound of the waves and the wind blowing through your hair, just so peaceful.
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 is an old French colony which has now become a posh neighbourhood og Pondicherry. The French and Roman inspired buildings here are mostly in white and mustard colour. This is one reason for which the name 'White Town' suits this place aptly. Also, this is a very popular area with all the different types of restaurants- big and small located over here. If you want to taste some of the best food and dishes of here, then you should definitely come doen to White Town. It is not that you will only get South Indian food but you get all other Indian cuisines along with French, Italian and other continental and exotic dishes in most of the restaurants of White Town.
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.
This is a Dupleix Hotel and an awesome place in the White Town Area of Pondicherry. This is an old house which is now turned into an iconic hotel. The all white French style villa is now a popular restaurant cum hotel. They are situated very close to the Bay of Bengal Shores, the leafy park and also the main market of the region. They serve great French food which is delicious and authentic. You will find a huge crowd of foreigners over here all the time mainly because they find the authentic taste only over here. The ambience and service of this place also very good.
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.
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.
The highlights of this resort are their location and their hospitality. This is a French style hotel with standard facilities. What touches the heart is their politeness and service quality. They are close to all the prime locations of the town and you can just hop- and- shop -and- hop -and rest out here. The facilities and room services provided here are always not up to the mark but the management and staff here are sure to address all your grievances very soon.
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.
Villa Christophe, has been restored nineteenth century Villa, is an enchanting boutique guesthouse situated in the center of the French Quarter of Pondicherry, India. A mere 400 meters stroll from the sea, with its delightfully delegated rooms, it gives you the solaces of a home while having all conveniences of a 4-star inn. If you wish to encounter the rich legacy of the pioneer past of Pondicherry, Villa Christophe is a brilliant choice. There are three brilliantly done up rooms - Jasmine, Hibiscus and Frangipani. They are all around furnished with all advanced amenities. Villa Christophe happily helps you in masterminding any ground transportation needs which you may have. Circumventing the town in a bike would give you a charming taste of days passed by. If you are prepared to overcome the traffic, a bike is entirely adequate for covering most zones around/outside the town. It is the best place to stay in the French center of Pondicherry.
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.
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.
This Beach Road is meant for amazing walks especially past 5! People of all ages visit this place and is one of the most common places visited around. The place is really clean and the people out there take immense care to do that. NO SMOKING. Animals allowed in certain timings. No littering around and No Drinking. You have Le Cafe and a few other joints. On the stretch, there is the Dupleix Statue, Gandhi Statue, Ambedkar Mani Mandapam, French War Memorial, a few Government Offices and some beach side Hotels.
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.
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
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 Windflower Resort and Spa
This is a café and bar with the best ambience in town. This is a place owned by a group of friends and the Bohemian feel and look here grabs all eyeballs. The regular food options are nil here as they serve awesome fusion foods, snacks and pastries. They serve nice mocktails and cocktails too though the loud music may not be a good option for many people. If you are young and you love a punky ambience this place is a fantastic option for you.
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.
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.