Inaugurated on February 28th, 1968, Auroville is an experimental township built in the Viluppuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The sole purpose behind the creation of this township is to realize Humanity. Men and Women from around the world stay here in composite peace and harmony away from all nationalities, any politics and all creeds.
Auroville is a unique township all over the world where men and women from all ages groups, different countries, diverse cultures, various social classes, distinctive backgrounds, contrasting environments live together to realize the humanity in diversity. The residents of Auroville termed as "Aurovillians" are residents from 49 nations currently approx 2,500 in number. Out of then, one-third approximately are Indians.
About the Architecture of the Planned Township
The Auroville township is a properly planned city. The city has separate areas for various purposes.
The Peace Area: At the center of the Auroville, there is a Peace area called Matrimandir(The meditation dome) which comprises an amphitheater, surrounded by lush green gardens. The soil for this place is taken from 121 nations and 23 Indian States to show the Human Unity.
The Industrial Zone: The industrial zone consists of the art and craft industry, small and medium scale industries, training centers and the city's administration.
The Residential Zone: The residential zone is the place where inhabitants are colonized. The area is 55% covered with greenery and the rest is populated.
International Zone: The national and international events are hosted in this zone.
Green Belt: This belt is used for organic farming, dairies, orchards, forests, and wildlife. Basically, it is the source of food, medicines and etc. necessities for the inhabitants of the Auroville.
Eateries Inside Auroville: There are numerous eateries inside the Auroville where you can enjoy multi-cuisines catered to meet the needs of diverse taste of the inhabitants of the Auroville. There are lots of Cafe's, Bakery, Farm Fresh Food Corners, Garden Cafe, Market for the daily needs and other eateries.
My Experience of the Visit: I stayed in Club Mahindra Puducherry for my stay in Pondicherry. It took me around an hour to reach Auroville from there.
Club Mahindra Puducherry -- approx 30kms -- Auroville
I reached Auroville at 3 pm in the evening. Till the time, the visitor's time to get an entry to visit the Matrimandir has passed away for the day. As I reached the main entry area of Auroville, we walk down for few meters through a dense green belt of plants and trees, we reached the main center area. I was able to see a few cafes, a bookstore, a shopping shop, a small area where I can read articles and pictures depicting about Auroville(Auroville Visting center).