Pondicherry _ the serene city

Tripoto
3rd Sep 2018
Photo of Pondicherry _ the serene city by Sumesh Mohan
Day 1

Auroville
Auroville is an experimental community in southern India. It was founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa as a town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. Its focal point is the Matrimandir, a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs
Auroville is 16 km by bus from Pondicherryand 163 km by bus from Chennai. Trains are also available and they take 6 hours. The nearest airports are at Pondicherry, 11 km and Chennai, 142 km.
By rickshaw (₹150-₹200) or taxi (₹240) from Pondicherry. Many buses between Chennaiand Pondicherry pass the turn off to Auroville - you can get down here and into one of the waiting rickshaws at the junction.

Visitors and guests should bear in mind that the Matrimandir is not a ‘tourist’ site; it is a place for individual silent concentration. A place which should be visited in an appropriate physical and mental state.

Visits to Matrimandir are free of cost. Bookings for passes to Matrimandir cannot be done by agents, guides or tour operators.

General information on the Matrimandir can be obtained every day at the Information Desk at the Visitors Centre, 9.00 am-1.00 pm and 1.30 pm–5.00 pm. This includes an introductory video on the Matrimandir offered in various languages. 

Photo of Auroville Ashram, Golden Globe, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Auroville Ashram, Golden Globe, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan

Matrimandir

Photo of Auroville Ashram, Golden Globe, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Auroville Ashram, Golden Globe, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Auroville Ashram, Golden Globe, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan

Hugging trees

Photo of Auroville Ashram, Golden Globe, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan

Model of the matrimandir

Photo of Auroville Ashram, Golden Globe, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Auroville Ashram, Golden Globe, Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan

White town

Photo of pondicherry white town by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of pondicherry white town by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of pondicherry white town by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of pondicherry white town by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of pondicherry white town by Sumesh Mohan

rock beach

Photo of Pondicherry _ the serene city by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Pondicherry _ the serene city by Sumesh Mohan

promenade(goubert avenue)

Statue of dupleix

Photo of The Promenade, Pondicherry, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of The Promenade, Pondicherry, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of The Promenade, Pondicherry, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of The Promenade, Pondicherry, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of The Promenade, Pondicherry, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan

Gandhi statue

Photo of The Promenade, Pondicherry, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan

War memorial

Photo of The Promenade, Pondicherry, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan

French war memorial

Photo of The Promenade, Pondicherry, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of The Promenade, Pondicherry, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan
Day 2

Park monument(ayi mandapam)

Photo of Aayi Mandapam, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan

Ayi mandapam

Photo of Aayi Mandapam, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Aayi Mandapam, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan

Bharathi government park

Photo of Aayi Mandapam, White Town, Puducherry, India by Sumesh Mohan

raj niwas

Photo of Pondicherry _ the serene city by Sumesh Mohan

sunday market

Photo of Pondicherry _ the serene city by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Pondicherry _ the serene city by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Pondicherry _ the serene city by Sumesh Mohan

Serenity beach

Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Sumesh Mohan
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