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Oh the charm of the French world meeting the sea life - how can one not fall for something so surreal yet so real? The quietude of the alleys and the bustling boulevards; the amalgamation of Tamil and French cuisines and architecture; and the jaunty crowd, all make Pondicherry a compelling place to visit in India. The Union Territory of Pondicherry blessed with picturesque coastline is indeed a destination for beach lovers where they can enjoy multiple water activities. The colonial architecture compliments the beach life whereas the far situated Auroville add another dimension to Pondicherry tourism. If there is one tourist destination in India that can cater to your need for a relaxing holiday, Pondicherry has to be it.
Capital: Pondicherry/Puducherry Location: Southeast India
The months between October and February are ideal for visiting Pondicherry.
For picturesque beaches, French architecture, Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram, heritage, history, French cuisine, honeymoon, watersports, cheap alcohol, relaxing holiday, family vacation, pilgrimage tour.
March to May
June to September
October to February
The silhouette of Pondicherry comprises the famed French Town or White Town, spectacular churches, temples, and statues with an additional charm of the sea and that of the swaying palm and coconut trees. On the Southeast side of the Indian subcontinent Pondicherry or Pondy or Puducherry, whatever you like to call it, is a tourist destination for a calm and relaxed holiday any time of the year. Once the part of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry displays a great influence of it in its cuisine, architecture as well as language. Hence, you can expect to relish potpourri of Tamil and French culture in this is beautiful union territory. Pondicherry is indeed a synonym of Auroville. Of course, tourists know it for its French houses and cafes, but Auroville certainly has its own importance when it comes to must-see places in Pondicherry.
The much revered Matri Mandir and the concept of human unity in diversity are a big draw for people who spend days, weeks, and months here volunteering, meditating, and interning. Once, out of the spiritual realm of Auroville, tourists have the chance to relish the beach life of Pondicherry. The Promenade Beach that flanks the White Town area may not have a sandy area to stroll on but it does offer quite a scenic spot for visitors to spend hours at. The Paradise beach, on the other hand, has everything a beach lover is looking for - golden sand, azure water, water activities, and the coolest crowd.
Keep some time at hand to relish the French and Tamil culture and tradition meld where you have the opportunity to witness Pondicherry’s cuisine, rural life, cooking demo of old recipes, weaving workshops, sculpture art, musical trail, the local game "petanque", puppet shows along with an experience of handmade paper tours with workshop and much more. Another major attraction of Pondicherry that cannot be missed is Aurobindo Ashram. Yes, you may have to stand in a long queue for your turn to enter but the place is worth the wait. Pondicherry, when compared to other tourist destinations in India, may have a slower pace of life, but this attracts anyone looking for a quiet holiday time with an opportunity to cycle everywhere and relish cheaper booze, and delectable food coming from the Tamil and French kitchens.
Apart from this, Pondicherry also houses a number of must visit Hindu temples and Churches that have spectacular architecture to adore. The churches in Pondicherry mostly date back to 18th or 19th century, whereas the Hindu temples have a history going back to the 17th century. Amongst the popular temples in Pondicherry are Villianur Thirukameeswarar Temple and Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Devasthanam. Library, museums, war memorial, and statues are some other important places for sightseeing in Pondicherry and missing out any of these is not suggested.
A quiet holiday on balmy beaches soaking up the sun await you in Pondicherry. Make the most of this travel destination by booking your Pondicherry vacation with us. Choose from an assorted tour packages that are designed keeping in mind your specific needs and preferences. Up for grab are affordable Pondicherry vacation packages that without compromising with the quality offer the kind of holiday you like.
The White Town charms with its French style houses, shops, churches, and cafes, while Auroville assures you a spiritual journey in Pondicherry unlike any other. The Union Territory also draws attention to pristine beaches, revered Aurobindo Ashram, Hindu temples, and French style Churches, museums, and palaces.
Ideal for a relaxing vacation, Pondicherry is a destination for cycling through beautiful French alleys, relishing flavoursome French and Tamil cuisines, enjoying water activities including scuba diving at pristine beaches, and finding the best yoga and meditation centres.
Reflecting the opulent art and culture, the museums in Pondicherry are the haven for every history buff. Offering a sneak peek in the history of the trade prevailing in Pondicherry and the transport used in the ancient colonial era, they make for a perfect historical tour destinations.view more