Serene and beautiful, the beaches of Pondicherry are scenes of sheer delight. It’s only after you have visited the beaches here do you realize what you were missing out on. One of the most popular beaches in Pondicherry has to be the Promenade Beach. Named after the 1.5 km long promenade running along the beach, it is perfect to be visited in the early mornings and evenings when you will find it buzzing with activities. There are also several attractions located in close proximity to the seafront like the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, churches, and the old lighthouse. Then, there is the Paradise Beach in Pondicherry, aptly named because of its beautiful surroundings in which the rustle of coconut trees lends a special charm. Located a few odd kilometers away from the main town, this must visit beach in Pondicherry is lined with huts and shacks that offer delicious snacks to gorge on. You can spend your time in a variety of ways here, from enjoying a game of volleyball, reading a book to simply taking in the beauty of the surroundings.
Another famous beach in Pondicherry is the Auroville Beach also known as Auro Beach. The beach makes for a great swimming destination and offers several opportunities for relaxation and entertainment. You could enjoy a leisurely stroll, a sun bath on the warm inviting sand or go surfing, if that’s what you fancy. The beach tour of Pondicherry will certainly be incomplete without visiting the Serenity Beach and Veerampattinam Beach. Counted amongst the best beaches in Pondicherry, Serenity Beach is ideal for surfing, and its cafe and weekend flea bazaar are the major crowd pullers. Veerampattinam Beach on the other side, is located in the village of Veerampattinam, and is of the longest beaches in South India. The beach is an amazing place to enjoy a day relaxing, unwinding, and watching the fishermen at work.
The influence of French culture in its food, language and customers is quite strong. That is hardly surprising, since the French rule here continued well into 1954. For a short while, the realization of being in India fades into the background. From its colonial-era French quarters adorned with bougainvillea to the French cuisine found in its restaurants, Pondy ensures that it remains one of the top most tourist destinations in India. Apart from the colonial legacy, there are backwaters, lakes, gardens and other such beautiful places that make it a highly visited tourist destination in India. And then,