Cholan Tours-Pondicherry Destination Information

Pondicherry Destination Information

  • April 15, 2024

Pondicherry: 

Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, is a Union Territory and a lovely city on India's south-eastern coast. It was ruled by France until 1954 and was previously known as a French colony. The city has a distinct blend of French and Tamil culture, as evidenced by its architecture, cuisine, and overall atmosphere. Both French and Indian quarters add to the splendour of the city. Pondicherry, established centuries ago, has seen the rise and fall of South Indian empires and European colonial powers. The city's well-organized grid design, mustard-coloured colonial homes lining tree-lined boulevards, and prominent buildings such as the French Governor's residence all point to the city's strong French influence. Pondicherry's heart is in the French Quarter, which is a paradise for history enthusiasts and photographers. French street names, bakeries with fresh croissants, and cafes selling strong coffee all contribute to the European feel. Pondicherry is commonly referred to as "Little France."

Pondicherry is a place that welcomes both leisure travellers looking for a romantic getaway and devotees on a spiritual journey. Mirra Alfassa (the Mother) developed Auroville, a unique township built on the ideals of human unity, transcending religion, nationality, and caste, offering a spiritual haven for those seeking inner peace. The inauguration ceremony with soil from 124 nations and 23 Indian states beautifully embodies the spirit of Auroville. The renowned ashram, established by Sri Aurobindo Ghose and The Mother, is another significant spiritual landmark in Pondicherry. It's centre for integrated yoga practice, attracting spiritual seekers from all around the world. The architectural charm depicts the colour scheme of structures, which provides a distinct personality. Grey-coloured buildings belong to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Yellow and white buildings are typically government properties. Bicycles are a popular mode of transportation in Pondicherry, especially in the French Quarter. It's a great way to explore the city at a leisurely pace and experience the local atmosphere. 

Overall, Pondicherry's historical significance, stunning French influence, and spiritual ties to Auroville make it a unique and compelling destination. Pondicherry is best visited from October to March. Summers can be hot and humid, with monsoons bringing heavy rains.

Getting There and Around: 

Pondicherry is well connected to the rest of India via a large network of National Highways, a Railway Terminal, and a Domestic Airport.

By Air:  The nearest domestic airport to Pondicherry is Puducherry Airport (PUY), located about 5 kilometres from the city centre. However, this airport has limited connectivity.  

Spice Jet Airlines operates one aircraft per day from Bengaluru and Hyderabad to Puducherry's domestic airport.

** (The flight operation was suspended from March 31 due to a lack of passengers. We'll notify you once the flight service resumes).

Nearest International Airport: 

1. Chennai International Airport – 160 Kms to reach Pondicherry 

2. Trichy International Airport – 200 Kms to reach Pondicherry 

By Rail: Pondicherry is well-connected to major Indian cities by rail. It has daily connectivity to Villupuram, Chennai and Tirupati. While tri-weekly trains connect Pondicherry to Bangalore and Mumbai, other cities like Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi, Mangalore, and Kanyakumari are connected by a weekly train.

By Road: The best connectivity is by road from nearby cities and states. Multiple buses run daily to and from Chennai and Bangalore. Buses also connect Pondicherry to the major cities of Tamilnadu.

Interesting spots to visit in Pondicherry: 

Pondicherry can be explored by foot or by rickshaw. The tour starts in the French Quarter and ends at a church near the beach. While exploring, we can visit the Aurobindo Ashram, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry Museum, Bharathi Park, Raj Niwas, Gandhi Statue, French War Memorial, Promenade Beach, Our Lady of Angel Church, and the Paper Factory (closed on Sunday).

Matri Mandir Auroville: 

The Matrimandir, or "Temple of the Mother," is a spiritual landmark for integral yoga practitioners in Auroville, a township founded in 1968 to promote human unity. It is regarded as the essence of Auroville and is named after Mirra Alfassa, commonly known as "The Mother," who worked with Sri Aurobindo to establish Auroville. It is known as the Soul of the City (French: L'âme de la ville) and is located in a huge open area named Peace. Matri Mandir is a symbol of the Divine Mother and a place for solitary meditation and introspection open to people of all religions and beliefs. The Matrimandir is a magnificent golden sphere surrounded by twelve petals, which represent the twelve powers of the Mother, the divine feminine. The inner room contains a massive glass globe that reflects sunlight, creating a mystical atmosphere. Visitors can visit Matri Mandir's viewpoint from the outside on any day. Individuals who prefer to meditate within the chamber must submit booking requests at least one week in advance to avoid difficulty. Please keep in mind that booking is done individually and based on seat availability, and permission is only granted if there is space available. Arrival and same-day reservations are not allowed. All guests who receive permission should report to the visitor centre at the time specified in your confirmation email. All visitors to the Visitor's Center should come by 8.15 a.m.

The Inner Chamber remains closed for visitor's concentration on all Sundays and Tuesdays.

Booking Link address: https://mmaccess.auroville.org.in/visitors/new 

E-mail Id for Matri Mandir Inner Chamber booking: mmconcentration@auroville.org.in 

The timing for obtaining authorization: 

Morning 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Afternoon 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Closed on Tuesday 

To see the Matrimandir from the outside

Visitors can also see the Matrimandir outer view from the viewpoint. Passes for the Matrimandir Viewing Point can be obtained for free at Auroville's Visitors Centre, after watching a short introductory video on the Matrimandir. From this viewpoint, you can witness an outside view of Matrimandir, an amphitheatre.

Timings: 

Monday to Saturday: 09.00 AM to 05.00 PM 

Sunday: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM only.

Aurobindo Ashram: Sri Aurobindo Ashram was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo, a philosopher, poet, and yogi, and The Mother, a spiritual collaborator. An ashram is a place of peace and tranquility for people to come together to practice yoga and live a life guided by spiritual consciousness. It's not a place of renunciation, but rather a place to explore your inner self. Visitors can tour the Ashram grounds, meditate in the central courtyard beneath the shade of the massive Service Tree, and learn more about Sri Aurobindo's teachings. The central focus of the ashram is the Samadhi, a white marble shrine that holds the physical remains of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The Samadhi is a place of pilgrimage for followers of Sri Aurobindo's teachings. The Ashram runs several educational institutions, including schools, colleges, and a university. These institutions provide education based on Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of integral yoga. The Ashram also runs several businesses and social service organizations. These organizations employ members of the ashram and help to support the ashram's activities.

Visiting Time: Morning – 08.00 AM to 11.30 AM / Evening – 02.00 PM to 06.00 PM

Holidays: No

Entrance fee: No

Video Cameras and Still Cameras are strictly not allowed.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple: Manakula Vinayagar temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha in Puducherry. The temple is believed to be over 500 years old, predating the French occupation of the territory. The temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture and features intricate carvings and sculptures. The most striking feature of the temple is the towering golden vimana (tower) that rises above the sanctum. The main deity of the temple is Lord Ganesha, also known as Manakula Vinayagar. Forty incarnations of Lord Ganesha are carved into the temple's walls.  The speciality of the temple is that we can witness the night ceremony of Lord Ganesha, which is not possible in any other temple as this is the only temple where Lord Ganesha exists with his consorts. (Siddhi and Pudhi).

Darshan Time (General): Morning - 06.30 AM to 11.00 AM / Evening - 04.30 pm to 09.00 PM

Holidays: No

Entrance fee: No

Video Cameras and Still Cameras are strictly not allowed. 

Pondicherry Government Museum: The Pondicherry Museum is conveniently located in the White Town area of Pondicherry, close to other popular tourist attractions such as Bharathi Park and the French War Memorial. The Pondicherry Government Museum is an art and history museum located in Pondicherry, India. It's especially known for its collection of exquisite Chola bronzes. The museum includes a large collection of bronze statues, paintings, sculptures, geological specimens, ancient coins, shells, fossils, and furniture that showcase the cultural heritage of Puducherry and the surrounding region. The museum houses a vast collection of artefacts that narrate the story of Pondicherry's rich cultural heritage. The museum building itself is a beautiful example of French colonial architecture. The building was constructed in 1788 and was originally a law court. It has a magnificent facade with inscriptions in French, and the two-story building is painted in yellow and peach. The museum is divided into several sections, including the Geological Section, Bronze Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, Painting Gallery, Furniture Gallery, Maritime Gallery, French Gallery, Aurobindo Gallery, and Bibliothèque (Library).

Timings: 09.00 AM to 06.00 PM

Holidays: Monday & Government Holidays

Foreigners (Adults / Kids) - Rs.50 per person 

Indians (Adults - Rs. 10 per person / Kids Rs. 5 per person 

Video Camera- Not Allowed

Bharati Park: Bharathi Park is a landscaped park featuring a Greco-Roman arch structure, flower beds, well-kept lawns, and exquisite fountains. It is located on Rue Saint Gilles Street in White Town, Pondicherry. The park is divided into four equal parts by walkways and has flowerbeds, well-kept lawns, and exquisite fountains. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The park offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere, making it a great place to relax and unwind. Visitors can take a stroll amidst the lush greenery, enjoy a picnic on the lawns, or simply sit on a bench and people-watch. The main attraction of the park is the magnificent structure in white known as the Aayi Mandapam. It is a Greco-Roman structure built by Louis Gurre in 1854. The monument was made in honour of the lady courtesan Aayi at the time of the French ruler Napoleon III. The park also has a dedicated play area for children, equipped with swings, slides, and other climbing structures. This is a great spot for families with young kids to burn off some energy.

Timings: 06:00 AM to 07.00 PM

Entrance fee: No

Raj Niwas: Raj Niwas, also known as the Lt. Governor's Residence, is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Once, it was the official residence of the French governors,  but after India's independence, it became the residence of the lieutenant governor.  The building showcases a beautiful blend of Indian and French architecture. There's a central courtyard on the ground floor, designed in typical Indian fashion with beautifully carved wooden pillars. The first floor features a terrace with decorated masonry columns in European design. A water monument is placed right in the middle of the well-maintained gardens surrounding Raj Niwas. The lawns are further adorned with sculptures. Two imposing canons stand on either side of the main gate, adding a touch of grandeur to the entrance.

Please note that while the Raj Niwas is a working government building and not open to the public for tours, visitors can admire the architecture from outside the gates. 

French War Memorial: The French War Memorial is a dignified structure situated on Goubert Avenue in Pondicherry. It serves as a tribute to the valiant Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I to fight for the French. Built-in 1938, the memorial is a stark white structure featuring four columns and a life-size statue of a soldier leaning on a rifle. The memorial serves as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers who fought alongside the French during World War I. It honours their bravery and patriotism. Every year on July 14th, which is Bastille Day, a commemoration ceremony is held at the memorial. The monument is beautifully illuminated during this ceremony.

Famous Churches in Pondicherry: 

Notre dame des Anges (Our Lady of Angels): Notre Dame des Anges, also known as Our Lady of Angels Church, is a prominent Catholic church located in Puducherry. Church construction began in 1851 under the guidance of French architect Louis Guerre during the reign of Napoleon III and was built in 1855 with Greco-Roman architectural influences. The church is believed to be based on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Basilica of Lourdes. It is the fourth-oldest church in Puducherry.

The church features a majestic facade with twin square bell towers and a polygonal dome. The church is known for its beautiful stained-glass windows and pink facade. The church's exterior is painted a distinctive pink or rose colour, earning it the nickname "The White Chapel" or "Kaps Koil" (The Capuchins' Church) in Tamil. It is the only church in Puducherry that offers mass in three languages: Tamil, English, and French. This reflects the city's multicultural heritage. Facing the Bay of Bengal, the church offers serene and scenic vistas, making it a popular spot for both prayer and sightseeing.

Timing: Monday to Sunday: 06.00 AM to 12.00 PM, 04.00 PM to 08.00 PM

The Sacred Heart Basilica: The Sacred Heart Basilica, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is a Roman Catholic basilica located in Pondicherry. This is situated on the south boulevard, stands out as a boulevard, and stands out as an oriental specimen of gothic splendour. It contains rare and beautiful stained glass panels depicting saints and events from the life of Christ. It was built in 1907 in the Gothic Revival architectural style. It is considered one of the finest examples of Oriental Gothic architecture in India, which is a unique blend of European Gothic elements and Indian architectural influences. The church is a Latin-cross-shaped structure with a length of 50 meters, a width of 48 meters, and a height of 18 meters. It is a place of worship with spiritual significance for the local Catholic community. The basilica is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotional form that reflects on the boundless love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Timing: Monday to Sunday: 06.00 AM to 06.00 PM

Immaculate Conception Cathedral: The Immaculate Conception Cathedral, also known as Samba Kovil amongst the locals, means "Saint Paul’s Kovil." Kovil is a Tamil word, which means church. It is a prominent landmark and the mother church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore. The present structure was largely built in 1791, and the architectural style is a blend of Herrerian, French, and Portuguese influences. The church has a simple white facade with a prominent bell tower. Mother Teresa also visited this church during her visit to Puducherry. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Mission Street has stood for more than 300 years. Our Lady of Angel’s Church is notable for its masonry and prayer mass services, which are done in French and are unique.

Botanical Garden in Pondicherry: The Botanical Garden, located southwest of Puducherry city centre, is a 22-acre garden established in 1826 by French colonists. It is also known as the Jardin Botanique. It's an oval-shaped garden and a great place to relax amidst themed plots, an aquarium, etc. The garden has around 1500 plant varieties and is divided into 30 sections, each showcasing a particular theme like medicinal plants, ornamental plants, and plants with historical significance. The garden houses some truly large and ancient trees, some of which are estimated to be hundreds of years old. There's a dedicated section for fossil plants where you can see petrified wood. The aquarium, though not very large, has a variety of fish species and other aquatic life on display. This could well qualify as one of the best botanical gardens in South India.

Entrance Fee: Foreigners (Adults / Kids) - Rs.50 per person 

Entrance Fee: Indians (Adults - Rs. 20 per person / Kids Rs. 10 per person 

Video Camera- Allowed – Free Entrance 

Timings – 09.00 AM – 05.00 PM 

Holidays: - No Holiday

Puducherry Science Centre & Planetarium: Puducherry Science Centre & Planetarium is a public science planetarium located in Lawspet, Pondicherry. It was designed, developed, and set up by the National Council of Science Museums. It is an ideal place for science lovers. The Science Center and Planetarium sprawl over a 3-acre plot of land with a built-up area of 1500 m2. The Science Demonstration Corner conducts live demonstrations and experiments for groups of visitors and students. Children’s Corner has a wide variety of puzzles, and science kits are available in this corner for the children to have fun, do simple experiments, and develop their skills. The Fun Science Gallery is a fully interactive hall that houses extraordinarily interesting interactive exhibits that make science learning a fun-filled experience. In the marine life section, you can learn about the various marine flora and fauna. The science park helps visitors learn about the principles of science in an entertaining way. A 50-seat digital planetarium offers an immersive experience of space exploration, captivating sky shows, and a great way to learn about astronomy.

Science Centre:

Entrance fee: Foreigners (Adults / Kids) - Rs.40 per person 

Entrance fee: Indians (Adults - Rs. 10 per person / Kids Rs. 5 per person 

Video Camera- Allowed – Free Entrance 

Timings – 10.00 AM to 04.30 PM

Holidays: - Monday & National Holidays 

Digital Planetarium:

Entrance fee: Foreigners (Adults / Kids) - Rs.40 per person 

Entrance fee: Indians (Adults - Rs. 20 per person / Kids Rs. 10 per person 

Video Camera- Allowed – Free Entrance 

Timings – 10.00 AM to 4.30 PM

Holidays: - Monday & National Holidays

Chunnambar Boat House: The Chunnambar Boat House is a charming spot located on the backwaters connecting Paradise Beach, also known as Plage Paradiso, located 8 km from Puducherry along the Cuddalore Main Road. It's an ideal place, offering sunbathing, boating tours, water sports, and a chance to escape the fast-paced city life. The boat house acts as a gateway to Paradise Beach, a beautiful beach with pristine white sand and clear waters. The boat house offers a variety of boating options, including motorboats, rowboats, and pedal boats. You can choose a boat that suits your interests and pace, whether you want a thrilling ride or a leisurely exploration of the backwaters. Water sports are offered at the boat house, such as jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides. . It is ideal for those seeking a serene escape from bustling city life and offers a chance to explore the backwaters, beautiful beaches, and lush mangroves of the region. This private beach and its access via boat make it a unique and memorable destination for tourists. Restaurants are there, which offer some food and drink items. Water games and ATV rides are also available.

Chunnambar Boat House Entry Fee

Rs.15 per person for Adult

Rs.5 per person for Children (4 - 8 years)

Boat Ride Fee

Foreigners (Adults / Kids) - Rs.370 per person 

Indians (Adults - Rs. 370 per person / Kids Rs. 200 per person (4 – 8 Years)

Video Camera- Allowed – Entry fee is Rs. 50 per Video camera & Rs. 20 per still camera 

Timings – 09.00 AM to 06.00 PM

Holidays: - No Holidays 

Note: No Long (Paradise beach drop) trip after 4:00 pm, after 4:00 pm Short Trip only

Art and Craft Village: The Art and Craft Village, also known as Artisan Village or Shilpigram, is a treasure trove of Indian handicrafts and cultural experiences located in Murungapakkam, around 5 kilometers from Pondicherry's White Town area. It was established by the Pondicherry Tourism Department and draws inspiration from the famous Delhi Haat. The village boasts 24 stalls brimming with a vibrant collection of handcrafted items made by skilled artisans from all over India. There is an extensive range of traditional and contemporary crafts here, including textiles, paintings, pottery, wood carvings, metalwork, jewelry, sculptures, and more. It's a great place to find unique souvenirs or gifts that represent India's rich artistic heritage. Skilled artisans created these beautiful pieces firsthand. This allows you to appreciate the time, effort, and skill that go into each handcrafted item.

Entry: Free

Timings: 10.00 AM to 05.30 PM

Ousteri (Ossudu): Ousteri Lake, also known as Ossudu Lake, is a serene natural escape near Pondicherry. Originally built as a reservoir by the French, Ousteri Lake has evolved into a vital wetland ecosystem. It's a designated bird sanctuary, recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) due to the variety of migratory and resident birds that call it home. Birdwatching enthusiasts can spot numerous bird species throughout the year. The lake plays a crucial role in maintaining the water table in the region, acting as a natural filter and providing habitat for diverse flora and fauna. Ousteri Lake has been recognized as one of the important wetlands in Asia by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It was one of the biggest lakes and a major supplier of drinking water in those days. Now it is open to tourists for boat rides and to watch the birds. During the season, this lake acts as a dwelling place for nearly 7,000 migrating birds. The best time to visit Ousteri Lake is during the migratory bird season, which is generally from October to April.

Timings – 09.00 AM to 06.00 PM

Holidays: - No Holidays  

Arikamedu: Arikamedu is an archaeological site known for being a historic Indo-Roman trading center. Arikamedu was a bustling port city between the 2nd century BCE and the 8th century CE. The port city served as a crucial link between Europe (particularly the Roman Empire) and Southeast Asia, facilitating trade in various goods. Archaeological excavations have unearthed substantial evidence of this rich history, including Roman amphorae (large jars used for transporting goods), glassware, beads made from stone, glass, and gold, coins, and the remains of buildings and other structures. Arikamedu is mentioned in the Greco-Roman text "Periplus of the Erythraean Sea," which describes the coastlines and ports of the Indian subcontinent. The findings at Arikamedu provide valuable insights into the cultural exchange and trade relations between ancient India and the Roman world. It served as a major trading center between the Roman and Indo-Greek empires, facilitating the exchange of goods like spices, textiles, pottery, shell bangles, glass, and semi-precious stones. This port town was inhabited by Romans, Cholas, and French who left their mark on this wonderful place.

Timings – 09.00 AM to 04.00 PM

Holidays: - No Holidays

Entry: Free

Panchamukha Anjaneya Temple: The temple is located 13 kilometers away from Pondicherry. The temple's most striking feature is the colossal statue of Lord Hanuman, which stands 36 feet high. Hanuman is a revered figure in Hinduism known for his strength, devotion, and service to Lord Rama in the epic Ramayana. This particular statue is unique because it depicts Hanuman with five faces, earning it the name "Panchamukha" (Sanskrit for "five faces"). The central face represents Hanuman's devotion and strength. Other faces represent Garuda (swiftness and loyalty), Narasimha (immense power and protection), Varaha (perseverance and determination), and Hayagriva (knowledge and wisdom). The temple complex houses shrines dedicated to other Hindu deities like Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Venkateshwara. Devotees often offer Ulundu Vada (Medu Vada), a lentil fritter, as a garland to the idol. This is believed to appease Hanuman's fiery nature.

Timing: 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 04:00 PM to 09.00 PM.

Other Famous Temples in and around Pondicherry

Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple is a significant religious landmark in Pondicherry. The prime deity, Lord Siva, is a swayambu lingam. This startling temple is dated 234 years ago. The temple's architecture, with its towering gopurams (entrance towers) and intricately carved pillars, reflects the rich Dravidian architectural style. The temple also hosts various rituals and festivals throughout the year, drawing devotees from all over India. 

Timings: 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM (All days).

Varadaraja Perumal Temple: One of the oldest temples in Pondicherry is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple also provides a home to several other gods and goddesses, including Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lord Lakshman, Sri Venugopala, Sri Santhanagopala, Lord Hanuman, and Lord Navaneetha Krishna. The Chola dynasty is believed to have built this ancient temple, which showcases stunning Dravidian architecture and intricate stone carvings. The temple's serene ambiance and lush surroundings make it a perfect retreat for spiritual seekers and nature lovers alike.

Timings: 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM (All days).

Sri Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple: This is an ancient temple, also known as Thirukameshwarar Temple and Villianur Temple. It is in Villianur town, 12 kilometers away from Puducherry town. They say the main shrine of the Villianur Temple is about 1000 years old. A Chola king built it in the 12th century CE. In this temple, they worship Lord Shiva as Shivalinga. The temple complex also has the shrines of Goddess Parvati (as Gokilambal Amman) and Lord Murugan, among others. The temple is especially popular for its chariot festival, held around May or June. Devotees bring out Gokilambal-Thirukameshwara on a chariot and take them around the town.

Timings: 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM (All days).

Sri Karneshwar Nataraja Temple: Sri Karaneswar Nataraja Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and built on Pudukuppam Beach, which is located 15 kilometers away from Pondicherry City. The temple architecture is a blend of Egyptian pyramids and the traditional temple architecture style in India. And that’s why it’s also popular as the Pyramid Nataraja Temple. People from around the world are attracted by its unique architecture.The temple doesn’t have a kalasam on the top. The entrance faces south because Lord Shiva, known as Dakshinamurti (one facing south), has his statue perfectly aligned so that his third eye falls exactly one-third from the temple's base.

Timings: 07:00 AM to 12.00 PM & from 04.15 PM to 07.15 PM (All days).

Irumbai Shiva Temple: This temple is located 14 kilometers away from Pondicherry, where people can worship Lord Shiva in the avatar of Mahakaleshwar. This shrine, believed to have been built in the 7th century by King Kulothungan III, one of the Chola dynasty's monarchs, contains Ekadala-style architecture. A unique feature of this shrine is the presence of broken fragments of Shiva Linga stitched together with copper threads. The temple complex, set in lovely surroundings, features a big water tank. The walk leading to the temple is lined with coconut trees and banyan trees, which add to the peaceful atmosphere.

Timings: 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 05.00 PM to 09.00 PM (All days).

Navagraha Temple: It is located 12 kilometers away from Pondicherry. Navagraha Temple is truly unique, as it is dedicated to the worship of the nine planets as per Hindu mythology. Gigantic statues of the gods associated with each planet can also be seen here. The largest among them is that of Saneeswara, the god associated with planet Saturn, who is about 27 feet tall. He is the main deity of this shrine, while the statues of all other gods are 15 feet tall. The temple holds a special attraction for those who are suffering from hostile planetary effects. It is believed that if you worship the deity of the planet that is adversely affecting you, the problems will be resolved.

Timings: 06:00 AM to 11.00 AM & from 05.00 PM to 09.00 PM (All days).

If the guest stays more than one night at Pondicherry, you shall suggest the following places to visit:

Fishermen Village: The Village offers a glimpse into a sustainable lifestyle. One can see fishermen mending their nets, sorting their catch, and launching their colourful boats into the sea. Here, fishermen use eco-friendly practices and focus on preserving the marine ecosystem. The village offers a glimpse into the local way of life with its beautiful coastline and traditional catamarans (twin-hulled boats).

Paper Factory (Prior permission is a must & closed on Sunday): The most popular paper factory to visit in Pondicherry is Sri Aurobindo Handmade Paper. They are known for their beautiful handmade paper and marbled paper products, all made from cotton rag pulp. They offer tours of their factory, where one can see the entire process of how they make their paper by hand, from breaking down the cotton rags to the finished product. Also, one can witness the various hand-made products (using waste paper) like jewellery, baskets, notepads, etc. Since it is a handmade process, there may be variations in the timings.

The following list of workshops within Auroville is something we can consider; however, access to all these workshops requires prior permission.

Agriculture land: There are agricultural lands throughout Auroville that are used for various purposes. Many Aurovillians practice organic farming on their land. These farms may focus on vegetables, fruits, flowers, or other products. The main cultivation done is ground nuts, sugarcane, and paddy.

Pottery making:  Pottery making is a well-established art form in Auroville. This pottery offers classes and workshops on wheel throwing and hand-building techniques. They also have a retail store where you can purchase their finished works. They produce beautiful functional stoneware pottery pieces, and one can witness various household materials made up of clay, like cups and saucers, pots, etc. (closed on Sunday).

Bamboo workshop: Auroville Bamboo Centre is one of the leading organizations promoting the use of bamboo in construction and handicrafts. They offer a variety of workshops on bamboo construction and furniture-making. One can witness the various household materials and musical instruments made using bamboo that look so attractive, and one can also see the people designing those beautiful things. (Closed on Sunday.)

Incense workshop: Here we can learn the basic methods of making incense, so one can create their own blends and aromas! Also, we can witness the process of making fragrance incense sticks, perfumed candles, cones, etc. (Closed on Sunday.)

We can only drive past these places and see them only from the outside.

Hotel De Ville

Lycée Français International à Pondichéry

Old light House

Mahatma Gandhi Statue

Picture Spot - Outside Rue Romain Rolland

Beaches in Pondicherry:

Rock Beach or Promenade Beach: Promenade Beach in Pondicherry, a typical rocky beach, is among India's best beaches. This name refers to the rocky outcrops that can be found at the northern end of the beach. The beach stretches 1.5 km. Vehicle entry is restricted here, which allows only people to chill out and relax in peace. It’s a popular spot offering stunning views of the Bay of Bengal, a cool sea breeze, and a variety of activities. 

Paradise Beach: Paradise Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Pondicherry, has white sands and clear blue waters for all those who enjoy the sea. It has the ultimate charm and peace. There are several fascinating water activities to try at the beach, in addition to breath-taking scenery. If you want to swim, the beach offers showers and change rooms. The beach can be accessed from Chunnambar boathouses. The beach is well known for its serene and secluded atmosphere. Paradise Beach offers a tranquil escape from the crowds.

Serenity Beach: Serenity Beach, also known as Thanthirayan Kuppam Beach, offers a peaceful and relaxing environment. The beach claims a unique combination of pristine white sand on one side and a rocky stretch on the other. This creates a visually stunning landscape, perfect for long walks and enjoying the coastal beauty. Also, it creates a visually interesting landscape and provides opportunities for exploring tide pools in the rocky areas. In addition, a surfing school next to the beach offers professional instruction in surfing. Additionally, you would enjoy exploring the beautiful beach cafés.

Pondy Marina: Pondy Marina Beach is the new tourist attraction. It was developed under the theme-based beach programs of the Pondicherry government. Pondy Marina Beach is a paradise for foodies, where 30+ food stalls line the beach, offering a wide range of local and international cuisine, whether you're craving fresh seafood, classic Indian curries, or refreshing drinks. On sandy beaches, you can ride horses and camels and take adventurous ATV rides. Beyond the food court is an adventure activity zone with a variety of rides for both adults and children. The new lighthouse is located near Pondy Marina and offers stunning panoramic views of the coastline.

Sandunes: Sandunes Beach is the new attraction for adventure lovers traveling to Pondicherry. It is located at the south end of the Chunnambar River in the backwaters. Here, water sports activities like Aqua Park, Speed Boat, Kayaking, Jet Ski, Zorb Ball, Roller Ball, and Yacht rides can be done. You can play games on the inflatables that will give you an excellent, thrilling experience by running, jumping, sliding, and climbing. The beach here is neat, clean, and well-maintained. They have plenty of shacks where you can spend time with your family.

The destinations listed below shall be visited as an excursion from Pondicherry: 

Pitchavaram Mangrove Forest: 65 Kms & 2 hours’ drive / one way from Pondicherry:

The Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is one of the largest mangrove forests in India, located near Chidambaram in the Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as the "Venice of the East" due to the intricate network of canals and waterways that flow through the forest. It is also known as the "Green Lungs of Tamil Nadu." The Pichavaram mangrove forest sprawls over an area of about 45 sq. km, consisting of several islands separated by a labyrinth of water channels. It's a hotspot for biodiversity, providing a critical habitat for a variety of plant and animal species. The best way to explore the Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is by taking a boat tour. These tours wind through the intricate maze of waterways, allowing you to witness the beauty of the mangrove ecosystem firsthand. The Pichavaram mangrove forest is a haven for birdwatchers. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded here, including resident and migratory birds.  Some of the birds you might spot here include darters, cormorants, egrets, herons, kingfishers, and kites. The forests are also home to a diverse variety of marine life, including fish, crabs, prawns, and molluscs. The best time for boating is in the in the morning and evening (before 5).

Cruise can be done either by Rowboat / Motorboat

Duration for the ride – 1 to 2 hours. 

You can suggest this boating for the Domestic, Malaysians

Timing: 7:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M 

Chidambaram: 70 Kms & 2 hours’ drive / one way from Pondicherry:

The Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, also referred to as the Thillai Nataraja Temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Nataraja, the cosmic dancer. The temple has ancient roots, and a Shiva shrine existed at the site when the town was known as Thillai. Chidambaram itself means "stage of consciousness." The architecture of the temple symbolizes the connection between the arts and spirituality, creative activity and the divine. It is one of the holiest Shiva temples, representing one of the five natural elements. This temple represents Akasha (Sky); the other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval Jhambukeshwarar, Trichy (water), Kanchi Ekambareshwarar (earth), Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswarar (fire), Thiruvannamalai, and Kalahasthi Nathar (wind), Kalahasthi. We can see the dancing deity, Lord Shiva, in this Chidambaram temple. Here we can see the shrines of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The deity of Lord Shiva, which is placed in the inner sanctum, will be taken out for the procession every year during the festival period.

Temple Timing: 06:00 AM to 12.00 PM & from 04.00 PM to 09.00 PM. 

Thiruvannamalai: 110 Kms & 3 hours’ drive / one way from Pondicherry: 

The Tiruvannamalai Temple, also known as the Arunachaleswarar Temple, is a vast Hindu temple complex dedicated to the god Shiva located at the base of Arunachala hill in the town of Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is significant as one of the temples associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhuta Shtalams, and specifically the element of fire, or Agni. It is believed to be one of the largest temples dedicated to Shiva in the world. The temple enshrines the lingam, the iconic representation of Shiva, which is known here as the Agni Lingam, or the pillar of fire. A pilgrimage path called Girivalam, which circles the sacred Arunachala hill, is a popular religious practice undertaken by devotees, especially on full moon days. Apart from the main temple, guests can also visit the Ramana Maharashi Ashram. Ramana maharishi is a well-known rishi, not only for Indians. There are many devotees and followers of Ramana Maharishi all over the universe. 

Temple Timing: 06.00 AM to 12.00 PM & from 04.00 PM to 09.00 PM. 

Mahabalipuram: 100 Kms & 02 Hours’ drive / One way From Pondicherry:

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is a town on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal and is located on the way to Chennai on the ECR (East Coast Road). It is famous for its group of monuments from the 7th and 8th centuries CE, including temples, sculptures, bas-reliefs, and rathas (chariots). These monuments are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These monuments are examples of Dravidian art and architecture dating from the 7th and 8th centuries CE, created by the Pallava dynasty.

The shore Temple & Five Rathas excluding Tiger Caves

Time to Visit: 06.00 AM to 06.00 PM

Entrance fee: Foreigners – Rs.600 & For Indians – Rs.40 

Holidays: No

Pondicherry offers a unique shopping experience. Following are the list of famous Shopping areas: 

Nehru Street Market: (Small hand cart vendors to lavish shops, Households, Fashion)

Location: JN Street, opposite to Police Station, MG Road Area, Puducherry, 605001, Timings: 09.00 AM to 10.00 PM. 

Providence Mall:  (Fashion, fun, entertainment and food)

Location: Cuddalore Road, Ambedkar Nagar, Orleanpet, Puducherry, 605001, Timings: 10.00 AM to 10.00 PM. 

Casablanca: (Clothing, Gifts and Handicrafts, Home Decor, Western Wear)

Location: 165 R D Mission Street, Heritage Town, Puducherry. Timings: 10.00 AM to 10.00 PM. 

Fab India: (Fashion, Home & living, Decorative, Personal care, Organic food)

Location: Door No- 388, 390-392, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Puducherry, 605001. Timings: 10.30 AM to 08.30 PM. 

Hidesign Flagship Store: (Leather goods store for handbags, wallets, briefcases, backpacks and other accessories)

Location: 169, Jawaharlal Nehru St, near Spencers, MG Road Area, Puducherry, 605001. Timings: 09.30 AM to 09.30 PM. 

Anokhi: (Fashion, Wooden home decor, Paper Patterns)

Location: 1, Caserne Street, Pondicherry. Timings: 10.00 AM to 08.00 PM. 

Janaki: (Fashion, furniture, wooden home decor, aromatherapy products)

Location: 30 Romain Rolland Street, Pondicherry. Timings: 10.00 AM to 08.30 PM. 

Cluny Embroidery Centre: (Embroidered tablecloths, kerchiefs, cushion covers, bedspreads, bath sets, and pillowcases, etc.)

Location: White Town, Puducherry, 605001. Timings: 08.30 AM to 05.00 PM. Closed on Sunday and Monday. 

Aura Shoppe: (Perfumes, Handicrafts, Accessories)

Location: Goubert Ave, White Town, Puducherry, 605001. Timings: 09.00 AM to 08.00 PM. 

Fairs & Festivals:

International Yoga Festival: Every year from January 4th to January 7th, yogis and yoginis from worldwide gather in Pondicherry to exchange ideas and ways. Various live shows and talks are organized through Indian dance, music, and various Indian yogic foods. The idea is to keep alive the art of yoga and its philosophy.

Maasi Magam, March: The festival will be celebrated on the seashore (near Kurichikuppam, which comprises a fishermen community). In the morning, around 30 sacred images from a wide region are bathed ritually. In the evening, the sacred images are gathered in one place. At night, there will be a procession of images in illuminated cars in different shapes (image-bearing vehicles).

Bastille Day: On July 14, Pondicherry witnessed Indo-French pageantry. Uniformed war veterans march through the street singing 'Marsellaise'. Heartwarmingly, the French flag can be seen flying alongside the Indian flag on many housetops.

Fete De Pondicherry (November) - A cultural pageant coinciding with Liberation Day and Independence Day. The brilliantly lit Park Monument is a marvelous sight. Puducherry has been celebrating Independence Day on August 16. The Puducherry government declared November 1 as Liberation Day and started commemorating the day in 2014.

The Mother’s Birth Anniversary is on February 21st. Devotees’ queue at Sri Aurobindo Ashram starts early in the morning to visit the Mother’s room.

Sri Aurobindo’s Birth Anniversary (15 August): On this day, devotees queue at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram starting early in the morning to visit Sri Aurobindo’s room.

Villianur Temple Chariot Festival: The annual Temple Car Festival, which is held in the months of May and June, involves the pulling of a 15-meter-tall chariot through the streets by a large crowd of devotees. The date of the festival celebration this year is May 21, 2024.

The Veerampattinam Car Festival - It is being celebrated on the fifth Friday of the Tamil month of Aadi where devotees pull the chariot of Sri Sengazhuneer Amman. This festival is celebrated on 16th August 24. 

Things to do when visiting Pondicherry:

The South Indian Coffee Program: An exclusive Coffee program for the Coffee lovers.

Mr. Marc, a hard-core coffee lover from Barcelona [Spain], fell in love with Indian coffee and settled at Pondicherry. He runs his own Marc’s Café here at Auroville, catering freshly brewed coffee to his guests. In this session, Mr. Marc will explain to you the brief history of coffee in India and how one of the most loved beverages all around the world came to India. Get to know and taste all the different varieties of coffee brought from all major coffee plantations across South India. Enjoy the show when he himself brews each variety of South Indian coffee. Try a sample of each coffee he makes for you.

This 2-hour coffee program ends with a light lunch prepared exclusively for you.

Duration: 2 Hours which consists of an Introduction to South Indian Coffee, its history, followed by a live Coffee Brewing and Tasting session. Finish off with a light lunch.

  • Venue: Marc’s Coffee Shop
  • Distance: 10 Kms from Pondicherry Town
  • Timing: 11.00 AM to 02.00 PM 
  • Inclusions: Coffee Demonstration and Brewing session, Coffee tasting, Lunch
  • Lunch: Sandwich, Salads, Juice, Coffee Cake/Gelato
  • Exclusions: Transport and all other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Min Pax: 10, Minimum 10 Pax required for this program or else we have to pay 10 Pax price even for 2 Pax.
  • Recommended: For all

Guided Cycling Tour along Pondicherry: 

Cycling is the most preferred means of travel in Pondicherry, which helps you explore the city better than sitting inside your closed cars. This is a 1-hour guided cycling program along the French Quarters of Pondicherry. Meet our expert storyteller and start cycling from the French Consulate. Get to know the French Connection of Pondicherry as our guide briefs you on the history of every heritage building and major landmark in Pondicherry during French rule. You will pass through all the major sites of the French Quarters, such as the Aurobindo International Institute, Foyer du Soldat, the Governor Palace, Bharthi Park, the Cercle de Pondicherry, and so on. By the time you finish your cycling tour, you will have an in-depth knowledge of the so-called French Capital of India, Pondicherry.

  • Starting Point: French Consulate
  • Ending point: Old district Court
  • Duration: 1 to 1.5 hrs
  • Recommended: For all
  • Inclusions: Guide, Cycle
  • Exclusions: Transport and all other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions

Village Walk with Lunch:

An exclusive guided village walk with our expert storyteller. Villages are the backbone of India, and it is in these villages that the real essence of India lies. If you wish to learn about Indian culture and its rich heritage, head to its most remote villages and live like a local. Through this program, we aim to promote responsible tourism, and we open doors for you to see what makes this country so enchanting and lively. First, you visit a local house in a village where a traditional welcome awaits you. Next up, our expert storyteller guides you on a walk through the village. He will brief you about the day-to-day lives of people living here, and you will come across various village sights that you do not get to experience at any other usual Indian tourist destination. You will also visit the handicraft community here, where you can see their artistic handwork live. You can also shop from an array of various handmade goods, such as teacups, lamps, dolls, etc. 

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

  • Starting Time: 10.00 AM 
  • Ending Time: 02.00 PM 
  • Inclusions: Guide, Village Walk, South Indian Lunch
  • Exclusions: Transport and all other expenses not mentioned in Inclusions
  • Recommended: For all

Cycle Rickshaw Ride at Pondicherry: A one hour rickshaw ride program along the French Quarters:

Cycle rickshaws are the most fun and relaxing way to get to know Pondicherry and its rich cultural heritage. Hop onto a Rickshaw and explore Pondy's rich heritage while riding along its vibrant streets.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Timing: Anytime between 06.00 AM to 06.00 PM everyday
  • Inclusions: Rickshaw Ride
  • Exclusions: Guide, Transport and all other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Recommended: For all

Local Market visit at Goubert Market: This program is aimed at providing a glimpse of local life in Pondicherry by taking you on a guided walk along the busiest area of Pondicherry City, the Goubert Market. You will visit the fish market, the vegetable and fruit market, the handloom shops, and the flower market within the Goubert Market area, the biggest market in Pondicherry. The market is dominated by women sellers, and you get a chance to interact with them, which gives you a clear idea of the daily functioning of the Goubert Market. Chat with them, click a selfie for your Instagram post, or perhaps buy some fresh sea food. There are a bunch of things you could do here that will keep you entertained. Moreover, through this exclusive Market Walk, you get to see and learn how the Goubert market gets lively every day.

  • Starting Point: Goubert Market
  • Finishing Point: Goubert Market
  • Time: 08.00 AM to 10.00 AM [Not possible on Sundays]
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Inclusions: Guide
  • Exclusions: Transport and all other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Recommended: For all

Pondicherry Food Trail: A local food tour is an immersive culinary experience that takes you on a journey through a region's unique and diverse food scene. Led by knowledgeable guides, it typically involves visiting multiple restaurants, eateries, markets, or food stalls to taste authentic dishes that represent the local culture and heritage. It's a fantastic way to explore a destination, discover hidden culinary gems, learn about traditional recipes, and stay connected with the community through its flavors and stories.

(During this exclusive food trail, your guide would take you to Mutton Samosa & Soup at Nizam Soup Shop, Bajji varieties at Pondy Paatti Bajji Kadai, Kamarkattu/Jaggery Balls at Gunasekaran’s Shop, Kuzhi Paniyaram at Karaikudi Kuzhi Paniyaram, Chocolates at Zuka, and Coffee at KBS Kofi Bar.)

  • Time: 05.30 PM to 07.30 PM
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Inclusions: All the above-mentioned food and drinks, Guide
  • Exclusions: Transport and all other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Recommended: For all

Pondicherry Palm Wine Trail: We shall take guests to visit the palm wine farm at Keezhur village, near Pondicherry. This village is pleasant and a historic place with Pondicherry and French connections. Guests can explore and taste fresh palm wine right down the trees with mouth-watering accompaniments. Guests will surely enjoy the story and tapping process and can take photos and do other interesting activities on the farm like pottery making, bullock cart rides, etc. We could also engage guests in local interaction sessions with the villagers.

  • Venue: Palm Farm
  • Place: Keezhur Village 
  • Distance: 12 Kms from Pondicherry Town
  • Time: 07.00 AM to 10.00 AM 

The program starts with a leisurely walk through the farm. Later, the guide will explain about palm trees and their varieties, etc., and the next palm tapping session and tasting will follow. Kindly note: The Palm Wine Trails activity can only be done from January to May.

Scuba Diving:

It is a recreational diving program. One need not be a swimmer, or the guest need not know how to swim at all. The guest will go into the water at a depth of 12 m/40 ft. and spend "30 minutes." This is a two-and-a-half-day program.

Day 1: Pool training and briefing session ("2–3 hours maximum, depending on the numbers and timing, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.)

Day 2: Sea diving (6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; you will not be under water for this long, but the whole session can take this much time or less).

Cost you pay for this Scuba diving includes the below:

  • SCUBA equipment during the programme (including diving costume)
  • Certificate of Completion from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) which is valid for a year and can be used anywhere in the world at a PADI dive centre.
  • Snacks on the boat.
  • Photos and video are complimentary.

Please note that there needs to be a time gap of at least 12 hours after one dive, 18 hours after two dives, and 24 hours after multiple dives before taking a flight. If the guest plans to take a flight back home or to another destination, they must keep these hours in mind and let the program organizer know their flight dates.

Kayaking in Backwaters: 

A private, mesmerizing, comfortable, secure kayaking journey with a tour leader in the scenic inland backwaters of Pondicherry. A truly refreshing and picturesque experience. Get to know the basics of kayaking and about local ecosystems.

Duration: 2 hours – 06.00 AM – 09.00 AM & 03.00 PM – 06.00 PM

Cooking Class: 

Learn how to cook traditional South Indian and North Indian meals or Creole cooking. The class begins with a trip to a local vegetable market with our professional instructors. It is an experience in itself, as Indian markets are a place buzzing with people, enthusiastic vendors shouting to attract your attention, and the colours and flavours of everything raw, fresh, and waiting to be picked! Indian markets, or bazaars, are places unlike those in the West, and our teacher will take you on a mini tour of the market, showing and explaining spices and ingredients you may find exotic and buying fresh products all along! Once back in place, she will teach you how to cook the Indian way in a step-by-step manner. After the cooking finishes, it will be served to you.

Timings: Morning: 09.00 AM & Evening: 05.30 PM

Hotel details at Pondicherry:

Hotels located in White Town:

Hotel Names

Category

Website Link

Palais de Mahe

Luxury – Boutique

www.cghearth.com

Grand Hotel D’ Europe

Deluxe - Boutique

www.granddeeurope.com

Villa Shanti

Deluxe - Boutique

www.lavillashanti.com

La Villa

Deluxe - Boutique

www.lavillapondicherry.com

Promenade

Deluxe - Boutique

www.sarovarhotels.com

Villa Cavi

Deluxe - Boutique

villacavi.com

Le Dupleix

Standard - Boutique

www.ledupleix.in

Dune de l'Orient

Standard - Boutique

dunewellnessgroup.com

Villa Kouga

Standard - Boutique

www.villakouga.in

Richmond

Standard - Boutique

www.theresidency.com/the-richmond

Villa Du Ocean

Standard - Boutique

www.villaduocean.com

La Cedille

Standard - Boutique

lacedilleindia.com

Petit Palais

Standard - Boutique

www.petitpalaispondy.com

La Chateau

Standard - Boutique

http://www.lechateau.co.i

Villa des Gouverneurs

Standard - Boutique

www.villadesgouverneurs.com

Seaside guest house

Budget

aurosociety.org/society/index/Accommodation

Lotus Bay View

Budget

lotuspondicherryhotels.com

Villa Helena

Budget

www.villa-helena-pondicherry.com

Residence De Leveche

French Colonial Villa

www.cghearth.com

Hotels located in Heritage town:

Hotel Names

Category

Website Link

Maison Perumal

Deluxe - Boutique

www.cghearth.com/maison-perumal

De Fleur Hotel

Standard - Boutique

defleurhotel.com

Aura Hotel

Standard - Boutique

aurahotel.in

Palais de Pondicherry

Budget

palaisdepondichery.com

Executive Inn

Budget

executiveinn.in

Anna Residency

Budget

annaresidency.com

Lotus Comfort

Budget

www.lotuspondicherryhotels.com

Bull Boutique Hotel

Budget

www.thebullhotels.com

Hotels located within1 Km from White Town

Hotel Names

Category

Website Link

Shenbaga

Standard 3*

www.shenbagahotel.com

Atithi

Standard 3*

www.atithipondicherry.com

Anandha Inn

Standard 3*

www.anandhainn.com

Surguru

Budget

www.hotelsurguru.com

Hotels located in city within 1 - 3 Kms from white Town. 

Hotel Names

Category

Website Link

Residency Towers

Luxury 5*

www.theresidency.com/towers-puducherr

Accord

Deluxe 4*

www.theaccordhotels.com

Annamalai International

Standard 3*

hotelannamalai.com

Le Royal Park

Standard 3*

www.hotelleroyalpark.com

RKN Grand

Budget

http://www.rkngrand.com/

Green Palace

Budget

http://www.hotelgreenpalace.in/

Ginger

Budget

www.gingerhotels.com/ginger-pondicherry

Resorts:

Hotel Names

Distance from City

Website Link

Radisson Resort Pondicherry Bay

10 Kms

www.radissonhotels.com

Le Pondy

13 Kms

www.lepondy.com

Ocean Spray

17 Kms

www.oceanspray.in

Club Mahindra

18 Kms

www.clubmahindra.com

Dune Eco Village & Spa

16 Kms

dunewellnessgroup.com

Grand Serena

12 Kms

www.grandserenaa.com

RKN Beach Resort

13 Kms

www.rknresorts.com

Heritage Hotels:

Hotel Names

Category

Website Link

Gratitude Heritage

Standard

gratitudeheritage.in

Kariappa House

Standard

www.kariappahouse.com

Restaurants in Pondicherry: 

French Restaurants:

  • Cafe Des Arts: Savor the Delicacies – Cuisine: French, 10, Suffren Street, Pondicherry- Phone: 099944 81914
  • Coromandel Cafe & Restaurant: Vibrant Aura - Cuisine: French, Italian, La Maison Rose, 8 Romain Rolland Street, White Town, Puducherry. Phone: 094892 14332
  • Rendezvous: Try the Local Flavors (Tuesday Closed) - Cuisine: French, Continental, Goan, and Mangalorean, 30, Rue Suffren, White Town, Puducherry. Phone: 096299 78402
  • Baker Street: Cuisine: French baked goods & desserts, sandwiches, meat dishes, pasta & seafood, 123, Bussy Street near Clock Tower, MG Road Area, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 099448 50001

Italian Restaurants:

  • THE SPOT by Villa Shanti: Cuisine: Sandwich · Burger · Italian · Seafood · South Indian, 37, Dumas St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 0413 296 3969
  • Blue line: Picturesque Views: Cuisine: French, Italian, Seafood, South Indian, North Indian, The Promenade, 23, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry. Phone: 0413 222 7750

Continental:

  • Villa Shanti: Freshly Produced Varieties - Cuisine: Continental, Villa Shanti, 14, Suffren Street, White Town, Puducherry. Phone: +91 6384441512
  • Villa Helena: Try the Cheesecake - Cuisine: Italian, and Continental, 13, Rue de Bussy Street, White Town, Puducherry. Phone: +91 413-2226789
  • Le Dupleix: Perfect Ambiance - Cuisine: French, North Indian, and Continental, 5, Rue De La Caserne, White Town, Puducherry. Phone: +91 413 2226 001

Thai, Japanese & Chinese

  • Bay Of Buddha: Exquisite Vietnamese Varieties - Cuisine: Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Asian, and Indonesian, The Promenade, 23, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry. Phone: 0413 222 7750.
  • Cafe Veloute: Cuisine: French, Multi, Thai, Japanese, No.1 Rue Baslieu Rue, Lycée Français International School Side gate. Phone: 094430 75765.
  • Asian House: Cuisine: Chinese, Indian, Address: 7, Beach Boulevard South, Next to Park Guest House, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 0413 222 5467.

Vegetarian Restaurant:

  • Surguru Restaurant: 104, Sardar Valla Bhai Patel Salai, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 0413 233 9022
  • Adyar Ananda Bhavan: 11, Jawaharlal Nehru St, near Manakula Vinayagar Temple, White Town, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 044 4233 3333
  • Surguru Spot Restaurant: 12, Jawaharlal Nehru St, near Vinayagar Temple, White Town, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 0413 430 8084
  • Icon Pondy - Dil Se Desi: 54, La Bourdonnais St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 081225 44717
  • MINAKSHI Veg Restaurant and Café: 61, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, near Sithi Vinayagar Temple, MG Road Area, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: +91-7094133300
  • Oceans7 100% Veg Cuisine - SEASIDE RESTAURANT: 10, Goubert Avenue, Beach Rd, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 099946 23456

South Indian Non-Veg Restaurant:

  • Kamatchi Biriyani Veedu: 5, Old No.3A, La Bourdonnais St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 0413 2205633
  • Hotel Sri Kamatchi: No.50, 100 Feet Road, Sundararaja Nagar, Thanthai Periyar Nagar, Pondicherry, 605004. Phone: 096009 73388
  • De Roman Restaurant: Romain Rolland St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001
  • De Bussy: 81, Bussy St, Cutting, White Town, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 0413 222 8814
  • Junior Kuppanna: 55, NH32, 100 Feet Rd, Indira Gandhi statue, Ellaipillaichavady, Anna Nagar, Puducherry, 605005. Phone: 0413 450 0077
  • Madurai Veedu: 56, Bussy St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001. Phone: 087540 47744

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