Places to Visit in Pondicherry

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Pondicherry is located in the eastern sea side of India. It is a small and a peaceful town, and attracts large numbers of people for an ideal vacation because of the places to see in Pondicherry. Ranging from the sun kissed beaches to incredible restaurants and unique shops you can fulfill your desires in every way possible. It is often referred to as the French Riviera of the East because it was formerly a French colony. Though the city is India, it has retained its French influence and you will love the Pondicherry places to see. The quiet, clean and shady place has lots of things in store for the tourists.

Here is a list of some of the famous places that you should not afford to miss out at any cost.

Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry

Aurobindo Ghosh was a freedom fighter, and he was forced to flee the country. The ashram was built dedicating this freedom fighter, and while you are in Pondicherry, this ashram tour is something that you must not afford to miss out at any cost. It is a part of sightseeing in Pondicherry and the tour will show you different activities that take place in the ashram. These activities are also set in a serene atmosphere.

Aurobindo Ashram

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Auroville, Pondicherry

It is also known as the city of dawn and an experimental township worth visiting. It is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries can live peacefully.


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Chunnambar, Pondicherry

You can take a side trip at a boat or a cruise in the backwaters of Chunnambar because it is one of the famous places to visit in Pondicherry. This is a short boat ride, and if you are a bird lover, you will definitely love the view of wide varieties of species of birds.


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Pondicherry Museum, Pondicherry

This is a cute little museum that stocks artefacts of the French era. Apart from that, the museum also stocks artifacts of the richness of Indian history and its rulers. There are pieces of ancient Greek and Spanish pottery that have been excavated from different places. This is also an important part of Pondicherry sight seeing that you should not afford to miss out at any cost.

Pondicherry Museum

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Sacred Heart Basilica, Pondicherry

This brown and white grandiosity of the Sacred church is made with stained glass and reflects an idea of Gothic sense of proportion. This is also one of the best Pondicherry places to visit that attracts tourists from different parts of the world. Hence, you should also not afford to miss out at any cost.

Sacred Heart Basilica

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French Quarter, Pondicherry

Just behind the seafront is a series of streets in white and mustard buildings. These buildings have a slight sense of Gallic glory and are commonly known as French quarter. They also attract a good number of tourists because of the heritage walk and neoclassical governor’s residence.

French Quarter

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Paradise and Auroville beaches, Pondicherry

Pondicherry is a beach town, and therefore, if you want, you can surely enjoy in the beach of Pondicherry and participate in large numbers of activities ranging from sunbathing and swimming completely free of cost. These beaches are indeed one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry that can give you maximum pleasure and enjoyment. You can also dine at the restaurants located by the beach, and here you can get some of the delicious cuisines.

Paradise and Auroville beaches

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Arikamedu, Pondicherry

It is a site of the Roman settlements more than 2000 years ago. There are several excavations at this site.


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Ayurveda Holistic Healing Centre, Pondicherry

Among the various places in pondicherry to visit, this place is also quite interesting. It performs wide varieties of detox services and skin treatments. It also offers Ayurvedic massages and yoga courses due to which it is a destination for locals and tourist.

Raj Niwas, Pondicherry

Raj Niwas (Hindi for Government Adobe) is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Raj Niwas is located in Puducherry’s capital city of Pondicherry.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry

Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a Hindu temple in Puducherry, the Union Territory of India. It is dedicated to the god Ganesa, it is a popular pilgrimage site and one of the best tourist destination in Puducherry.

Bharathi Park, Pondicherry

The Government Park also called as Bharati Park is situated in the green centre of the Town. The famous monument “Aayi Mandapam” is lies at the center of this Park. This Park is aptly located in the central region of the old colonial town in Pondicherry.

Bharathi Park

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Promenade Beach, Pondicherry

Promenade Beach is one of the popular stretch of beachfront in Puducherry, India. It lies along the Bay of Bengal. It is a 1.2-kilometre-long stretch in Pondicherry. Its one of the best place to visit in Pondicherry.

Promenade Beach

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Romain Rolland Library, Pondicherry

The Romain Rolland Library, former known as ‘Bibliotheque Publique’. It is the oldest and biggest library in the country and in the Union Territory. Its very famous and interesting place to visit in Pondicherry.

Romain Rolland Library

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Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Pondicherry

The Varadaraja Perumal Temple is situated in Villianur, which also has the Thirukameshwar Temple. This is one of the famous temple and top tourist place in Pondicherry.

Jawahar Toy Museum, Pondicherry

Jawahar Toy Museum is located near to the Old Light House on Goubert Avenue in Pondicherry, the Jawahar Toy Museum is home to a large and wide variety of dolls and toys collected from different parts of the country.

Jawahar Toy Museum

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Statue of Dupleix, Pondicherry

The statue of Joseph Francois Dupleix is located in the beach road on Pondicherry, you reach it at the end of the promenade road. It is hard to miss. It was an integral part of Pondicherry’s colonial past. This is the best place to visit in Pondicherry.

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