Fun things to do in Pondicherry

  • Shops outside Manakula Vinayagar Temple
    Shops outside Manakula Vinayagar Temple
    by Donna_in_India
  • Bharati Park
    Bharati Park
    by Donna_in_India
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral
    Immaculate Conception Cathedral
    by Donna_in_India

Most Viewed Things to Do in Pondicherry

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Manakula Vinayakar Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009

    There are said to be more than 150 Hindu temples in Pondicherry of which this is probably the most famous and most visited by foreign tourists. It's dedicated to Ganesh and is fairly small but busy with worshippers. It has a golden spire and its walls portray 40 different forms of Ganesh. You'll probably find a large elephant outside the temple entrance which ties in with Ganesh as he is the elephant god of good fortune.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Notre Dame des Agnes

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009

    Known locally in Tamil as "kaps kovil" or the church of the Capuchins, this is the fourth church to be built in 1855. The first one didn't survive for very long; the second one was destroyed by the British in 1761; the third one still exists 50 metres to the south-west across the street. This church boasts a rare oil painting of Our Lady of the Assumption which was a gift from Napoleon III.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Pondicherry Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009

    Located in the lovely old Law Building, opposite the Government Square, this museum has an outstanding collection of artefacts from the French colonial period such as French paintings, furniture, mirrors and clocks plus the bed Dupleix slept in, and a pousse-pousse, an earlier version of the rickshaw and a horse-drawn carriage. The museum also displays rare bronzes and stone sculptures from the Chola and Pallava periods, plus trade link items from Rome such as coins, oil lamps, urns and pottery.

    Open: 9.40am-1pm & 2-5.20pm, closed Mondays. Admission: Rs2.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Government Square

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009

    This is the centre of French Town or White Town as it was also known. A pavilion stands in the centre of this nice leafy square. To its north is the Raj Nivas which was Dupleix's palatial home and now the Lieutenant Governor's official residence. The French Town features colonial style buildings with long compound walls and gates, along long wide streets. Continuous wall to wall constructions with high garden walls and ornate gates are the major feature. The residential buildings are simple, characterised by flat roofs, an inner courtyard with garden and colonnaded porticos.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Beach

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The beach extends in virtually a straight line along the Bay of Bengal and features a small pier at the southern end. Goubert Salai (Beach Road), the main boulevard along the coast, is lined with grand colonial buildings.

    Related to:
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • abi_maha's Profile Photo

    pondy Museum

    by abi_maha Written Aug 31, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Located opposite the Government Park, the Museum provides a glimpse into Pondicherry's rich past and present. The Sculpture gallery contains some specimens of Pallava and Chola art from Pondicherry and Karaikal. The Archaeological section displays a collection of the famous findings from Arekamedu, like Roman pottery, burial urns, etc. The French Gallery is the most interesting part of the museum which has an office and drawing, dining and bed-rooms with furniture typical of French India. The other sections of the museum are on geology, bronze images, arms, handicrafts and art. The Museum brings back to memory the glorious past of Pondicherry from the days of the pre-Christian era down to the present day providing glimpses of the art and culture of the people of this region during the Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagar days.

    Was this review helpful?

  • abi_maha's Profile Photo

    Arikkamedu

    by abi_maha Written Aug 31, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Excavation in the early periods brought out the bustling Indo–Roman trade centre in Pondicherry named Arikamedhu. Several excavations carried out at this place have brought out the remnants of Roman trade, wine jars and ancient Roman coins. This region reveals the ancient history of Pondicherry.

    This place is assumed to be the place of Roman settlements nearly 2000 years ago. Remains of a French Jesuit Mission House assumed to be built in 18th century are also visible here. Historians and archaeological enthusiasts are frequent visitors here.

    Was this review helpful?

  • abi_maha's Profile Photo

    paradise Beach

    by abi_maha Updated Aug 31, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Plage Paradiso, popularly known as Paradise Beach, is situated at Chunnambar, in the close proximity of Pondicherry town. It is a sought after tourist attraction, as the cool breeze and golden sand serve the beach as a resting hub.

    The view of the sunrise is amazing from the shore. A stream on one side of the beach enriches the beauty of the pleasant beach. Sun bathing and a variety of water sports activities are major draws here. Beach volleyball, beach umbrellas, nets and fishing rods are all available for the enthusiast travelers. This is really a secluded beach to relax.

    Was this review helpful?

  • abi_maha's Profile Photo

    Bharati park

    by abi_maha Written Aug 31, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The park is divided into four sections with the Ayi Mandapam in the centre, which is being used as a traffic island and vehicles pass through all the four roads.In 1706, it was built as a stellate-shaped fort. Christened Fort St Louis, it had a moat around it, which was fed by the Petit Canal, which in turn was fed by the Uppar River. This fort, however, was pulled down in 1778 by the British. Even before Fort St Louis was constructed, Pondicherry had seen several forts, but they were all destroyed and rebuilt time and again. In 1787, the French finally decided not to construct any more forts and it was used as a parade ground for a few years and then it finally became a park.Normally, European squares have all the important buildings around them, so does the Bharathi Park. The Government General Hospital came up in 1853, the Assembly in 1962 (earlier it housed a tribunal and a medical college) and other buildings such as the Raj Nivas, UCO Bank and Chamber de Commerce surround the park. As for the Ayi Mandapam , only after the French faced a water crisis, they went in search of water and then the monument came into being.

    Was this review helpful?

  • abi_maha's Profile Photo

    Library at the Ashram

    by abi_maha Written Aug 31, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Set up to be an intellectual sanctuary this quiet setting houses over 80,000 books which include periodicals, journals and other intersting books. Set in a large, French colonial building with its big halls, its quiet corners, and its own little garden in front it makes for an ideal way to spend a day at the ashram. Also you can witness Indian Classical recitals and western classical recitals here from time to time. It also hosts a good collection of music records and tapes.
    Timings:7.30 am - 11.30 am, 2.00 pm - 4.45 pm

    Was this review helpful?

  • abi_maha's Profile Photo

    Beaches

    by abi_maha Updated Aug 31, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    No beach in the heart of the city....but enroute to Pondy from Chennai you will see plenty of amazing beaches...go ahead and take a dip in some of them...it's truly an unforgettable experience! Most beaches are absolutely deserted so u will hav them all to urself!

    One of those beaches.... I couldn't have enuf of these.... :-) This is right outside Pondy.... nobody around for miles n miles... :-D

    Was this review helpful?

  • cochinjew's Profile Photo

    Sunday Bazaar along MK Gandhi Road

    by cochinjew Written Jan 14, 2009

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    the road is closed off, and I thought it would represent some sort of a local market but how disappointed i was, it was like a gathering of garbage, rubbish and junk. nothing worthwhile as a souvenier but lots of utility items for every day use. it is like a Indian Wallmart of the streets and utterly useless..

    Was this review helpful?

  • cochinjew's Profile Photo

    Walk along the malecon

    by cochinjew Written Jan 6, 2009

    the seashore is blocked by stones to stop the erosion, but the road hugging it is rather broad and there is a wide pavement.. during the evening hours and especially during weekends and holidays, the place is thronged by merrymakers.. young and old.. hindous, moslem with covered bodies and christians and christians with names such as diagou and alvin.. all mix and there are lots of vendors who sell cheap entertainment and the Cafe on the beach is nondescript fast food place.. what a pity they didnt make it something special , even if it was a restaurant...

    breezy and broad malecon by the bay of bengal

    Was this review helpful?

  • cochinjew's Profile Photo

    Being Blessed by an Elephant

    by cochinjew Written Jan 6, 2009

    Luxmi is a rather hungry lady elephant, who belongs to the temple near the ashram. daily she stands there in the evening while a host of devotees and their children offer her bananas and other food and money as well for a little blessing. I stood in line and put 10 rupees on her trunk and she put her trunk on my head .. did feel good. I do believe in all sort of ritualistic phenomenon, which are universal rather than particular symbolism.

    Luxmi will bless you for a small fee for the templ

    Was this review helpful?

  • traceyspacey's Profile Photo

    Insight into the past

    by traceyspacey Written Apr 10, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Pondicherry Museum, this is one of the most interesting musuems that I have seen. Well presented collection of sculptures, coins. For me the best part was the collection of French colonial paraphernalia. Several rooms were set out showing how the french once lived. There is also an interesting archaelogical display with great explanations in English. Don't miss the sculptures at the entrance either. All this for 2 rupees. I felt that it was worth more than that.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

Pondicherry Hotels

Latest Pondicherry Hotel Reviews

The Dune Beach Village - An Eco Beach Hotel
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Soorya Beach Resort
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 4 Reviews
Hotel Du Parc
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Kailash Beach Resort
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Hotel Surguru
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Ginger Pondicherry Hotel
1 Review
Hotel Atithi
Pleasant (2.5 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Le Dupleix Pondicherry Hotel
1 Review
Anandha Inn
Pleasant (2.5 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews

Instant Answers: Pondicherry

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

33 travelers online now

Comments

Pondicherry Things to Do

Travel tips and advice posted by real travelers and Pondicherry locals.
Map of Pondicherry