Pondicherry Things to Do

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  • 1. Auroville

    the slowness that engulfed the place made you absorb the surroundings much more. Its just half an hour drive from Pondicherry roughly 14 kms. Its a kind of a small colony that was established by Sri...

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  • 2. Sri Aurobindo Ashram

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    One needs to maintain pin drop silence inside the ashram. The area around the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo allows visitors to sit and pray/meditate or just absorb the deafening silence. There is also a...

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  • 3. Promenade

    It's a long stretch of rocky beach which has a provision to sit around and also a wide pavement for morning and evening walk. Just before sunset it turns alive and the crowd keeps rising. As you walk...

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  • 4. Old Lighthouse

    This 19th century lighthouse is one of Pondicherry's most famous landmarks. Before the lighthouse was built there wasn't any signal for the ships coming to Pondicherry. A committee was formed to...

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  • 5. Botanical Garden

    2 out of 5 stars

    This garden lies in the far south-west of the old Tamil Town area and was laid out and designed in 1826 by G.S. Perrorret whose memorial lies in the garden. The gardens are a little scruffy now but...

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  • 6. Gandhi Statue

    Located on the Promenade this statue of Mahatma Gandhi was built by sculptor Roy Choudhary. It is surrounded by eight exquisitely carved monolithic granite 17th century pillars that were brought from...

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  • 7. Church of Our Lady of Angels

    The Church of Our Lady of Angels - Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges - was built by French Missionaries in 1865. It is modeled after the Basilica at Lourdes (located in Southern France). The most notable...

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  • 8. Sacred Heart Church

    4 out of 5 stars

    Consecrated at the turn of the 20th century, this beautiful brown and white church is noted for its splendid Gothic architecture. The most beautiful part of the church is the stained glass windows...

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  • 9. Dupleix Statue

    3 out of 5 stars

    The statue of Joseph Francois Dupleix is situated in the beach road, you reach it at the end of the promenade road and is hard to miss. Dupleix was an integral part of Pondicherry’s colonial past. He...

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  • 10. French War Memorial

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The French War Monument was constructed in honor of those soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. In the middle of four stark white columns - two on either side - stands a lone life-size statue...

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  • 11. Ganesh Temple

    Manakula Vinayagar Temple is one of the most popular temples in Pondicherry. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, one of the most popular Hindu deities. Evidence...

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  • 12. Beautiful Government Park

    Government Park (also known as Bharati Park) was once the site of the first French garrison, Fort Louis, which was destroyed by the British in 1761. Its name...

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  • 13. Sri Manakula Vinayagar Ganesha

    Manakula Vinayagar [means : God near the pond of sand]The Jesuits and missionaries tried destroy it, also in 1700 the French banned perform pujas in the temple,...

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  • 14. hot, sunny beach side, good getaway from bangalore

    The things I truly enjoyed in pondicherry1) chunnambar--definitely worth a trip. Beautiful, neat & clean beach though I am not sure for how long? Seeing the...

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  • 15. Sunrise on the beach

    Catch the sunrise from any of the beaches on the Cuddalore road stretch, you are bound to get a fantastic shot with the fishermen boats, the glorious crimson...

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  • 16. Aayi Mandapam

    The park facing the governor’s bungalow reflects the French influence. Once called as “place dupantheon” now turned as Aayi mandapam - the emblem of the...

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  • 17. Some lazy sunny shopping

    Head to Jawaharlal Nehru Street for some amazing street shopping, tonnes of clothes available- they are all export surplus goods. You will also find the...

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  • 18. Ousteri or Osudu Lake

    Ousteri Lake is th elargest lake in pondichery, it is around 8 KM outside the Pondichery Town. We headed there last sunday to tak emy niece boating and I think...

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  • 19. Saneeswarar Temple

    The Saneeswarar Temple is located not too far from the Kali Temple about 8 km outside Pondicherry off the main road on the Pondicherry-Auroville route. Sri...

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  • 20. Kali Temple

    The Prithiyankara Devi Kali Temple is located in Moratandi about 8 km. outside of Pondicherry. It is an easy stop on the way to/from Auroville.It is likely that...

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  • 21. Raj Niwas, The Governor's Mansion

    An interesting combination of Indian and French architecture, Raj Niwas, is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governors of Pondicherry. Completed around...

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  • 22. Small But Interesting Museum

    Though small, the Pondicherry Museum is a very interesting museum displaying the art and culture of the people of the area during the Pallava, Chola, and...

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  • 23. Immaculate Conception Cathedral

    The Immaculate Conception Cathedral is also known as Samba Kovil and is the parent church of the Catholic diocese for Pondicherry. It was originally built in...

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  • 24. Manakula Vinayakar Temple

    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...

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  • 25. Notre Dame des Agnes

    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...

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