Pondicherry Travel Guide

  • In the French Quarter
    In the French Quarter
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    Shops outside Manakula Vinayagar Temple
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    Bharati Park
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Pondicherry Highlights

  • Pro
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     Tamil Nadu at its best and French History 

  • Con
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     Crowded, not much activity other than the beach 

  • In a nutshell
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     Nice but it's no Riviera 

Pondicherry Things to Do

  • 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 Aurobindo and has been promoted several times by UNESCO. Its purpose is to promote unity of humanity.

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  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram

    I can only give the vision of a casual traveller who despite being prepared by reading about the life of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, his wife, his achievements, his Ashram, his Integral Yoga, their social work ... , got a big surprise when visiting the Ashram and I saw in the garden the people with great devotion and respect meditating, praying...

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  • 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 down there's also a Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi "The Father of India") statue followed by a sea facing restaurant. Local vendors and...

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  • 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 persuade the goverment to build a lighthouse. After they agreed it took some time to get the project going. The foundation was laid in 1835. At the time...

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  • 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 Gingee - a fort about 70 kms from Pondicherry - after the capture of the fort. The statue of Gandhi stands 13 feet high. The entire structure is at...

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  • Botanical Garden

    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 still show formal French styles with clipped trees, flower beds, gravel walks and fountains. There are said to be over 1,500 species of plants in the...

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Pondicherry Restaurants

  • Coffee.com

    A place that offered internet and coffee optons, plus it looked really interesting with intricate wood work inside, so we had to hop in. In one of those moods to click fotos of each other we were busy shuttering away when the guy at the counter admonished us and said no photography inside.. The coffee and tea we ordered was yum, they delayed the...

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  • Spicy, only spicy, poor taste

    Probably in the most beautifull place in Pondicherry, with a fantastic sea view terrace, you will discover the seagull. It is a government restaurant, place is amazing, service is average, and food is so spicy that you can't know what you eat. I have tried chicken byriani, and another time some fish with gravy, it came with the same chilly taste....

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  • South and North India food Fusion

    In a corner, at he first floor, you can find a ugly place, but you will eat there a very good food. It is difficult to find in south India punjabi dishes, here, you will be given some which have the north indian taste with the south indian spices. If you look only for food, go, otherwise background is dirty and noisy. Butter ChickenPanner...

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  • Maybe best fish and seafood in Tamil...

    Under a hudge pandal, you can get maybe the best tiger prawns and fish of pondicherry. I often go for week end in this place. You can taste red wine by only one glass, which easier for a single person. Food is tasty, not too spicy, team is helping you in the choice. A very good address for foreigners living in India, and for everybody !!! Tiger...

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  • Raw Healthy Food!

    This is such a special restaurant. The raw food theme is supremely different, in context of vegetarian of course. The food is prepared almost raw, at times you know its at least half boiled. Like the cereals or healthy rice. The veges are so tasty even they're prepared mostly raw. They mimic south indian style, so they all look very south indian...

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  • soul satisfying!!!

    food is good. you get authentic chettinad dishes here. you get value for money and the ambience is very simple and understated.service is very good and prompt.prices are reasonable and a great place to visit.there is variety of dishes ..one better than the other. for any traveller to pondicherry i highly recommend this place..it should be included...

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Pondicherry Nightlife

  • poudo poudou what a beautiful in blue...

    hi viewersif u entered the ground floor u feel it u r in iceland, like that the chill experience and there is a nice bar inside with lots of drinks especially different wines & beers and ther is a way 2 go first floor........ wow idin't c the place before like this, what a wonderful blues (full of blue in colors) & a open kitchen, this is the...

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  • All those fairy lights

    Space Coffee & Arts is a semi open air cafe on the rooftop. With plants and trees around you it entwined with fairy lights it feels very calm and relaxed. Cold Beers and fantastic Mojito's available. We had some great times here.It is also a gallery and performing arts centre. No dress code

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  • Watch the sun go down

    We have only been here in the early evenings. It is a popular spot as there is a large balcony that overlooks the sea and across the promenade. It is a good spot for a cold beer (60 Rupees for a large beer). The lonely planet let us to believe that they don't serve food that often, but from what we saw they do. No dress code

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Pondicherry Transportation

  • Weekly twice via Chennai

    Although the easiest and preferred means is Bus for Puducherry there are trains from 22404/NDLS PDY EXP which starts from New Delhi in late night at 2350 hours and reaches Puducherry the third day at 1845. Chennai is a major stop about 4 hours before Puducherry and those already around Chennai can board the train from there. This train runs only on...

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  • Two Wheelers

    The main market in pondi has several shops offering Motorcycles and Scooties at a very nominal price. You can get an Activa in about INR 240-300 while a bike like Avenger in INR400-450. You can surely try to bargain as they make quote a higher price.Do check the condition of the bikes. I faced issues with mine that came into notice later on. Being...

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  • Getting to Pondicherry

    The airport closest to Pondicherry is Chennai. Chennai is well connected to all major Indian cities. Airlines serving Chennai include Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Indigo, etc. From the airport you can take a prepaid taxi to Pondicherry for about Rs 2000. The trip will take almost 3 hours.You can also take a train - http://www.indianrail.gov.in/ - or a...

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Pondicherry Shopping

  • Local Specialities

    Pondicherry has small boutiques, local markets, and Ashram shops. Many are located on Nehru Street and Mahatma Gandhi Road. Specialty products include homemade paper and paper mache products (especially dolls), arts & crafts/handicrafts, terracotta/fine pottery.Two places I shopped:Splendour: located at 16 Goubert Ave (north from Gandhi statue) is...

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  • Diet Coke anyone?

    After traveling through the South of India for a little while, it was a sight that pleased our eyes. This is a well stocked supermarket that caters for those self-catering or those like us who have been missing things including diet coke. Open 9.30-9pmHas air conditioning, good to wander in if you are getting too hot!

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  • Pondi Sunday market

    You should be sure to visit the Sunday market in Pondi. The streets are so alive with vendors selling everything imaginable under the sun. Everything is set up on the sidewalks and it can be pretty hot during the summer so be prepared to walk in the heat! The market is perfect for finding cheap clothing like sarees and punjabis, scarfs, metal...

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Pondicherry Local Customs

  • Elephant blessing - Bendición del...

    The best that can be seen in a Lord Ganesha temple is an elephant blessing the people with his trunkRitual, superstition, custom ... the fact is that you always see people pending of the elephants and laughing with the devotees and with the small shocks that they have when they receive the blessing and the elephant touches their head with the trunk...

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  • Shoes=good relations - Zapatos= buenas...

    Ganesha Temple and Sri Aurobindo Ashram are very close to each other and prove that despite being two different beliefs, are well understood and share service like the shoes deposit, because in both places it is necessary to remove them, leave in a place where somebody take care of them and go barefootHere they care the shoes for free, but you can...

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  • Impronta Francesa - French imprint

    After several centuries the French left their imprint, not only in the language, the names of the streets, the churches, but also left other legacies, such as "bouillavaisse", the "boulangeries" with its rich bread and "croissants" and the "Kepis"that the police is wearing proudly Attention! I was forgetting the soufflés Después de varios siglos...

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Pondicherry Warnings and Dangers

  • Travelling with Infants/Toddlers

    Indians adore children and you will see (and hear) children all over - at all times - of the day and night. So your children will be welcomed warmly. But if your infant/toddler is new to travelling or is not a good traveller, India may not be the best place to visit. As difficult as India may be for some first time visitors, it will be much more so...

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  • Mischievous Monkeys

    You will come across monkeys in many places in India - everywhere from temples to forts to jungles. The monkeys in the jungles are not used to interaction with humans and there is less chance they will bother you. The monkeys that have been fed by humans are more likely to become aggressive - especially when they want more food. While the monkeys...

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  • Safety & Police

    1. Within India dial 100 or 108 for police.2. Within India dial 101 or 108 for medical or fire emergency.3. Although it is common in India, do not offer bribes. If anyone asks for a bribe tell them you will report them to the Anit-Corruption Bureau or the nearest police station.4. Always carry your passport with you. Put a sticky note inside with...

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Pondicherry What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: A backpack would be perfect

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beachwear is must. i realized it only after reaching there but then I didn't care and plunged in with whatever I was wearing normally

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: usually the hotel does provide them but in case they aren't upto your expectations you can always buy some from the local market. if you are very specific pls bring your own as you may not be able to get exclusive brands here

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Pondicherry Sports & Outdoors

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    by udtaparindaa Updated Feb 6, 2014

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    Just be careful...the waves in this region are too forceful and the sand below the feet slips away too fast creating uneven undulations even very close to the beach.

    Its also a perfect place for people who just wish to sit down and listen to the waves and the peace that's on offer in the maddening sounds they create.

    PS: Extremely Important to take care while travelling along the eastern shores of India as Bay of Bengal is pretty rough. In contrast, Arabian sea on the western shore is much calmer and preferred for water-sports, swimming etc

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    • Beaches

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Pondicherry Favorites

  • General Warnings/Info

    N/A Contact your local physician or Travel/Public Health Department for recommendations for vaccinations and malaria meds. (Bring prescriptions for any medicines, including any for contact lenses, eyeglasses.)Don't give money to beggars. It's nice to buy a meal rather than give money especially for children whom may not likely benefit from money...

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  • How Much to Tip

    N/ATipping is fairly common in India with the exception of rickshaw drivers or taxi drivers, unless you hire them for the day (although a few rupees or rounding up the fare is always appreciated). These amounts are meant as a guideline. Tip ONLY in rupees, not any other currency. Check to see if a service charge has already been added to any...

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  • Tourist Office

    The Tourist Office is conveniently located on 40 Goubert Ave (Beach Road). Stop in to pick up one of their comprehensive brochures on Pondicherry. Along with a Places of Interest listing, it has up-to-date Happenings (including festivals, exhibitions, etc.), a map, shopping info, Consulate info, restaurants, etc., etc. It also has many listings for...

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