Union Territory of Pondicherry Things to Do

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    Shops outside Manakula Vinayagar Temple
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Union Territory of Pondicherry Things to Do

  • Auroville

    Pondicherry Things to Do

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • Sacred Heart Church

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    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 which depict various saints and events from the life of Jesus Christ. At the entrance to the church grounds is a small shop where you may purchase a...

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  • Church of Our Lady of Angels

    Pondicherry Things to Do

    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 feature of the church is its masonry. In order to create a texture similar to white marble, the finest of limetstone was mixed with whites of eggs....

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  • Dupleix Statue

    Pondicherry Things to Do

    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 was the governor of Pondicherry between 1742 and 1754.The 2.88 m tall statue of Dupleix stands at the southern end of the park. Even though Dupleix...

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  • French War Memorial

    Pondicherry Things to Do

    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 of a soldier leaning on a rifle. Inscribed above him the words, Aux combattants des Indes Françaises morts pour la patrie, 1914-1918. The statue is...

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  • PONDICHERY SEAFRONT PROMENADE

    the best times for taking a stroll on the promenade is the early morning before sunrise(dramatic) or the late evening.afternoon sun can be a bit harsh.remember this is the very ocean which had unleashed killer waves of the tsunami.some beautiful hotels lie along the promenade with sea facing rooms.nothing can replace a walk before the sun rises.and...

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