Pondicherry

Pondicherry or Puducherry, a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial.

Location:

Click here to navigate to google maps

Ideal For:

  • Tourism
  • Chill outs

Best At:

  • Backwater boating
  • Hiking
  • Overnight camping in tree houses in backwaters

Special At:

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is one of the most enthralling and fun things to do in Pondicherry. In fact, Pondicherry is the only diving spot on the eastern coast of India. The place is characterised by natural coral reefs, rocky pop-ups, man-made folds, and a plethora of marine organisms. The marine life includes corals, lionfish, grouper, kingfish, moray eels, eagle, manta rays, parrot fish, sea snakes, triggerfish, angelfish, banner fish, and crustaceans. Scuba Diving is organised by Temple Adventures.

Timings: 6:30AM – 6:30PM

Charges: 5000/- per two dives

 

Places to Visit:

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Rating:♥♥♥♥♥
Location:

Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street, Opp Governer Office, Puducherry Click here to navigate to google maps

Timings: 5:45AM – 12:30PM, 4:30PM – 9:00PM

Poojas:

  • Nadai Thirapu – 5:45AM
  • Kaalasanthi Abishegam – 6:30AM
  • Theeparathanai – 7:30AM
  • Uchikaalam – 11:00AM
  • Spadigalingam Pooja – 11:00AM
  • Nadai Sathal – 12:30PM
  • Nadai Thirapu – 4:00PM
  • Saiyangalam Abishegam – 4:30PM
  • Theeparathanai – 5:30PM
  • Arthajama Pooja – 9:00PM
  • Nadai Sathal – 9:30PM

Festival:

  • Brahmothsavam – The festival of Lord Manakula Vinayagar is celebrated every year for 24 days during the month of August and September

Special Entry Fee: 20/-

Official Website: www.manakulavinayagartemple.com

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar TempleSri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry i.e. before 1666. According to Sasthra, Lord Ganesh is named in 16 types based on his various forms out which this god facing the east cost near Bay of Bengal it has been named as Bhuvaneshar Ganapathy, now called as Manakula Vinayagar. In Tamil Manal means sand and Kulam means pond near the sea, earlierly which was full of sand around pond. So the people called the god as Manal Kulathu Vinayagar means God near the pond of sand. Later it is named as Manakula Vinayagar.

 

paradise beach pondicherry

Rating:♥♥♥♥♥
Location:

Cuddalore Road, Chunnambar, Puducherry Click here to navigate to google maps

Timings: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Boating Fee: Based on Boat

Best At:

  • Boating
  • Clean

Best Time to Visit: Pre-winter and winter, starting October to February

paradise beach pondicherry

The popular venue offers spectacular boating facilities in Chunnambar River, with the lush green plantations and backwaters in the backdrop. Located along the Cuddalore Main Road, this is an amazing location for relaxing and chilling-out. One can also sunbathe here and enjoy magnificent views of sunset.

 

 

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Rating:♥♥♥♥
Location:

MG Road Area, Pondicherry Click here to navigate to google maps

Timings: 7:00AM – 6:30PM

Capacity: 2000+

Best At:
  • Gothic architecture

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the Catholic Church. In recent years it has become one of the famous pilgrimage spots for Christians.

 

 

 

Serenity Beach

Rating:♥♥♥♥♥
Location:

Kottakuppam, Puducherry Click here to navigate to google maps

Timings: 6:00AM – 7:30PM

Entry Fee: No

Best At:

  • Chill-out
  • Sunbath

Best Time to Visit: Pre-winter and winter, starting October to February

serenity beach pondicherry

Pristine shoreline, golden sparkling sand, glittering waves, and colorful beach shacks sum up the picture of Serenity Beach in Pondicherry. This gorgeous beach offers a relaxed and chill-out  for the tourists who generally visit for sunbathing and rejuvenating. This secluded, serene, and spectacular beach is not at all overcrowded and stands as a significant spot for sightseeing in Pondicherry.

 

 

Chunnambar Boat House

Rating:♥♥♥♥♥
Location:

National Highway 45A, Near Water Sports Complex, Nonankuppam, Puducherry Click here to navigate to google maps

Timings: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Boating Fee: Based on the Boat

Best At:

  • Houseboats
  • Speed boats

Chunnambar Boat House

Chunnambar is situated 8 KM from Puducherry, along the Cuddalore Main Road. This tropical paradise is flanked by a quiet-flowing creek on one side. You can sail downstream to the sands and pitch up a cosy seaside tent for yourself. Overnighting within the tree-houses on the backwater provides a relishing experience of the great outdoors.

 

 

Auro Beach or Auroville Beach

Rating:♥♥♥♥♥
Location:

Auroville, Puducherry Click here to navigate to google maps

Timings: No

Entry Fee: No

Best At:

  • Chill-out
  • Night View

Best Time to Visit: Pre-winter and winter, starting October to February

auroville beach pondicherry

Auroville (City of Dawn) is an ‘experimental’ township located 8 km north-west of Pondicherry. It is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities..Auro Beach is also known as Auroville Beach. It is best place for chill-outs and fun. There is no time limit so you can see beauty of beach for entire night. It is famous for Beach Resorts.

 

 

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